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  • Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham, and the Future of the GOP

    1h By Peter Spiliakos
    1. Tom Cotton has strengthened his chances of being the Republican presidential nominee someday. He was the most effective Trump surrogate and has earned the “fighter” reputation that Cruz wanted so desperately. He needs a broader populist economic policy…
  • Don’t Buckle on Immigration

    Mon 7:25pm By The Editors
    This fight — over immigration and a government shutdown — is far from over. Republicans right now are more upbeat than Democrats because it’s the latter who have felt it necessary to switch their votes. Having voted on Friday against a bill to keep the…
  • Tax Cuts and Bonuses

    Mon 6:33pm By Veronique de Rugy
    Two articles in the Wall Street Journal about the wave of bonuses and higher pay that seem to be triggered by the recent tax reform bill caught my eyes this morning. I wrote about this on Friday over at Reason, arguing that the impressive number of companies'…
  • The Las Vegas Shooter’s Motive — Is the Simplest Explanation the Best Explanation?

    Mon 5:56pm By David French
    On the day after the Las Vegas massacre, I wrote a post calling the shooting “one of the most chilling and mysterious events I’ve ever seen.” A man expended an immense amount of time and money to kill dozens of his fellow citizens, and he left no…
  • Having Grounds for Complaint, Leftists Smear Speaker as Racist Anyway

    Mon 5:24pm By George Leef
    Leftist virtue-signaling requires that practitioners not only refuse to listen to anyone who is perceived as an enemy, but also to make up nasty accusations if they can't find any other mud to throw. A recent trip by Professor Paul Gottfried to Hamilton…
  • Delaware Push for Intellectually Disabled Assisted Suicide

    Mon 3:34pm By Wesley J. Smith
    Assisted suicide/euthanasia advocates want a very broad and easy latitude to have death by overdose or lethal jab. They hide this truth behind blithe assurances of strict protections and feigned desires to limit assisted suicide to the very few as a "safety…
  • Roe v. Wade at 45: Most Americans Support Abortion Restrictions

    Mon 3:30pm By Alexandra DeSanctis
    Forty-five years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, declaring that the 14th Amendment of the Constitution provides a woman with the right to an abortion. At the time, public contention over abortion had only just begun to…
  • Progressive Critics of Trump’s HHS Are Sliming Christians for Enforcing the Law

    Mon 3:30pm By David French
    This morning, Politico made me laugh, opening an article about the Trump administration’s department of Health and Human Services with this incredibly misleading paragraph: A small cadre of politically prominent evangelicals inside the Department of Health…
  • Scheduled Events

    Mon 3:14pm By Ed Whelan
    I have a busy schedule of engagements this winter and spring. Most relate to Scalia Speaks (the highly acclaimed, and New York Times bestselling, collection of Justice Scalia’s speeches that I’ve co-edited). I’m posting my current schedule here for two…
  • I, Tonya's Comedy

    Mon 3:05pm By Jonah Goldberg
    I watched I, Tonya this weekend, and I thought it was a very compelling movie, but I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of it. I’ve gone back and read Kyle Smith’s review and Kevin Williamson’s soft dissent from it. I guess I’m more in Kevin’s camp.…
  • IMF Credits U.S. Tax Cuts with Uptick in Global Growth

    Mon 2:57pm By Philip H. DeVoe
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) adjusted its forecast for world economic growth in both 2018 and 2019 up to 3.9 percent (an uptick of 0.2 percentage points from its last forecast), crediting the expected impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In…
  • Democrats Learn the Hard Way that Americans Don't Like Government Shutdowns

    Mon 2:52pm By Jim Geraghty
    As noted this morning, Red State Democratic senators didn't like the shutdown, and the polling didn't look that great, either. Most Americans may want to see the DACA kids no longer at risk for deportation, but they're unconvinced that goal is worth a…
  • A Generation's Ignorance

    Mon 1:58pm By Douglas Murray
    In recent months there has been a more than usually large glut of World War II films. Just as screenings of Dunkirk were thinning out there was the release of Darkest Hour. Both followed on from last year’s historically inept Churchill. But the success of…
  • Solicitor General’s Perplexing Brief in Abortion Compelled-Speech Case

    Mon 1:53pm By Ed Whelan
    In National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra—which David French calls the “dangerous Supreme Court case nobody is talking about”—the Supreme Court will decide whether two provisions of a recently enacted California law violate the Free…
  • Re: Illegal Immigration and Crime

