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Rouhani miscast as a reformer

(Paul Mirengoff) The Washington Post continues to portray Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, as a reformer whose relatively moderate views are making a difference in Iran. Erin Cunningham writes: People have criticism and objections on the economic issue, and they have a right. But the objections …

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Trump projects his vindictiveness and bad faith onto others

(Paul Mirengoff) This week, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled against a legal challenge to the border wall. He ruled that the Trump administration has the authority to waive a host of environmental laws and other regulations in order to begin construction. Readers will recall …

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Today in Social Justice Panic

(Steven Hayward) Today’s five-alarm social justice panic comes to us from the “Social Justice Team” at 8LimbsYoga in Seattle, which apparently has an inferiority complex to Portland or something. Not much commentary is required for this, so assuming your funny bone and the part of …

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The Weiner laptop revisited

(Scott Johnson) Senator Ron Johnson is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. He continues to review the faux FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton and her email server. He has noticed some peculiarities in the timeline related to the FBI’s handling of the infamous Weiner …

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CRB: Critique of pure comedy

(Scott Johnson) This morning we conclude our preview of the new (Winter) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. The CRB works eloquently in every issue to further the mission of the Claremont Institute to restore the founding principles of the United States to their …

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Thoughts from the ammo line

(Scott Johnson) Ammo Grrrll gives it BACK ATCHA!! (Ed.: — and you know who “cha” are). She writes: Because so few of the Professional Hysterics at CNN, the New York Times, or Democrat Shriek-Fests have ever actually fired a gun, they do not understand the …

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Russia sees Trump as “lost cause”

(Paul Mirengoff) That’s what the Washington Post is reporting: “The Russians have gotten past the phase where they thought with President Trump they would be able to move the relationship in a different direction,” said Thomas Graham, senior director for Russia on the George W. …

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Mueller to Indict Russian Hackers?

(John Hinderaker) Bob Mueller’s staff, as well as “current and former government officials,” are leaking to NBC News and presumably others that Mueller is considering indicting Russians who allegedly were involved in spearfishing the DNC’s email account: Mueller’s consideration of charges accusing Russians in the …

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Schumer voted no on judicial nominee because he is white

(Paul Mirengoff) Chuck Schumer today voted against the confirmation of Marvin Quattlebaum for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. His reason? Quattlebaum is white. Schumer explained: The nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum speaks to the overall lack of diversity …

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Conservatives Pass the Smell Test

(Steven Hayward) Oh those wacky social scientists. In past years we’ve noted the social “science” findings that conservatives are supposedly paranoid, dumb, authoritarian (though in one celebrated case, the study gots its codes backwards and it was actually liberals who were all of these things), …

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