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Summer Reading

I just finished Ramesh Ponnuru’s excellent book, Party of Death . It should be required reading for all college courses dealing with abortion and other life issues. The book’s arguments were thorough, thoughtful, powerful, and compelling. The research was excellent, and Ponnuru’s argumentation was impeccable. The pro-abortion-rights crowd–or, as the author puts it, the party of death–has got to be hoping that this book doesn’t make a big splash, because its contents are damning for their cause.

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The actor Jussie Smollett continues to talk about the alleged January 29 attack on him during a frigid night in Chicago, giving Good Morning America his fullest description yet of his claims. It differs substantially from what he told police initially after the alleged assault. Smollett told GMA that the ... Read More

Why Is Lin-Manuel Miranda Throwing Away His Shot?

Everybody needs a vacation, and after Hamilton maybe Lin-Manuel Miranda needed one more than most. At some point, though, relaxing becomes loafing. Miranda has a wonderful gift, but what he’s done with it lately is unconscionable. This week marks four years since Miranda’s musical masterpiece Hamilton ... Read More