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    20 December 2014, 7:19 am

  • The Knives Come Out for Senators Cruz and Lee

    20 December 2014, 4:00 am by: Andrew C. McCarthy

    Last weekend, Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee forced every senator to vote, on the public record, regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s unilateral decree of effective amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. The resulting Republican…
  • Ernesto de la Fé and the Trial of Fidel Castro

    20 December 2014, 4:00 am by: John Leonard

    Editor’s Note: In the June 6, 1959, issue of National Review, John Leonard profiled the early Castro government’s arrest of Ernesto de la Fé, a Cuban journalist and one-time minister of information under the Batista regime. (He later resigned in protest…
  • Amnesty and English

    20 December 2014, 1:00 am by: Josh Gelernter

    The immigration debate is raging over the wisdom of legalizing 5 million people and the president’s authority to legalize anyone, but we’re overlooking an important aspect of the immigration situation. Consider Europe.I don’t mean Europe’s own…
  • Who Is Pope Francis?

    20 December 2014, 1:00 am by: Interview

    Pope Francis certainly does make news. This week was no exception, but what week is, for anyone keeping an eye out? Having done doctrinal work on Argentina, and with some Jesuit discernment in his past, Austen Ivereigh makes a natural author for a book on Pope…
  • The Tribe of Liberty

    20 December 2014, 1:00 am by: Jonah Goldberg

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays.Dear Reader (including you feckless, sniveling crapweasels hiding under your desks at Sony),Freedom…
  • A Dictator’s Best Friend

    20 December 2014, 12:00 am by: Matthew Continetti

    ‘It’s a sad day for freedom,” Marco Rubio told Bret Baier after President Obama announced he would normalize relations with Cuba. Not a sad day, senator: a sad year.If there was a theme to 2014, it was Obama’s persistence in bailing out dictators and…
  • Steven Pinker vs. Microaggression

    19 December 2014, 8:13 pm by: Peter Augustine Lawler

    My admiration for Harvard's Steven Pinker continues to get less grudging. It goes without saying that I side with the ultimately much more deeply scientific Leon Kass against Pinker's evolutionary reductionism or scientism.Still, I thought Pinker was right in…
  • Krauthammer: Liberalization Hasn't Worked in Vietnam or China, Won't Work in Cuba

    19 December 2014, 7:09 pm by: NRO Staff

    Economic liberalization has not changed the politics of Vietnam or China, and it’s not going to change much in Cuba, either, says Charles Krauthammer.“In the early days of the Cold War, the very early days, there was a semi-tongue-in-cheek proposal that,…
  • More Inequality, More Female Employment?

    19 December 2014, 6:59 pm by: Matt Palumbo

    Why are women entering the workforce? If we listen to the arguments of Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former labor secretary Robert Reich, we get one big reason: inequality. The earnings of the average American male have stagnated since…
  • The NRLB Gave Unions a Huge Boost Today . . . But It's Not Likely to Last

    19 December 2014, 6:09 pm by: James Sherk

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just charged several dozen McDonalds franchises with unfair labor practices. In an unusual move, the NLRB also charged McDonalds Corp. as a co-defendant with its franchisees. As I wrote in August, these charges are…
  • If We Put North Korea Back on List of State Sponsors of Terrorism, Why Not China?

    19 December 2014, 5:59 pm by: Michael Auslin

    The Obama administration is apparently considering putting North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, in response to its attack on Sony Pictures' computer system and threats against movie theaters showing the now-canceled film The Interview.…
  • Does Rand Paul's Trolling Marco Rubio Make Any Political Sense?

    19 December 2014, 5:29 pm by: Ian Tuttle

    Andrew, about that senatorial Twitter melee:I am willing to entertain the possibility that Rand Paul supports rolling back the Cuban embargo as a matter of principle -- “peace through commerce,” etc., as he wrote -- and that his conscience demanded that he…
  • Augustana College Bans Yakety-Yak on Yik Yak

    19 December 2014, 4:59 pm by: Jesse Saffron

    Yik Yak is an app that's popular with college students and young people. It allows them to communicate anonymously with peers in their vicinity. If you download the app and post a comment, anyone else with the app who's within 10 miles of you will see it. A…
  • Boycott Cuba, Conservative Hellhole

    19 December 2014, 4:58 pm by: Charles C. W. Cooke

    ‘Only the left,” The Nation’s Tom Hayden suggested after Obama’s announcement on Wednesday, “can recall, narrate and applaud the long resistance of tiny Cuba to the northern Goliath.” Next year his comrades in arms intend to do just that. In May,…
  • Nebraska, Oklahoma Challenge Colorado's Marijuana Legalization

