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October 21, 2014, 2:18 am, 1354495
(Paul Mirengoff)

Turkey has finally agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross its border with Syria to help fight ISIS and thereby relieve the besieged town of Kobani. For weeks, Turkey had refused to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters or weapons to cross its border in support ...

October 21, 2014, 12:18 am, 1354444
(Steven Hayward)

Now maybe this is just the dinner wine talking, but ponder the photos below and keep in mind that you’ve never seen Bill DeBlasio and Spiro Agnew together now, have you?  Draw your own conclusions and parallels.  (I know what you’re thinking: Step awaaaay from the pinot. . ...

October 21, 2014, 12:18 am, 1354443
(Paul Mirengoff)

What happens when “women become men” at Wellesley College, which has always been, and purports to remain, an all women’s school? The New York Times Magazine took up the question this week in its Sunday magazine.

It’s a question the Wellesley administration could reasonably be expected ...

October 20, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1354426
(John Hinderaker)

If you haven’t yet seen it, you really must watch this interview of Senator Mark Udall by a Denver television station. Asked whether Common Core is good or bad, he answers “Yes.” The interviewer doesn’t seem to notice. It’s downhill from there; asked to name three books that ...

October 20, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1354401
(John Hinderaker)

Former Secretary of Labor Bob Reich, on behalf of MoveOn, warns Democrats what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate: they may use a “tricky, little-known maneuver” to “ram through” their “right-wing policies” with only 51 votes, instead of the 60 votes “usually required” in the ...

October 20, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1354354
(Steven Hayward)

The Puffington Host is up this afternoon with the headline “Another Month, Another Heat Record Broken.”  Get ready for whoops of celebration from the 97 percent: we’re back in business!  The “pause” is over!  Hand over your car keys!

While we await the familiar refrain, you might want ...

October 20, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1354353
(John Hinderaker)

In Kansas, Larry Lessig’s Mayday PAC is running an ad on behalf of Independent Democrat Greg Orman featuring, according to Women For Kansas, “lifelong Republican” Nancy Moffitt:


It is striking how Democrats love to find “lifelong Republicans” who have suddenly seen the light. It ...

October 20, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1354352

Jason Hart: Gov. Kasich: God Wants Ohio to Expand Medicaid: "Governor John Kasich, a Republican, repeated his insistence that God wants Ohio to expand Medicaid...

...when reporters brought up the topic on June 18. Kasich suggested anyone who opposes Medicaid expansion will have to answer ...

October 20, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1354278
(Steven Hayward)

I’ve been waiting for Remy Munasifi to deliver the right beat down on Obama’s comically misnamed press secretary Josh Earnest, and he doesn’t disappoint!


October 20, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1354277

October 20, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1354276

SEAT now does an equivalent car to drive, but there's very little that's wrong with the fifth generation Volkswagen Golf a formidable benchmark for its rivals over it. If you're thinking about a clever 1.2-litre TSI engine which uses a six-speed manual and open up the 1999 ...

October 20, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1354193

In a number of blog-posts (Paul Krugman’s Bicycling Problem, On Bubble Business Bound, The Expectations Fairy) I have examined some of the implications of the theory of secular stagnation. But I haven’t up to now argued why I think the hypothesis that Japan and some parts of ...

October 20, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1354111
(Scott Johnson)


Michelle Malkin hosted the documentary “Rocky Mountain Heist” (trailer above) telling the story of the Democratic takeover of Colorado via a quartet of liberal millionaires and billionaires — known as the “Gang of Four” — in the course of a decade. Something there is ...

October 20, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1354110
(Steven Hayward)

I leave the precise parsing of the poll data to Sean Trende, Nate Silver, Henry Olsen, and other numerologist/astrologists, and go by my gut feel, which is usually though not always right. As the 2012 election approached I had a nagging feeling that Obama was going to pull ...

October 20, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1354109

Note that these are the cities themselves--what lies within the municipal boundaries--not the metropolitan areas:

Cory Doctorow: American cities, ranked by conservatism: "A fascinating chart from Representation in Municipal Government...

...published in American Political Science Review and written by MIT political scientists Chris Tausanovitch and Christopher ...

October 20, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1354108

Over at Equitable Growth: In the 60 years since 1954, the Federal Reserve has been moved to cut the 3-Mo. T-Bill ...

October 20, 2014, 10:18 am, 1354033
(Scott Johnson)

Facing a November 24 deadline, the Obama administration is rushing to reach a final agreement surrendering to Iran in the P5+1 talks. Jennifer Rubin takes a look at recent reports and finds that the Obama administration is “Chasing a bad deal with Iran.” This shouldn’t ...

October 20, 2014, 10:18 am, 1354032

: First World War.com:

Strategically located along the roads leading to the Channel ports in Belgian Flanders, the Belgian city of Ypres had been the scene of numerous battles since the sixteenth century.  With the German failure at the Battle of the Marne in ...

October 20, 2014, 10:18 am, 1354031

A correspondent reminds me of this from a couple of years ago, that I now hoist from the archives:

Hoisted from the Archives: The New York Times Publishes Casey Mulligan ...

October 20, 2014, 2:18 am, 1353796
(Paul Mirengoff)

Two ordained ministers, a husband and wife, who perform marriage ceremonies but oppose gay marriage reportedly face a 180-day jail term and a $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate a same-sex wedding.

The ministers operate a chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. ...

October 20, 2014, 2:18 am, 1353795
(Paul Mirengoff)

I’ve offered mostly criticism, and only very occasional praise, for President Obama’s campaign against ISIS. I just haven’t been able to see how the president’s campaign is likely to destroy or seriously degrade the Islamist barbarians.

I’m happy to report, however, that the campaign may have ...

October 20, 2014, 12:18 am, 1353780
(Steven Hayward)

Writing about this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, Frenchman Jean Tirole, the New Yorker’s John Cassidy let’s fly with typical condescension right at the beginning:

In general, I’m not a fan of the economics Nobel. Too often, since it was first given, in 1969, it ...