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    24 October 2014, 6:52 am by: Debby Witt

    From c. 1260, the weasel/scorpion method of pregnancy prevention, plus other dubious medical advice.Why blackmail is called "blackmail", plus the origin of the lesser known "buttockmail".Best Biology Photographs of 2014. And from earlier this year, 2014…
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    24 October 2014, 4:00 am by: NR Staff

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  • How Will Canada Respond?

    24 October 2014, 4:00 am by: Michael Taube

    It has been a difficult week for Canada. Two shocking incidents within 48 hours have rattled my country’s reputation for being a safe and peaceful place to live. For the first time ever, we are all now on high alert when it comes to security issues and…
  • Eliminate College Sports

    24 October 2014, 4:00 am by: Ian Tuttle

    I like college sports -- that the athletes do not get paid to play, for instance; that the athletes play for their community, for the pride of their place, taking the field in South Bend after growing up watching the Fighting Irish; I like that athletes are…
  • The Enduring Power of Story

    24 October 2014, 12:00 am by: Jonah Goldberg

    There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. Ideological debates are fought over ideas, but politics is more often about competing stories, or, as the eggheads call them, “narratives.”Much…
  • Michael Brown and Faux ‘Civil-Rights’ Victims

    24 October 2014, 12:00 am by: Mona Charen

    Back in August, when news first broke of a shooting in Ferguson, Mo., the media world, perpetually tingling with eagerness for white-on-black violence stories, plunged into delirium. An unarmed, black 18-year-old “gentle giant” had been shot in the back…
  • President Obama, Silent

    24 October 2014, 12:00 am by: Michelle Malkin

    President Obama says he’s “shaken” by this week’s violent attacks on three soldiers in Ottawa by an Islamic jihadist. He immediately phoned Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper to offer support and “solidarity.” He vowed to “remain…
  • The GOP Will Retain the House

    24 October 2014, 12:00 am by: Michael Barone

    You probably haven’t read much commentary about this year’s elections to the House of Representatives. There’s a good reason for that: The majority in the Senate is up for grabs, but it’s clear to everyone who follows these things that Republicans will…
  • The Poll Tax That Wasn't

    24 October 2014, 12:00 am by: Rich Lowry

    When the Supreme Court rejected a petition to stop a Texas voter-ID law from going into effect for the midterms, the left commenced its wailing and gnashing of teeth.In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the law “purposely discriminatory,” and…
  • Ebola Case Diagnosed in New York City

    23 October 2014, 10:05 pm by: Jillian Kay Melchior

    From the Wall Street Journal this evening:A physician who had returned to New York City 10 days ago after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the disease, according to an official familiar with the findings.Craig Spencer, a…
  • Can There Be An Alternative To Fox News?

    23 October 2014, 8:48 pm by: Peter Spiliakos

    Ross Douthat wonders about the lack of competitors to Fox News for the right-of-center audience. I just want to make two points.1. There was a moment in the 1990s when Fox News had competitors for the right-of-center viewer. The Pat Robertson-owned Family…
  • Will's Take: Obama Made a Mistake by Linking Michelle Nunn with Harry Reid

    23 October 2014, 8:24 pm by: NRO Staff

    On Thursday's Special Report, George Will criticized President Obama's decision to link a potential victory by Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn to a Democratically controlled Senate. "It's just folly to go on radio and say a vote for Michelle Nunn is a…
  • Barack Obama, Bewildered Bystander

    23 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Charles Krauthammer

    The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in the New York Times last Saturday.There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the…
  • The Paranoid and the Visionary

    23 October 2014, 7:00 pm by: Armond White

    Edward Snowden’s checking himself out in a mirror, pulling mousse through his hair (getting “ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille”), is the most revealing moment in Citizenfour, an official documentary coming-out party, designed to celebrate the informer…
  • The Traitors Who Join ISIS

    23 October 2014, 6:00 pm by: Tom Rogan

    Nathan Cirillo and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. As I noted yesterday, the moral contrast between these two men -- the Ottawa terrorist and the guard he shot -- couldn’t be more stark. Cirillo gave his life in the service of country and honor. Zehaf-Bibeau gave his…
  • The Federal Deficit: Improving Like Columbia Football Is Improving

    23 October 2014, 5:46 pm by: Fred Schwarz

    Columbia University, the alma mater of President Obama and myself, is outstanding in many areas, but football isn’t one of them. Their last win of any note came in 1947; a few decades ago, they had a 44-game losing streak; and last year they lost every game…
  • The Nightly News' Curious Disinterest in the Midterm Elections

