National Review

Throw Another Gun Study on the Pile

The Washington Post writes up a new one from a group of researchers centered around Boston University. It finds that “shall-issue” concealed-carry laws, which allow all citizens to carry guns provided they don’t have significant criminal records and meet any training requirements, “were significantly associated …

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Judicial Nominations Update

As we enter the last full week of October, the number of federal judicial nominees awaiting confirmation has ballooned to fourteen. The last federal judge confirmed by the Senate was Ralph Erickson (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit) on September 28, 2017. Meanwhile, …

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A Telling Anniversary

One hundred years ago, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin led his Bolshevik party to triumph in Russia, sweeping aside the Provisional Government, a liberal government that had replaced the czarist regime in February 1917. Why was liberalism so short-lived? Does its fate tell us anything about the …

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Friday links

This short 1901 film has some surprisingly impressive special effects: The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match. The Mathematics Of Measuring Cups. The Krakatoa volcanic eruption in 1883 was so loud it ruptured eardrums of people 40 miles away, traveled around the world four times, …

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Self-Anointed Rainmaker Steve Bannon Dances Only During Cloudbursts  

A Washington lobbyist once told me that the first rule of rainmakers is “If it starts to rain, dance!” In other words, if you’re hired to get something done, by all means take credit for it if it happens, even if you had nothing to …

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Democrats Yelp as Trump Upholds Constitution

Donald Trump is criticized, often justly, for misstatements of facts and failure to understand the details of public policy. But in two of his most recent controversial actions, he has taken stands upholding the rule of law and undoing the lawless behavior of his most …

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Trump’s Executive Moves Have Strengthened Checks and Balances

Say what you will about Donald Trump — and there’s plenty to say — but he might be the first president in memory to actively limit his own branch’s power. Whatever his intentions on immigration, funding issues, international agreements, and the regulatory state, Trump has …

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Unity Is Overrated

The Republican party of Macomb County, Mich., is hosting a “unity dinner,” and its guest of honor is Steve Bannon, whose current ambition is to destroy the Republican party. He’s well on his way. It’s a non-obvious choice, if what you’re after is “unity.” But …

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Trump vs. Hitler: Let’s Run the Numbers.

I heard something unusual when I logged on to the New York Times this morning. It seemed to me a dire, authoritative, even apocalyptic sound. It was as if a gigantic clap of thunder had been produced by an immense boot of truth. Allow me …

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Senator Paul Is Right about Government Spending

Senator Rand Paul is getting a lot of grief for his complaint that the budget resolution going through the Senate right now is busting the Republicans’ own budget caps by over $40 billion. The reason why his obstruction is upsetting so many people is that …

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