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August 3, 2015, 2:18 am, 1520654
(Steven Hayward)

In my interrogatories about Trump a week ago, I asked Trump enthusiasts the following question:

• Are you happy that Trump is essentially a stalking horse for Jeb Bush? If Trump wins some early primaries in a crowded field it will be with less than 20 percent of ...


August 3, 2015, 12:18 am, 1520635
(Paul Mirengoff)

If it really was Beau Biden’s dying wish that Joe Biden run for president, then Joe has a powerful incentive to enter the race, especially since Hilary has yet to show any sign of invincibility. Moreover, as Scott notes, regardless of what ...


August 3, 2015, 12:18 am, 1520634


August 3, 2015, 12:18 am, 1520633

A number of New York Times employees have told me that they think the newspaper has a good reputation for telling the truth, and deserves the benefit of the doubt and a little charity when it gets one wrong in its eagerness to get there first.

It ...


August 2, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1520596
(John Hinderaker)

I will be guest hosting the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow and Tuesday. The show is 9 to 12 Eastern. You can go here find a station in your area. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes.

Both shows should be ...


August 2, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1520593
(Steven Hayward)

Scott reminded us this morning of Winston Churchill’s notice of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, suggesting that we ought to take seriously the statements of murderous purpose whether they come from a seemingly implausible Austrian-born corporal, or a soon-to-be nuclear-armed Iranian ayatollah. Of course, Mein Kampf was mostly ignored in ...


August 2, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1520565
(Steven Hayward)

The other day John noted that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stumbled badly when Chris Matthews asked her the difference between a Democrat and a socialist, between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Today Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” renewed the question, and Schultz ...


August 2, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1520548
(Steven Hayward)

Just when you think The Simpsons is finally going to run out of material, along comes Donald Trump with a tolerably accurate real life imitation of Montgomery Burns. The Washington Post helpfully assembled this “Who Said It?” quiz of statements that could plausibly have come from either ...


August 2, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1520547
(Paul Mirengoff)

We’ve covered the efforts of House Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Gosar, to block the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation — Obama’s hook for controlling local governments and dictating how Americans shall live. The House has ...


August 2, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1520514
(John Hinderaker)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had about all I can take of Cecil the lion. A friend emailed me this reminder of an alternate perspective on the lion’s demise:

STEVE adds: The contrarian memes are coming in fast ...


August 2, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1520515
(Scott Johnson)

At the site of the Gatestone Institute Amir Taheri explores the book published in Iran by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Taheri’s column on the book is published there under the heading “The ayatollah’s plans for Israel and Palestine.” Taheri has ...


August 2, 2015, 10:18 am, 1520467
(Scott Johnson)

Josh Gerstein reports Judge Sullivan’s order to the State Department in the matter of Huma Abedin and the emails of Hillary Clinton et al. in Politico’s


August 2, 2015, 10:18 am, 1520468
(Scott Johnson)

Yesterday I reiterated my view that Vice President Biden is likely to contest Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Today brings us more definitive evidence than I was able to muster in that post. It comes in Maureen Dowd’s New York Times column


August 2, 2015, 10:18 am, 1520466

Rick Perlstein: The New Holy Grail of Republican Primaries: "The penumbras and emanations of Citizens United are changing the Republican campaign game...

...Never have so many done so much to reveal so little than in the collected journalism about presidential ...


August 2, 2015, 10:18 am, 1520465

Wikipedia: Siege of Fort Stanwix:

In April 1777, Continental Army Major General Philip Schuyler ordered the 3rd New York Regiment under the command of Colonel Peter Gansevoort to occupy and rehabilitate the fort as a defense against British and Native incursions ...


August 2, 2015, 8:18 am, 1520402
(Scott Johnson)

I wrote briefly here this past Sunday about songwriter Jimmy Webb and posted a video of his song “All I Know” with Linda Ronstadt contributing the harmony vocal. I want to stick with Webb for another week or two. Next week I’m thinking we’ll turn ...


August 2, 2015, 12:18 am, 1520251
(Paul Mirengoff)

Campaigning in New Hampshire last month, Jeb Bush said he wants to “phase out” traditional Medicare to build a more efficient, market-based system focused on patients. Democrats pounced immediately. DNC press secretary Holly Shulman claimed that under a Bush presidency seniors would lack the benefits they ...


August 2, 2015, 12:18 am, 1520249
(Paul Mirengoff)

State Department investigators have concluded that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 while working at the State Department, the Washington Post reports. The finding emerged publicly from letters sent by Sen. Charles Grassley to Secretary of State Kerry seeking ...


August 2, 2015, 12:18 am, 1520250
(John Hinderaker)

The Obama administration has released this YouTube video, starring Morgan Freeman–the only participant I recognize–and other people who apparently are famous, including Queen Noor, to sell the Iran deal. What is their argument? There isn’t an argument, exactly, just an assertion that if the deal isn’t approved, we ...