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  • Biden Uses ‘Take Back America’ Phrase Obama and Holder Think is Racist

    1 September 2014, 2:16 pm by: Joel Gehrke

    Vice President Joe Biden staked his claim to the labor vote by declaring that “it’s time to take back America” in order to ensure that the middle class gets an “equal share” of prosperity in the country.“If we don’t, America’s in trouble,”…
  • Joe Biden Forgets Things

    1 September 2014, 2:16 pm by: Kevin D. Williamson

    Joe Biden -- who is, remind yourself, the vice president of these United States -- told a crowd in Detroit that it's time to "take back America!" Could somebody please spare him future indignity and whisper into his ear that he is a high-ranking member of the…
  • Even Germany Is Arming the Kurds

    1 September 2014, 1:27 pm by: Patrick Brennan

    The German government, long a force for pacifist foreign policy, has decided that it will start sending weapons to arm the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq, in its fight against the Islamic State. Reuters reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel is…
  • Morning AG Roundup

    1 September 2014, 1:22 pm by: Ciara Matthews

    New Mexico attorney general candidate Susan Riedel is making her case to voters with an op-ed in today’s Albuquerque Journal.Wisconsin attorney general candidate Brad Schimel took to the airwaves in a detailed, televised interview to discuss why voters…
  • Stamps: The Vatican's Tiny Evangelizers

    1 September 2014, 1:14 pm by: William van Ornum

    Every month, the Vatican issues a small group of stamps, whose themes range from history to art and biography -- and of course, Catholic themes and hagiography.After Ronald Reagan said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" in 1987, it took two years for tens…
  • Happy Labor Day!

    1 September 2014, 12:19 pm by: Peter Augustine Lawler

    First off, HAPPY LABOR DAY! I read in the Washington Post on the way home that New York is the best state because it has the highest percentage of unionized employees--well over 20% of all workers. Meanwhile, the Southern states are the worst states--because…
  • Joan Rivers Will Never be a Carrot

    1 September 2014, 11:37 am by: Wesley J. Smith

    Whatever the future holds for Joan Rivers, who may have experienced brain damage during surgery, she will always be an exceptional human being deserving of equal rights and perceived moral value.To put it another way, contrary to some stories describing her…
  • What APSA Had to Say about SCOTUS

    1 September 2014, 10:41 am by: Fred Schwarz

    On Friday morning, at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., a panel of scholars assessed the Supreme Court’s 2013–14 term. The session, sponsored by the Claremont Institute, brought together Hadley Arkes, of…
  • A Labor Day Reflection on the Value of Work

    1 September 2014, 9:42 am by: Michael R. Strain

    Last year's Labor Day I wrote a reflection for National Review Online on the value of work. The statistics are obviously outdated, but I think the main — timeless? — message on the value and necessity of work for a flourishing life and the dignity work…
  • Feminist Gay Activist Pushing to Keep Bathrooms Gender-Segregated

    1 September 2014, 9:19 am by: Katherine Timpf

    A prominent lesbian feminist activist is pushing to keep bathrooms segregated by gender on grounds that might make sounds familiar to a lot of conservatives -- mixed-gender restrooms would put women at risk of harassment and assault, she says.Sheila Jeffreys,…
  • Obama, Outed: If Only

    1 September 2014, 4:00 am by: Quin Hillyer

    Just resign already. Go. Be gone. Vamoose. Get out of our lives. More important: Stop endangering all of us with your self-indulgent vacations and self-absorbed dithering, along with unconstitutional domestic power plays while the whole world burns.Barack…
  • What to Do about Wages?

    1 September 2014, 4:00 am by: Kevin D. Williamson

    It’s a story of medians and means: As the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute runs the numbers, the average U.S. household income grew by 53.4 percent in inflation-adjusted terms between 1979 and 2007. That’s the mean. But the median is in an entirely…
  • Never Again

    1 September 2014, 12:00 am by: Kathryn Jean Lopez

    How many times have we heard: “Never again”? (Or taken selfies at a concentration camp or Holocaust museum with those words?) How often have we quoted: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”? And yet: Do we do…
  • On Catcalling, Three Contrarian Observations

    31 August 2014, 6:22 pm by: Nicholas Frankovich

    At some level, a man who catcalls wants the woman to reciprocate. “Guys, I see attractive men all the time,” Christine Sisto remarks, “but I don't feel an urge to loudly request to see their genitalia.” But they might be psyched if she did. Male brains…
  • The New CBO Report: Medicare Really Is Looking Better, But Not Good Enough

    31 August 2014, 6:00 pm by: Andrew Smith

    The Congressional Budget Office released their update to the Budget and Economic Outlook for the next decade Wednesday. Damian Paletta has a summary for the Wall Street Journal, but here are are three big takeaways for thinking about policy choices in the…
  • Anatomy of a GOP Disaster: Losing Pennsylvania

