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Bureaucracy in America

(Steven Hayward) I have been threatening for a few years now to write a book with the title Bureaucracy in America, which would attempt to do for our administrative state what Tocqueville’s Democracy in America did in the 19th century—explain the deeper cultural and philosophical …

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Minnesota cage match, 2017 edition (2)

(Scott Johnson) I wrote about the ongoing cage match between Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota’s majority-Republican House and Senate here. Governor Dayton really doesn’t play well with others of the opposing party. We have all learned to tread lightly in his vicinity. His …

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CNN producer admits Trump-Russia story is “mostly bulls**t”

(Paul Mirengoff) Project Veritas, James O’Keefe’s project, has video of a senior CNN producer admitting that his network’s relentless coverage of the alleged Trump-Russia scandal lacked substance. “Mostly bulls**t” is producer John Bonifield’s apt description. Bonifield is also clear about the motive for pushing the …

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Report: Top FBI official had it in for Flynn

(Paul Mirengoff) We know that President Obama had it in for Gen. Michael Flynn. The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency was a persistent critic of Obama’s feckless policies, especially regarding ISIS. Obama reportedly advised president-elect Trump not to offer Flynn a high level …

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The compleat Claire

(Scott Johnson) Seeking to distinguish herself from Attorney General Sessions, who explained that previously undisclosed encounters with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak had taken place as a part of his routine senatorial duties, Claire McCaskill all but accused Sessions of lying. McCaskill wanted it to be …

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Speaking of Leading Hate Groups . . .

(Steven Hayward) Scott has rightly nominated the demagogic hucksters at the Southern Poverty Law Center as our leading hate group, but the SPLC certainly has a lot of competition from other liberals who want the title for themselves. Start with the organizers of the gay …

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Does Trump’s tweeting help foreign spies? Don’t be silly

(Paul Mirengoff) Former CIA analyst Nada Bakos claims to be worried that President Trump’s tweets are a gold mine for foreign spies. Writing in the Washington Post, she explains: Usually, intelligence officers’ efforts to collect information on world leaders are methodical, painstaking and often covert. …

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Do female college athletes lack mental toughness?

(Paul Mirengoff) I don’t know. I don’t watch women’s college sports, and thus have no opinion. But Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post has one. She sees a problem: The data shows that since. . .2012, female athletes have become more anxious, more prone to …

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Trump Insiders Denounce Democrat Leaks

(John Hinderaker) The Free Beacon has an interesting story, based on interviews of unnamed Trump administration officials, about the Obama minions, some still embedded in the bureaucracy, who are leaking furiously to the Washington Post and the New York Times: A new wave of leaks …

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Seattle Discovers Gravity Is Not Socially Constructed

(Steven Hayward) Well not quite gravity, but close enough for post-modernist work. You know how liberals like to attach taxes on cigarettes so we’ll buy fewer of them, and on alcohol so we’ll drink less, etc? Funny, though, how the basic lesson of supply and …

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