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October 21, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1354834
(Steven Hayward)

As noted here before by Paul and me, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s famous “extremism in defense of liberty” speech at the GOP convention, which I also wrote about in the Claremont Review of Books. The other more important speech of ...


October 21, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1354833
(Paul Mirengoff)

John normally covers pathetic fundraising letters from Democrats, but this one captured my fancy. The first sentence is true; the rest is whimpering:

Dear [X]:

We are completely out of ideas.

After President Clinton emailed you this morning to ask for help, we really thought we would be in a ...


October 21, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1354832
(Paul Mirengoff)

A new poll, this one by Talk Business and Politics/Hendrix College, puts Tom Cotton’s lead over Mark Pryor at 48-41. The survey included more than 2,000 likely voters and was taken after the last week’s Cotton-Pryor debate (as I understand it, there will ...


October 21, 2014, 10:18 am, 1354753
(Scott Johnson)

John posted the video of Mark Udall struggling to answer a series of easy questions in a frienldy interview (John posted the video here). What are the three books that influenced him the most? After asking for a do-over, Udall plumbs the depths of his ...


October 21, 2014, 10:18 am, 1354752
(Scott Johnson)

It is a sign of the pollution of our public discourse that the President of the United States rubs shoulders with the vile Al Sharpton, demagogue and race hustler extraordinaire. Sharpton is one of the most vile figures in American public life.

It’s an old story, and the ...


October 21, 2014, 2:18 am, 1354495
(Paul Mirengoff)

Turkey has finally agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross its border with Syria to help fight ISIS and thereby relieve the besieged town of Kobani. For weeks, Turkey had refused to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters or weapons to cross its border in support ...


October 21, 2014, 12:18 am, 1354444
(Steven Hayward)

Now maybe this is just the dinner wine talking, but ponder the photos below and keep in mind that you’ve never seen Bill DeBlasio and Spiro Agnew together now, have you?  Draw your own conclusions and parallels.  (I know what you’re thinking: Step awaaaay from the pinot. . ...


October 21, 2014, 12:18 am, 1354443
(Paul Mirengoff)

What happens when “women become men” at Wellesley College, which has always been, and purports to remain, an all women’s school? The New York Times Magazine took up the question this week in its Sunday magazine.

It’s a question the Wellesley administration could reasonably be expected ...


October 20, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1354426
(John Hinderaker)

If you haven’t yet seen it, you really must watch this interview of Senator Mark Udall by a Denver television station. Asked whether Common Core is good or bad, he answers “Yes.” The interviewer doesn’t seem to notice. It’s downhill from there; asked to name three books that ...


October 20, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1354401
(John Hinderaker)

Former Secretary of Labor Bob Reich, on behalf of MoveOn, warns Democrats what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate: they may use a “tricky, little-known maneuver” to “ram through” their “right-wing policies” with only 51 votes, instead of the 60 votes “usually required” in the ...