National Review

‘The Cognitive Dissonance Presidency’

I wrote about Trump’s moving-target views on the Alexander/Murray deal today for Politico: To paraphrase Groucho Marx, President Donald Trump has a position on the Lamar Alexander/Patty Murray health care deal, and if you don’t like it, he has another one… Trump can’t decide who …

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Media Matters Fails to Discredit Me

Media Matters must be running low on targets since it chose to go after a piece I have in the Weekly Standard this week urging that Congress repeal Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). I argue that IPAB is both unconstitutional–a matter MM ignores–and a …

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No to Alexander-Murray

Senators Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D., Wash.) have crafted a health-care deal that demonstrates why alleged fixes to Obamacare traveling under the banner of bipartisanship are such a non-starter. The deal is a response to President Trump’s recent executive actions. One of …

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On Amazon and the Tech Monopolies

Everybody hates Amazon. It’s kind of weird. Donald Trump, as a candidate, threatened to bring antitrust actions against Amazon and accused the Internet retailer of dodging taxes, and as president Trump has taken a special interest in the company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, who also owns …

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Standing on the Shoulders of Diversocrats

Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared in City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission. Another academic year, another fattening of campus diversity bureaucracies. Most worrisomely, the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields are now prime targets for administrative diversity encroachment, with the …

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The GOP’s Tax Dilemma

Opponents of the Republican tax-reform framework are adept at intellectual contortion. On the one hand, they bemoan that the proposed changes will widen the budget deficit. On the other, they denounce that eliminating some deductions will make certain households worse off. Since net tax cuts, …

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Harvey Weinstein and Feminism

What makes Harvey Weinsteins? The chief of Amazon studios, Roy Price, has now resigned in the wake of allegations that he made lewd comments and propositioned a producer. Lists of accused sexual predators in Hollywood and journalism are circulating on social media. President’s Trump’s long …

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North Korea Knowns and Unknowns

No one really knows all that much about North Korea’s nuclear or conventional military capability or its strategic agenda. Are its nuclear missiles reliably lethal, are they as long-ranged and accurate as hyped, and are they under secure command and control? Conventional wisdom states that …

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UC Santa Cruz College Republicans Shouted Down

I’ve argued lately that the campus free-speech crisis is escalating. The failure to punish shout-downs of visiting conservative speakers is now licensing disruptive attacks on administrators, professors in the classroom, and fellow students. Now Campus Reform reports on a shout-down, not of a visiting speaker …

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Once Again, Judges Defy the Law to Defy Trump

In the last week, two federal district-court judges in two different federal circuits have issued new injunctions against the Trump administration’s latest “travel ban.” Both injunctions are wrong, but one is dangerously wrong, representing not just an extraordinary act of judicial supremacy but also a …

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