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July 28, 2017, 12:18 am, 1766691
(John Hinderaker)

HBO has announced that the team that produces Game of Thrones will, when that series concludes next year, take on a new project: a series called Confederate. The premise of Confederate is that the South prevailed in the Civil War, and now, in the 21st century, slavery ...

July 28, 2017, 12:18 am, 1766690
(Steven Hayward)

So what happens when the benighted folks at Planned Parenthood try to put in a good word on behalf of a class of people being oppressed by the Trump Administration, but you don’t get the terminology just right? You get this:

July 27, 2017, 8:18 pm, 1766625

Must-Read: Dylan Scott: The Obamacare repeal debate is now a completely bonkers game of chicken: "On Thursday evening, mere hours before the Senate is supposed to vote on a health care bill, the United States Capitol is in chaos... https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/27/

...This ...

July 27, 2017, 8:18 pm, 1766626

Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Ryan Lizza: Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon: "He started by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. It escalated from there... http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/anthony-s

July 27, 2017, 4:18 pm, 1766561
(Paul Mirengoff)

That’s how (minus the question mark) Steven Petrow, a gay Washington Post columnist, characterizes President Trump’s decision to reinstate the ban on transgender people in the military. This characterization tells us plenty about what’s wrong with leftist identity-politics.

The question of whether transgender people should serve ...

July 27, 2017, 4:18 pm, 1766560
(Paul Mirengoff)

The New York Post reports that Sarah Palin plans to subpoena nearly two dozen New York Times reporters, editors, and other workers in her defamation lawsuit against the newspaper. John wrote about Palin’s suit here and here.

News of the scope of ...

July 27, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1766483
(Scott Johnson)

I last watched a segment of the PBS NewsHour in 2010 when Ray Suarez served up a paean to the alleged glories of the Cuban health care system. You had to be an idiot of the variety called useful (useful to Communists) to peddle that line 50 ...

July 27, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1766482

Comment of the Day: HOW WOULD HEALTH-CARE REFORM AFFECT PATIENT HEALTH? http://www.bradford-delong.com/2017/07/must-read-n
: Who-whom-John Donne-Great-Uncle Ernest Hemingway:

howard: What has happened is that you now see feldstein for whom he is, not for whom you hoped he was.


July 27, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1766481

Should-Read: Josh Marshall: Trumpism Distilled: "Scaramucci has managed to become a compressed, crystallized version of all the ridiculousness of Trumpism... http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trumpism-disti

...He has gone to the unprecedented and almost unimaginable extremity of publicly accusing the White House Chief of Staff of ...

July 27, 2017, 10:18 am, 1766443

Must-Read: Matthew Yglesias: Senate Republicans’ approach to health care is bizarre and appalling: "Nobody can tell exactly what Senate Republicans are doing with Americans’ health care, largely because they keep lying about it... https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/27/

...Five days ago, John McCain called on ...

July 27, 2017, 2:18 am, 1766321
(John Hinderaker)

I wrote about the Democrats’ unprecedented obstruction of President Trump’s executive branch and judicial nominees here, and specifically about Democratic Senators blocking judicial nominations with the archaic “blue slip” practice here.

One of the nominees being blocked by the Democrats is Justice David Stras of the Minnesota ...

July 27, 2017, 2:18 am, 1766322
(Paul Mirengoff)

How long ago was it that President Trump gave his speech in Poland? To me, it seems like months, so much having happened since. Actually it was less than three weeks.

The speech was excellent, a high point of the Trump presidency in my view. Our ...

July 27, 2017, 2:18 am, 1766320
(Paul Mirengoff)

Scott wrote today about the “Awan connection” — a scandal, finally getting some attention, that involves House staffers with ties to Pakistan who are accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network. ...