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December 9, 2016, 4:18 am, 1701152
(Paul Mirengoff)

On December 8, 1967, the St. Louis Cardinals obtained home run king Roger Maris from the New York Yankees in exchange for Charlie Smith. The trade completed a nifty two-step. First, as discussed here, St. Louis acquired Orlando Cepeda to fill the void (and ...


December 9, 2016, 4:18 am, 1701153
(Steven Hayward)

Andy Puzder

Trump has announced that he will nominate Andy Puzder, the CEO of the CKE Restaurants, which includes Carls Jr. and Hardees fast food outlets. ...


December 8, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1701040
(Paul Mirengoff)

Democrats and their many pals in the mainstream media have been able to find a hook through which to criticize nearly every nominee presented by president-elect Trump. For Sen. Jeff Sessions, it’s bogus allegations of bigotry. For Dr. Ben Carson, it’s lack of subject matter expertise ...


December 8, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1701041
(Paul Mirengoff)

Attempts to portray Senator Jeff Sessions as a racist continue to run into this problem — African-Americans who know him well aren’t buying in.

I wrote here about Donald Watkins, a Black attorney who attended law school with Sessions in the early 1970s. Watkins says ...


December 8, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1701039
(Steven Hayward)

John Maynard Keynes was right about one thing: economic dynamism depends on “animal spirits,” that is, the appetite for entrepreneurial risk-taking needs to reach a critical mass for an economy to boom. And this isn’t something that can be easily quantified, though the fact that new business startups ...


December 8, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1700956
(Scott Johnson)

One hundred and three year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing was serving on the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. On CNN, Jake Tapper invited former Lieutenant Downing to discuss the Japanese attack on the American fleet on the 75th ...


December 8, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1700955
(Scott Johnson)

Speaking at a gathering of Democrats in Denver last week, Keith Ellison argued that he could both represent Minnesota’s Fifth District in the House and lead the Democratic National Committee if elected its chairman. “All there is to do is to vote ‘no,’” Ellison explained, vowing ...


December 8, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1700954
(Scott Johnson)

I think Tucker Carlson got the better of the incredibly smug Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff on Tucker’s FOX News show last night. The subject under discussion was Russian cyber hacking in connection with our just concluded election. Schiff should know what he is talking about; ...


December 8, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1700953
(Paul Mirengoff)

Donald Trump’s administration will not be an entirely orthodox conservative affair. The Carrier deal so demonstrates.

However, Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA demonstrates that, in important respects, the Trump administration will likely be more conservative than that of George H.W. and George ...


December 8, 2016, 12:18 am, 1700751
(John Hinderaker)

The federal judge in Michigan who ordered a recount to begin in that state on Monday has now reversed his ruling and withdrawn that order. His reversal was based on an order from a Michigan appellate court to the effect that Jill Stein did not have standing ...