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September 3, 2014, 2:18 am, 1328227
(Steven Hayward)

One of the most damaging media hits on Gerald Ford back in the 1970s was the New York Daily News headline, “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”  Well, behold tomorrow’s Daily News front page:

The other day ...


September 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1328187
(John Hinderaker)

You can put a spiffy uniform on a lousy player, and you can swear in a hopeless incompetent as president, but in either case, has a star been born? Michael Ramirez looks at the “jayvee” question from our enemies’ point of view. Suddenly, Obama’s analogy, which was ...


September 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1328188
(John Hinderaker)

A week or more has gone by, and we haven’t written about the Rotherham rape scandal that has rocked Great Britain. Rotherham is a city of around 250,000 in Yorkshire, where at least 1,400 girls were raped, and in many instances prostituted, by gangs consisting mostly or entirely ...


September 2, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1328164
(Steven Hayward)

Paul notes immediately below that it is unlikely that Fred Ryan, the former Reagan aide who has just been named the new publisher of the Washington Post, will make any serious changes to the Post’s ideological profile, or he wouldn’t have been picked. It will be fun, though, ...


September 2, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1328057
(Paul Mirengoff)

We’ve all seen the pictures presented by those who decry the “militarization” of American police forces. Typically, these pictures juxtapose sophisticated police equipment and weaponry with a crowd that is peacefully demonstrating or just milling about.

But what does a “demilitarized” police force look like when ...


September 2, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1328056
(Paul Mirengoff)

Jeff Bezos has named Fred Ryan to be the Washington Post’s new publisher. Ryan is a former Reagan administration official. He served as Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling and as head the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives. Near the end ...


September 2, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1327980
(John Hinderaker)

ISIS has released a video which it says shows the beheading of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff. Sotloff was captured in Syria in 2013, and ISIS threatened to kill him in the video showing the beheading of James Foley.

Commenting on Sotloff’s murder, an administration spokesman proved a ...


September 2, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1327979

Over at Equitable Growth: The extremely-sharp Jérémie Cohen-Setton has a roundup:

Jérémie Cohen-Setton: Blogs review: The bond market conundrum redux: "Are we seeing a new version of the Greenspan 2005 conundrum?...

Fed tapering was widely expected to push up US ...


September 2, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1327901
(Scott Johnson)

I borrow from this HonestReporting post to note that Prominent British commentator Melanie Phillips addressed a crowd of nearly 300 people in Jerusalem’s Heichal Shlomo building on August 27 to address the subject: “The Jewish Diaspora: Paying the Price for Gaza.”

Referring to Israel as a “life-affirming place ...


September 2, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1327902
(Paul Mirengoff)

Hamas has once again precipitated mass destruction, almost entirely of its own structures and people, and has achieved nothing concrete unless you count a few more miles of fishing rights. The upshot? Hamas’ popularity has surged, at least according to a poll by the ...


September 2, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1327900

OK. It's time to try to pull everything together on the Red States, the Republican Party, ObamaCare, "repeal and replace", and starting at the top of the evil tree and hitting every branch all the way down...

Let's start with a catch ...


September 2, 2014, 10:18 am, 1327824
(Scott Johnson)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s diatribes against the Koch brothers on the floor of the Senate might be evidence of certifiable insanity if anyone took them seriously. But the attitude of the mainstream media, to the extent one can be detected, is ho-hum. The fact that no ...


September 2, 2014, 10:18 am, 1327823


September 2, 2014, 6:18 am, 1327714
(Scott Johnson)

The Summer 2014 issue of the Claremont Review of Books has arrived just in time for Fall, and our friends at the Claremont Institute have once again dropped the paywall to allow us to preview some of the issue’s best pieces. We will be rolling out four ...