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Victor Davis Hanson names politicians’ tendency to resort to cosmic sermonizing while ignoring mundane challenges the “Bloomberg syndrome.”

Conrad Black remembers 50 years ago today, when power transferred from Dwight Eisenhower to JFK.

Peter Thiel speaks to NRO about net neutrality, technological progress, rethinking higher education, and more.

Michael Franc approves of recent House Appropriations Committee procedural rules intended to help rein in spending.

Cliff May expects zero improvements to public discourse: we’re too ensconced in ideological bubbles.

Brian Bolduc discovers a rare creature: a New York Democrat worried about rising abortion rates.

Carl Shockley explores the promise of small, modular nuclear reactors, and the threat posed to them by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Jay Nordlinger recommends the Peace Corps for a Nobel Peace Prize — a fitting 50th birthday present.

Michael Barone nominates “high-speed” rail for congressional budget-cutters.

Julie Gunlock exposes the “food-insecurity” epidemic as a mix of misunderstandings and exaggerations that conceal real food problems.

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National Security & Defense

So Long to the Iran Deal

Almost immediately after the news broke that President Trump intends to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo, media figures speculated that the decision was about Russia. The argument went like this: Tillerson was fired because he had recently criticized the Russian government ... Read More


EMPIRICAL   As I can fathom neither endlessness nor the miracle work of deities, I hypothesize, assume, and guess.   The fact that I love you and you love me is all I can prove and proves me. — This poem appears in the April 2 print issue of National Review. Read More

Nancy MacLean Won’t Quit

One of the biggest intellectual jousting matches last year was between Duke history professor Nancy MacLean, who wrote a slimy, dishonest book about Nobel Prize–winning economist James Buchanan and the whole limited-government movement, and the many scholars who blasted holes in it. If it had been a boxing ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Rolling Back Dodd-Frank

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would roll back parts of Dodd-Frank. The vote was 67–31, with 17 members of the Democratic caucus breaking party lines. If the legislation passes the House and is signed, it will be the largest change to the controversial financial-reform package since it became law in ... Read More

How Germany Vets Its Refugees

At the height of the influx of refugees into Germany in 2015–17, there was little doubt that mixed among the worthy cases were economic migrants taking advantage of the chaos to seek their fortunes in Europe. Perhaps out of instinctive pro-immigrant sentiment, Germany’s Left obscured the difference. Its ... Read More
National Security & Defense

Leave McMaster Be

About every two months, there are rumors that Gen. H. R. McMaster might be let go as Trump’s national-security adviser (along with many other stellar appointees). The world, however, is a much more logical and predictable place than it was 14 months ago. We’ve restored ties to the Gulf monarchies; Israel ... Read More