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Is There Any Basis For Consensus In American Public Life?

(John Hinderaker) Barbara Bush’s death prompted an outpouring of respect and affection on the part of many Americans. But that was not a universal response. Professor Randa Jarrar of California State University, Fresno, denounced Mrs. Bush as a “racist.” This engendered some criticism, so Professor …

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A significant moment in administrative law

(Paul Mirengoff) The Senate today voted to kill a five-year-old Obama administration “guidance” on making auto loans to minority borrowers. The House almost certainly will follow suit. The guidance, issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, took aim at a common industry practice whereby auto …

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Supreme Court conservatives divide in deportation case

(Paul Mirengoff) There was an interesting clash yesterday between Justice Neil Gorsuch and the other conservative Supreme Court Justices. In the case of Sessions v. Dimaya, the Court held that the government could not deport a legal resident who was twice convicted of first-degree burglary. …

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More Fun Times for East Bay Readers

(Steven Hayward) A few weeks ago I posed on Facebook my candidate for 2020—”Furry Boi,” who was (for the time being) merely running for a seat on the Berkeley student senate. Here’s “Furry Boi” in all his glory: Well, the student election was held last …

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Civil War on the Left, Part 54: Campus Cannibalism

(Steven Hayward) Today’s installment of our Civil War on the Left series notes two recent incidents on campus that should fuel a big bump in popcorn futures prices in the commodity pits. First, at the University of Texas at Austin, a leftist professor who checks …

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The Trump-Macron “bromance”

(Paul Mirengoff) William Drozdiak of the Washington Post writes about the strong relationship between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron. According to Drozdiak, the two speak to each other once or twice a week about policy, more than President Trump talks with any other world leader. …

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A sidebar on Barbara Bush

(Scott Johnson) The death of Barbara Bush at the age of 92 gives us the occasion to look back on a meaningful life well lived. She died in Houston yesterday surrounded by her family. The wife of the 41st president, the mother of the 43rd, …

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Mid-Week in Pictures: Round Up the Usual Suspects Edition

(Steven Hayward) I once heard that when it comes to faces, there are only 32 people in the whole world. I’m sure this is an urban legend, but it’s good enough for endless “separated at birth” parlor games. You may have heard that Stormy Daniels …

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The Cost of “The Resistance”: For CA, It’s $12 Billion

(Steven Hayward) If you’re an old-timer like me, cast your mind back to the tax reform of 1986, which was passed on a bipartisan basis, because Democrats understood the logic of tax simplification and cutting rates down to a lower level with a broader base. …

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Minnesota Public Radio: Anatomy of a Smear

(John Hinderaker) Katherine Kersten is a Senior Fellow at Center of the American Experiment, the think tank that I run. In the Fall 2017 issue of our magazine, Thinking Minnesota, she wrote a long, thoroughly documented expose of leftist political indoctrination and bullying of nonconforming …

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