It’s rarely available on the boob tube, but since Turner Classic Movies has dedicated several nights in January to the films of Elia Kazan, it has aired Man on a Tightrope, his 1953 film (to me, a classic) based on Neil Paterson’s 1952 novel about a Czech circus escaping to the West from behind the Iron Curtain. It stars Fredric March, Gloria Grahame, and charter NR subscriber Adolphe Menjou (here’s a scene in which Menjou plays the Commie bureaucrat who gets consumed by the secret police). It’s one of Kazan’s lesser-known films, but one of the few that Hollywood made that directly focuses on the despair and bleakness of a Workers’ Paradise. As a film it has its flaws, but one any conservative should want to see — and if you have TCM on your cable system, you have a few days left to catch it on demand.
I believe three things at the same time. First, Donald Trump should have voluntarily produced his tax returns years ago. Second, one of the laws Democrats are using to demand production of Trump’s returns — which grants the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee the right to see the returns of any ... Read More
During last night's CNN town halls, Bernie Sanders endorsed reinstating the voting rights of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, and Kamala Harris indicated that she was open to the idea. Anne Carlstein, a junior at Harvard, asked Sanders, “You have said that you believe that people with felony ... Read More
The U.S. Attorney General is ending asylum seekers’ opportunity to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge. Read More
Every year, the William F. Buckley Jr. Society at Yale, founded by Lauren Noble, honors a public figure who was “disinvited” from a college campus. The speaker might have been shouted down at the podium, or his invitation might have been rescinded before carnage could ensue. Past honorees include George ... Read More
The release of the Mueller report this week was a revelatory moment for me. I realized that, some time ago apparently, I crossed a political Mendoza line, where I am now more disgusted by Donald Trump’s opponents than I am by Trump himself. This is no insignificant development for me. Regular readers of mine ... Read More
Spoilers below! I generally agree with much of what David has written about the first two installments of the final season of Game of Thrones. But I want to throw in a criticism I’ve been mulling. For a long time there were rumors that the final episodes of Game of Thrones would be extra long, perhaps even ... Read More
Her latest batty idea is up on her Medium page today: It’s time for bold action to actually fix the debt crisis. Here’s what my new plan would do: • It cancels $50,000 in student loan debt for every person with household income under $100,000. • It provides substantial debt cancellation for every ... Read More