American Spectator

Landrieu’s Myth

Liberals and their “conservative” enablers — many of them never-Trumpers — would have us believe that Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s speech in defense of his removal of Confederate statues from the city of New Orleans was the masterful address of a true statesman. It was, in …

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The Best Budget Since Reagan

I was honored to work in the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan. I’ve been waiting for 30 years to say this, but finally we have a federal budget proposal that would make the Gipper proud. This is the best budget since …

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Republican Greg Gianforte K.O.’s Democrat in Montana Special Election

Despite breaking the glasses and flattening a journalist days before voting began (read Larry Thornberry’s spectacular recounting of the fight here), Republican Greg Gianforte knocked out the Democrat (his name doesn’t matter) in the Montana special election last night. Media hardest hit. Democrats eager to smash Republicans …

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Breaking News Is Broken

Breaking news: the President “shoved” his way past a Prime Minister. Breaking news: the President will have three scoops of ice cream this weekend. Breaking news: we have breaking news. Breaking news: another official, who knows an official, who, at one time, slept in a …

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Parkinson’s NATO

My favorite line in President Trump’s remarks at NATO’s fancy digs in Brussels today came toward the end, “And I never asked once what the new NATO Headquarters cost.” I wish he had. Here’s what Joseph Harriss reported in our pages six years ago (April …

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The Bloody Mary: An Unlikely Breakfast of Champions

Mmmm, breakfast. What appeals to the mouth and stomach at the early hour when the birds are singing and the sun’s rays are spraying over the horizon? Something starchy, like toast? Perhaps some protein—eggs and bacon sound right. And perhaps a cup of coffee or …

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Throw Combinations in Montana

My sources in Missoula have read me portions of the Montana GOP’s secret campaign manual. The top three electoral principles there, according to the source, are, (1) use your jab, (2) throw combinations, and (3) work the body. The manual refers to candidates as “contenders.” …

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A Bit of This, A Bit of That

“Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.” —Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride For this week’s installment in this space, The American Spectator’s editors indulged me in allowing an escape from the limitation of one topic per column, for which I …

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ESAs Boost Teacher Pay, Create Jobs, and Reduce Poverty

Dozens of states across the country are pursuing education savings accounts, or ESAs. These innovative school choice tools empower parents to customize their child’s education. ESAs are flexible spending accounts controlled by parents and administered by the state and can be spent on a combination …

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Stolen Valor: The Fake History From a Real Historian That Fooled Presidents and Publishers

“Thank you for providing documentation in support of your claim of having received a Purple Heart Medal,” the Veterans Administration informed an ailing William Manchester three years prior to the prolific author’s death that provided the sad coda to 2004’s Memorial Day Weekend. “Unfortunately, the …

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