American Spectator

Bob Dylan on Guns

YouTube, that visual repository of everything forgotten, contains a 1993 interview from 1960s counterculture hero Bob Dylan airing heretical views on gun control that deserves a second look given the current debate. The man behind the microphone appears guilty of the same sin committed by …

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Friedman Freakout Goes Viral for All the Wrong Reasons

In a rare demonstration of humility, the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman is making the rounds boasting of the popularity of one of his recent columns. The legendary reporter and author of such books as From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World is Flat recently …

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The #MeTooing of Wayne Pacelle

“Intersectionality” is a trendy word in feminist theory that bids us to examine events and conditions in relation to one another, seeing how together they form “oppressive structures.” It’s an “analytic sensibility,” as the coiner of this term explains, drawing our attention to the “integral, …

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Two Classy Intellectual Sports Reunite

Where Were We? The Conversation Continues By Frederic Raphael and Joseph Epstein (St. Augustine’s Press, 408 pages, $35) Why spend money and reading time on two older gents kvetching in Where Were We? That’s easy. Because you’re unlikely to find more amusing kvetching anywhere in …

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The Pleasure Tasp of Vicarious Violence

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 King James Version   I’ve written too many of these “hot takes” after …

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Trump Releases Obamacare Hostages

The Trump administration has issued a new regulation that will provide an escape route for health insurance consumers who have, since the imposition of Obamacare, been forced by their bureaucratic captors to choose between plans they can’t afford and going without coverage. Once the proposed …

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Trump Tax Cut Proving Ammo for Free Market Faithful

Two months after Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, and America is still standing. It’s a remarkable feat considering the left’s apocalyptic predictions that the tax cut would devastate the American economy. Not only is America standing, but it’s rolling …

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Strike Back Against the Long Odds of Vegas

People-watching at McCarron International Airport in Las Vegas can be a fascinating exercise. Those who just touched down on the tarmac have a certain bright-eyed optimism before they depart into Sin City, while most of those heading to the departing flights look like they just …

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Healthcare Spending to Reach $5.7 Trillion by 2026

“National healthcare spending trends are unsustainable in the long term,” President Donald Trump’s budget acknowledges. An article published earlier this month in the medical policy journal Health Affairs buttresses this simple point. Medical inflation stands to outpace both economic growth and actual inflation. Our spending …

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R.I.P. Billy Graham

Evangelical legend Billy Graham died today at age 99. He counseled presidents and convicted thousands and brought them to Christ. There is a way to be reminded of his good works and be inspired to do your own: Download the YouVersion Bible App and follow …

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