Magazine January 22, 2018, Issue

Friend of Science

(Roman Genn)
Representative Lamar Smith is leaving Washington and leaving a legacy

After a year of caterwauling over Donald Trump’s election, the climate-change mob finally has something to cheer: the retirement of its top congressional nemesis, Representative Lamar Smith.

Smith, 70, who has represented his San Antonio–area district for the past 30 years, will not seek reelection in 2018. His tenure as chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology ends next year — Republican chairmanships are limited to three terms — and he is eager to be home in Texas with his new grandchildren. “If I would have been able to stay chairman, because it’s too fun and too interesting,

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Hugging Is Not Compulsory The Week is my favorite part of National Review. I love the quippy, quick way of bringing news and humor. With that said, I was aghast at ...
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‐ Harry Reid’s Pentagon UFO study comes as no surprise — those Democrats will fund anything that involves aliens. ‐ Protests have erupted across Iran. From the country’s relatively modern cities ...
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IMITATION FROM THE CHINESE Ten thousand projects, Bitter tasks set; Five, ten, twenty . . . The years fly. No end to it. And the heart tires With no place to light; So much remorse, Barren regret. No end to ...

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What Now for Trump’s Border Wall?

The verdict on the U.S.–Mexico border wall President Trump promised to construct is decidedly mixed as the year comes to a close. The “big, beautiful wall,” as Trump referred to it, reached 400 miles in length by the end of October, when the Department of Homeland Security held a ceremony hailing the ... Read More

What Now for Trump’s Border Wall?

The verdict on the U.S.–Mexico border wall President Trump promised to construct is decidedly mixed as the year comes to a close. The “big, beautiful wall,” as Trump referred to it, reached 400 miles in length by the end of October, when the Department of Homeland Security held a ceremony hailing the ... Read More

Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones

People often dismiss shy, quiet characters in literature. Readers prefer to identify with Jo March, Elizabeth Bennett, or Anne Shirley -- those delightful, bold, and charming characters who made a deep impression on us when we first encountered them. While there’s nothing wrong with emulating or admiring these ... Read More

Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones

People often dismiss shy, quiet characters in literature. Readers prefer to identify with Jo March, Elizabeth Bennett, or Anne Shirley -- those delightful, bold, and charming characters who made a deep impression on us when we first encountered them. While there’s nothing wrong with emulating or admiring these ... Read More

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at Ten

Kanye West. The words alone are charged nowadays -- and have been for some time. Few other figures in public life have such a record of fame and infamy -- often at the same time -- in the 21st century as this highly visible musician. He continues to find new ways to keep himself in the headlines, as in recent ... Read More

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at Ten

Kanye West. The words alone are charged nowadays -- and have been for some time. Few other figures in public life have such a record of fame and infamy -- often at the same time -- in the 21st century as this highly visible musician. He continues to find new ways to keep himself in the headlines, as in recent ... Read More

New England Journal of Medicine Pushes Reparations

Reparations would grant African Americans government benefits not paid to other Americans to rectify the awful sin of slavery and the "peculiar institution's" residual harm. It is a favored policy of hard progressives, so of course, the New England Journal of Medicine -- which regularly promotes left-wing causes ... Read More

New England Journal of Medicine Pushes Reparations

Reparations would grant African Americans government benefits not paid to other Americans to rectify the awful sin of slavery and the "peculiar institution's" residual harm. It is a favored policy of hard progressives, so of course, the New England Journal of Medicine -- which regularly promotes left-wing causes ... Read More