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September 28, 2017, 6:38 pm, 1780729
(Steven Hayward)

I gather that the New York Times has abolished or “reformed” its copy editing desk, or is using some other fancy euphemism to explain away the ongoing “reduction in force” moves it has been taking as it lives up to Trump’s description of it as a “failing newspaper.” ...


September 28, 2017, 6:38 pm, 1780730
(Paul Mirengoff)

Deshaun Watson, a rookie, is the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans. Last year, he led Clemson to the national championship. This year, his pro career is off to a good start.

Watson’s paycheck for his first NFL game was $27,000. Instead of pocketing ...


September 28, 2017, 3:26 pm, 1780619
(Paul Mirengoff)

While poorly educated athletes, egged on by leftist commentators, indulge in Black Lives Matter based protests against their country, evidence pours in that black-on-black crime is the real threat to black lives and that attacks on policing are causing an increase in such crime. Heather ...


September 28, 2017, 3:26 pm, 1780618
(Steven Hayward)

The first sign that Milo Yiannopoulos’s “Free Speech Week” at Berkeley wasn’t what it was cracked up to be was the news story two weeks ago announcing the “confirmed” speakers for the week that included both Heather Mac Donald and Charles Murray, among others. Both Heather and Charles ...


September 28, 2017, 12:07 pm, 1780456
(Scott Johnson)

Omri Ceren writes to comment on the Reuters story by Francois Murphy reporting that “IAEA chief calls for clarity on disputed section of Iran nuclear deal.” Omri’s commentary on the story — please check it out — should serve as a preview of coming attractions. ...


September 28, 2017, 12:07 pm, 1780454
(Scott Johnson)

On Tuesday Roy Moore defeated Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary to run in the special election this December. The seat had been resigned by Jeff Sessions when he was confirmed to the position of Attorney General. Strange was appointed by then Governor Robert Bentley ...


September 28, 2017, 12:07 pm, 1780455
(John Hinderaker)

Next Monday evening, October 2, Mark Steyn will headline Center of the American Experiment’s Fall Briefing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. If you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you shouldn’t miss it.

Doors open at 5:30 event will begin at 6:30. A reception ...


September 28, 2017, 2:37 am, 1780282
(Paul Mirengoff)

Michelle Obama has declared that “any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their (sic) own voice.” In addition to its grammatical error, the former First Lady’s statement seems substantively incoherent. What does she mean by a woman voting against her own voice? ...


September 27, 2017, 11:26 pm, 1780264
(Paul Mirengoff)

Many decades ago, what is now the Style Section of the Washington Post was called the Women’s Page (or Pages, I don’t remember which). I never read the Women’s Page, but a bit of gossip in today’s paper strikes me as perfect grist for that mill. ...


September 27, 2017, 11:26 pm, 1780263
(John Hinderaker)

Today President Trump and Congressional Republican leaders released a “framework” for tax reform, which you can read here. The framework is more an outline than a plan; while its principles are generally good, a lot depends on how Congressional committees fill in the details. And then, of ...