W. James Antle III

W. James Antle III is politics editor of the Washington Examiner and the author of Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped? Follow him on Twitter @jimantle.

The Republican Wars: Second vs. Third Stringers

 

It was strangely appropriate that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from the race for speaker, the latest front in the war between conservative insurgents and the Republican establishment, came the same day as a “Thursday Night Football” loss by the Houston Texans. For the rivalry between Texans quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, both […]

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A Victory for Discipline, Properly Understood

 

My initial reaction to a federal judge tossing Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was as close to Rob Gronkowski spiking the football as I can get. As a longtime New England Patriots fan, it was difficult to avoid social media trash-talking: Court also awards quarterback the Super Bowl rings belonging to Joe Namath and Peyton Manning. […]

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Reading the Reformist Manifesto

 

Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms For a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle ClassBy Peter Wehener, Yuval Levin, et al.(YG Network, 121 pages, Free) Conservatism, properly understood, requires a healthy respect for the past as well as a clear-eyed appraisal of the present. So on paper, reform conservatism—billed by proponents as a movement to find […]

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Could Crimea have been prevented?

 

Western Weakness Comes at a Price by Jonathan S. Tobin The question of whether anything could have been done to prevent the Russian seizure of Crimea is more than the usual tiresome counter-factual debate that follows any historical event. Ukraine’s dismemberment was a fait accompli the moment Vladimir Putin gave the order to move his […]

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The Libertarian Case for Getting the Wrong People to Do the Right Things

 

I thank my friend Reid Smith for his kind response to my recent op-ed on libertarians and Mitch McConnell. But I think he and some others are overstating what I’m arguing here, perhaps understandably because effective headlines are not nuanced. I’m not saying McConnell is better on an issue-by-issue basis than his primary challenger, Matt […]

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H-1 B-Ware

 

If there is one point about immigration above controversy, the cliché goes, it is the need for more high-skilled immigrants. Apploi CEO Adam Lewis called lifting the 65,000 per year cap on H-1B visas, which give work authorization to foreigners in “specialty” occupations, “an immigration fix we can agree on”; the Cato Institute’s Alex Nowrasteh […]

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A Rebel Without a Kluwe

 

Did the Minnesota Vikings punt away a core special teams player because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage? That’s what former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe claimed in a long piece for Deadspin, charitably entitled “I Was an NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards and a Bigot.” (If you don’t have time […]

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When the Season Goes Gronk

 

When New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski began writhing on the ground and clutching his knee, it immediately brought back memories of another late-season game four years ago. The flawed but playoff-bound Patriots were in Houston. Wide receiver Wes Welker, the offense’s most dependable playmaker, seemed to tweak his knee on the tangled Reliant […]

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Tebow’s Crossroads

 

New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow survived the first round of roster cuts this week. Will he make it to the beginning of the regular season? Tebow was among the team’s most prominent offseason acquisitions. The sports press buzzed with questions. Would he be converted to tight end or used as a running back? Was […]

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The Giant Stumbles

 

WHEN BARACK OBAMA won a second term, many conservatives and libertarians despaired. It seemed that the tipping point between the “makers and the takers,” between a constitutional republic and a social democracy, had been reached. That was certainly vanquished Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s take. In a widely quoted postmortem conference call with supporters, Romney concluded, […]

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