Politics Roundtable

Politics Roundtable

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July 24, 2016, 2:18 am, 1656526
(Paul Mirengoff)

The 2017 NBA all-star game, which was scheduled to be played in Charlotte, will be played elsewhere. The league is moving the game to protest a North Carolina law. That law, among other things, nullified a Charlotte ordinance that required businesses to allow transgender ...


July 24, 2016, 12:18 am, 1656521

July 23, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1656518
(John Hinderaker)

The Munich massacre was carried out by 18-year-old Ali Sonboly. While the murder spree had no apparent connection to Muslim ideology, the BBC didn’t take any chances. As Raheem Kassam of Breitbart News documents, the BBC doggedly referred to the killer as “David Sonboly,” David being his ...


July 23, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1656519
(Steven Hayward)

The most important occurrence of the week just past may not be the formal nomination of Donald Trump, but the sacking of Roger Ailes from Fox News. The Legend of Ailes need not be recounted here. Everyone knows the story. His central insight was that there was a ...


July 23, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1656517

Live from Cyberspace: Welcome praise for J. Bradford DeLong (2015): The Scary Debate Over Secular Stagnation - Milken Institute Review: Hiccup ... or Endgame? Let me put a copy ...


July 23, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1656516

Live from the Republican Party's Self-Made Gehenna: Adam Gopnik: Being Honest About Trump:

Trump's language remains not merely sloppy or incendiary but openly hostile to the simplest standards of truth and decency that have governed American politics.

Most ...


July 23, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1656510

Live from Cyberspace: Welcome praise for J. Bradford DeLong (2015): The Scary Debate Over Secular Stagnation - Milken Institute Review: Hiccup ... or Endgame? Much appreciated. Thanks...

Paul Krugman: "Good Review by Brad ...


July 23, 2016, 6:18 pm, 1656502
(Scott Johnson)

I’m winding up my week at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa tomorrow and I’m not looking forward to leaving. It’s located at the Trump National Doral Miami. The weather has been accommodating. I’ve learned a lot. Indeed, I think I’ve become a true ...


July 23, 2016, 6:18 pm, 1656501
(John Hinderaker)

As Paul noted earlier, Democratic critics have unanimously painted Donald Trump’s acceptance speech as “dark.” (I’m a little surprised they didn’t also say, in unison, that as he approached the podium he was lithe and fierce like a tiger.) President Obama commented on Trump’s speech


July 23, 2016, 6:18 pm, 1656500

Must-Read: Noah Smith thinks Chicago-style macroeconomics is a diseased intellectual discipline. I believe he is correct:

Noah Smith: "In macroeconomics, falsified theories never die, and their proponents often don't acknowledge empirical failures..."_:

In macroeconomics, falsified theories never die, and their proponents often don't acknowledge empirical ...


July 23, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1656475
(John Hinderaker)

That appears to be the case, based on what we know now, with Ali Sonboly, the 18 year old Iranian-German who went on a rampage in Germany yesterday. I assume that Sonboly’s family is Muslim (how observant, I have no idea) but that doesn’t seem to have played ...


July 23, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1656474
(Paul Mirengoff)

On Friday morning, the Washington Post (paper edition) sang in unison about Donald Trump’s speech to the GOP convention. The lead headline read: “Trump portrays a nation in peril.” Below that Philip Rucker and David Farenthold began their story: “Donald Trump painted a dire portrait of ...


July 23, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1656457

Wikipedia: Battle of Pozières:

The Battle of Pozières was a two-week struggle for the French village of Pozières and the ridge on which it stands, during the middle stages of the 1916 Battle of ...


July 23, 2016, 10:18 am, 1656436
(Steven Hayward)

Really, can there be any other plausible subject line for this week’s gallery? Trump proved Thursday night that he can go toe-to-toe with Bill Clinton at least for looonnng speeches. Is this what Trump state of the union addresses will be like if he is elected? Meanwhile, Hillary ...


July 23, 2016, 10:18 am, 1656435
(Scott Johnson)

Here’s a question with a binary “yes” or “no” answer: Does the election present a “binary choice” between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? Hugh Hewitt argues that the answer is “yes.” Hugh’s right. Steve Hayers argues that the answer is “no.” Steve’s ...


July 23, 2016, 10:18 am, 1656434

The Times of Israel:

On July 22, 1946, a bomb demolished the southern wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. This newsreel shows the aftermath of the explosion. “The hotel housed the British army headquarters, and the Palestine government offices, ...


July 23, 2016, 12:18 am, 1656400
(Paul Mirengoff)

As expected, Hillary Clinton has named Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate. I discussed what I think this means earlier today.

The mainstream media likes to portray Kaine as a “centrist” and a “bridge builder.” The reality is quite ...


July 23, 2016, 12:18 am, 1656399

David Kurtz: Whence The Anger?:

If there's one thing Tierney Sneed and Lauren Fox found while reporting for us in Cleveland that I probably don't factor in enough in assessing the Trump phenomenon it's the deep resentment and bitterness Republican Party ...