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  • This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-February 28 (and 29)

    28 February 2015, 8:00 am by: Ed Whelan

    Feb. 28, 2001—The Legal Services Corporation Act of 1974 created a federal subsidy program that provides financial support for legal assistance to the poor in noncriminal matters. To keep the program from being used for political purposes, Congress has…
  • Bring Back the Bush Doctrine—with One Addition

    28 February 2015, 4:00 am by: Andrew C. McCarthy

    What should be our strategy against ISIS? We ask the question without ever considering Iran.What concessions about centrifuges and spent fuel should we demand to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power? We ask the question never linking the mullahs’…
  • What the Kochs Could Do for Their Country

    28 February 2015, 4:00 am by: Josh Gelernter

    Like concerned Americans dating back to nuisance pamphleteer Thomas Paine, les bêtes noires Koch brothers are trying to persuade people and influence elections. According to Alan Abramowitz at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the Kochs plan to spend $900…
  • Calling in the Big Guns to Fire at the San Francisco Archdiocese

    28 February 2015, 4:00 am by: Anne B. Hendershott

    Realizing that the best way to fight any war is to first wage a media campaign to convince others that the cause is noble and the enemy evil, opponents of Salvatore Cordileone, the archbishop of San Francisco, have brought in the infamous public-relations…
  • Don’t Doubt ISIS’s Sincerity

    28 February 2015, 4:00 am by: Jonah Goldberg

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays.Dear Reader (Unless you see a black and blue dress, in which case you’re more useless than a…
  • Why Netanyahu's Speech Matters

    28 February 2015, 12:00 am by: Matthew Continetti

    The emerging nuclear deal with Iran is indefensible. The White House knows it. That is why President Obama does not want to subject an agreement to congressional approval, why critics of the deal are dismissed as warmongers, and why the president, his…
  • Cruz Recycles All of His Lines, and the Crowd Loves It

    27 February 2015, 11:24 pm by: Eliana Johnson

    West Palm Beach – Ted Cruz is a grassroots favorite with a reputation for electrifying conservative crowds with rallying cries against the Republican establishment. His pitch to the party’s top-dollar donors isn’t much different. On stage Friday evening…
  • At CPAC's Headline Dinner, Mike Pence Won't Back Down

    27 February 2015, 10:35 pm by: Joel Gehrke

    Indiana Republican Mike Pence struck a unique note at CPAC, turning the typical governor’s presidential pitch against his potential rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination.Pence noted that some Republicans favor replacing President Obama with a…
  • To Phi Beta Cons Readers:

    27 February 2015, 8:30 pm by: Jane S. Shaw

    To Our Readers:The redesign of the NRO website (of which Phi Beta Cons is a part) has caused a few glitches. If you haven't been able to make a comment, you'll recognize that that's one of them. Please be patient. The developer is working on the problem. And…
  • Jim Geraghty Wins Conservative Journalist of the Year at CPAC, Demands a Recount

    27 February 2015, 7:07 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    NR's own Jim Geraghty was honored at tonight's Ronald Reagan dinner at the Conservative Political Action Conference with the Conservative Journalist of the Year. Congrats to Jim!The recognition comes for Jim's great and always-worth-reading work on National…
  • Ruling the Fed

    27 February 2015, 7:00 pm by: Larry Kudlow

    Fed chair Janet Yellen testified this week on the state of the economy. The only interesting thing to come of it was some sharp-edged criticism by Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee. That includes committee chair Jeb Hensarling, who…
  • A Murder in Moscow

    27 February 2015, 6:27 pm by: Andrew Stuttaford

    BBC:A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say.An unidentified attacker shot Mr Nemtsov four times in central Moscow, a source in the law enforcement bodies told…
  • Walker, Rubio Shine

    27 February 2015, 6:22 pm by: Rich Lowry

    Here are some impressions from the candidate speeches during the first two days of CPAC, in no particular order:Carly Fiorina: She followed up on her strong Iowa performance with another really good, tough speech. She is an adept public speaker and is…
  • House GOP Kills Short-Term DHS Funding Measure

    27 February 2015, 6:10 pm by: Joel Gehrke

    A three-week continuing resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security failed after House Republicans splintered over Speaker John Boehner’s plan for averting a funding lapse for the Department of Homeland Security.From National Journal:The dramatic…
  • Why This Techo-Panic Might Be Different

    27 February 2015, 5:51 pm by: Reihan Salam

    Though I wouldn't say there's anything new John Lanchester's review essay on automation and the future of the labor market in the London Review of Books, he does an elegant job of making the case for alarm. He cites a 2013 paper by the Oxford economists Carl…
  • The Islamic State’s Utopian Vision

