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October 21, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1355172
(John Hinderaker)

Faced with major electoral losses this year, the Democratic Party is pulling out all the stops. For them, that means descending, again, into racism. As Glenn Reynolds says:

Democrats used to use racial fearmongering to get white voters to turn out. Now they use racial fearmongering to get ...

October 21, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1355171
(John Hinderaker)

Two stories currently in the news are, I think, illuminating. The first comes from Paris:

The incident took place when a veiled woman was spotted on the front row of a performance of La Traviata at the Opera Bastille….

France brought in a law in 2011 banning anyone from ...

October 21, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1355135
(Paul Mirengoff)

The 2014 World Series begins in a few hours. Both teams competing in it — the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals — failed to win 90 games. This therefore will be the first World Series in baseball history (other than in war-shortened 1918 ...

October 21, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1355134
(John Hinderaker)

I wrote here about a hard-hitting ad that Conservative War Chest has produced for the Colorado Senate campaign. Now the War Chest is back with another strong ad, this one directed to national security and called “Blame America First.” The words, of course, are Jeane Kirkpatrick’s, and ...

October 21, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1355070

Josh Bivens, Brad DeLong, Jeff Madrick, Ylan Mui: How Mainstream Economic Thinking Imperils America:

Thursday, October 23, 2014
1:00 - 2: 30 p.m. ET
Economic Policy Institute
1333 H St., NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005


Advice about what points I should ...

October 21, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1354997
(Scott Johnson)

I want to note the recent New York Times story “Holder decision on Benghazi case reverberates,” addressing the mucked up prosecution of Ahmed Abu Khattala by the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Khattala is the terrorist apprehended in Libya and charged for the ...

October 21, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1354922
(Steven Hayward)

One of the easiest scams to pull off in the energy world these days is to get a breathless story planted in the media about a laboratory “breakthrough” on energy from some advanced or unconventional source, like banana peels (when you aren’t smoking them) or unicorn flop sweat. ...

October 21, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1354921
(John Hinderaker)

Actually, of course, he doesn’t. Holder was asked by an interviewer, what was your biggest failure as Attorney General? He had so many to choose from! Politicizing the Justice Department, Fast and Furious, stonewalling the House of Representatives, allowing the legalization of marijuana contrary to federal law, failure ...

October 21, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1354834
(Steven Hayward)

As noted here before by Paul and me, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s famous “extremism in defense of liberty” speech at the GOP convention, which I also wrote about in the Claremont Review of Books. The other more important speech of ...

October 21, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1354833
(Paul Mirengoff)

John normally covers pathetic fundraising letters from Democrats, but this one captured my fancy. The first sentence is true; the rest is whimpering:

Dear [X]:

We are completely out of ideas.

After President Clinton emailed you this morning to ask for help, we really thought we would be in a ...

October 21, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1354832
(Paul Mirengoff)

A new poll, this one by Talk Business and Politics/Hendrix College, puts Tom Cotton’s lead over Mark Pryor at 48-41. The survey included more than 2,000 likely voters and was taken after the last week’s Cotton-Pryor debate (as I understand it, there will ...

October 21, 2014, 10:18 am, 1354752
(Scott Johnson)

It is a sign of the pollution of our public discourse that the President of the United States rubs shoulders with the vile Al Sharpton, demagogue and race hustler extraordinaire. Sharpton is one of the most vile figures in American public life.

It’s an old story, and the ...

October 21, 2014, 10:18 am, 1354753
(Scott Johnson)

John posted the video of Mark Udall struggling to answer a series of easy questions in a frienldy interview (John posted the video here). What are the three books that influenced him the most? After asking for a do-over, Udall plumbs the depths of his ...

October 21, 2014, 2:18 am, 1354495
(Paul Mirengoff)

Turkey has finally agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross its border with Syria to help fight ISIS and thereby relieve the besieged town of Kobani. For weeks, Turkey had refused to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters or weapons to cross its border in support ...

October 21, 2014, 12:18 am, 1354443
(Paul Mirengoff)

What happens when “women become men” at Wellesley College, which has always been, and purports to remain, an all women’s school? The New York Times Magazine took up the question this week in its Sunday magazine.

It’s a question the Wellesley administration could reasonably be expected ...

October 21, 2014, 12:18 am, 1354444
(Steven Hayward)

Now maybe this is just the dinner wine talking, but ponder the photos below and keep in mind that you’ve never seen Bill DeBlasio and Spiro Agnew together now, have you?  Draw your own conclusions and parallels.  (I know what you’re thinking: Step awaaaay from the pinot. . ...