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Dumbest Ever Defense of Obamacare

 

Rational observers of Obamacare’s accelerating implosion will be drawn inexorably toward the conclusion that it is, as Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini put it last week, “in a death spiral.” However, as our friends on the left have clearly demonstrated since November, they are anything but rational. Thus, they continue to delude themselves that “reform” […]

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Leaky John Brennan

 

Out of hatred for McGovernite liberals, a Republican president in the 1970s broke the law. Now those aging radicals break the law out of hatred for a Republican president. Nested within intelligence agencies, they have fed a series of criminal leaks to a press corps that functions like an anti-Trump dirty tricks operation. Donald Trump […]

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Rating the Presidents — and Obama

 

I’ve been getting emails from bewildered colleagues asking about a survey of presidential scholars that determined that Barack Obama is the 12th best president in the history of the United States, putting him near the top quartile of our presidents. How can this be? I, too, was mystified, especially given that I participated in the […]

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That’s Entertainment! Trump’s 75-Minute Tour de Force

 

Donald Trump, giving press conferences as president, is like a cross between Fidel Castro’s long-windedness and machismo and Christopher Walken’s theatrical presence — and nobody else in the room can compete with that. This was on display Thursday, when after a week’s worth of his administration being buffeted by a hurricane of negative media coverage […]

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‘Donald Trump Rants and Raves at the Press’

 

Donald Trump, a promoter of the historic Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks heavyweight title unification bout in 1988, picked up some tricks from the favorite trade of the Marquess of Queensberry. The president counterpunches, and he purposefully does so to his antagonist’s weakest spot. The media claimed the scalp of Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder this week. […]

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Donald Trump: Feminist in Chief

 

If it accomplished nothing else, last month’s Women’s March on Washington highlighted the acidic disdain feminist intellectuals feel toward Donald Trump and his administration. Paradoxically, however, if there’s one group of people who should be grateful for the election of Trump, it’s feminist intellectuals. Believe me — as the man himself might say — they’ll […]

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Déjà Vû: Private Tax Collection Leads to Corruption

 

The end of January was the beginning of tax season in America. After employers mailed out W-2s, workers started the long trudge towards April 18th. The Internal Revenue Service is notorious for its abysmal service. In 2015, the agency reported that criminals had “potentially accessed” more than 700,000 total accounts between 2014 and 2015. In 2016, IRS […]

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Is Judge Gorsuch Biased for Business?

 

My purpose here is very narrow. In 2005, when Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was in private legal practice, he co-authored a paper published by the Washington Legal Foundation. (It is an organization, for whom I, too, have written.) This paper is being used by the media as one example to allege that Judge Gorsuch […]

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At UC Berkeley, It Pays Well to Worry About Inequality

 

Sacramento Former Clinton-era Labor Secretary Robert Reich, now a public-policy professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has warned that “we are heading back to levels of inequality not seen since the Gilded Age of the late 19th century,” invoking the term applied to a society festering in poverty but covered by a veneer […]

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Out Like Flynn

 

“House Atreides took control of Arrakis 63 standard days into the year 10,191. It was known that the Harkonnens, the former rulers of Arrakis, would leave many suicide troops behind. Atreides patrols were doubled.” — From the 1984 David Lynch movie Dune, as adapted from the Fran Herbert novel. You’ve got to read, if you […]

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