    31 August 2014, 6:00 pm by: John Fund

    All over the country Republican governors are either poised for easy reelection (such as Ohio’s John Kasich and Nevada’s Brian Sandoval) or running even or better against Democrats (Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Florida’s Rick Scott). Then there is…
  • Senate Dem: The West Is Afraid to ‘Provoke Putin’

    31 August 2014, 3:36 pm by: Joel Gehrke

    President Obama needs to rethink his unwillingness to provide Ukrainian military forces with lethal weapons to fight Russia, according to a Senate Democrat who scoffed at political leaders who fear “provok[ing] Putin.”“I think that was his initial…
  • See Clacton

    31 August 2014, 2:09 pm by: Andrew Stuttaford

    So how is Douglas Carswell, the Conservative MP who defected to UKIP, going to do in the special election now being scheduled for Clacton?The first poll (and it is only the first poll, and it’s a small one too) makes very grim reading for the…
  • Feinstein: Obama 'Too Cautious' About Stopping ISIS

    31 August 2014, 12:17 pm by: Joel Gehrke

    President Obama has been “too cautious” in his response to the threat of the Islamic State terror group, Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein suggested Sunday morning.Feinstein made the comment when asked whether Obama’s…
  • Appalling APUSH: Read It Yourself

    31 August 2014, 12:04 pm by: Stanley Kurtz

    More historians and commentators are speaking out against the College Board’s long, constraining, and egregiously left-biased Framework for the study of AP U.S. History (APUSH).Ron Radosh, a historian of modern America, offers a powerful critique of the new…
  • Will: Is Any Politics Local Anymore?

    31 August 2014, 12:00 pm by: Ian Tuttle

    “The old axiom is, ‘All politics is local.’ The question now,” says columnist George Will, “is, how much of any politics is local anymore, now that it becomes a referendum on the president and on great national issues like foreign policy and…
  • King: ISIS 'Doesn't Need Excuse' to Attack U.S.

    31 August 2014, 11:49 am by: Ian Tuttle

    “Al-Qaeda didn’t need a grievance to attack us on 9/11, and these groups don’t need any excuse,” said New York congressman Peter King, responding to the suggestion that attacking the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, would prompt it try attacking the…
  • McCain: 'For God's Sake,' Can't the U.S. Help the Ukrainians Defend Themselves?

    31 August 2014, 11:33 am by: Ian Tuttle

    White House sources have indicated that the introduction of American arms into the conflict between Ukraine and Russia could exacerbate tensions, but Arizona senator John McCain thinks it's necessary regardless. “For God’s sake,” he said on CBS’s Face…
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  • Will's Take: If Arab 'Neighborhood' Can't Take Out ISIS, 'We Shouldn't'

    31 August 2014, 10:46 am by: Ian Tuttle

    “I think what the president is trying to do,” said columnist George Will on Fox News Sunday, “and I sympathize with this, is to get the neighborhood [of the Islamic State] to rally.”There's plenty of military power in the Middle East to confront the…
  • House Intel Chair: 'Hundreds' of Americans Have Fought with ISIS; Some Have Returned to U.S

    31 August 2014, 10:31 am by: Ian Tuttle

    How many Americans are fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria? “It’s in the hundreds,” says Representative Mike Rogers (R., Mich.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.There are “hundreds” of Americans “that…
  • Former Jihadist: Young Extremists Are Often Suffering from an 'Identity Crisis'

    31 August 2014, 10:02 am by: Ian Tuttle

    Before offering his help to Western intelligence services, Mubin Shaikh was a Canadian citizen who went to Pakistan to join the jihad. On ABC's This Week, he explained his own radicalization as the result of an "identity crisis" -- a predicament he believes…
  • The Thin Gruel of English Department Fads

    31 August 2014, 9:24 am by: Jane S. Shaw

    I have been mystified by what has happened to English departments since I was an English major half a century ago, but I’m beginning to get the drift.For one thing, English has split into two parts. “Composition” has emerged. As R.V. Young noted in a…
  • If Reagan Had Picked Rumsfeld as His Vice President, Would We Never Have Had President Clinton?

    31 August 2014, 8:11 am by: Michael R. Strain

    My wife is a little under the weather, so we had an early night last night and consequently I had an early morning this morning. I used my man-time — before she wakes up and the television is taken over by Raising Asia — to watch Errol Morris's documentary…
  • Coolness 101

    31 August 2014, 12:01 am by: Michael Potemra

    Turner Classic Movies is about to play a movie starring Victor Mature, who was famous for playing beefcake roles, especially in Biblical and sword-and-sandal movies. The way I first heard my favorite story about him was, he was rejected for a country-club…

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