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  • A Day for Gratitude

    4:00am By Kevin D. Williamson
    Gratitude is a constant theme at National Review. William F. Buckley Jr. wrote a book on the subject, Gratitude: Reflections on What We Owe to Our Country. We are constantly mindful of the gratitude we owe the platoons of subscribers, advertisers, donors,…
  • The Miracle of an Ordinary Day

    4:00am By Heather Wilhelm
    For a wildly popular worldwide phenomenon, social media certainly gets a lot of bad press — and often for good reason. The latest “conscientious objector” to humanity’s insatiable craze for digital oversharing is none other than Sean Parker, the…
  • I’m Thankful We’re Not Europe

    4:00am By Michael Brendan Dougherty
    I’m thankful for many things this year. We survived it, for one. I wasn’t entirely sure of that outcome given my low opinion of our president’s character and mental stability. But we’ve far and away cleared the lowest expectations for Donald Trump’s…
  • This Thanksgiving, Thank Donald J. Trump

    4:00am By Deroy Murdock
    This Thanksgiving, Americans in general -- and free-market conservatives in particular -- have plenty for which to be grateful. And much of it would be absent had the White House’s current occupant not become president on November 8, 2016. The day after…
  • China’s New Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

    12:00am By Victor Davis Hanson
    A few weeks ago, Chinese president Xi Jinping offered a Soviet-style five-year plan for China’s progress at the Communist Party congress in Beijing. Despite his talk of global cooperation, the themes were familiar socialist boilerplate about Chinese economic…
  • Here’s to Another Year of American Hilarity

    Wed 8:00pm By George Will
    Tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, is unjustly blamed for what mere gluttony does, making Americans comatose every fourth Thursday in November. But before nodding off, give thanks for another year of American hilarity, including: A company curried favor with…
  • Republicans Against the Tax Bill

    Wed 4:53pm By Jibran Khan
    A number of Republican senators have expressed strong reservations about the tax-reform bill currently under consideration in the upper house. While there are only a handful of dissenters, the narrow 52–48 majority in the Senate means that the party cannot…
  • Roy Moore’s Polling: An Update

    Wed 4:43pm By Jibran Khan
    A new FiveThirtyEight polling roundup reveals that the drop in Moore’s support immediately after allegations emerged of molestation and improper relationships by the former judge was not a one-off. He has seen a steady decline in support since, moving from a…
  • The New York Times vs. Alliance Defending Freedom

    Wed 4:36pm By Ramesh Ponnuru
    Jeremy Peters writes in the New York Times: “We think that in a free society people who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman shouldn’t be coerced by the government to promote a different view of marriage,” said Jeremy Tedesco, a senior…
  • Are Congress’s Tax Plans Designed to Benefit Trump?

    Wed 4:15pm By Jibran Khan
    One of the stupider tendencies within our political discourse is to label mundane GOP policies as novel parts of the “Trump agenda.” I can’t make much of the idea that a man who thinks judges sign bills into law and switches political identities on a…
  • DNC Posts Lowest October Fundraising Numbers Since 2003

    Wed 3:59pm By Philip H. DeVoe
    The Democratic National Committee posted its lowest October fundraising numbers since 2003 -- in which year committees began filing with the FEC monthly -- at just $3.9 million. The year-to-date numbers are grim as well: So far in 2017, the DNC has raised a…
  • Ten Years Ago Today

    Wed 3:45pm By David French
    I don’t just remember where I was ten years ago today. I can feel it. I can close my eyes and be there again, instantly. It was my first day in Iraq. The first real day of my deployment. It was also Thanksgiving. The location was Balad Air Base, north of…
  • Trump's Disappearing Populism

    Wed 2:58pm By Ramesh Ponnuru
    Henry Olsen asks a good question in the New York Times: “Whatever Happened to Trump’s Populist Agenda?” Contrary to his claim that “Mr. Trump and some of his supporters had good ideas for a reformed Republican Party that fuses conservative and populist…
  • Should Tenure Depend on ‘Collegiality’?

    Wed 2:26pm By George Leef
    Tenure is supposed to protect college faculty from termination if their speech or writing disturbs school officials. That protection is getting weaker and weaker. For example, Marquette is trying to get rid of tenured political-science professor John McAdams…
  • Our Lady of Mount Caramel

    Wed 2:04pm By Jack Fowler
    Dear Weekend Jolter, Praised be, you too have finally emerged from your stuffing coma. Oh, really? Well, I’m so sorry that the bloat continues to blur your vision. So as not to overtax your chubby peepers, we’ll keep this edition of WJ short. But before we…
  • Trump Defends Roy Moore: At Least He’s Not Democrat Doug Jones

