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November 27, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1378988
(John Hinderaker)

Gallup headlines: Obama Approval Drops Among Working-Class Whites. Here, “working class” includes all non-college graduates, some 60-65% of the adult white population. Gallup’s chart shows President Obama’s approval rating among white college graduates and non-college graduates from the beginning of his administration to the end of October. ...


November 27, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1378958
(Scott Johnson)

Lincoln’s famous Thanksgiving Proclamation of October 3, 1863, was drafted by William Seward and signed by Lincoln. The Union’s victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg lay in the background; the Gettysburg Address was to come the following month.

The proclamation pronounced the last Thursday of November “a day ...


November 27, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1378956
(Paul Mirengoff)

Because the evidence seems to support the grand jury’s “no bill” ruling in the Darren Wilson case, critics and protesters have focused on the grand jury procedure. They argue that it was highly unusual, and they are right.

Normally, prosecutors try to guide a the grand jury towards ...


November 27, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1378957
(Scott Johnson)

We provided the platform launching Professor Paul Rahe into the blogosphere. He is one of the country’s most distinguished scholars, but he has also proved to be a natural blogger as well. He now posts at Ricochet. In view of his study of Republics ...


November 27, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1378920
(John Hinderaker)

Here in Minnesota, we don’t have any worries about a white Christmas. It’s been white for quite a while. Cold, too: early this morning, my car thermometer read zero degrees. It’s beautiful if you are looking at it from indoors:


November 27, 2014, 12:18 am, 1378636
(Paul Mirengoff)

ISIS has intensified its push to capture Ramadi, a city of nearly half a million people and the capital of Anbar province:

Islamic State fighters on Tuesday penetrated to the core of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Iraq’s largest province, prompting local security officials to warn that ...


November 26, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1378590
(Paul Mirengoff)

Not Michèle Flournoy. She has ruled herself out. Reportedly, her goal is to be Hillary Clinton’s Defense Secretary.

In theory, holding the position under President Obama doesn’t preclude holding it under Clinton. Moreover, it is far from certain that Clinton will ever be in ...


November 26, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1378482
(Paul Mirengoff)

Chuck Schumer has caused a bit of a stir by stating that the Democrats erred in pushing through Obamacare. “Unfortunately,” said Schumer “Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them [in the 2008 election]. We took their mandate and put all our focus ...


November 26, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1378412
(Scott Johnson)

The feminist establishment has gone completely around the bend. I’m not sure when it happened.; I doubt it is a recent development. In her prescient 1972 book The New Chastity and Other Arguments Against Liberation, Midge Decter examined the first-generation literature of feminism and found ...


November 26, 2014, 10:18 am, 1378328
(Steven Hayward)

Remember the old joke from the 1960s about the liberal cleric who told his congregation that he had been mugged, but that he sympathized with his mugger, because injustice, etc. . . Whereupon an elderly lady in the back of the pews mutters loudly, “Mug him again.”

The joke ...