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Periods in search of an argument

(Paul Mirengoff) Today’s column by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post is called “The. Meeting. Was. Not. Okay.” Can you find the part of the column where she offers reasons in support of this proposition? I can’t. Marcus and her editors must believe that if …

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Is Global Warming Alarmism a Complete Fraud?

(John Hinderaker) I usually try to give global warming hysterics the benefit of the doubt–sincere but misguided, not good at math, unacquainted with the Earth’s highly variable climatic history, and so on. But sometimes data come along that make that sympathetic attitude hard to sustain. …

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Mona Charen: It’s not a witch hunt

(Scott Johnson) My friend Mona Charen has sent me the following response to my nearby post “A witch hunt?” In my post I comment on her recent column “16 Things You Must Believe to Buy the ‘Witch Hunt’ Russia Narrative.” I want to give Mona …

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The Scandal of the Liberal Mind

(Steven Hayward) Some years ago the evangelical scholar Mark Noll wrote an influential book titled The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. It was a critique of the lack of intellectual seriousness and depth among his fellow evangelicals, and a clarion call to for evangelical thinkers …

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Media Alert

(John Hinderaker) I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show four times next week: tomorrow, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The show runs live from 9 to 12 a.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some geographies. Tomorrow’s guests will include Ronna Romney McDaniel, …

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What, Exactly, Is Feminist Geography?

(John Hinderaker) The bizarre corners of academia are usually Steve’s beat, but a reader sent me a link to an article about a paper published in Gender, Place & Culture, a Journal of Feminist Geography. The paper, by Carrie Mott and Daniel Cockayne, is titled …

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A witch hunt?

(Scott Johnson) Mona Charen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, a syndicated columnist and author of two best-selling books that I have found permanently relevant, Do-Gooders and Useful Idiots. She is also a friend whom I greatly admire …

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Junk insurance or junk reporting?

(Paul Mirengoff) In the guise of a news story, the New York Times presents a screed against what it calls “junk insurance.” The occasion for the screed is Senator Ted Cruz’s proposal that insurers be allowed to sell plans that that don’t meet Obamacare standards, …

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From Warm Center to Ragged Edge

(John Hinderaker) My friend Jon Lauck is a man of many parts: a lawyer, a historian, and a long-time adviser to Senator John Thune. Jon is a native South Dakotan and a Midwesterner through-and-through. As such, he has long pondered the fact that the Midwest …

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The Case for Spending Caps

(John Hinderaker) The Budget Control Act of 2011 resolved the purported “debt ceiling crisis” of that year, when it was widely (but falsely) alleged that the U.S. would go into default if the debt ceiling were not increased. Hardly anyone liked the sequestration that resulted …

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