    Wed 1:42pm By Alexandra DeSanctis
    Yesterday afternoon, President Trump addressed press questions about Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who in mid November was accused of having sexually assaulted two teenage girls when he was in his thirties. Perhaps predictably, Trump did more…
  • KPMG Analysis on Tax-Base Erosion: Senate vs. House

    Wed 11:17am By Veronique de Rugy
    During the battle against the Border Adjustment Tax, the Senate was always the most responsible party. The tax writers on the House side, on the other hand, created and, for far too long, fully embraced that bad idea (thus delaying significantly the necessary…
  • Alabamians Should Reject Both of Them

    Wed 11:12am By Ramesh Ponnuru
    If you’re a voter in Alabama who can’t in good conscience vote for either Roy Moore or Doug Jones -- because Moore is most likely a serial sexual predator, and Jones supports a grave injustice -- don’t try to overcome your conscience.
  • A Liberal Judge Rediscovers the Tenth Amendment — So Should Conservatives

    Wed 11:00am By Jonathan S. Tobin
    Sanctuary cities are appalling. But using extra-constitutional means to defund them is still wrong. One of the odd staples of American political life in the mid 1990s was Bob Dole’s love affair with the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United…
  • Poll: 33 Percent of Minnesotans Want Franken to Resign

    Wed 10:57am By Theodore Kupfer
    Multiple allegations of sexual harassment have turned Minnesotans against Senator Al Franken, according to a poll conducted by KSTP and SurveyUSA. The pollsters found that only 22 percent of 600 Minnesotans surveyed said he should remain in office. Another 33…
  • Euthanasia Virus Spreads to Australia

    Wed 10:55am By Wesley J. Smith
    One hundred years ago, people did often die in agony, and yet there was very little talk about legalizing euthanasia. Today, suffering can be greatly ameliorated in almost all cases, and yet the cause of "death with dignity" is promoted more energetically than…
  • Judicial Nominations Update

    Wed 10:42am By Carrie Severino
    Last week, another nominee to a U.S. District Court was confirmed, bringing the total number of federal judicial nominees confirmed thus far to fourteen. It also marked the third time this year that the Democratic minority, in their relentless pursuit of…
  • The Virtues of Giving Thanks

    Wed 10:41am By Fred Bauer
    Thanksgiving is upon us, so it might be helpful to take a few minutes to reflect on the virtues of giving thanks. In his 2013 Bradley Prize remarks, Yuval Levin offered this succinct definition of conservatism: “Conservatism is gratitude.” There’s…
  • Tough Numbers for Franken

    Wed 10:16am By Jim Geraghty
    Happy Busiest Travel Day of the Year! Making the click-through worthwhile today: some wretched polling numbers for Senator Al Franken, some easily-overlooked signs that the U.S. border is getting more secure and the problem of illegal immigration is being…
  • Re: Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw Makes Her Mark

    Wed 10:11am By Ed Whelan
    A quick follow-up to my post yesterday highlighting Ninth Circuit judge Kim McLane Wardlaw’s extraordinary record of being summarily reversed by the Supreme Court: Wardlaw co-authored the majority opinion in this divided Ninth Circuit ruling last week. The…
  • Neil Gorsuch’s First Chance to Undermine the Administrative State

    Wed 9:44am By Ilya Shapiro
    When Neil Gorsuch was nominated to the Supreme Court, pundits focused on two aspects of his judicial record: his dedication to textualism in statutory interpretation and his skepticism of the growth of the administrative state. These beliefs align the justice…
  • Easily Overlooked Signs of a Gradually Improving Country

    Wed 9:22am By Jim Geraghty
    Before all of us head out and hit the roads on the busiest travel day of the year, an optimistic note in the Morning Jolt#...# Those Easily Overlooked Signs of a Gradually Improving Country Two key details are buried deep in a Washington Post article about how…
  • A Modest Proposal: Character Counts, Starting in 2018

    Wed 8:30am By Jim Geraghty
    Partisan passions are driving many Americans to become extremely tolerant of bad behavior by their preferred leaders. Many critics of the religious Right are relishing the perceived hypocrisy in this group’s seemingly sudden about-face with respect to what…
  • This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-November 22

    Wed 8:00am By Ed Whelan
    2006—It’s monkey business as usual at the Ninth Circuit. A divided panel, in an opinion by higher primate William Fletcher, disrupts established principles of administrative law as it rules both (1) that a plaintiff with a “particularly close emotional…
  • Round-up of Thanksgiving links

    Wed 7:58am By debbywitt
    A Thanksgiving miscellany: Mark Twain, science, WKRP, Cicero and the best turkey fryer PSA ever. 10 Thanksgiving Words With Bizarre Origins. In 1939, the U.S. celebrated Democrat Thanksgiving and Republican Thanksgiving. A bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in…