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April 24, 2014, 10:18 am, 1260328
(Scott Johnson)

When Brandeis University withdrew its invitation to honor Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I spoke with a knowledgeable source on campus who told me that Rwandan President Paul Kagame was scheduled to visit campus on April 23. I reported on the information provided by my source in “Brandeis ...


April 24, 2014, 8:18 am, 1260255
(Scott Johnson)

President Eisenhower was a master of calculated obfuscation. When it came to Nixon, however, Eisenhower’s views could be discerned with some clarity. He didn’t think much of him. In Nixon Agonistes, Garry Wills explains: “Eisenower’s periodic deflations of Nixon did not arise from mere vindictiveness. It ...


April 24, 2014, 12:18 am, 1260043
(Paul Mirengoff)

You might think that the takeover by the radical left of liberal arts instruction at American colleges and universities would be more difficult to accomplish at state institutions than at private ones. After all, state colleges depend on politicians for funding. And conservative to moderate politicians are ...


April 24, 2014, 12:18 am, 1260042
(John Hinderaker)

I think Scott was the first person I heard say that one day, the Supreme Court may rule the Constitution unconstitutional. That didn’t happen yesterday, when the court decided the Schuette case on a 6-2 vote, but it could have. The issue in Schuette was whether it ...


April 23, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1259948
(Paul Mirengoff)

A new poll by the New York Times has Sen. Mark Pryor 10 points ahead of Rep. Tom Cotton, 46-36. Even with that result, the RCP average (which includes three additional polls taken since February) has Pryor ahead by only 2.2 points.

Thus, the Times poll is, ...


April 23, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1259800
(Steven Hayward)

The short video below captures our alleged secretary of state John Kerry in full.  He speaks about the “bipolar” world of the Cold War, but it really isn’t a very good idea for a person of his limited mental capacities to use the word “bipolar.”  More to ...


April 23, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1259797
(Steven Hayward)

I follow the stock market fairly closely, always have Barron’s on the top of my weekend reading pile, and, as a conservative, incline toward Benjamin Graham-style value investing.  But I never give stock market advice, even when friends ask.  That’s a good way to risk a friendship ...


April 23, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1259799
(John Hinderaker)

I will be on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show this afternoon at 6:20 EST, 5:20 CST, talking about the epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer, which Hugh commented on here. If you are not sure where to find Hugh on your radio dial, you can listen online ...


April 23, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1259798
(John Hinderaker)

In Oregon, little-known Senator Jeff Merkley is running for re-election. His opponent is Dr. Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon. I don’t know much about Dr. Wehby, but she is playing for keeps. Check out this ad; it is pure dynamite:

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April 23, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1259640
(Steven Hayward)

The indefatigable Roy Spencer offers a roundup of Earth Day cartoons yesterday on his site DrRoySpencer.com, reminding us along the way that folks who drove their cars to tree-planting ceremonies undoubtedly released more CO2 than the tree will ever absorb, before inevitably dying someday and releasing ...