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March 28, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1447049
(John Hinderaker)

Scott wrote here about Harry Reid’s announcement that he will not run for re-election, a decision which, Reid was quick to say, was not the result of his “elastic exercise band” accident. In January, I wrote OK, So What Really Happened to Harry Reid? I noted ...

March 28, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1447050
(Paul Mirengoff)

Recently, Taraji Henson, a well-known actress, accused the Glendale, California police of racial profiling after an officer pulled her son over and questioned him. In a magazine interview, Henson stated:

My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything ...

March 28, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1447020
(Steven Hayward)

In this second installment of our conversation with Fred Siegel, we explore Fred’s roots as a “social democrat” as it was meant in the postwar era (or until, as Fred explains, the New Left destroyed it in the 1960s), and the evolution of his views because of the ...

March 28, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1447000
(Paul Mirengoff)

The latest news about Hillary Clinton’s email destruction may take her emails sage to another level. As John and Scott have discussed, Clinton apparently had her server wiped clean of emails after a congressional committee had been established to investigate matters as to which she ...

March 28, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1446948
(Paul Mirengoff)

The Virginia State Bar has sent the following letter to its members:

March 27, 2015

Dear Fellow Members of the Virginia State Bar,

Certain members of the Virginia State Bar and other individuals have expressed objections to the VSB’s plan to take the Midyear Legal Seminar trip in November to Jerusalem. ...

March 28, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1446946

March 28, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1446947

Eleanor Roosevelt: My Day, March 28, 1945:

NEW YORK, Tuesday—I saw a bluebird and a robin yesterday! It is not as warm here and spring is not as far along as in Washington. Still, the feel of it is in the ...

March 28, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1446945

John Maynard Keynes: The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money: 24. Concluding Notes on the Social Philosophy towards which the General Theory might Lead: "THE outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its ...

March 28, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1446944

Jan Ebberler: Inventing Trajan: The Evidence, or How Do We Know What We Think We Know?: "For a period of time that is chock full of historiographers and biographers, the reign of Trajan is badly documented...

...It's weird, ...

March 28, 2015, 10:18 am, 1446899
(Steven Hayward)

Hard to know just what story merits top billing this weekend: Who Lost Yemen? Saving Private Bergdahl?  Harry Reid entering the past tense?  Or the continuing embarrassment of the Obama administration’s Iran diplomacy? (And these folks thought Reagan’s dealings with Iran were naive and irresponsible. . .) The ...

March 28, 2015, 10:18 am, 1446897
(Scott Johnson)

Omri Ceren writes from Lausanne on the impending deal with Iran:

Fabius arrived at the Beau-Rivage this morning and was marched by reporters at 10:20am. Key lines: “I am coming here with the desire to move towards a robust agreement… We have made progress on certain issues but not ...

March 28, 2015, 10:18 am, 1446898
(Scott Johnson)

The House Select Committee on Benghazi sent Hillary Clinton a subpoena for all her emails related to Libya on March 4. The committee statement on the issuance of the subpoena to Clinton is posted here. The committee followed up with a letter dated March 19 ...

March 28, 2015, 2:18 am, 1446817

Must- and Should-Reads:

Evening Must-Read: Michael Strain: How to Cut Taxes and Help the Poor Kenneth Thomas: Wikileaks Releases Trans-Pacific Partnership Investment Chapter Today's Must-Must-Read: Ilyana Kuziemko et al.: What Do Americans Think ...

March 28, 2015, 12:18 am, 1446807

Oh, this is going to be fun!

Let's start with J.W. Mason:

J.W. Mason: The Call Is Coming from Inside the House: "Economists don’t listen to themselves.... Liberal economists like Krugman who want the state to take a more active role in managing the economy continue to teach ...

March 27, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1446769
(John Hinderaker)

Yesterday the NCAA announced that it is deeply concerned about Indiana’s just-passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and intends to scrutinize Indiana carefully to determine whether the state is fit to host events like the Final Four, scheduled to take place in Indianapolis next week:

The NCAA national office ...

March 27, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1446768
(John Hinderaker)

In another email-related bombshell, Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, has told the House Select Committee on Benghazi that all emails have been deleted from Hillary’s private email server:

An examination of the server that housed the personal email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used when she was ...

