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Judicial Nominations Roundup

Filling federal judicial vacancies with brilliant constitutionalist judges is one of Trump’s most important campaign promises. While the administration is off to a good start, there are now even more vacancies than when the president took office and many more are expected, while partisan gridlock …

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There's No 'Nazi' Exception to the First Amendment

Piers Morgan is at it again: I understand the purpose very well. I don’t think it should be used to protect Nazis. https://t.co/smPEGEdUNg — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 16, 2017 What these Nazis did in Charlottesville is not free speech. If America doesn’t wake up …

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Conservatives Need to Remember, Presidents Affect Culture

Last night there was an important exchange on Fox News, one that highlighted the growing divide on the right. In one corner was Trump supporter Laura Ingraham, in the other Trump critic Charles Krauthammer. Their exchange is below: The entire conversation is worth watching, but …

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Magnificent Thrill Machines

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the August 14, 2017, issue of National Review. Sandusky, Ohio — My parents weren’t wild about the prospect of a family vacation in Sandusky. It was 1993, I was eight years old, and we had just had an …

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Yesterday Was Worse Than Saturday

It’s frequently said that at his press conference yesterday Trump reverted to his Saturday statement. This isn’t quite right, for a couple of reasons: 1) His Saturday statement was vague and didn’t condemn the Nazis et al. by name. In his press conference yesterday, he …

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No, It’s Not the End of the Trump Presidency

The media often reacts to Trump’s outrages as though his presidency is on the verge of ending (some on the right also harbor this fantasy). But there’s no magic mechanism that is going to make him disappear. We discussed a question related to this on …

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Iceland Eliminates People with Down Syndrome

CBS News reported earlier this week that Iceland is leading the world in “eradicating Down syndrome births.” One might be forgiven for assuming that Iceland has developed an innovative treatment for the chromosomal disorder. It turns out Iceland’s solution is much simpler, and much more …

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Every State Needs Enhanced Penalties for Cop-Killers

The number of ambush-style killings of law-enforcement officers has increased significantly in recent years. In 2016, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, such killings had risen by 250 percent from the year before and were at their highest level in …

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Let Ukraine Defend Itself

Say an expert tells you that if you don’t follow his advice, the world or a substantial part of it might go up in flames. You do nothing, and two years later no fire is apparent — but the same expert returns, offering the same …

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Conservatism’s Damaging Game of Footsie with the Alt-Right

Last year around this time (and the year before that), I was arguing with some of my fellow conservatives about the insanity of finding any common cause whatsoever with the so-called alt-right. The issue wasn’t that every avowed nationalist who claimed membership in the alt-right …

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