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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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Five Painful Lessons from the Weinstein Scandal

We’re in week two of the Weinstein scandal, meaning that the story is no longer on the front pages and is now becoming a convenient cudgel for a lot of oddly distant causes: “Zionism.” “Patriarchy and capitalism.” The “toxic masculinity” in American culture. Let’s not …

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Ex-Im Cronyism Redux

If you look around, you’ll see that corporate welfare is everywhere. Occupational licensing, certificate-of-need laws, farm subsidies, and more. And boy, is it everywhere when the Export-Import Bank is involved. Last week, Representative Charlie Dent (R., Pa.) introduced a bill trying the make the Export-Import …

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The Adult in the Room

John Kelly addressed the condolence flap today. Let’s hope his moving, impressive, highly informative statement puts an end to this whole thing: Continue Reading....

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