    27 February 2015, 5:41 pm by: Ian Tuttle

    For his posthumous 1937 book Mahomet et Charlemagne: Byzance, Islam et Occident dans le haut Moyen Age, Belgian historian Henri Pirenne became an early victim of political correctness in the academy.Already taking hold in the 1930s was an account of early…
  • Norquist Explains Stealth Taxes in New FCC Internet Rules

    27 February 2015, 5:36 pm by: Brendan Bordelon

    At CPAC on Friday, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist told National Review's Jay Nordlinger that the Federal Communications Commission's new regulations on the Internet will cost Americans as much as $16 billion in new taxes.The conservative…
  • A Substantial Achievement

    27 February 2015, 5:00 pm by: Ramesh Ponnuru

    You may have read from time to time about “substantive due process.” The Constitution twice requires governments to provide due process of law before depriving people of life, liberty, or property. The Supreme Court has interpreted these clauses to…
  • Sessions Holds Private Gathering at CPAC after Conservatives Walk Out on Jeb Bush

    27 February 2015, 4:35 pm by: Ryan Lovelace

    Shortly after dozens of conservatives walked out on Jeb Bush’s appearance at CPAC, Alabama senator Jeff Sessions held court in a closed-door meeting with conservative activists and reporters covering the event. Unsurprisingly, the stalwart conservative…
  • When University Boards of Governance Actually Govern

    27 February 2015, 4:03 pm by: Jay Schalin

    The AAUP is all in a tizzy over the proposed closing of three academic centers in the University of North Carolina system. There has also been a very loud local outcry by UNC faculty members and supporters. It would appear, from all the rhetoric, that Big…
  • Trigonometry Is Racist!

    27 February 2015, 4:00 pm by: Kevin D. Williamson

    Earlier today on Sirius XM Urban View, an African-American talk station, the guest was Daryl Scott, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The conversation turned to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math…
  • King v. Burwell Preview Panel Now Online

    27 February 2015, 2:49 pm by: Carrie Severino

    Yesterday I participated in a panel about King v. Burwell sponsored by the Federalist Society. The panel also featured law professor Jonathan Adler, who was apparently the first (other than the IRS) to discover that the Affordable Care Act limits tax subsidies…
  • Jeb to Booing CPAC Activists: ‘I’m Marking You Down As Neutral’

    27 February 2015, 2:45 pm by: Joel Gehrke

    CPAC activists booed Jeb Bush when Sean Hannity broached the subject of immigration in a Q&A with the former Florida governor, but Bush stood by his perceived conservative heresies on the issue, winning applause as he argued that Americans shouldn’t feel…
  • Dozens of CPAC Attendees Walk Out on Jeb Bush

    27 February 2015, 2:33 pm by: Ryan Lovelace

    Scores of CPAC attendees began to file out as soon as Jeb Bush started speaking with talk show host Sean Hannity this afternoon,which did eventually garner plenty of applause. After exiting the main auditorium at the Conservative Political Action Conference,…
  • Illegitimacy

    27 February 2015, 2:32 pm by: Ed Whelan

    The Left keeps saying (as in this article) that a statutory ruling by the Supreme Court in King v. Burwell that the phrase “an Exchange established by the State under section 1311” means, lo and behold, an exchange established by the State under section…
  • Phil Robertson: There Are Too Many Non-Christians in the White House

    27 February 2015, 2:20 pm by: Brendan Bordelon

    Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson told a CPAC crowd on Thursday that the U.S.A. should be run by Christians, and not any others -- adding omniously that "we got too many 'any others' in the White House."Robertson marked his receiving the Defender of the First…
  • Mrs. Ponnuru Goes to Miami

    27 February 2015, 1:51 pm by: Michael R. Strain

    There have been several reports in the press that April Ponnuru has signed up to work for Jeb Bush’s shop. The Ponnurus are friends of ours, but even in the unhappy event that that weren’t true I would be thrilled for Governor Bush and his organization.I…
  • Jobs Data Don't Prove College Is Worth the Cost

    27 February 2015, 1:09 pm by: Jesse Saffron

    After January's federal jobs report showed that the unemployment rate for college degree holders is 2.8% (compared to the overall unemployment rate of 5.7%), Paul Fain wrote a piece for Inside Higher Ed saying, "Doubts about the labor market returns of…
  • Professor Called Racist for Saying Black-on-Black Crime Hurts Black Community

    27 February 2015, 1:09 pm by: Jennifer Kabbany

    Truth-telling about black crime statistics probably never goes well in a classroom, but when it's presented via rap - by an old white guy - it's probably going to go a lot worse.Case in point: Students at UC Berkeley this week held a protest against a…
  • Twelve Things that Caught My Eye Today (There Will Never be Another Friday in February 2015)

    27 February 2015, 12:59 pm by: Kathryn Jean Lopez

    1. Crowdfunding for children of the 21 martyrs.2. More reports that ISIS is killing more Christians, and that more than 350 – including women and children – may have been abducted this week.3. Syrian Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart, Metropolitan of Aleppo…

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