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June 27, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1648863
(Scott Johnson)

If you’re trying to understand the madness that has overtaken university campuses, Yale presents an important case study. My daughter Eliana takes a look at Yale’s ordeal in the current NR article “This is not a debate.” It’s a reported piece that seems to me ...


June 27, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1648862
(Steven Hayward)

• Those madcap travel agents at The Nation have another excursion for you if you’re not interested in seeing the Soviet Union Russia with their unique perspective. This time The Nation wants to take you to Cuba, where “We will spend our days meeting with ...


June 27, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1648861
(John Hinderaker)

We have written several times about efforts by Democratic Attorneys General and others to make it a criminal offense to point out deficiencies and errors in the Left’s catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory. Criminalizing one side of a political debate is, as far as I know, unprecedented in ...


June 27, 2016, 2:18 am, 1648680
(John Hinderaker)

Yesterday afternoon, Muslim terrorists associated with al-Shabaab attacked a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing at least 35:

The assault, the latest in a series by the Islamist group targeting ­hotels and restaurants, began when a suicide bomber detonated a car laden with explosives outside the building.


June 27, 2016, 2:18 am, 1648679
(Paul Mirengoff)

Eugene Volokh reports on an alarming statement issued by Wendy J. Olson in her capacity as U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho. Olson stated that “the spread of false information or inflammatory or threatening statements about the perpetrators” of a particular crime or the ...


June 26, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1648667
(Steven Hayward)

Well, one more thing, but surely not the last. Anyway, if you think there are parallels between sentiment in Britain and in the U.S., and recall how Margaret Thatcher’s victory in 1979 was a harbinger of Reagan’s victory the following year, consider this: If Boris Johnson is the ...


June 26, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1648666
(John Hinderaker)

Narratives of human history conventionally say that agriculture “arose” around 13,000 years ago. But why? At Watts Up With That, Susan Corwin suggests a plausible explanation:

Because it would work as CO2 became plentiful!

All the academic articles say: “and then agriculture happened”.

The “accepted wisdom”/consensus is:

…here was no single ...


June 26, 2016, 6:18 pm, 1648630
(Steven Hayward)

Ordinarily you wouldn’t expect much accuracy or sense on an article about guns and gun control from the New York Review of Books, but there it is, in David Cole’s review of three new gun books in the current edition. In particular, this:

Congress has not passed a ...


June 26, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1648610
(Scott Johnson)

In the course of campaigning in New Hampshire in January 1992 George Bush told an Exeter townhall meeting: “Message: I care.” We all heard about it endlessly at the time. As I recall, the media took it as an illustration of Bush’s supposed cluelessness.

Jonah Goldberg


June 26, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1648609
(Steven Hayward)

We’ve already had plenty of coverage here about the elite left’s unhinged whingeing about the Brexit vote, and I predict the Brexit vote will become for Europolitans what the sainted Citizens United decision is for lefties here in the U.S—a source of perpetual rage and blame for everything ...