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  • James Taranto Misses Something

    2h By Mona Charen
    In his always-readable and incisive Best of the Web column, the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto, who has been, let's say, anti-anti-Trump for most of the campaign, today levels some long-overdue criticism of the likely nominee. "Donald Trump’s latest…
  • Ten Things that Caught My Eye Today (May 31, 2016)

    2h
    1. (Crux) On ISIS and the presidential election.2. (Public Discourse) How and Why We Remember the Dead3. (AP) At least 1,000 people died on the Mediterranean last week.4. (U.K. Independent) Abortion drugs by drone.5. (Public Discourse) Even Very Sick Children…
  • Re: The Torricelli Solution

    3h By Jonah Goldberg
    Andy has a very interesting piece on the "Torricelli solution." It has a vaguely Ludlumesque sound to it (a la: The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Osterman Weekend, The Rheineman Exchange and of course, The Torricelli Solution).Here's how Andy describes the…
  • Transgender Public-Accommodations Agenda on Bathrooms, Locker Rooms, and Showers

    3h By Ed Whelan
    The transgender agenda on bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers is, of course, not being pursued only by the Obama administration. Various states and localities are also seeking to impose it. Indeed, because federal law does not prohibit discrimination on the…
  • Filtering Out the Undesirables

    4h By George Leef
    Faculty hiring means finding the most capable scholars, with just a tiny thumb on the scales to help minority candidates -- right?No, argues Professor Daphne Patai in this excellent Minding the Campus essay. She focuses on UMass - Amherst, where the Office of…
  • Hillary’s George Costanza Defense

    4h By Shannen W. Coffin
    In her latest defense of her unlawful e-mail server, Hillary Clinton is following the playbook of Seinfeld’s lovable loser George Costanza. In one memorable episode, Costanza fulfills one of his fantasies with an after-hours romp with a cleaning woman at his…
  • Trump's Missing Intellectuals

    1:41pm By Jonah Goldberg
    Fred Barnes has a piece in the latest Weekly Standard that has sparked some conversation in some of my circles. It's titled “Trump’s Intellectuals,” and I read Barnes as trying to make room for the eggheads to get on board the Trump Train. But his stated…
  • Carhartt Economy, Prada Policies

    1:34pm By Kevin D. Williamson
    It was a sentence that only the New York Times could have written: “Obama’s overtime proposal threatens ‘Devil Wears Prada’ economy.”Noam Scheiber’s report will not surprise you. The Obama administration, in a fit of lame-duck unilateralism, has…
  • Alas, Harambe the Gorilla Had to Die

    12:50pm By Wesley J. Smith
    I hoped to avoid comment on the killing of Harambe the gorilla.But I keep getting asked, so here goes.Rich is correct, it is not a close call, but I think a bit more needs to be written: The sturm und drang over the killed gorilla is a disturbing sign of our…
  • The Torricelli Solution to the Coming Clinton Implosion

    12:25pm By Andrew C. McCarthy
    Last week’s shattering report by the State Department’s inspector general drew the conclusion that several of us at National Review have been urging for over a year: Hillary Clinton’s systematic conduct of government business over a homebrew e-mail…
  • What's Wrong with Russia?

    11:52am By John J. Miller
    David Satter says things may get much worse in Russia before they get better. He's my latest guest on The Bookmonger, and he's the author of The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin, just…
  • In the Matter of Harambe

    11:51am By Rich Lowry
    Count me as an ardent admirer of apes and all other charismatic megafauna, but the tragic shooting of the gorilla Harambe that has stoked such outrage online doesn't seem a close call — a child's life was in danger. This wasn't some hunter paying a lot of…
  • 1992 in Reverse

    11:49am By Ramesh Ponnuru
    Last week I reviewed the strategic options available to Clinton as she prepares to run against Trump. I suggested that many Democrats would be tempted to run against him as an extreme right-winger and expressed doubt that this strategy would work. Sean Trende…
  • Beyond Niceness and Brutishness (or, Happy 100th Birthday, Walker Percy!)

