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  • Ron Fournier: Hillary Worried Obama Pushing Her to 'the Left Quicker and Harder than She Would Like…

    25 January 2015, 1:05 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    President Obama's proposals in his State of the Union speech may have actually hurt Democrats' hope in 2016, warns the National Journal's Ron Fournier. While he believes the president is more focused on his own legacy rather than the party's prospects, members…
  • Will's Take: 'Ignoring Reality Is Part of the Job Description of Being a Progressive'

    25 January 2015, 12:55 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    The only way President Obama could deliver such a forthright and ambitious State of the Union address earlier this week after his party's shellacking in the midterms a few months is if he is denial, says George Will."Ignoring reality is part of the job…
  • Reminder: The Islamic State Is Islamic and a State

    25 January 2015, 12:53 pm by: Patrick Brennan

    Credible reports about the details of the operations of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, have not been terribly easy to come by, which makes a new piece by Arab analyst Hassan Hassan in the Guardian especially fascinating. The Islamic State subjects its…
  • Our Heroic Protector (the American Sniper)

    25 January 2015, 12:53 pm by: Peter Augustine Lawler

    So I went with my wife to the early afternoon show of American Sniper in Rome, Ga. yesterday. We were very lucky to get seats (and, for once, we were early). At the film's end, everyone departed with the kind of hushed (I mean absolutely silent) reverence…
  • Kasich Defends Medicaid Expansion, Common Core ahead of Potential 2016 Run

    25 January 2015, 12:46 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    Governor John Kasich (R., Ohio) did not back down from potential 2016 bugaboos during a Fox News Sunday appearance. After sailing in to a second term as the governor of the crucial swing state, Kasich has been floated as a darkhorse presidential candidate, but…
  • Man Who Escaped ISIS: They Want to Plan an Attack 'More Brutal' than 9/11

    25 January 2015, 12:23 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    The Islamic State is "happy" about the air strikes by the United States because it validates their efforts in emerging as a global threat, says a man who escaped after a month with the group.Ahmad Rashidi was captured by the Islamic State when he went to Syria…
  • 'My Life as a Climate Lukewarmer'

    25 January 2015, 12:00 pm by: Andrew Stuttaford

    A must-read from Matt Ridley, whose views on AGW are (full disclosure!) not that far from my own.Some extracts:I am a climate lukewarmer. That means I think recent global warming is real, mostly man-made and will continue but I no longer think it is likely to…
  • Top Democrat on Senate Intelligence Committee: Obama's ISIS Strategy Has Failed and It's Time for…

    25 January 2015, 11:15 am by: Patrick Brennan

    This week, President Obama defended his Middle East strategy as adequate and even successful, but Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein didn't shy away from a frankly different assessment: It's not."The American people don't want another war," but it's clear…
  • Jindal: I'd Back a Constitutional Amendment to Leave Marriage to the States

    25 January 2015, 10:50 am by: Patrick Brennan

    In the event that, this summer, the Supreme Court strikes down statutes defining marriage as between one man and one woman, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal would support an effort to allow states to define marriage as they wish. Asked about the topic this…
  • Denis McDonough Is Less Funny than Tom Brady

    25 January 2015, 10:39 am by: Patrick Brennan

    Asked this morning what President Obama thinks of the "Deflate-gate" scandal, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough appeared to take a cue from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's press-conference performance this week, in which Brady, well, really spread…
  • January 25, 2015

    25 January 2015, 6:31 am

  • Davos’s Destructive Elites

    25 January 2015, 4:00 am by: Kevin D. Williamson

    Convening to ring the alarm about global warming, our putative betters and would-be rulers convened in Davos, Switzerland, filling the local general-aviation hangars with some 1,700 private jets. Taking an international commercial flight is one of the most…
  • Forcing Doctors to Kill

    24 January 2015, 9:32 pm by: Wesley J. Smith

    With assisted suicide, abortion, and starving Alzheimer's patients to death on the bioethics agenda, the acute question is raised, whether doctors can be forced to kill--or be complicit in the killing--of human fetuses and born people.Increasingly, the culture…
  • Will Bernie Sanders Seek the Presidency?

