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January 25, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1409602
(John Hinderaker)

Climate alarmists play a number of tricks to try to make their catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory seem plausible. One of the most important is that they focus on a ridiculously short period of time, beginning either in the late 19th century or at the beginning of the ...


January 25, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1409581
(Scott Johnson)

The death of Alberto Nisman in his Buenos Aires apartment continues to give rise to troubling revelations something other than the suicide that appeared to be the cause of his death. Nisman was of course the Argentine prosecutor who charged the Iranian regime with the bombing of ...


January 25, 2015, 8:18 am, 1409503
(Scott Johnson)

Our observation of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill yesterday put me in mind of Winston Churchill’s failed meeting with Adolf Hitler. It’s a story I’ve mentioned here before and ask your indulgence in mentioning again as the occasion may warrant.

Among the many qualities ...


January 25, 2015, 8:18 am, 1409502
(Scott Johnson)

We have written several times here about the case of James Risen. Called to testify in the government’s prosecution of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for violation of the Espionage Act, Risen declined to testify; Sterling had laundered his exposure of a Bush-era operation intended to undermine ...


January 25, 2015, 12:18 am, 1409396
(Paul Mirengoff)

Although, we have criticized the nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General on a number of grounds, there’s one substantial criticism that I’m not sure we have raised. Lynch appears to have made plea deals with white collar criminals that violated ...


January 24, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1409393
(Paul Mirengoff)

Ernie Banks, “Mr. Cub,” died on Friday. He was 83.

Banks is probably best remembered for his sunny disposition. “Let’s play two” was his famous saying.

In on-the-field terms, Banks should be remembered for his remarkable play from 1957-1960, especially the middle two years. In 1958, playing ...


January 24, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1409363
(Steven Hayward)

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Churchill today, I want to pick a minor quibble that I think is not so minor after you think it through a bit.

Several fine commentators, such as Victor Davis Hanson, have embraced the theme of Churchill as ...


January 24, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1409362
(John Hinderaker)

It would be hard to overstate how poorly things are going for the United States around the world. Iran moves steadily toward acquiring nuclear weapons, with the apparent approval of the Obama administration. Iraq, once hailed as one of the Obama administration’s greatest successes by Joe Biden, is ...


January 24, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1409305
(John Hinderaker)

Mitt Romney is never a dollar short, but he is often a day or more late. This week, he showed that he has not been keeping up with developments in climate science:

As he considers a third presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that one of the ...


January 24, 2015, 10:18 am, 1409271
(Scott Johnson)

John Howard Griffin famously enlisted the assistance of a dermatologist to have his skin darkened so he could pass as a black man traveling in the deep South for six weeks in late 1959. He reported his experiences in Black Like Me. Based on the journal ...