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A word from Andrew Busch

(Scott Johnson) Professor Andrew Busch holds an endowed chair as professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. With John Pitney and James Ceaser, he is the author, most recently, of Defying the Odds: The 2016 Election and American Politics. He writes to comment on Paul …

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Of tools and their toolkit

(Scott Johnson) Politically correct opinion has imposed a stifling new orthodoxy on thinking about the phenomenon of gender confusion with astonishing rapidity. Reflecting the new orthodoxy, the Minnesota Department of Education advisory council has just approved a new “toolkit” for “Safe and Supportive Schools for …

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The Awan connection

(Scott Johnson) Poltico reported in February that five House staffers were under criminal investigation amid allegations that they stole equipment from more than 20 member offices and accessed House IT systems without lawmakers’ knowledge. The five staffers all worked for Democratic congressmen and have links …

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Drumbeats of the Tribe

(Steven Hayward) Back in the mid-1980s, when Attorney General Ed Meese started his very consequential crusade to revive the idea of constitutional originalism with a series of major speeches and articles, he noticed that one of the leading law school case books on constitutional law by …

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Hitler Youth? Seriously?

(John Hinderaker) We usually don’t bother to deconstruct the craziest excesses of the modern Left, because life is too short–we might only live to be 100 or so–and we write for an intelligent audience. Still, sometimes it is worth noting how far over the edge …

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Time To Think About Nukes Again?

(Steven Hayward) Even if you are a sensible person and think climate change is a lot of trumped-up Gore (heh—chew on that mixed metaphor for a while; green heads might explode), the idea of a revival of nuclear power still seems like a good idea in …

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Republicans Dodge a Bullet. I Think.

(John Hinderaker) Fifty Republican senators voted today to begin debate on an Obamacare repeal and replacement bill. Vice President Mike Pence cast the 51st vote to allow the legislation to move forward. The two Republicans who voted No were Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. It …

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What would Sessions’ ouster mean for immigration?

(Paul Mirengoff) President Trump’s latest attack on Jeff Sessions is perhaps his most stupid. Here is what Trump told the Wall Street Journal: When they say he endorsed me, I went to Alabama. I had 40,000 people. He was a senator from Alabama. I won …

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Trump and the Boy Scouts

(John Hinderaker) President Trump addressed the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia last night. His speech sparked controversy, as he veered from his prepared text to riff on politics. As usual with President Trump, however, the Left’s reaction is disproportionate to anything he actually did. …

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Claremont McKenna punishes seven for obstructing speech

(Paul Mirengoff) In April, approximately 170 people marched to Claremont McKenna’s Athenaeum, disassembled a fence newly built to restrain protests, and blocked the entrances. Claremont’s security officers failed to control the crowd. Consequently, Heather Mac Donald, scheduled to address a live audience regarding her book …

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