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Resistance man Jim Acosta yelled questions at Trump during Easter Egg Roll

(Paul Mirengoff) Jim Acosta is the grandstanding clown who covers the White House for CNN. As Brandon Morse at Red State puts it, Acosta “tends to inject his opinion into his reporting, and squabbles with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders over what he thinks are hard …

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New study raises questions, sheds light on race and income inequality

(Paul Mirengoff) The Washington Post reports on a study comparing black and white incomes. The study found that virtually nowhere in the United States do black boys grow up to earn incomes equivalent to white boys raised in the same neighborhoods by parents with comparable …

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The campus free speech crisis deniers rebutted

(Paul Mirengoff) Recently, Andrew Hartman, an Illinois State professor, wrote an article in the Washington Post claiming there is no campus free speech crisis. Hartman’s analysis was seriously flawed, as I tried to demonstrate. Hartman isn’t the only one pushing back against the view that …

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Global Warming! Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

(John Hinderaker) The Minneapolis Star Tribune is currently featuring a “climate change” story on the problems Minnesotans are experiencing with frozen pipes in their septic systems. What causes this epidemic of frozen pipes? Global warming, of course: “Climate change in Minnesota creates septic tank headaches.” …

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Why We Hate the Media, Chapter 12,784

(Steven Hayward) From today’s Washington Post “Daily 202” dispatch: Today is also CNBC talking head Larry Kudlow’s first day on the job as the president’s chief economic adviser, and longtime Fox contributor John Bolton will start next week as national security adviser. Let’s see: that would …

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Trump Is Now More Popular Than Obama

(John Hinderaker) Media hostility to President Trump has been unremitting since he secured the Republican nomination. It didn’t stop, or even slow down, with his inauguration. The many achievements of his young administration haven’t given the press pause, either: his coverage continues to be just …

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How to save the humanities

(Scott Johnson) The Chronicle of Higher Education has published Mark Bauerlein’s ingenious how-to article, with a cameo appearance by our friend Professor Wilfred McClay. Bauerlein is professor of English at Emory and senior editor of First Things. Our friend Bill McClay is the G.T. and …

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Larry Sanders reflects

(Scott Johnson) HBO is running a two-part documentary by Judd Apatow on the writer/comedian Garry Shandling. It is titled The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. I watched it over the weekend and was fascinated. I greatly prize the ability to make people laugh out loud. …

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Analyze this

(Scott Johnson) Last week one could feel the tremors of excitement in the latest Trump campaign/Russia collusion stories coming out of the Mueller investigation. According to these stories, a Trump campaign adviser had repeated communications during the final weeks of the 2016 presidential race with …

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Baltimore politicians rediscover the value of tough sentencing

(Paul Mirengoff) It wasn’t so long ago that Baltimore politicians were pandering to the anti-law-and-order crowd with talk about “no justice, no peace” and “space to destroy.” Now that this kind of sentiment has helped produce a spike in homicides, earning Baltimore the title of …

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