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August 29, 2014, 12:18 am, 1326345
(Paul Mirengoff)

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral argument yesterday in the case of Davis v. Guam. The hearing occurred in Guam, the first time the Ninth Circuit has sat there since 2002.

Mr. Davis, a resident of Guam, attempted to register to ...


August 28, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1326329
(John Hinderaker)

Michael Brown was a very large young man, 6’4″ and 292 (sometimes reported as 300) pounds. He used his size aggressively to rob a convenience store and shove aside a store clerk just ten minutes before his fatal encounter with a police officer. Brown’s height and weight are ...


August 28, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1326276
(John Hinderaker)

President Obama gave a press conference today, in which the prime topic was ISIL. Obama’s constant theme was that we don’t have a strategy to deal with the terrorist organization that has been rampaging across Syria and Iraq for months. A transcript of the press conference is


August 28, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1326068
(Paul Mirengoff)

I wrote here about the College Board’s effort to mandate that AP U.S. History be taught from a leftist perspective. That perspective is based, in part, on a critique of “American exceptionalism.”

In my post, borrowing from Stanley Kurtz, I took “American ...


August 28, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1325988
(Steven Hayward)

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported (“Germany’s Expensive Gamble on Renewable Energy”) on the high cost of the climate-related energy fanaticism of Germany’s green shirts (why not?), which is now starting to take a tangible toll on the country’s economic competitiveness:

Average electricity prices for companies have jumped ...


August 28, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1325985
(Scott Johnson)

No surprise here, but I had overlooked what Peter Wehner has extracted from the Jerusalem Post:

Speaking extensively on US relations with Jerusalem since the end of the latest round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians last April, and throughout Operation Protective Edge, a candid ...


August 28, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1325987
(Paul Mirengoff)

Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder’s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America, Investors’ Business Daily reports:

Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, ...


August 28, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1325986
(Scott Johnson)

The historian Jeffrey Herf writes at the American Interest of the emergence of a pro-Hamas left:

On July 31, 2014, a group of left-leaning historians called “Historians Against the War” posted an open letter to President Obama denouncing Israel’s actions in the Gaza War and calling for a ...


August 28, 2014, 10:18 am, 1325917
(Scott Johnson)

Visiting New York with my father in 1966 or 1967, I somehow persuaded him to take me to see the Fugs in one of their now legendary nightly performances at Greenwich Village’s Players Theater. It was a memorable show with something close to the founding group of ...


August 28, 2014, 12:18 am, 1325660
(John Hinderaker)

The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development. It is a minor news ...