Special Report

The Twitter Police Target Conservatives

By 2.25.16

This month, Twitter announced it has a Trust and Safety Council because, as CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, “Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power, and empowering dialogue. That starts with safety.” Apparently the social media platform’s powerful CEO hasn’t figured out that when you pat yourself on the back for speaking truth to power — and at the same time, protecting the masses from unsafe speech — you sound like the Politburo. Or a modern university that uses speech codes to muzzle dissenting — that is, conservative — opinions.

Shortly after announcing its new council, Twitter suspended the account of blogger and anti-feminist Robert Stacy McCain. Why? A spokesperson explained in an email that Twitter doesn’t comment on individual accounts “for privacy and security reasons.” I requested the tweets that got McCain blocked. No dice. Techies love to talk about transparency, but not for themselves.

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David Limbaugh’s ‘The Emmaus Code’

By 12.29.15

In the news this Christmas and New Year’s season the stories from 2015 were hard to escape.

Among the targets of ISIS savagery were Christians. Followers of Jesus Christ, from whom the name of their — my — faith takes its name. Headlines, like this one from Christian Today, tell the story:

ISIS executes 12 Christians—including boy and 2 women who were raped in public and beheaded—for refusing to renounce Jesus

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Reagan’s Last Act

By 12.22.15

In writing Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan, Craig Shirley has written the Reagan book that had to be written.

The long time Reagan biographer (author of Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign that Changed America and Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All ) has written a superb book that tells of the last days of the president millions of Americans had come to love and admire.

Chapter after chapter tells the moving tale of the post-presidency for its central figure. Writes Shirley: 


Killing Reagan: What O’Reilly Didn’t Say

By 11.20.15

So. I have finally read Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency. 

Before the Paris attack that has, sensibly, reminded of the real world — something Ronald Reagan never lost sight of — Fox’s O’Reilly was in the news for challenges to the historical accuracy of his book. The charges first surfaced here with an article co-written by Reagan historians Craig Shirley, Kiron Skinner, Paul Kengor, and Steven F. Hayward.

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Jack Kemp: The Book

By 11.10.15

“If space aliens were to land a flying saucer on the Capitol’s South Lawn, one question they might ask is: Wherever did you get the idea that cutting taxes would increase revenue?”

As Ronald Reagan might say, there he goes again.

The space alien question comes at the very opening of Timothy Noah’s New York Times book review of Jack Kemp: The Bleeding-Heart Conservative Who Changed America by Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes. 

Utley Hearing Monday

By on 10.13.15 | 5:55PM

Major League Baseball has announced that Los Angeles Dodger Chase Utley’s hearing on his appeal of a two-day suspension will be heard Monday. Utley was suspended by MLB Sunday as a result of his hard slide in Saturday’s National League Division Series game, which injured New York Mets shortstop Rubin Tejada.

Any decision arrived at Monday or later will have no effect on the NLDS, which will have concluded by then. (It will conclude tonight if the Dodgers, down two games to one to the Mets, don’t win.) Monday is an off-day in the National League Championship Series. So Monday’s hearing will not impede Utley’s participation should he win his appeal and the Dodgers win the next two games against the Mets.

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Mark Levin: ‘Plunder and Deceit’

By 7.28.15

Uncanny: Mark Levin has done it again. Six years ago, Mark’s Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto appeared, quite coincidentally with the lift-off of the Tea Party. In an instant L&T became what then-Congresswoman Michele Bachmann called the party’s “intellectual foundation.” 

In this space I referred to L&T as “the book that changed America,” writing in part:

Recommended Summer Reading

By on 5.24.15 | 7:24PM

One of the fun things about being a columnist and radio talk show host has been the increasing interest by publishing companies in sending me new books for me to review or to interview the authors.

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Last year, I had the chance to meet with Paul Ryan, whose book I very much enjoyed.

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Kirsten Powers’ Profile in Courage

By 5.21.15

This is a book that had to be written — by a liberal. It won’t help Kirsten Powers for a conservative to say this, either. But in writing The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech Ms. Powers has done a service to liberals — if they even understand her significant contribution, which is doubtful. She is a profile in courage for simply writing the book — which in itself is a sad comment on the state of free speech in America. Once upon a time in America there would never have been a need for this book. The very fact that Powers felt the need — correctly so — to write it speaks volumes.

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David Limbaugh’s ‘Jesus on Trial’

By 4.2.15

Last year lawyer and columnist David Limbaugh wrote an unusual bestseller. 

As Christians mark Holy Week and Easter, notably this year with Christianity itself under assault by everyone from ISIS to American leftist secularists (hello Indiana), it is both appropriate and important to take note of David Limbaugh’s confronting of Christianity’s critics in his more than appropriately named Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel.

Mr. Limbaugh begins by retelling a conversation with two friends who are “nonbelievers.” He writes of one:

I clearly recall that at one point he announced that he couldn’t understand how any person using his reasoning powers could possibly believe in Christianity.