    11:37am By Peter Augustine Lawler
    First off, last Saturday was Walker Percy's 100th birthday. Here's some stuff Percy said: People are nicer, more clueless, and more loony than ever these days. Most ideological anger -- most outrage against microaggressions, for example -- is a diversion from…
  • Romney Is Out — Very Out

    11:34am By Rich Lowry
    I was struck by this passage in a Wall Street Journal article about Romney and Trump. Not only is Romney a "no" to a third-party bid, he doesn't even want to criticize Trump anymore (also, note the typically crummy personal shots from Trump):Conservative…
  • Three States Left Out of Trump’s 15-State Strategy

    11:30am By Jim Geraghty
    Fox News reports that Donald Trump has a “fifteen state strategy” to win the presidency, which combines some traditional swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as some big, traditionally-heavily Democratic states like California and New…
  • The Dispirit of ’16

    11:30am By Jim Geraghty
    The press predicts Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton will be “the nastiest, ugliest campaign in modern presidential history.” Polling indicates that the two major-party presumptive nominees are the most unpopular and disliked of any in recent memory. A…
  • Who Are the Sanders Voters, Ctd.

    10:57am By Ramesh Ponnuru
    Last week I mentioned a New York Times op-ed in which two academics argued that, contrary to what one might have expected, Sanders voters were to the right of Clinton voters on economic issues. Today's Washington Post carries a rebuttal by two other academics,…
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Events on Scalia Legacy

    10:53am By Ed Whelan
    I’ll be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area tomorrow and Thursday for three speaking engagements.Tomorrow at noon, I’ll speak on “The Legacy of Justice Scalia” at an event hosted by the Dallas lawyers chapter of the Federalist Society. CLE credit is…
  • Watching Our House and Economy Burn Down

    10:35am By Jim Geraghty
    What the country is experiencing “is the difference between a car crash and having your house burn down,” Democratic pollster Peter Hart tells the Wall Street Journal today. “A car crash is something that fades as the three or six months mark goes by.…
  • End the Debate Cartel

    10:35am By John Fund
    The Libertarian party nominated two respected former governors as their presidential ticket this weekend. But Gary Johnson and Bill Weld have little chance of becoming known to the American people -- even though their names are likely to be on all 50 state…
  • That Man on Their Shirts

    9:22am By Jay Nordlinger
    Today, I begin an “Oslo Journal,” which mainly brings notes on the Oslo Freedom Forum. The opening installment mentions Martín Guevara -- who was a participant in this year’s forum. He is the nephew of the man on a billion T-shirts. Or 10 billion,…
  • Get Ready to Hear a Lot More About the Tomah VA Scandal

    9:09am By Jim Geraghty
    From the first Morning Jolt of this short week:Get Ready to Hear a Lot More About the Tomah VA ScandalToday the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold a field hearing in Tomah, Wisconsin, reviewing allegations that government…
  • This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-May 31

    8:00am By Ed Whelan
    1990—In an otherwise insignificant case (Shriners Hospitals v. Zrillic), Florida chief justice Rosemary Barkett, completely botching case law governing the federal Equal Protection Clause, asserts that “underinclusive or overinclusive classifications fail…
  • Bernard Lewis, ‘Making Noises’

    7:06am By Jay Nordlinger
    On the homepage today, we have a symposium in honor of Bernard Lewis, the great historian of the Middle East. It’s his 100th birthday today. So, there is plenty to read about him. But I wanted to say something in addition here.The field of Middle East…
  • ‘Never Trump’: Be Ready Always to Give a Reason

    4:51am By Nicholas Frankovich
    We tend to reverse-engineer our reasons for supporting candidates for public office. “Rather than choose a candidate whose views match their own, voters often change their views to align with the candidates they’ve chosen,” Emily Ekins observes in a…
  • Class, Trump, and the Election

    4:00am By Victor Davis Hanson
    Donald Trump seems to have offended almost every possible identity group. But the New York billionaire still also seems to appeal to the working classes (in part no doubt precisely because he has offended so many special-interest factions; in part because he…
  • Bernard Lewis at 100: An Appreciation

    4:00am By NR Symposium
    National Review asked friends and admirers of Bernard Lewis to say some words about the man and his achievements to mark the occasion of his 100th birthday today.Ayaan Hirsi Ali Bernard Lewis once asked me, Is there anyone who as a leader has really impressed…
  • The EPA vs. Science

    4:00am By Julie Kelly
    A political battle is brewing on Capitol Hill with an unlikely source: a weed killer.Congress is demanding to know why the Environmental Protection Agency posted and then pulled a long-awaited report on the carcinogenicity of glyphosate, the world’s most…
  • The Liberal Hypocrites Fighting the Koch Brothers on Campus

    4:00am By Ian Tuttle
    The success of America’s institutions of higher learning is thanks in no small part to the largesse of America’s most generous citizens -- persons with names such as Rockefeller and Carnegie. That tradition continues today. But one of the names has…