    Mon 1:27pm By Robert VerBruggen
    I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic over the past week or so, between a new study of Arizona by John Lott and what Peter Kirsanow wrote here over the weekend. I find it to be an especially thorny issue, even setting aside the sketchiness of our data on…
  • Monopoly: The All-American Board Game

    Mon 1:14pm By Dan McLaughlin
    Jonathan Kay in The Atlantic has an interesting article on the rise of German and German-style board games like Settlers of Catan, and how they've changed the gaming landscape at a time when the video game was supposed to have turned board games into…
  • Democrats Cave, Shutdown to End

    Mon 12:58pm By Theodore Kupfer
    The Senate passed a short-term continuing resolution this afternoon by a margin of 81–18, effectively ending the government shutdown. In a stark reversal from the position they staked out on Friday night, 33 Senate Democrats voted for the bill. “In a few…
  • Utah Events on Scalia Speaks

    Mon 11:32am By Ed Whelan
    I’ll be at BYU law school this Friday, January 26, and at the University of Utah law school on Tuesday, January 30, for lunchtime events on Scalia Speaks sponsored by the law schools’ Federalist Society chapters. (And, yes, I will use the intervening days…
  • Abolish Shutdowns

    Mon 11:04am By Ramesh Ponnuru
    They don't accomplish anything, and we don't have to have them.
  • National Review Summer Internship

    Mon 10:43am By NR Staff
    National Review is accepting applications for its summer internship. The intern will work in our New York office, receive a modest stipend, participate in every part of the editorial process, and have some opportunities to write. The ideal candidate will have…
  • Are Democrats Certain They’re Going to Emerge Unscathed from a Shutdown?

    Mon 10:21am By Jim Geraghty
    Government shutdowns happen when one side is convinced they can’t lose. They feel like almost all of the blame for the shutdown will end up assigned to the other political party, and that thus they can demand considerable concessions, because time is on…
  • Are Democrats Certain They’re Going to Emerge Unscathed from a Shutdown?

    Mon 9:24am By Jim Geraghty
    From the first Morning Jolt of the week: Are Democrats Certain They’re Going to Emerge Unscathed from a Shutdown? Government shutdowns happen when one side is convinced they can’t lose. They feel like almost all of the blame for the shutdown will end up…
  • Some of What I Saw at the March for Life

    Mon 9:00am By Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Today is the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court's grave Roe v. Wade decision. On Friday, over 100,000 of us were on the mall, marching up to the Hill to Supreme Court, emphasizing the urgency of bringing love to this issue on the frontlines (the theme of…
  • Meet the Browders

    Mon 8:43am By Jay Nordlinger
    “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” What are the Browders? Happy or unhappy? Both, probably -- like most families -- but mainly they are interesting. In Wichita, Kan., Earl Browder had to leave school and go to…
  • This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-January 22

    Mon 8:00am By Ed Whelan
    1973—For the second time in American history, the Supreme Court denies American citizens the authority to protect the basic rights of an entire class of human beings. In Roe v. Wade—the Dred Scott ruling of our age—Justice Blackmun’s majority opinion…
  • Monday links

    Mon 5:58am By debbywitt
    Animated map of the changing borders and population of Europe: every year since 400 BC. Why all the actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age have such a distinct and strange accent. We All Nearly Missed The Largest Underwater Volcano Eruption Ever Recorded. Wave…
  • Europe’s Energy Crack-Up

    Mon 4:00am By Rupert Darwall
    ‘Drugs, human trafficking, weapons. Violent fundamentalism and Islamic terrorism.” Was this President Trump talking about Africa at his recent White House meeting with congressional leaders? Nope: “The problems Africa face are completely…
  • Democrats Fear Debate about Dreamers Will Pivot to One on ‘Chain Migration’

    Mon 4:00am By John Fund
    No one knows when the government shutdown will be ended, but it’s increasingly likely that Democrats will rue the day they launched it. “I’m concerned that we don't have an exit strategy," one Democratic aide for a liberal senator told NBC News on…
  • Who Was Steve Bannon?

    Mon 4:00am By Kevin D. Williamson
    Editor's note: The following article appears in the February 5, 2018, issue of National Review. Who is Steve Bannon? That’s a question that is of less and less interest with each passing hour. He’s the guy who got out in front of the guy who got out in…
  • The Worst Presidents? Look at America’s Run-up to the Civil War

    Mon 4:00am By Jay Cost
    In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Princeton historian Sean Wilentz suggests that President Donald Trump is on track to rank among America’s worst presidents. “Mr. Trump’s first year has been an unremitting parade of disgraces that have demeaned…