March 27, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1446767
(Paul Mirengoff)

The Daily Princetonian reports that during the 2012 presidential campaign, 157 Princeton University faculty and staff members donated directly to the presidential candidates. Two of them gave to Mitt Romney; the rest gave to President Obama. The amount donated to Obama exceeded $169,000. ...

March 27, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1446766

John Maynard Keynes: The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money: 22. Notes on the Trade Cycle: "The essential character of the Trade Cycle, and, especially, the regularity of time-sequence and of duration which justifies us in calling it ...

March 27, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1446716
(Steven Hayward)

We recently spent two hours conversing with the great historian Fred Siegel, author of several fine books, including most recently The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class (coming out soon in paperback with additional material).  We range widely, Brian Lamb-style, over the ...

March 27, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1446649
(Paul Mirengoff)

The damage to America’s relationship with Israel caused by President Obama’s desperate quest for a deal with Iran has been well-documented. It’s of no concern to Obama, who would like to see our ties with the Jewish state weakened anyway. For him, the weakening ...

March 27, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1446648
(Paul Mirengoff)

As noted in a post I wrote earlier today, France has joined Israel in expressing dismay over the nuclear deal President Obama seems intent on reaching with Iran. Needless to say, Saudi Arabia, Iran’s arch-enemy, shares the disgust.

Israel and France seem to have little leverage ...

March 27, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1446576
(Paul Mirengoff)

When President Obama decided to employ U.S. air power to support the effort to dislodge ISIS from Tikrit, he pushed for the Iranian-dominated Shiite militias to leave the battlefield. He did so even though these forces made up more than 80 percent of the attacking force.

The ...

March 27, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1446575

Live from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: The first day in months when San Francisco feels like San Francisco rather than like San Diego! The Fog City climate has its definite charms--especially if there are sufficient outside propane heaters so one can sit outside and ...

March 27, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1446574

“After the Great Depression, secular stagnation turned out to be a figment of economists’ imaginations……it is still too soon to tell if this will also be the case after the Great Recession. However, the risks of secular stagnation are much greater in depressed Eurozone economies than in the US, ...

March 27, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1446505

Live from the Ferry Building: Sand Faria: Medium Publish Button Checklist: "TL ; DR...

...[ ] Finality — Is it finished? [ ] Purpose — Is it worthwhile? [ ] Too Short? — Anything lacking? [ ] Too Long? — Anything redundant or superfluous? [ ] Too Shallow? — Not enough supporting content? [ ...

March 27, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1446504

March 27, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1446503

Over at Equitable Growth: ...the U.S. economy will have grown at a rate of:

2.8%/year over the past four quarters. 2.5%/year over the past eight quarters. 2.2%/year ...

March 27, 2015, 10:18 am, 1446415
(Scott Johnson)

Until today, New York Times reporter Carl Hulse reminds us, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has insisted he’s running for reelection. In the video below, however, Reid announces that he will not face the voters again next year. He will step down from his Senate ...

March 27, 2015, 8:18 am, 1446335
(Scott Johnson)

Yesterday we noted the Arutz Sheva story reporting on the Obama administration’s disclosure of formerly top secret data regarding Israel’s nuclear facilities and capabilities. The disclosure came in the form of the declassification and release of a detailed, 386-page report on Israeli and NATO nations’ ...

March 27, 2015, 8:18 am, 1446334
(Scott Johnson)

Omri Ceren writes from Lausanne by email with comments for media covering developments related to the negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran:


Secretary Kerry and FM Zarif started off the second day in a row with a 10:00am meeting (technically 10:08am), which again including US Energy Secretary Moniz ...

March 27, 2015, 6:18 am, 1446275
(Scott Johnson)

This week we celebrate with Ammo Grrrll the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of this column. She writes:

Hey, fans, Top Commenters, trolls and friends! Guess what? This is the First Anniversary of Thoughts From the Ammo Line! The first column debuted on March 30th, 2014.

I had been standing in ...

March 27, 2015, 4:18 am, 1446227
(Paul Mirengoff)

Dartmouth claims to be “moving forward,” but its academic hiring reflects a commitment to marching in place to the drumbeat of the left. The latest issue of Dartmouth Life invites alums to “meet Dartmouth’s new faculty members.” We meet the new profs through one ...