Powerline

The Higher Ed Crack Up Begins

(Steven Hayward) I’ve been predicting, most recently in a lecture last month at Arizona State University that I’ll post up as a podcast at some point soon, that universities would soon begin to divide into two entities—the STEM fields and related practical subjects (i.e., business …

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The Week in Pictures: The Gathering Stormy Daniels Edition

(Steven Hayward) It was a dark and Stormy Daniels night. . . All through the news room, editors are scurrying to update their style guides to find out what may be acceptable for the inevitable prurient stories soon to explode faster than Bill Clinton’s cigar …

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From Strzok to Contreras

(Scott Johnson) Judge Rudolph Contreras has served as a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia since 2012. In 2016 Chief Justice Roberts appointed him to serve on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Judge Contreras was randomly assigned the case …

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Sessions sacks Andrew McCabe

(Paul Mirengoff) This evening, Attorney Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe. Until recently, McCabe was the deputy director of the FBI. He stepped down from that position, but remained a Justice Department employee pending his retirement, which was set to take place this weekend. The firing …

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Who can investigate whom?

(Paul Mirengoff) Pressure is mounting for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate how the FBI and the Justice Department handled interactions with the Trump campaign and the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Sens. Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham say that …

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Corn? Wheat? It’s All the Same to the New Yorker!

(John Hinderaker) I subscribed to the New Yorker for a number of years, but finally canceled my subscription when I couldn’t take the magazine’s left-wing politics any more. Those were the days when the New Yorker was famous for its scrupulous fact-checking. That time is …

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Scott Pruitt for Attorney General? Let’s hope not

(Paul Mirengoff) Within limits, personnel churn in an administration has advantages. Removing poor performers or folks who resist the president’s agenda seems like a no-brainer. And when an outsider assumes the presidency with a shallow bench of supporters, we shouldn’t be surprised to see turnover …

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Are you sure Alger done it this way?

(Scott Johnson) The Mueller project continues on its inevitable path, yet every day the synthetic Trump-Russia collusion scandal appears more absurd. It appears more absurd every day not only because of the absence of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, but also because of the actions undertaken …

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Block this

(Scott Johnson) Readers may recall that (state) Rep. Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) as Minnesota’s first Somali legislator whom I wrote about in “The curious case of Ilhan Omar” and “Ilhan Omar’s many firsts.” Star Tribune education reporter Faiza Mahamud (@faiza_mahamud) seems to have done something that …

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The Reductio Ad Absurdum of Diversity

(John Hinderaker) St. Catherine University (generally referred to locally as St. Kate’s) is a Catholic school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Its undergraduate school is for women. For the last few years, St. Kate’s has put on a “leadership conference” for students and others. But on …

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