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August 29, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1668510
(Steven Hayward)

Warning: This post can’t achieve a PG-13 MPAA rating even with a heavy use of asterisks. As regular readers know, we have some regulations informal guidelines about content here, but sometimes the news, like the latest junk about Anthony Weiner’s junk, compels testing the outer limits. The ...


August 29, 2016, 10:18 am, 1668418
(Scott Johnson)

This past October 16 the Rathergate film Truth opened in more than a thousand theaters around the country. John and I warned viewers not to take the film at face value in the Weekly Standard article “Rather shameful.” On the film’s opening weekend the Star ...


August 29, 2016, 10:18 am, 1668417
(Scott Johnson)

Following up on Andy McCarthy’s NR column on the $1.31 billion in ransom payments to Iran (apart from the $400 million in cash) and on my related post, a reader with background in federal law enforcement writes:

I saw your post regarding the suspicious transactions totaling ...


August 29, 2016, 6:18 am, 1668334
(Paul Mirengoff)

The name Gilbert Chagoury will be familiar to many readers. He’s a friend of Bill Clinton and a major donor to the Clinton Foundation. According to Judicial Watch, which cites Clinton Foundation documents, Chagoury has appeared near the top of the Foundation’s donor list ...


August 28, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1668284
(John Hinderaker)

I will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 Eastern time. I think Laura may be off prepping Donald Trump for the debates, but I am not sure about that.

We will have some excellent guests, including Larry Kudlow, Michael Barone, Kelli Ward and ...


August 28, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1668282
(Paul Mirengoff)

We’ve written from time to time about America’s under-incarceration problem — the fact that criminals whose records clearly show they should be in jail are instead free and on the streets committing violent crimes, including some very bloody, high-profile ones.

Here’s the latest example. ...


August 28, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1668283
(John Hinderaker)

We are bombarded with claims that some month or year (e.g., 2016) is the “warmest ever.” But what does that mean? We are living in a relatively cool era. Temperatures today are lower than they have been something like 90% of the time since the last Ice Age ...


August 28, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1668248
(John Hinderaker)

At the Telegraph, Simon Heffer reviews the condition of Britain’s National Health Service after 68 years and finds: “The NHS will simply collapse unless politicians have the courage to reform it.”

According to Government figures, the £437 million spent in the first year of the NHS’s existence in 1948-49 ...


August 28, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1668247
(John Hinderaker)

Mylan NV has been taking a lot of abuse for sharply raising the price of its popular EpiPen. The Wall Street Journal explains the background on the price increase. It isn’t, as I would have assumed, a case of patent protection. The patent on epinephrine ran out ...


August 28, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1668224
(Scott Johnson)

When Don McLean came to Dartmouth in the spring of 1972 or so, he might have been the last man on the circuit I wanted to see. I was done with folk music, so I thought. I had moved on to the Grateful Dead and the ...