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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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President Trump’s sickening treatment of Jeff Sessions

(Paul Mirengoff) In America, we don’t persecute defeated party leaders. That’s the stuff of Robespierre, Stalin, and Mao. Even Donald Trump seemed to recognize this. In his better moments on the campaign trail, he responded to chants of “lock her up” with “defeat her.” After …

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De Blasio’s New York reading program channels college common reading

(Paul Mirengoff) In this post, my cousin wrote about Mayor de Blasio’s “One Book – One New York” initiative which urged Gothamites to vote for a work of literature to all read together. The nominees were anti-American screeds by the likes of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamamda …

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Gangster government revisited

(Scott Johnson) Michael Barone dubbed the Obama administration’s casual attitude toward fundamental legal niceties “gangster government.” Based on recently unsealed documents in the shareholder litigation over the government’s appropriation of the profits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, New York Times business columnist Gretchen Morgenson …

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The beleaguering of Jeff Sessions

(Scott Johnson) Last week President Trump complained on the record to New York Times White House reporters Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman about Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump expressed profound dissatisfaction with Sessions’s recusal from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign. Sessions’s recusal covers …

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Court rejects attempt to block election integrity panel from doing its job

(Paul Mirengoff) Many conservatives believe that voter fraud exists on a significant scale in this country. The left insists that it does not. Indeed, says Roger Clegg, some on the left deny that voter fraud exists at all. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity …

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Cage Match: New York Times vs. Fox News

(John Hinderaker) The Associated Press reports on an epic conflict from the world of journalism: “No apology from Fox in its battle with The New York Times.” The AP sees the conflict from the Times’s point of view: Fox News Channel on Monday clarified, but …

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Defining American greatness down

(Paul Mirengoff) You might think that a website called “American Greatness” would be concerned that the U.S. is “outsourcing security in Syria to the Russians” (to use the reported words of the Trump administration’s acting assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs). You might …

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This Week in the Annals of Social Science

(Steven Hayward) The Washington Post reports the following: A host of research suggests that as it gets hotter, people tend to make worse decisions: Not only do we get more ornery and cranky — we can also make unwise long-term decisions whose effects we’ll feel …

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Ouch! “Twin Cities Police Easily Startled”

(John Hinderaker) The latest development in the Mohamed Noor/Justine Damond story, following a report that a loud noise preceded Noor’s shooting of Damond: fake street signs have cropped up around the Twin Cities: Someone–no idea who–has gone to a lot of trouble to make a …

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