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  • Do Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Believe We Can Raise Defense Spending Even More Without Cutting…

    27 March 2015, 12:35 pm by: Veronique de Rugy

    On Thursday, Senator Rand Paul proposed an amendment to the Senate budget that would have hiked defense spending and paid for it with a range of spending cuts elsewhere. The summary, via Reason's Nick Gillespie: Amdt. 940 will increase, defense spending by…
  • Good Riddance, Dirty Harry

    27 March 2015, 12:14 pm by: Charles C. W. Cooke

    Harry Reid is retiring. Whatever happens to his Senate seat in 2016, this is good news for Republicans and it is good news for America. Good riddance, Harry. Good bloody riddance.Today we will hear a lot about Reid's "service" to the Senate and to the American…
  • Jew Or Dog?

    27 March 2015, 11:54 am by: Kevin D. Williamson

    “Jew Or Dog?” is the sort of pop quiz that one might expect from, say, Ali Khamenei. It in fact comes from Lena Dunham, writing in The New Yorker. She offers up a selection of familiar and tired stereotypes ("He expects to be waited on hand and foot by the…
  • John McGinnis on the Originalist Case for Judicial Restraint

    27 March 2015, 11:51 am by: Ed Whelan

    In an important new paper, law professor (and prominent originalist scholar) John McGinnis presents an extended originalist case for judicial restraint. Against those (e.g., many libertarians) who contend that judges owe no deference to legislative enactments,…
  • Medicare and Markets

    27 March 2015, 11:36 am by: Yuval Levin

    Over at Vox, Ezra Klein kindly takes note of my post opposing the Medicare SGR bill this week. I argued, among other things, that the bill would make some of Medicare’s worst features even worse and would make market-oriented reforms more difficult. Klein…
  • The Immigration Battle Heads to the Big Easy

    27 March 2015, 11:21 am by: Hans A. von Spakovsky

    Call it the Battle of New Orleans. On April 17, the litigation war over the president’s amnesty plan for 5 million illegal aliens will shift from Brownsville, Texas, to the Big Easy.In February, the administration suffered a major setback when U.S. District…
  • How Should Libertarians Feel about Conservatarianism?

    27 March 2015, 11:21 am by: Veronique de Rugy

    “Charles C.W. Cooke’s The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Fight for the Right’s Future is all the rage right now,” Tyler Cowen writes. “Books which attempt to redefine or carve up the political spectrum aren’t exactly…
  • Ted Cruz's Not-So-Secret Weapon: His Wife

    27 March 2015, 11:07 am by: Joel Gehrke

    Hillary Clinton’s courtiers would hate to admit it, but Senator Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, is set to provide a vivid refutation of Democratic claims that Republicans pine for 1950s domesticity.“I am unabashedly proud of everything about Heidi,” Cruz…
  • North Carolina's "Summer Bridge" Program Seems to Work, But...

    27 March 2015, 10:57 am by: George Leef

    America's mania for luring as many young people as possible into college necessitates enrolling lots of very weak, often academically disengaged students who are far behind many others in their ability to do even the easiest college work. The "solution" used…
  • On Suicide and Mass Murder

    27 March 2015, 10:13 am by: Ed Whelan

    The great and wise G.K. Chesterton observed that, from the perspective of the self-killer, suicide always involves a sort of mass murder: “The man who kills himself kills all men. As far as he is concerned, he wipes out the world.”
  • How to Fight Hamas on the Cultural Front

    27 March 2015, 10:04 am by: David Pryce-Jones

    The Gaza Strip is a perfect illustration of what happens after decolonization. The British once governed it as part of Mandated Palestine. That excellent writer George Macdonald Fraser gives a brilliant account of it in a short story with the title “The…
  • Friday Links

    27 March 2015, 9:54 am by: debbywitt

    Physiognomy of eyebrows: lots of surprisingly fascinating eyebrow interpretation tips from the 16th century and from the Victorians.France is letting 14-year-olds drive this tiny electric car.The inventor of underwear with pockets.Watch this extremely cool 1.5…
  • Two Things Today

    27 March 2015, 9:49 am by: Kathryn Jean Lopez

    1. Calling all Catholics (and any Christian who prays the Stations of the Cross devotion: Today is the last Friday before Good Friday. In solidarity with persecuted Christians, share a little of your life of faith because you can: During the 3:00 hour EST,…
  • Two Things Today

    27 March 2015, 9:49 am by: Kathryn Jean Lopez

    1. Calling all Catholics (and any Christian who prays the Stations of the Cross devotion: Today is the last Friday before Good Friday. In solidarity with persecuted Christians, share a little of your life of faith because you can: During the 3:00 hour EST,…
  • Harry Reid Heads into the Sunset

    27 March 2015, 9:47 am by: John Fund

    After insisting for months he would run for re-election, Senate minority leader Harry Reid is calling it quits and retiring next year. In 2013, Roll Call reported that Reid had told them he’d like to stay in the Senate leadership till 2022, when he would be…
  • Reid's Retirement

    27 March 2015, 9:39 am by: Ramesh Ponnuru

    One reason Senator Reid is giving for not running again may shed more light on his decision than he intended:He also said he was worried his race would consume campaign money that would be needed in other competitive states as Democrats try to regain control…
  • Good Riddance, Harry Reid.

