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A Very Power Line Thanksgiving

(Steven Hayward) It was a balmy 72 degrees out here on the left coast today, so that meant I had to grill a turkey, and wash down the whole thing with a first course of McPrice-Myers 2014 Viognier, followed by a Sea Smoke 2013 Pinot Noir …

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Were You Influenced By Russian Propaganda?

(John Hinderaker) The New York Times tells us, breathlessly: “Were you a victim of Russian propaganda? Facebook will help you find out.” Facebook said Wednesday that it plans to roll out a tool to help you figure out if that new page you followed on …

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The Conyers Conundrum for Democrats

(Steven Hayward) There are starting to be calls coming from House Democrats for Rep. John Conyers to resign over the allegations of sexual harassment, with the principal reason being that he paid a dodgy settlement (who pays severance to a “temporary employee”?) out of his …

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North Korean escapee soldier was severely malnourished

(Paul Mirengoff) The world was transfixed by the dash of a North Korean soldier across the DMZ into South Korea. North Korean guards shot the escapee at least five times, but South Korean doctors performed three surgeries and managed to save his life. In treating …

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Al Franken’s transgressions

(Paul Mirengoff) The cliche about sexual harassment holds that it’s not about sex, it’s about power. I say it depends on the harasser, the harassment, and maybe the victim. There’s plenty of truth in the cliche, though. A good deal of sexual harassment consists of …

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Happy Thanksgiving

(Scott Johnson) We pause to give thanks for Sarah Josepha Hale, the 74-year-old magazine editor who wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, …

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The Franken effect

(Scott Johnson) Al Franken has fancied himself a leftist firebrand following in the footsteps of Paul Wellstone. What a dud. Franken’s true contribution to American politics now proves to be the grope and grin photograph. In the latest installment of the Franken affair, two more …

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America’s first socialist republic

(Scott Johnson) Paul A. Rahe holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College and has established himself as one of the country’s most distinguished scholars of history and politics. In view of his study of Republics …

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Two More Women Accuse Franken

(John Hinderaker) When Lindsay Menz accused Al Franken of grabbing her bottom while a photo was being taken of them, I figured he was probably toast. Politicians have their pictures taken with thousands of people, approximately half of whom are women. Grabbing a woman’s rear …

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DOJ investigates Harvard for race discrimination

(Paul Mirengoff) The Department of Justice is investigating Harvard University’s use of race in undergraduate admissions. It has also warned Harvard that it is out of compliance with federal civil rights law because it has not provided documents the department requested. The investigation concerns admissions …

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