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September 17, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1336833
(Paul Mirengoff)

On September 17, 1964, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to stretch their lead over the idle St. Louis Cardinals to six and a half games. The Cincinnati Reds, 7-5 winners over the Chicago Cubs, remained seven and a half games behind.

The Phillies won the ...


September 17, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1336835
(Steven Hayward)

About ten days ago we noticed here that Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall, who got into office chiefly on the benefit of his family name (though his dad Mo was no great shakes in the intelligence department either), is having a tough time against Rep. Cory Gardner. ...


September 17, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1336834
(Steven Hayward)

While we await some new Rick Perlstein news (coming next week, stay tuned), it is worth noting another highly critical review of the book from the left. Jacob Weisberg takes aim in The Invisible Bridge in the Democracy Journal, a smart liberal journal edited by Michael Tomasky.

Here’s ...


September 17, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1336692
(Scott Johnson)

Joe Biden made waves when he referred to “shylocks” in a speech on Monday. He made waves because he didn’t realize the term was offensive to Jews, drawing as it does on Shakespeare’s problematic portrayal of the Jewish moneylender in The Merchant of Venice. ...


September 17, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1336615
(Scott Johnson)

Our friends at the Washington Free Beacon have dug up the brief video clip below of Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaking at Yale on Monday. This is the clip of her speech that has been running on FOX News. I would like to post a video of ...


September 17, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1336614
(John Hinderaker)

You are probably generally aware of the situation in Kansas, where long-time (and not very inspiring) Senator Pat Roberts survived a primary challenge by insurgent Milton Wolf, but was badly weakened for the primary election. The Democrats shrewdly talked their endorsed candidate out of the race, and instead ...


September 17, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1336613

September 17, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1336612

Over at Equitable Growth: What I think of as the Louise Sheiner fact, as set out by ...


September 17, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1336541
(Paul Mirengoff)

I don’t think we have written about the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and I confess that I haven’t even thought much about this tragedy, other than to find it odd that President Obama is sending in troops to help deal with the matter. Fortunately, our ...


September 17, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1336540
(Steven Hayward)

We noted here last week that a UN “Leaders Climate Summit” is getting under way in New York next week, but that no world leaders are showing up. Obama, however, is planning to turn up, though that does not falsify our conclusion that no world leaders are ...


September 17, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1336539

September 17, 2014, 10:18 am, 1336462
(Scott Johnson)

We have a profoundly serious problem of illegal immigration, but we also have a problem of legal immigration, Unfortunately, it is a problem that can barely be discussed. Is there anyone who thinks the continued stream of Muslim immigration from countries with active jihadist groups is ...


September 17, 2014, 10:18 am, 1336461

*World War II Today: 16 September 1944: Peleliu: US Marines attack towards Bloody Nose Ridge:

It was already apparent that the landings on Peleliu were not going to be over within the four days originally anticipated. Despite ...


September 17, 2014, 10:18 am, 1336459

World War II Today: 17 September 1944: Market Garden: Allied airborne attack into Holland:

Landing at Arnhem, the objective deepest into German occupied territory, were the British First Airborne Division. John Frost, commanding 2nd Parachute Battalion who ...


September 17, 2014, 10:18 am, 1336460

The twenty-our year old Michael DeLong, Campaign Manager for Lianne Thompson in the Clatsop County, OR special election, reports last night:

I am pleased to report that Lianne Thompson was elected County Commissioner for Clatsop County, District 5, ...


September 17, 2014, 8:18 am, 1336385

Rick Hasen: Live Blogging #KSSEN Taylor v. Kobach: Analysis:

Oral argument in the Kansas Supreme Court has now completed in the case of Kobach v. Taylor, on the question whether Taylor’s name can be removed from the Kansas U.S. Senate ballot. The ...


September 17, 2014, 2:18 am, 1336194


Facts are a stubborn thing. The orchestrated media attack on the NFL where we are supposed to believe football players are running rampant beating there wives is case in ...


September 17, 2014, 2:18 am, 1336193

The United States ranked 32nd out of the 34 countries comparing how much we tax compared to those other 34 countries. We have the highest corporate income tax at 39.1%. Unlike the other 34 counties we tax profits earned by US corporations in foreign countries. We have ...


September 17, 2014, 12:18 am, 1336179
(Paul Mirengoff)

The Washington Post claims that “women are pro football’s most important demographic” and wonders whether women “will forgive the NFL” for its handling of Ray Rice who punched out his girl friend (now his wife). But the Post’s article proves that women are not the ...


September 16, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1336163
(Paul Mirengoff)

It has long been clear that you need to get up very early in the morning to beat Scott Johnson to a story. Now it appears that you need to get up even earlier to scoop Scott’s daughter Eliana.

Today, Bobby Jindal delivered an address on energy policy ...


September 16, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1336138
(Steven Hayward)

Never mind the idea that Nancy Pelosi may be a GOP deep-cover double-agent.*  I think I’ve figured out who is operating in even deeper cover: Secretary of State John Kerry. Today in Jakarta Kerry spoke about the causes of climate change.  Here are some highlights of ...


September 16, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1336137
(John Hinderaker)

Seth Leibsohn was formerly Bill Bennett’s producer and now has his own radio show in Phoenix. He enjoyed my post Our Whiny President and asked me to come on the radio to talk about it. As it turned out, we discussed some other things too, like country ...


September 16, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1336088
(John Hinderaker)

It is hard not to enjoy the spectacle of the Obama administration making the case for pre-emptive war in Iraq, and relying on the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq, which President Obama wanted to revoke just a few weeks ago, as its legal authority ...


September 16, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1336087
The colossal failure of the "War on Poverty."


September 16, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1336021


You don't need us to tell you how impressive the volkswagen corporate culture a rather basic, no nonsense sort of car, the latest pre-tensioning seatbelts, anti-lock brakes and stability and traction aids, the old creative juices free reign, showing the volkswagen corporate culture of exciting and unconventional ...


September 16, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1335948
(John Hinderaker)

The Census Bureau has released its annual income and poverty report for 2013. You can read it here. Not much changed last year–which, actually, should be a major news story. At a time when we should be experiencing rapid growth coming out of a recession, incomes continue ...


September 16, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1335947

**Jo Walton: "In dialogue with his century":

I was getting a book off the shelf last night and I came eye to eye with the hardcover of Patterson's biography of Heinlein: Robert A Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century.