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February 12, 2016, 12:18 am, 1607920
(Paul Mirengoff)

Actually, the sports post of the day is Scott’s item “The Tao of Gregg Popovich.” But readers might also be interested in Jack McCallum’s list for Sports Illustrated of the best 50 NBA players of all time.

McCallum has been covering the NBA for ...


February 12, 2016, 12:18 am, 1607921
(John Hinderaker)

The controversy over race and the Oscars has made its way to Berlin, where a film festival is in progress. It happens that the festival judges are all white, so one of the judges, Meryl Streep, fielded some questions about diversity.

Streep, who heads a festival film panel ...


February 11, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1607856
(Steven Hayward)

The book I am currently trying to finish writing is in part about the defects of modern academic political science, which suffers not so much from leftism as much as sheer irrelevancy and obtuseness. (The irony is that compared to academic history, political science looks pretty good some ...


February 11, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1607775
(Scott Johnson)

Gregg Popovich is the highly successful coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Jason Gay gives us a glimpse into the Tao of Popovich in the Wall Street Journal column “The Popovich for president movement” (accessible via Google here, I hope). Gay clearly admires Popovich ...


February 11, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1607774
(Paul Mirengoff)

Bill Kristol calls attention to a poll from South Carolina that he obtained from a political operative he trusts. The operative is not working with a campaign, but his organization, using a “reputable pollster,” took a poll Wednesday night. The results were as follows:

Trump ...


February 11, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1607676
(Steven Hayward)

One thing to be said in favor of a Donald Trump presidency is the comic possibilities it offers, which are way beyond any previous president. Like this nice piece of work (55 seconds long): (more…)


February 11, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1607675
(Scott Johnson)

We still don’t know what really happened when the Iranians took two riverine Navy boats into their custody last month. We know that the boats were said to have been traveling from Bahrain to Kuwait when they lost their way, but some have their doubts about that. ...


February 11, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1607674
(John Hinderaker)

As the Obama administration limps through its last months, its impending demise is mourned by few. One of those few is the perennially clueless David Brooks, apparently the New York Times’s idea of a conservative. Brooks is infamous for falling in love with the crease in Barack Obama’s ...


February 11, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1607673
(Paul Mirengoff)

In his final year in office, President Obama remains in a position to continue his project of transforming America. He can do so through Executive Orders, for example.

Republicans, though, are in a position to close the book on one front — the transformation of the federal judiciary. ...


February 11, 2016, 12:18 am, 1607456
(Paul Mirengoff)

Twenty years before the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Russians and won the Gold Medal at the Lake Placid Olympics, our 1960 Olympic hockey accomplished the same feat. As in 1980, the win against the heavily favored Russians occurred in the semifinals. The 1960 ...