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Senator Johnson’s request

(Scott Johnson) In her weekly Wall Street Journal column today (behind the Journal’s paywall), Kim Strassel draws on the work of Senator Ron Johnson to unearth the role of the FBI in the 2016 presidential election. Kim first discusses the questions raised by Department of …

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Thoughts from the ammo line

(Scott Johnson) Ammo Grrrll channels retailers’ seasonal thoughts and sends out her best holiday wishes in BUY THIS! BUY MORE! She writes: Well, it’s just days until Christmas and the shopping frenzy is in full swing. I have often thought that – were we a …

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In place of Time’s top 10 books

(Scott Johnson) I’ve been pointing to Time’s list of the top 10 non-fiction books of 2017. While conceding I haven’t read any of them, I have noted that any such list on which Hillary Clinton and Ta-Nehisi Coates place in numbers 1 and 2 is …

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Ken Starr’s investigation and Robert Mueller’s — compare and contrast

(Paul Mirengoff) E.J. Dionne claims that “the attacks on [Robert] Mueller push us closer to the precipice.” But if we’re close to the precipice now, where were we 20 years ago when Ken Starr was relentlessly attacked by Democrats and their media pals while he …

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Our Not-So-Independent Counsel

(John Hinderaker) Mark Steyn turns his gimlet eye on Robert Mueller’s “independent” investigation of…something. Mark’s survey isn’t definitive; it is much too early for that. But it is illuminating and, as always, entertaining. He begins by pointing out that Mueller, a lifelong swamp denizen, is …

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Worst column of the year?

(Paul Mirengoff) Over the years, I’ve probably learned as much, if not more, from George Will as from any columnist or political commentator. These days, his antipathy towards the U.S. president far exceeds mine, but I continue to learn from Will. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to …

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Does Sweden Have an Anti-Semitism Problem?

(John Hinderaker) Yes, says the Prime Minister: Swedish society has an anti-Semitism problem, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told press in Paris, where he is participating in a climate meet to mark the anniversary of the 2015 Paris agreement. “We need to see it clearly. In …

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Measuring Anti-Semitism in Two Pictures

(Steven Hayward) The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words comes to mind with regard to two photos that appeared in the ether this week. The first shows a current menorah display at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, where, as people recall, …

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In the Damond case, Mike Freeman says the waiting is not his fault

(Scott Johnson) On Sunday I noted that we are awaiting the charging decision of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in the July 15 shooting of Justine Damond by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor. Three months ago the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension turned over its …

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Is The Higher Ed Bubble Starting to Pop?

(Steven Hayward) Talk of the “higher education bubble” has been around for a while, but two news items today make me think it is starting to pop—and remember, bubbles usually don’t pop instantaneously. The housing crash of 2008 was signaled by visibly deteriorating conditions in …

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