    23 October 2014, 5:33 pm by: Jim Geraghty

  • Liberia Might Be Gaining Ground Against Ebola

    23 October 2014, 5:29 pm by: Patrick Brennan

    BuzzFeed's reporter on the ground in Liberia has an excellent story on what health officials in that country are saying -- and it seems to be mostly good news. As the number of treatment beds in the country has expanded substantially, the number of dead bodies…
  • Some Senate Scuttlebutt

    23 October 2014, 5:27 pm by: Rich Lowry

    Was talking to a Republican who sees internal polls. Nothing earth-shattering here, but for what it's worth:South Dakota looks good despite the scare a couple of weeks ago, with internals showing a widening Rounds lead.In Georgia, Perdue has obviously had a…
  • Ouch: BusinessWeek Calls Obama 'Too Cool for Crisis Management'

    23 October 2014, 4:12 pm by: Jim Geraghty

    That is a heck of a cover image/gif, Bloomberg BusinessWeek. And probably about as bad an image as the Democrats could imagine, short of "VOTE GOP" in giant letters.Inside, the headline to Joshua Green's piece is, "Obama Is Too Cool for Crisis Management."
  • GOP Takes First-Ever Early Voting Lead in Iowa

    23 October 2014, 4:10 pm by: Joel Gehrke

    Representative Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) has been relying on early voters to propel him to victory in the Iowa Senate race, but Republicans have deprived Democrats of that traditional strength.For the first time ever, Republicans lead Democrats in terms of…
  • More on Peter Wood and Scripps College

    23 October 2014, 4:04 pm by: Roger Clegg

    Following up on my post earlier this week regarding Peter Wood's critique of Scripps College's decision to disinvite George Will, here's his letter to the college's president on this matter. As I said, antics like this college’s are, alas, more and more…
  • Michelle Obama Confuses Colo. Dem Senator With His Republican Challenger

    23 October 2014, 4:00 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    Michelle Obama made another gaffe stumping for a Democratic candidate on Thursday, appearing to confuse the family history of Colorado's Mark Udall with that of his Republican opponent."As a fifth-generation Coloradan, Mark understands what makes this state…
  • The Analytic Tool of Selective Nostalgia

    23 October 2014, 4:00 pm by: Peter Augustine Lawler

    So I've written something commenting on Yuval's warning--to both liberals and conservatives--about succumbing to the blindness of nostalgia.Some of you know that I've talked about "selective nostalgia" before. I've "borrowed" the term from Mark Henrie,…
  • Not Just a Fracking Ban

    23 October 2014, 4:00 pm by: Jillian Kay Melchior

    Under the guise of an anti-fracking initiative, environmental groups in two California counties have sneaked into a ballot measure language that would impose sweeping restrictions on the entire energy sector, banning even conventional oil- and gas-production…
  • 'The Poll Tax That Wasn’t'

    23 October 2014, 3:32 pm by: Rich Lowry

    My Politico column today on voter ID:For the left, voter ID is tantamount to a poll tax. It is meant to suppress minority voters and is a last-gasp, unconstitutional scheme by the Republican Party to save itself by decisively shaping the electorate to its…
  • Maybe Congress Will Finally Stand Up to Obama if He Bypasses Them on Iran

    23 October 2014, 2:38 pm by: John Yoo

    Word inside the Beltway is that President Obama intends to reach an Iranian nuclear-weapons deal without involving Congress. Defenders of the Constitution may just sigh and throw up their hands (again). Obama's plan only adds to the long list of…
  • White House Insists Obama Is Relevant

    23 October 2014, 2:06 pm by: Joel Gehrke

    President Obama’s spokesman took a moment to rebut the vulnerable Senate Democrat who claimed that he isn’t relevant, saying that “the vast majority” of Americans disagree.Earnest on Begich comments that Obama isn't relevant: "the vast majority of…
  • Michelle Nunn Has a Seriously Hypocritical Attack Ad

    23 October 2014, 1:56 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    The star of Michelle Nunn’s latest ad seems to be guilty of exactly what the Democratic Senate candidate has repeatedly accused her opponent of: outsourcing jobs.The Georgia Senate race remains tight in the final weeks before Election Day, due in large part…
  • Obama to Atlanta Radio Station: A Michelle Nunn Win Means We Keep the Senate and Keep Passing My…

    23 October 2014, 1:48 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    ​President Obama just directly linked himself to another red-state Democrat Senate candidate. Calling in to Atlanta's V-103 radio station on Thursday, the president said a Michelle Nunn victory in Georgia "means that Democrats keep control of the Senate" and…

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