American Spectator

Another Ship Bound for China Turns Around Halfway, Then Turns Around Again

Business leaders truly really can’t stand uncertainty. Again and again, they say that their top concern with running their business is uncertainty, be it economic or geopolitical. And it makes sense—businesses survive by planning for the future. The ones that don’t aren’t around to see …

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U.S. and European Taxpayers Are Funding Palestinian Violence

After the latest violence in Gaza, it is clear that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s continuous support of Palestinian terrorism is a major cause of instability in the Middle East and should be defunded. According to newly released footage inside Gaza, Palestinian children in …

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Donald Trump: The Pro-Life President

Who knew? Who knew or really believed that candidate Donald Trump would become pro-life President Donald Trump? Politicians say things. Mitt Romney was for abortion in Massachusetts before he was against it as a presidential candidate. John McCain held a nuanced view on abortion as …

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Going Amish? Not Just Yet!

I think I’m on the verge of developing what might be called “Amish syndrome.” Now, don’t jump to conclusions. I’m not about to trade in my beloved Lexus for a horse-and-buggy rig. After all, horses would be much higher maintenance than my reliable old sedan, …

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With God and Richard Pipes

The most respected academic authority on the Russian Revolution, 20thcentury communism, and the Cold War has died. He was Richard Pipes, longtime professor of Russian history at Harvard, and a remarkable man. Where to start with an adequate tribute to Professor Pipes? I’ll start with …

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The Papadopoulos Affair: Such a Downer

To paraphrase Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, George Papadopoulos, an adviser to the Trump presidential campaign, had to walk into London’s Kensington Wine Rooms in May 2016 where he got drunk and told …

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John Brennan’s Plot to Infiltrate the Trump Campaign

As Trump won primary after primary in 2016, a rattled John Brennan started claiming to colleagues at the CIA that Estonia’s intelligence agency had alerted him to an intercepted phone call suggesting Putin was pouring money into the Trump campaign. The tip was bogus, but …

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Michigan Think Tank Looks Into Scope of State’s Crony Capitalism — It’s Not Pretty

Crony capitalism appears ubiquitous in today’s economy, but quantifying its costs can be difficult. Fortunately, the Mackinac Center did it for us. A study out of the Michigan-based think tank provides an interesting case study into the scope of crony capitalism — and who is …

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Michael Novak’s ‘Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics’ in the Trump Era

On March 17, 2016, National Review published an open letter titled “An Appeal to Our Fellow Catholics,”urging Catholics to take a stand against the immensely popular Republican candidate whose upcoming nomination, the letter affirmed, risked destroying the conservative, prolife, and civil center of the Republican …

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The Firesign Theater Media

If you are a graying Baby Boomer like me, you might remember a comedy troupe from the 1970s called “Firesign Theater.” They had their origin in FM “progressive” radio (KPFK-Los Angeles, 1966). The ensemble put out some two dozen comedy LP albums (remember those?), the …

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