    27 March 2015, 8:06 am by: Jim Geraghty

    From the last Morning Jolt until April 6:We Won’t Have Harry Reid to Kick Around for Much Longer!Good riddance!Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a…
  • Terrorists You Can Trust

    27 March 2015, 4:00 am by: Deroy Murdock

    ‘Death to America,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei told a screaming crowd in Tehran Saturday. “The politics of America is to create insecurity.”With U.S.-Iranian atomic-bomb talks in full swing, Khamenei’s crack was not exactly what…
  • Ted Cruz: The Bush Years

    27 March 2015, 4:00 am by: Jim Geraghty

    Long before Ted Cruz was a big-name senator and conservative rock star, wowing the crowd at Liberty University in the early days of his presidential bid, he was just another lawyer toiling away in virtual anonymity under George W. Bush.While Cruz’s time in…
  • Get Hard Is Smart, While We’re Young Is Insufferable

    27 March 2015, 4:00 am by: Armond White

    The commercially successful and self-proclaimed socialist playwright Tony Kushner joined the bandwagon in praising the HBO black-crime series The Wire as “smart, unflinching, and emotionally difficult.” He even praised the show’s gay drug dealer Omar…
  • In Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew Built a Welfare State That Works

    27 March 2015, 4:00 am by: John Fund

    Obituaries of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore who died this week at age 91, broke down into roughly two camps:He was a hero, building a “clean as Disneyland” republic that runs like a Swiss watch.He was an autocrat, who built a…
  • Thou Shalt Not Mock Ted Cruz on God-Given Rights

    27 March 2015, 12:00 am by: David Harsanyi

    As an atheist, I suppose I should be deeply troubled by Ted Cruz’s God-heavy presidential announcement. Although the Texas senator’s blast of old-fashioned American exceptionalism garnered most of the chortling media’s attention, it’s what troubles me…
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Hero for Our Time

    27 March 2015, 12:00 am by: Rich Lowry

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be the perfect feminist hero.In theory, she fits the role on multiple levels: She’s an escapee from an abusive patriarchy. She’s an African immigrant who made her own way in a Western country, the Netherlands. She’s a fierce…
  • ‘Death to America’

    27 March 2015, 12:00 am by: Mona Charen

    Maybe I’m too sensitive, but when a foreign autocrat leads his people in chants of “Death to America,” I take it personally.President Obama and Secretary Kerry apparently don’t. The chant, which became a staple of the Islamic Republic during the 1979…
  • Can America’s Family-Breakdown Problem Be Reversed?

    27 March 2015, 12:00 am by: Michael Barone

    Our kids, at least many of them, are not doing very well. The reason, writes Harvard professor Robert Putnam in his just-published Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is the “two-tier pattern of family structure” that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s and…
  • Can Jewish Americans Support Both Democrats and Israel?

    27 March 2015, 12:00 am by: Jonah Goldberg

    ‘I don’t understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their president,” vented Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) on Boston Herald Radio last week.It was a small controversy…
  • A Sick and Twisted Culture

    26 March 2015, 10:46 pm by: Jay Nordlinger

    Tonight, the New York Philharmonic premiered a work by John Adams. Adams is probably the most famous and important composer in the world (classical composer). His new work is Scheherazade.2, a “dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra.”Before the…
  • Will's Take: Saudi Arabian Intervention in Yemen Is Good News for U.S.

    26 March 2015, 8:03 pm by: NR Staff

    George Will thinks Americans should be glad to hear Saudi Arabia is intervening in Yemen. But Fox News' Chris Wallace did not appear to fully understand. On Thursday's Special Report, Wallace noted that the Obama administration both supports and opposes the…
  • Handicapping the 2016 Field

    26 March 2015, 8:00 pm by: Charles Krauthammer

    With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of…
  • Contrary to SG’s Claim, Ample Legislative History Contradicts EPA’s Position in Michigan v. EPA

    26 March 2015, 7:43 pm by: Robert D. Cheren

    At the Supreme Court’s March 25 oral argument regarding the EPA’s refusal to consider the costs before subjecting power plants to costly regulations under the Clean Air Act’s Section 112 program, Solicitor General Verrilli answered a key question with a…

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