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  • A Problem Like Keith Ellison

    4:00am By Kevin D. Williamson
    Keith Ellison (or Keith E. Hakim, or Keith X. Ellison, or Keith Muhammad, etc.) is campaigning for office. Not for the safe House seat he holds, but for the leadership of the Democratic party, a job until recently held by the hilariously incompetent and…
  • The Sensitivity Police Strike Again

    Sat 8:00pm By George Will
    The word "inappropriate" is increasingly used inappropriately. It is useful to describe departures from good manners or other social norms, such as wearing white after Labor Day or using the salad fork with the entree. But the adjective has become a splatter…
  • A Conversation on Immigration with George Borjas

    Sat 7:33pm By Michael R. Strain
    George J. Borjas, one of the world's leading scholars of immigration, discusses the winners and losers from immigration, the effects of immigrant workers on native-born workers, the holistic effects of immigration on the welfare state and public services, the…
  • Fillon, France and Putin

    Sat 6:35pm By Andrew Stuttaford
    When it comes to political predictions, I’m not exactly on a roll at the moment. Nevertheless, after last weekend’s primary of the right, I’ll risk another. The next French president will be François Fillon of the center-right Republicans. Yes, the left…
  • General Mattis Could Serve as Secretary of Defense Even without a Waiver from Congress

    Sat 5:09pm By Shannen W. Coffin
    Because Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster for executive-branch appointments, President-elect Trump’s nominees should have relatively smooth sailing in their confirmations. The (not yet official) nomination of General James Mattis to be secretary of…
  • Trump Needs a Congressional Waiver to Appoint Mattis as Defense Secretary

    Sat 1:44pm By Andrew C. McCarthy
    Politically, it would be very foolish for Democrats to fight President-elect Trump’s selection of retired Marine General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. General Mattis’s reputation as an erudite warrior is well earned, and he is highly thought of…
  • The Electoral College Is Not Like Slavery

    Sat 1:27pm By Dan McLaughlin
    The Hill published a hilariously overwrought article earlier this week entitled "How the Electoral College changes the value of a person, a bit like slavery did." The authors are Robert Epstein, described as a "Senior Research Psychologist at the American…
  • This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-December 3

    Sat 8:00am By Ed Whelan
    2012—A Ninth Circuit panel, in an opinion by Judge Stephen Reinhardt, rules that a police officer was not entitled to qualified immunity on a plaintiff’s claim that he had violated her constitutional rights by entering her yard in pursuit of a suspect.…
  • New Nordlinger Collection

    Sat 7:00am By NRO Staff
    “Jay Nordlinger’s range of topics and territory is astonishing; he takes his grateful readers to places they will never go to converse with people they can only dream of meeting. Nordlinger’s abiding themes are courage in the fight against tyranny and…
  • Europe Agonistes

    Sat 4:00am By John O'Sullivan
    Editor's note: This article has been revised since its initial publication.Europe has gotten tired of being anguished about Donald Trump and has now moved on to being anguished about itself. The question being asked by all the Big Think editorials and news…
  • Title IX for Campus Conservatives

    Sat 4:00am By Josh Gelernter
    On American college campuses, conservatives are an ill-treated minority. They try to invite conservative speakers to campus, and the speakers are banned; two weeks ago, DePaul University banned conservative speaker and writer Ben Shapiro. Sometimes the college…
  • What the Carrier Intervention Portends

    Sat 4:00am 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 (including those of you who put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up),Let’s…
  • Trump’s Narrow Win Is Not a Landslide, It’s an Opportunity

    Sat 4:00am By Andrew C. McCarthy
    We’ve all seen these kinds of games. The team gets pushed around all over the gridiron#...#but it wins anyway. The opposing squad marches up and down the field with apparent ease, piling up yardage, chewing up clock. But each time, something goes wrong at…
  • The Left’s Double Standard on Attacking a President’s Children

    Sat 4:00am By Christian Toto
    No clear-thinking conservative attacked Barack and Michelle Obama’s children over the last eight years. Sasha and (until recently) Malia Obama are just teens, and no matter how nasty politics gets, for the most part decent people (and the media) go out of…
  • Donald Trump’s Team of Outsiders

    Sat 12:00am By Matthew Continetti
    Democrats and the media are confused about the meaning of Donald Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. The president-elect’s critics say his appointment of wealthy Republicans to cabinet positions is hypocritical and reveals him to be…
  • Krauthammer’s Take: ‘Ridiculous’ for Clinton Camp to Attribute Trump’s Election to White…

