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November 20, 2018, 9:09 pm, 1922930
(Paul Mirengoff)

Jamal Khashoggi the myth is the guy we read about in the Washington Post — fearless democrat, opponent of tyranny. Jamal Khashoggi the man is more like the guy Joseph Duggan writes about in American Greatness — a charming, cynical Saudi power player for whom ...


November 20, 2018, 9:09 pm, 1922929
(John Hinderaker)

I will be filling in for Laura Ingraham on her radio show tomorrow. The program runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some markets. We are still assembling the guest list, but the economy and the caravan will be ...


November 20, 2018, 9:09 pm, 1922928
(Paul Mirengoff)

President Trump today announced that, notwithstanding the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, “the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region.” The essence of Trump’s explanation for the ...


November 20, 2018, 5:09 pm, 1922867
(Steven Hayward)

Years ago a friend who signed on with a large prestigious law firm recounted how one of his first orientation sessions was “sensitivity training” (the precursor to “diversity” workshops today) with regard to ethnicity and sexual orientation. Back in those innocent days it consisted largely in an inventory ...


November 20, 2018, 1:09 pm, 1922749
(Scott Johnson)

In the case of St. Paul Chipotle thief Masud Ali and his friends we see an extension of the culture of victimization. Ali and friends turned up this past Thursday at the Chipotle on Grand Avenue, in one of St. Paul’s nicest neighborhoods. Recognized by store ...


November 20, 2018, 1:09 pm, 1922747
(Steven Hayward)

I haven’t seen the new biopic about Freddie Mercury and Queen, but from the reviews and such it looks pretty good. But in the meantime, some enterprising YouTubers who go by the name of Dustin and Genevieve have produced this “Bohemian Rhapsody” knockoff for the age of anti-social ...


November 20, 2018, 1:09 pm, 1922748
(Paul Mirengoff)

Yesterday, I wrote about President Trump’s support for what Sen. Tom Cotton calls jailbreak legislation. That legislation, known as FIRST STEP, enables the early release from federal prison of most categories of federal felons and sets lower mandatory minimum sentences for many federal drug felons. ...


November 20, 2018, 5:49 am, 1922532
(Steven Hayward)

I was reading an old lecture on Aristophanes by Leo Strauss when I came across these very useable sentences:

When about to enter a place at at which we are meant to laugh and to enjoy ourselves, we must first cross a picket line of black-coated ushers exuding deadly ...


November 20, 2018, 1:09 am, 1922480
(Paul Mirengoff)

Last week, I had the honor of attending the swearing-in of Jeff Clark as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of the Justice Department. Jeff was sworn in by Judge Danny Boggs for whom he clerked. Matthew Whitaker and Ron Rosenstein ...


November 20, 2018, 1:09 am, 1922479
(Steven Hayward)

Now that was some kind of football game, so long as you think defense is nearly an afterthought in the NFL these days. I Tweeted in the 4th quarter that we ought to just call tonight’s Rams-Chiefs game the Super Bowl and skip the postseason this year.

But for ...