National Review

Rubio-Lee’s Defeat Was a Bipartisan Slap in the Face to Families

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: Two Republican senators concerned with rising tax burdens on families propose a child tax credit (CTC) that would be refundable against both income and payroll taxes. Party leaders tout the plan as evidence of their pro-family bona fides …

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Still Dawdling Over Deadly Diversity Visas

Capitol Hill’s national-security priorities are screwier than a Six Flags roller coaster. Instead of immediately shutting down one of America’s stupidest visa programs, which helped bring us yet another murder-minded jihadist this week, bipartisan Beltway politicians are pushing to preserve and expand the illegal-immigration pipeline. …

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The Aftermath

I’ll have more to say in the morning. But a few quick points. 1. I agree with Jim: It stinks to lose a Senate seat, but if ever there was a reason to do so, this was it. 2. Steve Bannon isn’t responsible for Roy …

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Drawing the Wrong Lessons from Moore's Defeat

I know the first flush of victory is a little dizzying, but on social media I’m seeing some crazy suggestions about what Roy Moore’s loss means going forward: If this can happen in Alabama Democrats can win anywhere. And Republicans can lose everywhere! Doug Jones …

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Compare/Contrast

At Huffington Post, Jennifer Bendery laments the Senate’s confirmation of Leonard Steven Grasz to a federal appeals court. Among Grasz’s alleged sins is that “in a 1999 article [he] argued that lower courts should be able to overrule Supreme Court decisions on abortion rights because …

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Live Results: Alabama Special Election

Courtesy of our friends at Decision Desk, here are the live results from Alabama’s special Senate election: Continue Reading....

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Republican Options If Moore Wins

Rich Lowry notes that a lot of people will say that “the voters have spoken” if Roy Moore wins, thus making it unnecessary to look into the allegations against him. I agree with the prediction–which tracks what Senator Collins has already said–but the sentiment is …

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Welfare Reform, Take Two

Speaker Paul Ryan made an appearance on Ross Kaminsky’s radio program last week to make a pitch for the recent GOP tax plans. After the host brought up that the debt had roughly doubled under Bush and then again under Obama, Ryan signaled that he …

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‘More Debonair’

Years ago, I interviewed Leon Fleisher, the great American pianist, and I asked him about George Szell: the legendary, and sometimes oppressive, Hungarian-born conductor. Once, they were recording Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in B flat. The orchestra was not getting the opening to Szell’s satisfaction. Fleisher …

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Our Progressive Press

Every now and then, you read a statement that makes you realize just how vast the gulf is between the Right and the Left in this country. Earlier this morning, I read two. Here’s the first, from Vox’s Ezra Klein: [email protected] has written eloquently of …

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