    Fri 8:31pm By NR Staff
    At a post-election event featuring aides from both campaigns, Hillary Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri said that Donald Trump won because his campaign gave white supremacists a platform. Charles Krauthammer said that this assertion…
  • Congress Issues Criminal Referral for Planned Parenthood in Texas

    Fri 7:07pm By Alexandra DeSanctis
    About a year and a half ago, a series of horrifying undercover videos emerged online, depicting workers at Planned Parenthood clinics casually discussing the transfer and sale of the body parts of unborn children. Few people seemed to pay attention to the…
  • Why Our Allies Love James Mattis and Our Adversaries Fear Him

    Fri 6:18pm By Tom Rogan
    “I don’t have worry and stress. I cause worry and stress.”— James Mattis, speaking at the Aspen Institute, July 20, 2013Jim Mattis is comfortable with hard missions. His service record proves it. He fought honorably in the First Gulf War and…
  • Health Care: Don't Forget the Supply Side

    Fri 5:03pm By Ramesh Ponnuru
    My AEI colleagues James Capretta and Scott Gottlieb wrote in the Wall Street Journal about what a new health-care system would look like. It is sensible throughout, but I wanted to call particular attention to this portion of it:Deregulate the market for…
  • The Great and Misunderstood Challenges of Adoption

    Fri 4:54pm By David French
    This Thanksgiving, a baby girl was left at a firehouse in Wantagh, N.Y. She was a mere four pounds, two ounces, and was immediately nicknamed “Baby Girl Hope.” It’s not every day that a young mom leaves her child at a firehouse — especially not on…
  • Twitter, Facebook, and More

    Fri 4:00pm By Ed Whelan
    Just a reminder: If you’re interested, my Twitter handle is @EdWhelanEPPC, and my Facebook page is www.facebook.com/EdWhelanEPPC.You’re also welcome to join my e-mail distribution list for selected posts of mine from Bench Memos and The Corner as well as…
  • For a 'Peaceful' Group, Black Lives Matter Sure Does Love Cop Killers and Murderous Dictators

    Fri 3:41pm By David French
    I don't know how I missed it, but this sickening essay from Black Lives Matter has to be read to believed. Entitled "Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante," it begins:We are feeling many things as we awaken to a world…
  • America Needs a Sane Left

    Fri 3:19pm By Ian Tuttle
    The Left is not going to learn any lessons from 2016, apparently.Democrats in the House just crushed an upstart challenge to Nancy Pelosi’s decade-long leadership, rejecting Tim Ryan, a 43-year-old congressman who represents a swath of post-industrial Ohio…
  • Media Misinterprets Recent Abortion Polling

    Fri 3:00pm By Michael J. New
    Since the election, a number of mainstream media outlets have noted that Donald Trump trailed Hillary Clinton in the final popular-vote tally, and they have also tried to make the case that his policy positions are unpopular with the American people. For…
  • Fake News on Gay Science?

    Fri 1:58pm By Maggie Gallagher
    When social justice displaces truth as the core value of academics, bad things happen to science.Professor Jonathan Haidt of NYU has taken the lead in pointing out that freedom of thought, freedom of speech, and viewpoint diversity are particularly necessary…
  • Here Come Three-Parent Children

    Fri 1:34pm By Wesley J. Smith
    The UK's rubber stamp Embryology Authority is on the verge of allowing "three-parent" children to be born. From the Nature story:The United Kingdom may soon become the first country to explicitly permit the birth of children from embryos modified to contain…
  • Incoming House Education Leader Is a Bold Conservative Reformer

    Fri 1:21pm By Paul Crookston
    “Meet the Congresswoman Poised to Tear Up Obama’s Education Legacy” blares a Politico headline above a piece on Virginia Foxx, the incoming leader of the House Committee​ on Education and the Workforce. And it’s not wrong. A representative of North…
  • The Trump Administration Is Right to Bring on the Generals

    Fri 1:18pm By Mark Moyar
    If one is to believe the more excitable oracles of cable television and the blogosphere, Donald Trump’s selection of retired generals for high offices foretells a wholesale militarization of American society and government. Soon, the country will look like…
  • Rob Portman’s Crusade against Opioid Addiction

    Fri 12:51pm By Alexandra DeSanctis
    Nearly 30,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2014, deaths caused by overuse of either licit prescription painkillers or illicit heroin. Addiction to these drugs has skyrocketed over the past decade and a half, to the point where about 120 Americans die…
  • Congress Should Let General Mattis Serve as Secretary of Defense

    Fri 12:29pm By Dan McLaughlin
    Because he is an excellent candidate for the job and an exemplar of many of the things we look for in a leader near the top of the military chain of command, Congress should confirm retired Marine General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense, in spite of the…