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Coming to Terms With Two Terms


Darn it, I wish I could remember the name of this short story by the late Noble Prize winner, Shmuel Yosef Agnon. It goes like this. The Jews in a small Eastern European village (shtetl), circa 1900, have never seen a convert to Judaism. In those days of hardship for Jews, they were not attracting many new […]

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Neil Gorsuch: Judicial Humility and Religious Pluralism


When you decide cases for a living, it can be difficult to admit that you don’t know something. But from the very beginning of his career, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has shown a respect for the limits of what individuals — even judges — can truly understand about each other’s deeply held beliefs. This […]

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The Mobbing of Milo


What happened to Milo Yiannopoulos this week illustrates many problems in 21st-century culture, including the way the Internet has created a dangerous mob mentality. Justice Clarence Thomas famously called his Senate confirmation ordeal a “high-tech lynching,” but advances in technology have shortened the rope, so to speak. In a span of 72 hours, Yiannopoulos was […]

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2018 Chevy Cruze Diesel — Read the Fine Print


We’re told the 2018 Chevy Cruze diesel will be capable of 52 MPG on the highway. But read the fine print. And then the bold print. Yes, the car will be capable of 52 MPG on the highway… if you order it with the six-speed manual transmission. With the automatic, the number drops by 5 […]

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 The Limits of Hasbara


As the UN Security Council once more turns to its obsession with bashing Israel, the Israelis unveil their newest medical miracle, the use of sound frequencies to control the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease. The recently appointed head of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, had his life saved from a brain tumor in an Israeli hospital. To […]

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Mnuchin Must Bring Transparency to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac


Now that he has been confirmed, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has a lot on his plate. He needs to do what he can administratively to reduce the crushing burden of the Dodd-Frank Act on small banks and credit unions. He also needs to work with Congress on major legislative fixes such as the forthcoming Financial Choice Act from House Financial Services […]

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75 Years Ago: Churchill and the Fall of Singapore


“There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away… people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool’s paradise.”  —Winston S. Churchill, 1950 On […]

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Airbnb and Property Rights Don’t Go Together


For defenders of the so-called “sharing economy,” companies like the housing-sharing website Airbnb and the ride-sharing app Uber are near-sacred. In the case of Uber, “sharing” enthusiasts argue that the company is a symbol of disruption against an anticompetitive status quo. In the case of Airbnb, it offers a similar defense, with the added point […]

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Nouns and Verbs and Obama Do Not Agree


Washington Did you know this? “Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.” Frankly, I did not know President Obama was so wedded to books and the printed word as to be compared to […]

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‘Acceptable Debate’ in the Washington Post


Today, Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka is “profiled” — targeted in a scope, is more like it — in the Washington Post, which, of course, is owned by Jeff Bezos, as most people seem to know, and whose Amazon Web Services, most people don’t seem to know, has developed a $600 million computing cloud for […]

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