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July 29, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1518213
(Steven Hayward)

Let’s begin with everyone’s favorite conservationist, Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt loved the big animals of Africa. He especially liked to shoot them. Somehow he is still a revered figure, unlike Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.

Well times change, you ...


July 29, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1518212
(Steven Hayward)

Haven’t had much climate change news for a while. Can’t Donald Trump say something outrageous about it so we can kickstart the issue?

There’s actually lots of fun climate news right now, but it is getting lost in the ether.

First, there’s a new explanation for the temperature pause that ...


July 29, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1518211
(Paul Mirengoff)

The IRS is in hot water once again with no-nonsense federal district court judge Emmet Sullivan over Lois Lerner’s emails. A year ago, Judge Sullivan ordered the IRS to explain in writing and under oath how some of Lerner’s emails went missing, and to detail ...


July 29, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1518150
(Steven Hayward)

Of course Hillary Clinton hedges over everything—did you see her dodge when asked about the Keystone XL pipeline? Even the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza called it “ridiculous.”

I wonder what Cillizza makes of her comment this morning about the Planned Parenthood videos? While Hillary professed that she’s unalterably ...


July 29, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1518149
(Scott Johnson)

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey put some daylight between himself and the Commander in Chief on the question of our options with Iran. President Obama, of course, serves up the choice as between the Iran ...


July 29, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1518079
(Steven Hayward)

Last weekend I declared an “open thread” on Trump along with some “interrogatories,” which is a little misleading since all of our posts are open to comment with everyone who is signed up for one of the filtering mechanisms that prohibit anonymous comments. (We do this, FYI, ...


July 29, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1517916
(John Hinderaker)

These are perilous times: Iran is on its way to getting the bomb, Russia is on the march, China’s economy is teetering, the U.S. has a historic election in prospect. So what is the number one news story in the world? Cecil the lion.

The Drudge Report:


July 29, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1517835
(Steven Hayward)

Ezra Klein interviewed Bernie Sanders for his tyro website Pox, and it makes for fun reading. Yes, of course we know Sanders is a socialist, but it’s helpful when a socialist is as open about it as Bernie, and in places it appears he’s even too left ...


July 29, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1517834
(Paul Mirengoff)

It’s well documented that until fairly recently Donald Trump was a Democrat and that he took mostly liberal positions on major issues. But Kevin Williamson deepens our understanding of Trump’s non-conservatism — as well as his deep cynicism — by ...


July 29, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1517833
(Scott Johnson)

At my request the Fiorina campaign has kindly forwarded the text of Carly Fiorina’s speech at the Reagan Library this week. I want to post this addendum of quotable quotes to the video of the speech that I posted here this morning.

Quotable quote: “When President Obama ...