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July 28, 2014, 12:18 am, 1306229
(Paul Mirengoff)

The baseball Hall of Fame inducted six new members today. Among the inductees were managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, and Bobby Cox (the others were Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine).

One thing about inducting managers: you don’t have to worry about whether ...

July 27, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1306226
(John Hinderaker)

In her polemical novel Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand imagines a world in which the most productive citizens–business magnates, mostly, creators of wealth and generators of progress–go on strike. Tired of being blamed for the world’s ills by parasitic liberals in the press, academia, popular culture and government, ...

July 27, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1306225
(Paul Mirengoff)

It’s not getting much attention, but Ukraine continues to make military progress against rebel separatists. The Washington Post reports that the Ukrainian military has pushed the rebels out of a series of villages and towns in the East, and now has its sights set ...

July 27, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1306221
(John Hinderaker)

Matt Drudge is promoting this CNN poll, out today, in which respondents were asked whom they would vote for if the 2012 election were re-run today. Romney beats Obama, when “leaners” are counted, 53% to 44%. And that’s not all: lots of Obama’s numbers are quite ...

July 27, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1306213
(Paul Mirengoff)

The World Cup ended two weeks ago, which means that it’s high time for me to offer my World Cup all-star team. But first, a word about the tournament.

The consensus among those who covered it is that this was the best World Cup in modern memory. ...

July 27, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1306201
(Scott Johnson)

The IDF has investigated its possible role in the deaths that occurred at the UN school in Gaza. The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg files this update:

The Israeli army concludes its inquiry into the fatal incident at the UN facility in Beit ...

July 27, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1306202
(Steven Hayward)

The New York Times Magazine today carries a cover story about why math is hard, and perhaps that helps explain widespread economic illiteracy. Maybe the Times should do a sequel on this very topic, except that it might expose too many of its premier columnists (not mentioning any ...

July 27, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1306194
(John Hinderaker)

A federal court in the District of Columbia has held that the District’s ban on carrying weapons, either openly or concealed, violates the Second Amendment. The case is Palmer v. District of Columbia. While the holding is by no means unexpected–I believe the District was the last ...

July 27, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1306192
(Scott Johnson)

William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years. We posted his personal account, including his testimony to a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him, this past February in “Inside the IRS.” ...

July 27, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1306193
(Paul Mirengoff)

For decades, diplomats and pundits have been saying that “everyone” — by which they mean their fellow diplomats and pundits — knows what the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute would look like. It would look, they say, like two states with something similar to the re-1967 ...