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Turkey Walks Out of NATO Conference Over U.S. Freedom of Speech

 

Philadelphia On Tuesday afternoon, representatives of Turkey stormed out of a NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) conference when Emre Çelik, a critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was invited to address the conference, hosted by the Middle East Forum (MEF). Çelik, president of the Rumi Forum, is a supporter of Turkish Sunni cleric Fethullah […]

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All of Obama’s Wiretappers

 

Hillary Clinton’s campaign memoir rests on an astonishingly audacious lie: that the very FBI director who made her campaign possible by improperly sparing her from an indictment doomed it. A normal pol who had mishandled classified information as egregiously as Hillary would have felt eternal gratitude to Comey. Only an entitled ingrate like Hillary would […]

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Economic Development: The Joke’s on Us

 

In the HBO show Silicon Valley, there’s a running joke about server farms as gulags. The data center on the show is utterly removed not just from the currents of innovation and finance, but from normal human contact, and it’s managed by a character borrowing his affectless demeanor from Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller’s Day […]

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It’s Leftward Ho — and No End in Sight

 

Sacramento California’s legislative session has, mercifully, come to a close. The big takeaway, from a national political perspective, is that the state’s Democratic leadership has thrown down the gauntlet at the Trump administration. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the “sanctuary state” bill that prohibits state and local authorities from cooperating with federal immigration officials, then […]

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Saved by the Hurricane — How Do You Spell Islamic Relief?

 

Hurricane Irma helped out Islamic Relief on September 7, after an amendment barring federal grants to the Islamist charity was dropped when the sponsoring congressman rushed back to Florida to deal with the oncoming storm. Islamic Relief (IR) and a number of prominent Islamic voices, including Linda Sarsour, did not attribute the withdrawal of the […]

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The Pivotal Battle of the Civil War

 

T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month…mixing Memory and desire…” But he never spent a sun-drenched, late summer’s day on Antietam Creek where poignant beauty mixes with memory and blood. The battle of Antietam, or Sharpsburg (southerners use the nearby town’s name), took place 155 years ago in stunningly lush country in northwestern […]

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Hillary, Here Is What Happened

 

Washington What did I tell you? Late in November of last year, after the presidential election that finally ended the Clintons’ 24-year pursuit of power in Washington and their diminishment of the Democratic Party, I wrote that the Clintons were finished. I had consulted my sources. What is more, I reported that on election night […]

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Health Care Reformers Turn to Laboratories of Democracy

 

Justice Louis Brandeis noted that “a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” This notion of states as the laboratories of democracy finds itself at the core of two competing health care proposals in Congress. […]

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When Bill Clinton Threatened to ‘End’ North Korea

 

The liberal media is going ballistic over President Trump’s UN speech, launching into collective orbit over Trump again mocking little man Kim as “rocket man.” This time, President Trump made that jab not from his Twitter account on a Sunday morning but from the world’s biggest international stage: the vaunted assembly of the United Nations […]

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Our Unmasterful National Security Advisor

 

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and his predecessor Mike Flynn do not see eye to eye on Islamism. McMaster, from the now outdated CENTCOM playbook, is having none of the talk about Islamism. He continues to espouse the discredited Palestinian narrative, while dignifying the fraudulent accusation of Islamophobia. The Tillerson/McMaster axis is not likely to […]

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