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    23 July 2014, 7:13 am by: Debby Witt

    Supercuts of Memorable Dance Scenes in Movies.Small Typos That Totally Change The Meaning Of Things.This photo gallery will make you smile: Little Kids And Their Big Dogs.A new video zombie survival guide made by zombies for zombies, with bonus big roundup of…
  • Today's Policy Agenda: Birth Rates Are Down Because Couples Can't Afford Parenthood

    23 July 2014, 7:00 am by: Andrew Smith

    Paul Ryan is about to release a comprehensive, deficit-neutral anti-poverty proposal.Paul Ryan is set to unveil a new plan for fighting poverty at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, and Zachary Goldfarb of the Washington Post has a sneak peak:Ryan…
  • Why We’re Moving Our Family into a War Zone

    23 July 2014, 4:00 am by: Michael M. Rosen

    In two weeks, we’re taking our four kids to Israel for a year -- that is, unless El Al decides to stop flying into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.Amidst the current conflagration in the Holy Land, friends and family have (cautiously, nervously) asked us if…
  • Just Words, Just Words

    23 July 2014, 4:00 am by: Tom Rogan

    Monday, in National Journal, Ron Fournier considered President Obama’s odd scheduling choices over the last several days. Why, Fournier asks, did the White House see a game of pool as more presidential than crisis management? Fournier then ventured an…
  • Reproductive ‘Justice’

    23 July 2014, 4:00 am by: Ian Tuttle

    It is not hard to tell what kind of persons penned the University of Chicago’s “abguide,” given passages like this:*While this guide may refer to “women” when discussing study results or use female pronouns in some instances, we recognize that…
  • No Rest for the Wicked

    23 July 2014, 4:00 am by: Jim Geraghty

    Tuesday, President Obama visited the Dutch Embassy in Washington, D.C., and wrote in a condolence book for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, “We will not rest until we are certain that justice is done.”He then departed for a three-day…
  • Guess Which Ethnicity Knows the Most about Bitcoin? (And What It Says about the Future of Finance)

    23 July 2014, 12:09 am by: Patrick Brennan

    A poll from Morning Consult earlier this month is one of the first I've seen that's asked a large sample of people about their knowledge of and attitudes toward Bitcoin -- and a couple of its findings point toward a theme I've mentioned before on the Agenda,…
  • D’Souza Nation, Part III

    23 July 2014, 12:00 am by: Jay Nordlinger

    Editor’s Note: In the current issue of National Review, Jay Nordlinger has a piece called “Take Two: D’Souza films again.” It’s about Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative author and filmmaker, and his new movie, America: Imagine the World without Her.…
  • Big Business: Lapdog of the Left

    23 July 2014, 12:00 am by: Jonah Goldberg

    It was a really nice try. Heritage Action (the activist arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation) invited Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak at an event dedicated to phasing out the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im, as it’s known inside the Beltway, has…
  • Meet the Head of the Lefties’ Koch Network

    23 July 2014, 12:00 am by: Michelle Malkin

    Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won’t hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why?Here’s why:…
  • The Perils of Mixing Politics and Business

    23 July 2014, 12:00 am by: Ben Carson

    When I was a small child, one of the most dramatic and effective business boycotts in the history of America occurred. This, of course, was the Montgomery bus boycott. By refusing to ride the bus, blacks who were being discriminated against were able to…
  • D.C. Forgets about the Debt

    23 July 2014, 12:00 am by: Michael Tanner

    Although it is expected to top $17.6 trillion by August 1, the national debt has dropped out of the headlines recently. Out of sight may indeed mean out of mind, especially in Washington, but that hardly means the problem has gone away -- as a new report from…
  • Clarification re Mississippi Mud

    22 July 2014, 11:22 pm by: Quin Hillyer

    In a cordial phone call with me Tuesday regarding my column this week called “Barbour’s Mississippi Mud,” Henry Barbour, Mississippi’s Republican National Committeeman, clarified several points. Specifically, he said his earlier comments acknowledging…
  • Lib Dem MP Tweets: 'If I Lived in Gaza,' I'd Probably Fire a Rocket

    22 July 2014, 11:16 pm by: Molly Wharton

    A Liberal Democrat member of Britain's parliament is facing disciplinary action after a second public remark backing Hamas rocket attacks on Israel. British MP David Ward tweeted the following Tuesday:The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a…
  • David Perdue Wins Georgia GOP Senate Nomination

    22 July 2014, 11:02 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    David Perdue is on an electoral winning streak, one that he hopes will extend to November's midterm elections.The former chairman and CEO of Dollar General barely edged out longtime U.S. representative Jack Kingston to win the GOP Senate nomination in Georgia…
  • Summarized Proust: We Have a Winner

