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  • Ted Cruz's Defensible Enthusiasm for Watchmen's Rorschach

    45m By Jim Geraghty
    Katie Jerkovich calls my attention to the mini-brouhaha about Ted Cruz’s selection of his favorite superheroes, most notably his inclusion of Rorschach from Watchmen.I find myself in the strange position of agreeing with Jeet Heer of The New Republic, who…
  • "We Need A Woman of Your Special Skills"

    55m By Jonah Goldberg
    Maybe I've been out of the beltway for too long, but this seems like a big deal. From the Ron DeSantis/Jim Jordan op-ed on the IRS in the WSJ:Several weeks later, on Aug. 2, the House Oversight Committee issued its first subpoena for IRS documents, including…
  • This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-July 28

    1h By Ed Whelan
    2004—In dissent in Williams v. Attorney General of Alabama, Eleventh Circuit judge Rosemary Barkett opines that an Alabama statute that prohibits the sale of sexual devices (which Barkett also refers to colloquially as “sex toys”) violates substantive…
  • CNN Poll: Majority of Americans Want Congress to Reject the Iran Deal

    2h By Jim Geraghty
    From the Tuesday Morning Jolt:CNN Poll: Majority of Americans Want Congress to Reject the Iran DealTwo encouraging signs from CNN this morning…First, check out these poll numbers on the Iran deal: “Most say they would like to see Congress reject it.…
  • Fifteen Elephants and a Clown

    4:00am By Kevin D. Williamson
    If there was a good reason to distrust presidential candidate Mitt Romney, it had to do with his views on abortion. Not his position per se — as difficult as it is to understand the pro-choice tendency, there are people of good faith on both sides of the…
  • Tear Up the Awful Plans for the Eisenhower Memorial and Start Over

    4:00am By Catesby Leigh
    For thousands of years, erecting a monument to a great personage or event has involved creating a structure with a powerful physical as well as symbolic presence. The monument might be architectural, sculptural, or both. But going back to Stonehenge and even…
  • Republicans Have a Win against Corporate Welfare - Don’t Give It Away

    4:00am By The Editors
    There’s a pretty easy way for Republicans to build a winning campaign message around opposing corporate-welfare programs: oppose them, and don’t revive any dead ones. Unfortunately, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell seems to think this is harder than…
  • Ben Carson’s Stump Speeches Are Pretty Odd

    4:00am By Alexis Levinson
    On a Tuesday evening in Barrington, N.H., Ben Carson offered an unorthodox campaign yarn: He told the crowd about how his sexual history easily disproved a paternity lawsuit against him.“I knew that the only woman I had ever slept with in my whole life was…
  • The Obama Administration’s Chicago Politics

    4:00am By Victor Davis Hanson
    Barack Obama is the first American president from Chicago. That fact will be the trailblazing Obama’s most lasting legacy.Chicago has long been stereotyped as a city where any-means-necessary politics have ruled, and where excess is preferable to moderation.…
  • Why Corporate Lobbying Is Ultimately Bad for Big Business

    4:00am By Lee Drutman
    In the well-known account of the “tragedy of the commons,” herdsmen graze their cattle on common pastureland. Over time, each herdsman puts as many of his own animals as he can on the pasture, which leads to overgrazing; as a result of this narrow…
  • Report: U.S. Spent $1.87 Billion to Incarcerate Illegal-Immigrant Criminals in 2014

    4:00am By Joel Gehrke
    American taxpayers paid approximately $1.87 billion to house imprisoned illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2014, and almost all of that financial burden was shouldered by the states, according to a new study of state and federal data.Illegal-immigrant crime has…
  • Jahi McMath Lawsuit Percolates Under the Surface

    1:56am By Wesley J. Smith
    The law professor and bioethicist, Thaddeus Mason Pope, and I disagree about most issues. But I have to say, he sure keeps up on legal affairs of mutual concern.Through his Medical Futility Blog and Twitter feed--as far as I know, it hasn't been reported in…
  • 'Please Stop Talking, John Kerry'

    12:26am By Ramesh Ponnuru
    Will Saletan analyzes the sometimes-contradictory ways the Secretary of State is selling the Iran agreement.
  • Down East and Out West, Part II

    12:00am By Jay Nordlinger
    Editor’s Note: Yesterday, we began Jay Nordlinger’s latest journal, on points east and west: New Hampshire, Colorado, Seattle, and Alaska. The journal concludes today.On the other side of the tracks in Colorado Springs, there is a bail-bonds establishment.…
  • We Need Facts, Not Weasel Words, about Illegal Immigration

    12:00am By Thomas Sowell
    People who entered the United States illegally may be called “undocumented” in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues.Both Democratic and…
  • Is America Entering a New Victorian Era?

