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  • The Adolescent President

    23 April 2014, 9:00 pm by: George Will

    Recently, Barack Obama -- a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance, a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment -- spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue -- in 2012, he…
  • Alabama Supremes Accept Unborn Child Rights

    23 April 2014, 7:44 pm by: Wesley J. Smith

    This will not impact the abortion issue because of federal preemption. But the Alabama Supreme Court has accepted that fetuses and embryos "from the earliest stages of development," qualify as a "child" under Alabama law.The case involves a law that…
  • To Incite the Naïve?

    23 April 2014, 7:36 pm by: Andrew Stuttaford

    Writing from the left (I you don’t believe me, read what he has to say about the death tax), James Galbraith dissects Capital in the Twentieth-First Century, the new confiscation manifesto by Thomas Piketty, and he does so in a way that is not necessarily to…
  • Good Old IRS Helps People In Tax Trouble

    23 April 2014, 6:40 pm by: Tim Cavanaugh

    Sometimes it seems like you only hear the bad news about the Internal Revenue Service: the targeting of the president's enemies; the padding of union bosses' hours.But sometimes the federal tax collector is there to lend a hand.During 26 of the darkest months…
  • One Way Rand Paul Could Get on the Ticket

    23 April 2014, 6:13 pm by: Ramesh Ponnuru

    I lay out a scenario.
  • Race Matters

    23 April 2014, 6:01 pm by: Ed Whelan

    I don’t contest at all Justice Sotomayor’s proposition, in the Michigan case decided yesterday, that race continues to matter in lots of ways in this country. But I think that Chief Justice Roberts rightly responds, in his brief concurrence, that…
  • Articles We Stopped Reading Dep’t.

    23 April 2014, 5:50 pm by: Michael Potemra

    It begins: “I am puzzled as to why racism is thought to be a terrible thing . . .” I won’t link to the piece, which appeared on a conservative site today.Back in the ’80s, David Letterman used to make fun of Madonna’s publicity stunts by saying, “I…
  • Olbermann: MSNBC 'Like Watching Friends in a Crashing Car with a Drunk Driver'

    23 April 2014, 5:40 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    There's no love lost between Keith Olbermann and the leadership of his former network (or one of them, at least).The ESPN-turned-MSNBC-turned-Current TV-turned-ESPN2 host replied to a follower on Twitter who asked if Olbermann finds joy in watching the…
  • Terry Richardson's War on Women

    23 April 2014, 5:34 pm by: Christine Sisto

    Another model came forward Monday with allegations of sexual misconduct by celebrated fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Model Emma Appleton tweeted a screenshot of a Facebook message that endearingly reads, “If I can [expletive] you, I will book you in…
  • Socialist College Group Mocks Pro-Lifers by Sticking Coat Hangers in Lawn

    23 April 2014, 5:09 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    Winthrop University's Socialist Student Union stuck wire hangers into the ground on a main campus lawn as part of a display ridiculing pro-life advocates' efforts of putting up flags to represent unborn children who have been aborted.Additionally, the SSU's…
  • Letterman's Cheap Fat Joke

    23 April 2014, 5:05 pm by: Josh Encinias

    David Letterman made a fat joke about Chris Christie on his show Tuesday night.A "CBS News Special Report" broke into his monologue to announce that Governor Chris Christie had received a father of the year award.The "report" also let viewers know that…
  • N.Y. Imam Calls 9/11 Museum Documentary Offensive to Muslims

    23 April 2014, 4:51 pm by: Josh Encinias

    When the 9/11 museum opens on May 21, the documentary “The Rise of Al-Qaeda" will play on loop, but an interfaith panel and an imam disagree with the documentary's portrayal of Islam. The documentary is less than seven minutes long and is a small feature in…
  • Bruce Allen Murphy’s Scalia: A Court of One—Part 6

    23 April 2014, 4:46 pm by: Ed Whelan

    See Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5Much of Bruce Allen Murphy’s new biography of Justice Scalia is dedicated to a tedious and tendentious account of seemingly every speech or interview that Scalia has ever given (e.g., the “controversial television interview with…
  • Goldberg: 'Obamacare Creates Headwind for Democrats'

    23 April 2014, 4:46 pm by: NRO Staff

  • Antarctic Region Once as Warm as Today's California, Scientists Discover

    23 April 2014, 4:43 pm by: Josh Encinias

    A team of Yale scientists recently discovered that parts of ancient Antarctica and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean were once as warm as today's California and Florida.Hagit Affek, an associate professor of geology and geophysics, ​co-created a…
  • Higher Education Should Have a Leftist Bias?

