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September 2, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1328056
(Paul Mirengoff)

Jeff Bezos has named Fred Ryan to be the Washington Post’s new publisher. Ryan is a former Reagan administration official. He served as Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling and as head the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives. Near the end ...


September 2, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1328057
(Paul Mirengoff)

We’ve all seen the pictures presented by those who decry the “militarization” of American police forces. Typically, these pictures juxtapose sophisticated police equipment and weaponry with a crowd that is peacefully demonstrating or just milling about.

But what does a “demilitarized” police force look like when ...


September 2, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1327980
(John Hinderaker)

ISIS has released a video which it says shows the beheading of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff. Sotloff was captured in Syria in 2013, and ISIS threatened to kill him in the video showing the beheading of James Foley.

Commenting on Sotloff’s murder, an administration spokesman proved a ...


September 2, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1327979

Over at Equitable Growth: The extremely-sharp Jérémie Cohen-Setton has a roundup:

Jérémie Cohen-Setton: Blogs review: The bond market conundrum redux: "Are we seeing a new version of the Greenspan 2005 conundrum?...

Fed tapering was widely expected to push up US ...


September 2, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1327902
(Paul Mirengoff)

Hamas has once again precipitated mass destruction, almost entirely of its own structures and people, and has achieved nothing concrete unless you count a few more miles of fishing rights. The upshot? Hamas’ popularity has surged, at least according to a poll by the ...


September 2, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1327901
(Scott Johnson)

I borrow from this HonestReporting post to note that Prominent British commentator Melanie Phillips addressed a crowd of nearly 300 people in Jerusalem’s Heichal Shlomo building on August 27 to address the subject: “The Jewish Diaspora: Paying the Price for Gaza.”

Referring to Israel as a “life-affirming place ...


September 2, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1327900

OK. It's time to try to pull everything together on the Red States, the Republican Party, ObamaCare, "repeal and replace", and starting at the top of the evil tree and hitting every branch all the way down...

Let's start with a catch ...


September 2, 2014, 10:18 am, 1327824
(Scott Johnson)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s diatribes against the Koch brothers on the floor of the Senate might be evidence of certifiable insanity if anyone took them seriously. But the attitude of the mainstream media, to the extent one can be detected, is ho-hum. The fact that no ...


September 2, 2014, 10:18 am, 1327823


September 2, 2014, 6:18 am, 1327714
(Scott Johnson)

The Summer 2014 issue of the Claremont Review of Books has arrived just in time for Fall, and our friends at the Claremont Institute have once again dropped the paywall to allow us to preview some of the issue’s best pieces. We will be rolling out four ...


September 1, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1327574
(John Hinderaker)

While Joe Biden was exhorting Detroiters to “take back America,” presumably from Barack Obama and himself, the president also expounded on the meaning of Labor Day. His themes were tiresomely familiar–we are the good guys, Republicans are the bad guys–but one interesting feature was his reference ...


September 1, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1327573

September 1, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1327567
(John Hinderaker)

Today, giving a Labor Day speech in Detroit, Joe Biden went full Democrat, unleashing a rant about the middle class. His theme was that America’s middle class is getting a raw deal, and at one point he yelled, “So folks, it’s time to take back America!”

I agree ...


September 1, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1327552


Original mk I Sciroccos are just as apparent. The three decades that separate the 2005 volkswagen jetta tdi review a major disservice. A lot was changed in the 2005 volkswagen jetta tdi review where iot only makes 222bhp but can return 34mpg and 219g/km emissions. In all ...


September 1, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1327515
(Steven Hayward)

There are certain TV preachers who shall go unnamed who peddle an updated version of the “prosperity gospel” in which faith leads to riches and happiness—just like that! To be fair, there’s a secular version of this coming from the academic pulpit as well, in the guise of ...


September 1, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1327514
(John Hinderaker)

Donna Brazile, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, sometimes appears to be one of the more responsible leaders of the Democratic Party. But look what she retweeted this morning:

I am just outraged that Obama hasn't pasted together an #ISIS "strategy" to satisfy the craven ...


September 1, 2014, 10:18 am, 1327443
(Scott Johnson)

FOX News is touting the video below this morning as “jihadis gone wild.” They assert that it depicts Libyan jihadis disporting themselves at what is described as the CIA annex to our embassy in Tripoli. If this is the CIA annex, this must be the double ...


September 1, 2014, 10:18 am, 1327442

From Dennis Showalter: Tannenberg:

The roundup of [Samsonov's Russian] 2nd Army’s broken center continued throughout August 31. Skirmish lines and small columns of XVII Corps pushed their way through the forest from the north, collecting stragglers as they ...


September 1, 2014, 10:18 am, 1327440

It is kinda scary that I only knew what seven out of these fifteen were:

Greeks: Wikipedia:

Delta measures the rate of change of option value with respect to changes in the underlying asset's price.... Vega is the derivative of ...


September 1, 2014, 10:18 am, 1327441

September 1, 2014, 8:18 am, 1327399
(deepak)

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September 1, 2014, 8:18 am, 1327398

Sam Wang: Senate Democrats Are Outperforming Expectations: "The PEC Senate poll snapshot is more favorable to Democrats than...

...The Upshot... The Monkey Cage... FiveThirtyEight, and Daily Kos.... Today’s PEC ...


September 1, 2014, 4:18 am, 1327326
(deepak)

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September 1, 2014, 12:18 am, 1327289
(Steven Hayward)

Fred Barnes notes in The Weekly Standard that “Democrats Take the Low Road” in their desperation to keep their Senate majority. Ratifying that judgment is the New York Times, which includes a story today entitled “At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks.” The subhed ...