All Must Serve the Capitol

The deadly Amtrak derailment this week spawned a frenzy of sleazy opportunism on social media as lefties rushed to declare—before any evidence of the cause of the accident was available—that it clearly showed the need for more federal billions to subsidize Amtrak. As the official investigation has released actual information, it seems likely that the […]

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If You’re Not Publishing, You’re Pretending

Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” took on the controversy over the Mohammed cartoon contest that was targeted by jihadists on May 3. But their sketch merely highlighted the weakness of the mainstream response. It turns out, by the way, that this sketch had already been done by the Canadians. (And done better, I might […]

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10 Amazingly Enjoyable Things About Having Kids

There has been a recent explosion in books and articles chronicling the supposedly overwhelming rigors of child-rearing, particularly for the educated middle-class professionals who write and read these articles. While we might suspect that a lot of this is just the whine-brag as a literary genre—look how put-upon I am combining my successful career with […]

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Selfishness Without a Self

Over the weekend, Kim Kardashian was out doing publicity—it’s the only things she does, really—for her just-released book of “selfies,” the cell-phone camera self-portraits for which she is known. The title of the book? Selfish. My eyes are rolling right now, too, but probably not for quite the same reasons. I’m not thinking: of course […]

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Everything Before the ‘But’ Is BS

Last night, the jihadists found out that you really don’t mess with Texas. In Paris, if you set out to gun down cartoonists for a drawing pictures of Mohammed, you’re faced with unarmed or unprepared gendarmes who can’t stop you before you wipe out the whole staff of a magazine. Try it in Garland, Texas, […]

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The Paradox of Dogma

If you try to shut down public debate, is this a way of ensuring that you win—or an admission that you have already lost? The question seems relevant today, because the most remarkable characteristic of our current national debate is that one side wants desperately to stamp it out whenever it occurs. Recently, for example, […]

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The Democrat Who Could Win (But Won’t)

It turns out that while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, the Clinton Foundation collected piles of cash (plus $500,000 in speaking fees for Bill Clinton) from Russian companies associated with an attempt by Putin cronies to gain control of a major North American uranium miner—for which they needed permission from Secretary Clinton’s State Department. […]

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The Humble Mrs. Clinton and the Hawkish Dr. Paul

Hillary Clinton has started her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. You didn’t notice? That’s no coincidence. It has been the softest of soft launches. To counteract Hillary’s image of being arrogant and entitled to power, her campaign is deliberately trying to keep a low profile and portray her as a humble woman of the […]

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In Praise of Partisan Rancor

A few days ago, the New Yorker‘s George Packer lamented that “the thrill is gone” from American politics and it’s just no fun any more. As I recall, the “fun” of politics for the left has usually been the fun of smearing those of us on the right as racist and regressive and “extremist,” a […]

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Seven Big Failed Environmentalist Predictions

I recently discussed what it would take to prove the global warming is actually occurring, that it is caused by humans, and that it will be catastrophic. But that’s not the full picture. To understand why so many of us are so skeptical about global warming, you have to understand the environmentalists’ larger track record: […]

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