    24 January 2015, 8:00 pm by: George Will

    The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on federal property. He advised the person to contact Sanders’s political…
  • Standing Up for What's Right on Campus

    24 January 2015, 4:59 pm by: Jennifer Kabbany

    I watched a group of brave, young students stand up for what's right on the UCLA campus las Wednesday afternoon--and it was inspiring.The Bruin Republicans have launched an effort to help thwart a push by many faculty members there to create a new diversity…
  • Love Affair Between Iowans, Ted Cruz Continues

    24 January 2015, 4:52 pm by: Eliana Johnson

    Des Moines, Iowa — The love affair between the Iowa voters and Ted Cruz is going strong. The Texas senator, pacing across the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit in a tan jacket and slacks, praised the state's "unique and special role in the political process."…
  • Fiorina to Take Swipe at Hillary

    24 January 2015, 3:53 pm by: Eliana Johnson

    Des Moines, Iowa — Carly Fiorina will take aim at Hillary Clinton in her remarks at Saturday's Iowa Freedom Summit. The remarks touch on matters from abortion to foreign policy and aim to position Fiorina as a conservative on a spectrum of policy…
  • Ernie Banks, Rest in Peace

    24 January 2015, 3:19 pm by: Nicholas Frankovich

    “He was the warmest and most sincere person I've ever known,” Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Chicago Cubs, says of Ernie Banks, who died Friday evening. Warmth and sincerity are virtues that your family and close friends might admire you for. In the case of…
  • Walker Aims to Bring WI Message to National Stage

    24 January 2015, 3:10 pm by: Eliana Johnson

    Des Moines, Iowa — Scott Walker on Saturday told a crowd in Iowa that his accomplishments in neighboring Wisconsin offer a national model for the Republican party. He tacitly argued that he is the leader who can translate his state-level accomplishments to…
  • Syriza's Moment?

    24 January 2015, 2:33 pm by: Andrew Stuttaford

    Greece goes to the polls on Sunday, and it seems close to certain (insert Dewey/Truman reference here) that the far-left Syriza will come top of the polls. The remaining question appears to be whether the party will win enough seats to govern on its…
  • Trump: 'No Romney, No Bush'

    24 January 2015, 1:05 pm by: Eliana Johnson

    Des Moines, Iowa — Fresh off his declaration that he would've demolished President Obama in the 2012 election, Donald Trump was at his Trump-est, all braggadocio and bravado, as he took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday. As has become…
  • Mourning Abdullah

    24 January 2015, 12:45 pm by: Andrew Stuttaford

    International politics is a rough and necessarily hypocritical business. A temporary alliance of convenience is not the same as friendship, but sometimes it makes sense to pretend that it is.Saudi Arabia is a repulsive theocracy, a cesspit where…
  • Carson on Obamacare: 'Even if It Worked I Would Oppose'

    24 January 2015, 12:42 pm by: Eliana Johnson

    Des Moines, Iowa — Grassroots favorite Ben Carson was the first potential GOP candidate to take the stage Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, hosted by the conservative activist group Citizens United and congressman Steve King. The event serves as the…
  • R.I.P., Mr. Cub

    24 January 2015, 11:12 am by: Jason Epstein

    Hall of Famer and almost certainly the most beloved Cub of all time, Ernie Banks, has died. He was 83.When Banks left the Negro American League to join the Cubs in mid September 1953, the 22-year-old became the franchise's first African-American player. The…
  • This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-January 24

    24 January 2015, 8:00 am by: Ed Whelan

    1990—President George H.W. Bush nominates New Hampshire supreme court justice David Hackett Souter to a seat on the First Circuit. In a tragic blunder, less than three months after Souter accepts his First Circuit appointment, President Bush nominates him to…
  • January 24, 2015

    24 January 2015, 6:34 am

  • Lion to the Last

    24 January 2015, 4:00 am by: Larry P. Arnn

    In June 1945, a month after the Germans’ surrender, with the general-election campaign under way, Winston Churchill gave a 21-minute speech by radio. He was 70 years old. To the shock of much of Britain, it included this:I declare to you, from the bottom of…
  • What Bobby Jindal Gets about Islam — and Most People Still Don't

    24 January 2015, 4:00 am by: Andrew C. McCarthy

    Footballs are deflating, the president is detached from reality, the Saudi king is deceased, and the sharia state next door, Yemen, is descending into bloody chaos. With mere anarchy loosed upon the world, it would be easy to miss the fact that, in England…
  • Beethoven’s ‘Languages’

    24 January 2015, 4:00 am by: Jason Lee Steorts

    Editor's Note: The following article is adapted from one that ran in the January 23, 2015, issue of National Review.So much has been written about Beethoven that we might approach Jan Swafford’s new biography of him with a what’s-left-to-say skepticism.…
  • The Perils of Hypocrophobia

    24 January 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’re sitting in a tub full of Cap’n Crunch, in which case you’re too busy…

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