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March 24, 2017, 10:18 pm, 1731658
(Paul Mirengoff)

for a few weeks. Then, something happens and perception changes.

I agree with John that the failure of the House to pass Obamacare replacement legislation this week doesn’t necessarily mean GOP House members won’t be able to pass important legislation on other fronts. Health care ...

March 24, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1731636
(Paul Mirengoff)

After 13 seasons as the coach of Georgetown’s basketball team, John Thompson III is out. Firing JT3 was a big call, considering his father’s stature at the school.

John Thompson, Jr. took a middling, at best, basketball program — one that in a good year might get an ...

March 24, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1731634
(John Hinderaker)

There has been a lot of concern about a recent rash of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S., numbering in the hundreds. Many have interpreted these threats as a sign of rising anti-Semitism, but it turns out that they may all have been made by ...

March 24, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1731635
(John Hinderaker)

It became apparent this afternoon that the health care bill promoted by Republican leadership in the House did not have enough votes to pass, and the bill was pulled by Speaker Paul Ryan, despite President Trump’s earlier insistence that a vote be held. Based on the Washington ...

March 24, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1731633

Must-Read: I think Ezra has this wrong: Donald Trump may have "promised" lots of things, but why on earth would anyone think that he ever meant to keep any of those promises? Trump doesn't know enough about policy to have policy goals—it's reality TV, not reality.

Trump ...

March 24, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1731632

We all remember how seven years ago American Enterprise Institute head Arthur Brooks fired David Frum for saying that Republican root-and-branch opposition to ObamaCare was a mistake.

Therefore I take some things in Frum's very good piece ...

March 24, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1731517
(John Hinderaker)

In the wake of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s statements to reporters on Wednesday, the outline of what could become the biggest political scandal of the last 100 years is becoming clear. Obama administration officials, possibly aided by Obama’s January 2017 order expanding access to the ...

March 24, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1731516
(Scott Johnson)

Minnesota Senator Al Franken doesn’t belong in the United States Senate, let alone on the Senate Judiciary Committee. A little short in the self-awareness department, Franken sought to show up Judge Gorsuch in the committee’s confirmation hearing this week. Instead he showed himself him up (although ...

March 24, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1731515
(Steven Hayward)

With the Obamacare repeal fiasco ongoing today, House Republicans are working overtime to reclaim the undisputed title as “the stupid party,” but they are wasting their time, as the Democrats seem determined to keep the title all to themselves. Elsewhere Scott has noted the dumbest questions ...

March 24, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1731514

Must-Read: Ray Dalio often climbs to the top of my must-read list. (a) He is very sharp. And (b) he thinks very differently than I do (c) on subjects in which I have considerable expertise. That combination of (a), (b), and (c) means that I learn more ...

March 24, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1731513

Over at Equitable Growth: Must- and Should-Reads:

Dionna Cheatham & Gabriel Matthews: Does Supplemental Security Income inhibit success? | Equitable Growth Nick Bunker:

March 24, 2017, 10:18 am, 1731473

Should-Read: Alan de Bromhead et al.: When Britain turned inward: "[To what] extent... [was] trade policy... responsible...

...for the shift towards intra-imperial trade in the interwar period[?] Both tariffs and quotas increased the Empire’s share of British trade, suggesting that trade policy ...

March 24, 2017, 10:18 am, 1731472

Should-Read: This doesn’t even make sense:

Mick Mulvaney is about to break something, some states will then step in to fix it, and that makes it a “local problem” that we should not “look to the federal government to… fix”? This does not even make any ...

March 24, 2017, 8:18 am, 1731433
(Scott Johnson)

We are celebrating an anniversary with Ammo Grrrll: THE COLUMN TURNS 3. She writes:

On the previous two anniversaries of this column, I briefly reviewed how the column was born for readers who had joined us recently. I believe that the traditional gift for any first anniversary is ...

March 24, 2017, 2:18 am, 1731379
(Paul Mirengoff)

One of my favorite law professors once said, after returning from a conference in Las Vegas, that the place made him wonder not just whether America will survive, but whether it should. America survived the Las Vegas of the early 1970s, and I believe we will survive ...

March 24, 2017, 2:18 am, 1731377
(Steven Hayward)

With the sensational success of the Wymyn’s march a few days after Trump’s inauguration on everyone’s mind (/sarc), the science community decided that it needs a march of its own, because as everyone knows Trump hates science, and as we also know there was no science at all ...

March 24, 2017, 2:18 am, 1731378
(Paul Mirengoff)

My mantra on health care reform has been that it’s more important to do it right than to do it fast. President Trump disagrees. He insists that the House vote on Speaker Ryan’s (and his) flawed legislation tomorrow.

After negotiations broke down today, ...