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Everybody’s So Much Better Tonight, I Want Steroid Tests on All of ‘Em

At the conclusion of a good answer about No Child Left Behind, Thompson concludes ”A lot of our problems in our schools are a reflection of breakdown in the family. We need more fathers to stay and raise their kids.” It gets applause, and by this point, the audience’s hands must be tired. Far and away, Fred is much better tonight.

Wendell Goler to Rudy Giuliani: “A lot of teachers, frankly, hated you sir.”
“I care about the kids more. Sorry, Wendell.” Man, everybody’s workin’ the speedbag tonight.

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Politics & Policy

The Omnibus Disgrace

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Thursday Links

It's William Shatner's birthday: Here he is in 1978 'singing' Rocket Man, plus a Star Trek/Monty Python mashup. Sold: Isaac Newton’s Notes on the Philosopher’s Stone. It was a long time before anyone admitted that he was interested in alchemy. High-tech forgery: Computer-generated 'Rembrandt' ... Read More

Korea: A Deadly Question

Olympic Games often have political significance, as in 1936 and as in the Olympics just past -- the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Those Games seemed as much political as athletic. I talk about this with Michael Breen on my latest Q&A. Breen is one of our best Korea-watchers, one of our soundest ... Read More
Film & TV

Superannuated ‘Idol’

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