    12:00am By Michael Barone
    Forty-seven years ago, the musical “Hair” opened on Broadway. Elderly mavens -- the core theater audience then, unlike the throngs of tourists flocking to cheap movie adaptations today -- were instructed that America was entering an “Age of Aquarius.”…
  • Why the Left Hates America

    12:00am By Dennis Prager
    This past week, one of the greatest differences between the Left and Right -- both around the world and in America -- once again came to light: how each views America.Every year for the past 67 years, the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner has been the major fundraising…
  • Carly the Communicator

    Mon 11:17pm By Jay Nordlinger
    Manchester, N.H. — According to the longstanding cliché, presidential candidates campaign in “the snows of New Hampshire.” But they also campaign the summer before, and even the spring before. Carly Fiorina is logging some serious New Hampshire time…
  • Why America Shouldn't Bid for the Olympics

    Mon 8:54pm By Patrick Brennan
    Jay laments below that the Boston bid -- and possibly the U.S. bid, period -- for the 2024 Olympics has been abandoned. A country as great as the U.S. should regularly host the Summer Olympics, which it now will go at least 28 years without doing, and do so…
  • Campus Rape and the Problem of ‘Never Blame the Victim’

    Mon 8:42pm By Jennifer Kabbany
    If there is one axiom we are told to never, ever question, it’s “never blame the victim.” No one ever asks for harm. But are we also allowed to suggest that people should make smarter choices? That’s actually a brave assertion in today’s society, as…
  • Caring for the Deepest Wounds Amidst Planned Parenthood Headlines

    Mon 6:53pm By Kathryn Jean Lopez
    As I tried to touch on in my syndicated column today, what incredible pain our four-decades long legal abortion regime has wrought -- it has begotten a culture that sometimes seems to prefer abortion, even as opinion polls and common experience makes clear…
  • The Ayatollah's Reprehensible Tweet Builds the Case for Iran as the 'Strong Horse'

    Mon 6:31pm By David French
    As most people know by now, the Iran's Supreme Leader -- demonstrating the new era in American-Iranian relations -- on Saturday tweeted this:US president has said he could knock out Iran’s military. We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but..…
  • Evidence Doesn’t Seem to Matter to #BlackLivesMatter Conspiracy Theorists

    Mon 6:24pm By Ian Tuttle
    What happened to Sandra Bland?That question has animated national news coverage and social-media outrage since July 13, when 28-year-old Illinois native Sandra Bland, arrested outside Prairie View, Texas, was found dead in her cell at the Waller County Jail.…
  • How Obama Misunderstands LBJ’s Vietnam History

    Mon 6:00pm By Mark Moyar
    Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson appeared on prime-time television to tell the nation that he was sending 50,000 additional American troops to Vietnam. He recited, in his Texas drawl, the geopolitical reasons that had led the United States to…
  • Re: Planned Parenthood's Scandal

    Mon 5:51pm By Ramesh Ponnuru
    Pollster Kellyanne Conway corroborated my second point below in a poll she conducted in 2013 for the National Right to Life Committee. A full 88 percent of respondents said they were familiar with Planned Parenthood, but only 45 percent said that they thought…
  • House Republicans: IRS Commisioner Must Go, Even if It Takes Impeachment

    Mon 5:49pm By Joel Gehrke
    A group of House Republican lawmakers called for the ouster of IRS commissioner John Koskinen on Monday, and expressed a willingness to impeach him if he couldn't be forced from office by other means. The call for Koskinen's removal comes in the midst of an…
  • American Smallness

    Mon 5:30pm By Jay Nordlinger
    I’m sorry that Boston rejected the idea of hosting the Olympics. I think it’s a victory for American smallness. Americans should host the Olympics, and want to host them. We’re a big power. We’re a natural for the Olympics. The eyes of the world are…
  • Planned Parenthood's Scandal: A Few Points

    Mon 5:03pm By Ramesh Ponnuru
    First: Go read Mollie Hemingway's dissection of Cecile Richards's appearance on The Week yesterday. I think Stephanopoulous asked some good questions, but like Hemingway I think he should have called her on her outrageous description of the videos as coming…
  • For Conservatives Who Want a Break from the Wall-to-Wall Trump News Coverage . . .

    Mon 4:38pm By Jonah Goldberg
    I’m still in the thick of mysterious travels. But I’ve been following the news as best I can. As I glean things, it goes something like this: “Trump, Trump, TRUMP! Oy Trump. Iran! Trump. Unborn-baby parts for sale. Trump. Cosby rape!”I’m sure I’m…
  • Are Encounters with the Police Really More Dangerous for Black Men?

    Mon 4:29pm By David French
    One of the difficulties in reacting rationally to the #BlackLivesMatter movement is the fierce conviction borne of personal experience. The Internet is now full of young activists telling their stories of #DrivingWhileBlack — stories that often feature some…