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April 23, 2017, 10:18 pm, 1740278
(John Hinderaker)

President Trump gave an extended interview to the Associated Press’s Julie Pace, a liberal reporter who has done her best to oppose Trump. (See, e.g., here and here.) But Pace played it straight and Trump was expansive, to say the least. The Associated Press has now ...


April 23, 2017, 10:18 pm, 1740279
(Paul Mirengoff)

The Israel Defense Forces struck a base controlled by a pro-Syrian government militia on Sunday killing three and wounding two others, according a statement by the militia — the Syrian National Defense Forces. This militia fights alongside the Syrian army in support of Assad.

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April 23, 2017, 10:18 pm, 1740277
(Steven Hayward)

Sit down for this man-bites-dog story: California’s government actually made a sensible decision last week.

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the nation, rejected a proposal that it divest itself of stocks in fossil fuel companies because—yes, I can hardly believe it—it ...


April 23, 2017, 8:18 pm, 1740269
(John Hinderaker)

Australia has been holding over 2,000 illegal refugees on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. These are individuals who tried to enter Australia illegally, something that Australia, unlike the U.S., does not permit. The refugees are from Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and ...


April 23, 2017, 8:18 pm, 1740268

Weekend Reading: Henry Farrell: Fourteen Years of Krauthammer Days: "Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the day when Charles Krauthammer announced to the world... http://crookedtimber.org/2017/04/22/fourteen-years
-of-krauthammer-days/

...Hans Blix had five months to find weapons. He found nothing. We’ve ...


April 23, 2017, 4:18 pm, 1740240
(Steven Hayward)

It was 20 years ago that Thomas G. West, nowadays the Potter professor of politics at Hillsdale College, published Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America. The book was a tour de force against the left’s relentless attacks on and distortions ...


April 23, 2017, 4:18 pm, 1740239
(Paul Mirengoff)

Minutes ago, the “estimated” voting results in the first round of the French presidential election were released. Emmanuel Macron (“neither left nor right”) leads with 23 percent, followed by ultra-nationalist Marine Le Pen with 21. Conservative Francois Fillon and Communist Jean-Luc Mélenchon were both at 19.5. ...


April 23, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1740216
(Scott Johnson)

Imprimis recently published a shortened version of Weekly Standard senior editor Christopher Caldwell’s lecture at Hillsdale College under the heading “How to think about Vladimir Putin.” Last week Hillsdale got around to posting the video of Caldwell’s lecture (below). I found both the condensed written ...


April 23, 2017, 10:18 am, 1740207

Must-Reads:

Kevin Drum: We're Now In the Second Biggest Housing Boom of All Time: "The most remarkable feature of this chart... http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/04/were
-now-second-biggest-housing-boom-all-time
Òscar Jordà, Moritz Schularick, and Alan M. Taylor: Monetary Policy Medicine: Large Effects from Small Doses?: "How do we know that higher interest rates will bring prices under ...


April 23, 2017, 10:18 am, 1740206

Must-Read: Ezra Klein: The GOP’s biggest health care achievement has been making Obamacare more popular: "It is bizarre watching House Republicans persuade themselves that the problem they face on health care... https://www.vox.com/obamacare/2017/4/20/15373092/r
epublicans-made-obamacare-more-popular

...is cutting a deal between the Freedom Caucus and the ...


April 23, 2017, 10:18 am, 1740205

Hoisted from Mike Konczal's Archives:Mike Konczal (2013): Reinhart-Rogoff A Week Later: Why Does This Matter?: "Well this is progress...

...We are seeing subtle distancing by conservative writers on the Reinhart/Rogoff thesis. In Feburary, Douglas Holtz-Eakin wrote:

The debt hurts ...


April 23, 2017, 2:18 am, 1740148
(John Hinderaker)

That isn’t quite how the New York Times puts it, of course. In fact, the words “socialist” and “socialism” never appear in its otherwise unsparing account. But Venezuela under Chavez and Maduro illustrates the inevitable arc of socialism, from parasitism to gangster rule.

The uniformed men who shot ...


April 23, 2017, 2:18 am, 1740149
(Paul Mirengoff)

Voting in the French presidential election occurred today for citizens living outside of France. My wife voted at the French embassy here in Washington. Citizens living in France will vote tomorrow.

The French government sent a package to potential voters containing brief pamphlets from each candidate. ...


April 23, 2017, 2:18 am, 1740147
(John Hinderaker)

Today “marches for science” were held in hundreds of cities. The one here in the Twin Cities reportedly drew 10,000 liberals. In reality, of course, these were marches against President Trump or, stated differently, in favor of the Democratic Party. There isn’t anything surprising about that. When political ...