What to Look for in 2015

We’ve already counted down the top stories of 2014. But what can we say about what’s likely to happen in the new year? What are the big stories to look for in 2015? As the old saying goes, predictions are hard, especially about the future. The biggest stories are usually the things we can’t predict. […]

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Person of the Year: Ben Trovato

As the year winds to a close, it is traditional to pick a “man of the year,” or in our more enlightened age, a “person of the year.” I’ve never done that before, but this year there is one candidate who has left his mark so indelibly on 2014 that I would be remiss if […]

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Democratic Party Death Watch

Top Stories of the Year: #1 Over the past week, I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year. For the #1 slot, there is really no competition: it’s the Republican wave in the mid-term congressional elections—and, just as important, the unprecedented Republican wave in the statehouses, which may have an even greater impact […]

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The Wish-Fulfilling Prophecy

Top Stories of the Year: #2 Some of us have been warning for years that President Obama is undermining all the pillars of US foreign policy, which would lead to disaster. This second biggest story of this year is that the disaster has arrived. America’s foreign policy collapsed in many small ways, and in two […]

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Confessions of a Reluctant Culture Warrior

Top Stories of the Year: #3 For most of my career as a writer, I have been reluctant to join in the “culture wars,” mostly because I don’t fit into either of the two opposing camps. As an atheist, I’m not longing for a return to traditional religious morality. As an individualist, I’ve never supported […]

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All About Race

Top Stories of the Year: #4 I continue my countdown of the top stories of 2014 with #4: the return of racial politics. As I noted when protests first broke out in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of Michael Brown: One of the many disappointments of the Obama era is the failure of the one […]

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How We Legislate Now

Top Stories of the Year: #5 This is the time when I traditionally count down the top stories of the year, as covered in The Tracinski Letter. I’ll also be sending out a few short articles covering some breaking news events (for example, Wednesday’s news about Cuba and North Korea) and one or two larger […]

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Bill Nye the Anti-Science Guy

I’ve never been a fan of Bill Nye “the Science Guy.” Partly it’s because I’m from a different generation. I grew up with Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan as my introduction to science, and Nye always struck me as a cheap substitute. I find something condescending in his hyperkinetic manner, as if science couldn’t actually […]

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Coming Soon to a Starbucks Near You

After hours of speculation overnight about whether the gunman holding hostages at a downtown cafe in Sydney, Australia, might be an Islamic terrorist—despite his pretty clear gesture of forcing his captives to block the cafe’s windows with the traditional black flag of the jihadists—the gunman has issued demands that include, you guess it, being provided […]

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We Ordered the Code Red

I thought we already knew that we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But apparently Senate Democrats thought we needed to spend $40 million to compile a massive report to tell us this news, and also to tell us that we did various nasty things to some other al-Qaeda linked detainees. Which leaves me wondering: so what […]

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