    19 December 2014, 4:53 pm by: Jillian Kay Melchior

    Nebraska and Oklahoma filed suit in the Supreme Court yesterday, arguing that Colorado’s legalized marijuana has crossed into their borders. Given the increased burden on their law-enforcement and judicial systems, their ire is somewhat understandable —…
  • Sony CEO Fires Back at 'Mistaken' Obama: 'We Have Not Caved'

    19 December 2014, 4:44 pm by: Brendan Bordelon

    Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton pushed back against President Obama's claim that his company "made a mistake" by pulling a movie after a devastating cyberattack by North Korea, claiming the White House is "mistaken as to what actually…
  • Liberal Columnists: The Real Issue with Sony Hack Was the Movie’s Microaggressions

    19 December 2014, 4:13 pm by: Katherine Timpf

    Liberal columnists are actually writing in all seriousness that the discussion we need to be having about the recent Sony hacking scandal -- in which North Korean hackers retaliated against the planned released of The Interview with threats of terrorism -- is…
  • No, The Interview Is Not Like Shouting 'Fire' in a Crowded Theater

    19 December 2014, 3:55 pm by: Jim Geraghty

    The MSNBC host Touré​ -- who has made his share of controversial statements in the past -- asked his guest moments ago whether Sony Pictures' making The Interview amounted to "shouting 'fire' in a crowded theater." He later asked if depicting the…
  • MSNBC Gushes Over Obama's Press Conference 'Swagger'

    19 December 2014, 3:53 pm by: Brendan Bordelon

    An MSNBC panel could barely contain their glee at President Obama's press conference performance on Friday, repeatedly noting the president's "swagger" and gushing over what they termed "Obama 2.0.""This was relaxed, confident president today, in a way that we…
  • Merry Christmas from Liberty Island

    19 December 2014, 3:30 pm by: John Miller

    Our friends at Liberty Island -- a website for fans and authors of conservative and libertarian fiction -- have posted the results of a holiday fiction contest. Go here.
  • “The Crumbling Gender Binary”

    19 December 2014, 3:25 pm by: Ed Whelan

    Earlier this week, I passed along news of the First Circuit’s en banc ruling holding that the Eighth Amendment does not require the Massachusetts prison system to provide sex-reassignment surgery to a prisoner. I hadn’t noticed at the time how histrionic…
  • The Post-Constitutional Presidency Continues

    19 December 2014, 3:15 pm by: Jim Geraghty

    On MSNBC, one of the hosts just gleefully compared Obama's end-of-the-year statement to a "middle finger."Leader of the free world, ladies and gentlemen!In his comments, Obama indicated he's exceptionally likely to veto legislation approving the Keystone…
  • Why Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Won’t Matter Much

    19 December 2014, 3:00 pm by: Robert Bryce

    Amid the many explanations offered by New York governor Andrew Cuomo and his various lieutenants about their reasons for imposing a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state, one of them made me laugh out loud.“We lack the necessary data,” said…
  • Sixteen Years Ago

    19 December 2014, 2:39 pm by: Quin Hillyer

    Sixteen years ago today, the House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton.Let it be said that the House was right to do so. Clinton clearly committed "high crimes and misdemeanors." The House impeached Clinton not because he took advantage of his…
  • 5 Times We Made Fun of a North Korean Dictator And Got Away with It

    19 December 2014, 2:36 pm by: Benny Johnson

    It's been a bad week for freedom. First, a tinpot, dwarf dictator presiding over a medieval, starving prison nation successfully blackmailed our entertainment industry. Second, a Castro brother could well be visiting the White House soon.But there was a better…
  • Obama: Sony 'Made a Mistake' by Pulling Movie After Cyberattack

    19 December 2014, 2:28 pm by: Brendan Bordelon

    President Obama finally weighed in on last month's devastating hack attack against Sony Corporation, saying the company "made a mistake" by pulling a movie in face of hacker threats and wishing that the executives had "spoken to [him] first."With the FBI set…
  • College Campuses' Feelings-Based Tyranny

    19 December 2014, 2:25 pm by: John Leo

    At Marquette University, an ethics teacher refused to allow a class discussion on gay marriage because gays in the room might be offended by negative opinions.At Harvard Law, Dean Martha Minow cited “hurt” as her reason for sending a campus-wide e-mail…
  • How Brave Are We, Really?

    19 December 2014, 2:19 pm by: David French

    I've found the entire Interview cancelation fiasco deeply disturbing. It's one story if Sony faced a vague threat and canceled the movie in a panic, a cancellation that would also have the collateral effect of perhaps appeasing the hackers and preventing the…
  • Some Light Holiday Reading on Overcriminalization (Really!)

    19 December 2014, 2:13 pm by: Jonathan Keim

    Just this week, the Federalist Society’s publication Engage published an excellent article by Hon. Ronald A. Cass called Overcriminalization: Administrative Regulation, Prosecutorial Discretion, and the Rule of Law. It’s an interesting treatment of the…

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