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President Palpatine

Yesterday, President Obama announced his plan for executive amnesty for illegal immigrants. Of course he has no authority to do it. Don’t ask me. Ask him: “we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws.” This is basic Schoolhouse Rock kind of stuff. […]

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The First Rule of Amnesty Fight Club

The latest reports say that President Obama is planning to spring his executive amnesty plan on the nation as early as this week, halting deportations and giving a kind of pretended legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. President Obama says he’s doing this because Republicans in Congress have refused to act on immigration reform. […]

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The Era of Male Guilt

So a team of scientists landed a space probe on the surface of a comet for the very first time ever, and that’s not really news. What’s news is that one of the guys who did it was wearing a tacky shirt. No, really. Heather Wilhelm has a good overview of the ensuing imbroglio, dubbed […]

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One America

Way back in 2005, following George W. Bush’s win in the presidential election, I looked at the long-term trends and forecast the death of the Democratic Party. Yeah, I know. For a long time, that really didn’t hold up very well. Things happened, as they naturally do, to make the Republicans look bad and to […]

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The ‘War on Women’ Was Not an Error

As things started to look really bad for Democrats in the waning days of the midterm election, we started to hear complaints that Democratic candidates had focused too much of their effort on flogging the idea of a Republican “war on women.” Colorado’s Mark Udall returned to this theme so often that he was dubbed […]

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Whydunit

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 6 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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The Right to Be Wrong

After writing about the secular inquisition that is intent on forcing the proprietors of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, to perform gay marriages in violation of their religious beliefs, I have been assured by some commenters that this is not a real case. The city of Coeur D’Alene, they tell me, […]

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The Virtue of Liberty

One of the big stories of the Obama era is the rise of a more stridently individualistic and “libertarian” (for lack of a better word) wing of the right—the Ayn-Rand-influenced, Tea Party wing. As a certified graduate of both of these camps—the Ayn Rand fans and the Tea Partiers—I’m pretty happy about this. But it […]

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Loyal to Whom?

The new memoir from former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has been aptly described as a vindication of just about everything the president’s critics on the right have been saying about his policy in Iraq and Syria. So naturally Panetta is now a marked man. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, for example, […]

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What the Right Can Learn from Ayn Rand

In The Federalist, Hunter Baker recently argued that conservatives should approach the ideas of Ayn Rand with a little more “Christian charity,” and that they should reverse the attempt by William F. Buckley and Whittaker Chambers, decades ago, to drum Ayn Rand out of the right. I have a few quibbles with this piece, but […]

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