    23 April 2014, 4:28 pm by: Jesse Saffron

    All too often, people on the left confuse well-articulated snark and sarcasm with rigorous argumentation. They confuse attacks on an individual's personal background with sound criticisms of that individual's ideas. But they choose not to address or even…
  • How Much Are We Willing to Pay to Keep Coal in the Ground?

    23 April 2014, 4:08 pm by: Reihan Salam

    In "The New Abolitionism," Chris Hayes of MSNBC observes that just as the end of chattel slavery meant that Southern slaveholders lost what they had come to understand as an income-producing asset, the fight against climate change requires that fossil fuel…
  • Ideologues Bootstrap Assisted Suicide to LGBT

    23 April 2014, 4:07 pm by: Wesley J. Smith

    The Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices has no shame. Now, they have bootstrapped assisted suicide onto the recent success of LGBT issues. From one of its ubiquitous emails:1994 was a different time in America. A vicious plague was erasing entire…
  • Tony Blair: Threat of Radical Islam Requires West to Stop Antagonizing Russia and China

    23 April 2014, 4:04 pm by: Josh Encinias

    The problem of radical Islam is so serious that it demands that the West eschew tensions with Russia and China to confront Islamist terror, Tony Blair said in a speech Tuesda​y."At the root of the crisis [in the Middle East] lies a radicalized and…
  • Landrieu's Koch Insincerity

    23 April 2014, 3:54 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    A prominent Democratic senator doesn't want to talk about contributions she received from David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who have been targeted for abuse and attacks by Democratic politicians and liberal media.Louisiana's Mary Landrieu, a…
  • Keystone Follies

    23 April 2014, 3:51 pm by: Jonah Goldberg

    Jeff Goodell has a piece in the current Rolling Stone which, as the web version notes, went to press before Obama announced his latest punt on Keystone. Goodell writes:At the same time, the president is likely to announce his decision on the northern leg of…
  • RNC Chairman: 'Harry Reid Is So Dirty and So Unethical'

    23 April 2014, 3:26 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    The Republican National Committee alleges Harry Reid's tirades against the Koch brothers on the Senate floor and use of congressional resources to attack Republicans have "crossed the line." As a result, the RNC has filed an ethics complaint against the…
  • Red and Blue Don't Live the Same Lives and Aren't Enraged about the Same Things

    23 April 2014, 3:24 pm by: David French

    Thanks of course to Thomas Piketty and millions of words in op-eds, blog posts, and social-media screeds, now is apparently the time for the coastal elite to talk about inequality. It's a big thing -- the biggest thing -- and unless it's fixed, it may very…
  • Knee-Jerk Finger-Pointing on Race Spreads to the Supreme Court

    23 April 2014, 3:08 pm by: Jim Geraghty

    Also in today's Jolt...Progressives' Knee-Jerk Finger-Pointing on Race Spreads to the Supreme CourtNow we know: A liberal Supreme Court justice will tell another liberal Supreme Court justice to his face, with the whole country watching her read her dissent…
  • Right and Reason

    23 April 2014, 3:08 pm by: Michael Potemra

    Jonah, I’m glad you, too, endorse that letter. And you call to mind a deeper issue: I’m not a big fan of people who deploy what they believe to be “ruthless and unforgiving logic.” I am regularly informed by pro-choicers -- to take one example -- that…
  • Interior, Park Service Sued over Government-Shutdown Documents

    23 April 2014, 2:55 pm by: Iain Murray

    Regular readers will remember that for many, the most vindictive part of the government’s shutdown was the treatment of national parks, going so far as to close roads leading to private dwellings, and to shutter private businesses that had never been closed…
  • Before the Day Passes . . .

    23 April 2014, 2:34 pm by: Jack Fowler

    . . . check out what you'll be doing in November. Visit​
  • 'Colorado Steyer Infection'

    23 April 2014, 2:24 pm by: Josh Encinias

    American Commitment launched an ad campaign called "Colorado Steyer Infection" on Wednesday, attributing Colorado senator Mark Udall’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline to the generosity of billionaire Tom Steyer, who doesn't seem to care much for the…
  • Re: Against the Illiberals

    23 April 2014, 2:21 pm by: Jonah Goldberg

    Mike - I like the letter too. And I am friends with some of the signatories as well. But there's one thing that grates on me a little. I think it's admirable that some advocates of same sex marriage are relatively magnanimous in victory (and I'm certain it's…
  • Not Good

    23 April 2014, 2:16 pm by: Jonah Goldberg

    Eli Lake reports:A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports,…

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