    22 July 2014, 9:44 pm by: Michael Potemra

    Some four decades ago, the Monty Python crew did a classic sketch called “The Summarize Proust Competition.” (NB: The link, at its very end, is mildly NSFW.) Unfortunately, none of the contestants in that competition did very well, so the prize ended up…
  • Geraghty: Obama Is the 'Michael Jordan of Fundraising'

    22 July 2014, 9:02 pm by: NRO Staff

  • Cummings Objects

    22 July 2014, 8:18 pm by: Eliana Johnson

    I wrote on the homepage today about the Department of Justice lawyer who is defending IRS commissioner John Koskinen against claims from a pro-Israel group that the agency violated its First Amendment rights in the processing of its application for tax…
  • WH Wants Israel to 'Do More' to Avoid Civilian Deaths

    22 July 2014, 8:15 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    One of President Obama's top aides urged Israel to "take greater care" than it already does to spare Palestinian lives in its targeted strikes.Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday that the administration agrees that…
  • Obamacare's Almost Surely Going Back to the Supreme Court

    22 July 2014, 8:04 pm by: Hans A. von Spakovsky

    And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen: two different federal courts of appeal, issuing completely contradictory rulings on the very same day, on the very same issue.That’s what happened Tuesday. If nothing else, the dueling rulings should hasten the…
  • Halbig Could Be Chief Justice Roberts’s Chance to Redeem Himself

    22 July 2014, 7:59 pm by: John Yoo

    In Halbig v. Burwell, the second most important court in the land (the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., from whence came Justices Scalia, Thomas, Ginsburg, and Roberts) has triggered a fatal error that will shut down Obamacare in much of the…
  • A Major Defeat for the IRS and Victory for Common Sense in Halbig v. Burwell

    22 July 2014, 7:43 pm by: Carrie Severino

    Today was, ironically, a victory for Obamacare but a defeat for President Obama, as the D.C. Circuit upheld the text of the law over IRS attempts to rewrite it through regulation. The court came to the unremarkable but nonetheless controversial conclusion…
  • Krauthammer's Take: ACA Language Is 'Not Ambiguous At All'

    22 July 2014, 7:16 pm by: NRO Staff

    Charles Krauthammer believes that the language in the Affordable Care Act saying that subsidies are to be provided through state exchanges is unambiguous.On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the way the law was…
  • Marco Rubio to Take on Abortion and Gay Marriage in Catholic U Speech

    22 July 2014, 7:01 pm by: Joel Gehrke

    Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) plans to take on social and cultural issues in the latest installment of his policy speeches outlining a new conservative agenda.“Senator Rubio will discuss the values needed for economic success in the 21st century: values…
  • French Reading for American Conservatives

    22 July 2014, 6:33 pm by: Carl Eric Scott

    Over at the increasingly indispensable Library of Law and Liberty, our friend the translator and teacher Paul Seaton gives you an overview of the contemporary philosophic French political thinkers that conservatives in America should be reading. I mean, I know…
  • Today's Policy Agenda: Whatever Happened to IPAB?

    22 July 2014, 6:16 pm by: Callie Gable

    Americans are confused about the relationship between cost and quality in health care.When the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research asked Americans about the relationship between the cost and quality of health care, it found that nearly…
  • Trolling Stock

    22 July 2014, 6:13 pm by: Andrew Stutaford

    I had always assumed that propaganda trains were a thing of the early Soviet past.Here’s a description of one from Pravda in 1920:‘Lenin’s train’ – that is what the peasants and workers call the train. It now carries the name of Lenin and recently…
  • Competitive Federalism and Broadband Federalism

    22 July 2014, 6:10 pm by: Reihan Salam

    Support for federalism is not best understood as reflexive support for granting state governments the right to legislate in every domain. Competitive federalism, as Michael Greve argues in The Upside-Down Constitution, is first and foremost about protecting…
  • Snoop Dogg Claims He Got High at the White House

    22 July 2014, 5:58 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    Snoop Dogg isn't shy about his love for smoking weed, and apparently he took that habit all the way to the White House on one occasion. On the rapper's Internet show titled "Double G News Network," guest Jimmy Kimmel asked Snoop, who smokes weed throughout the…
  • Forensic Experts: Emails From Lerner Hard Drive Were Likely Salvageable

    22 July 2014, 5:56 pm by: Eliana Johnson

    Lois Lerner's hard drive, and the emails contained on it, were likely salvageable, former federal law enforcement and Department of Defense forensic experts told the House Ways and Means Committee. Their testimony conflicts with a memo the IRS sent Congress in…

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