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Stolen Valor: The Fake History From a Real Historian That Fooled Presidents and Publishers

 

“Thank you for providing documentation in support of your claim of having received a Purple Heart Medal,” the Veterans Administration informed an ailing William Manchester three years prior to the prolific author’s death that provided the sad coda to 2004’s Memorial Day Weekend. “Unfortunately, the documentation you provided is not sufficient for us to make […]

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Remembering the Rohna: A World War II Secret and Tragedy

 

Any veteran of World War II can tell you some interesting stories. But for Frank E. Bryer, his story — one he could never forget — was a terrible one. It began the moment his ship, the Rohna, was sunk. When that ship went down on November 26, 1943, Frank’s life changed forever. And very […]

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California Wants to Make Health Care a ‘Right’

 

Sacramento A Bay Area Assemblyman got an earful last week as he pushed a largely symbolic bill that would have made it legal for California public employees to be members of the Communist Party. Rob Bonta of Oakland contritely withdrew the measure, which had passed out of committee, after leaders from the state’s large Vietnamese […]

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Ladies First

 

For a set and a half, there was no doubt who was going to win the afternoon’s first match on court six at Roland Garros stadium. The tall lithe girl with the breathtaking combination of power and shot-making accuracy was a cinch. Whenever she needed a point, she set up a sequence wherein she got […]

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Trump Should Ignore Pope’s Prattle About Paris Deal

 

The Vatican under the frenetic political activism of Pope Francis has become a nest of extreme environmentalists. Operating almost like an annex of Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, Francis’s Vatican has held a series of conferences and events that promote the rawest and most aggressive theories of “climate change.” As the ultra-left Nation has pointed out, even […]

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Greece: George Soros’ Trojan Horse Against Europe

 

One of the few fascinating things you learn by looking closely at George Soros’s output is how often he is wrong. The financial Dark Lord, who made a billion dollars overnight when he bet against the British pound in 1992, constantly predicts the sky is falling. Most of the time, it isn’t. He was mocked […]

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TC Heartland Is Not a Magic Bullet

 

Early this week, the Supreme Court dropped yet another historic ruling on the subject of patent law. In fact, not only was the decision historic, but it was historically correct. That case, TC Heartland v. Kraft, a seemingly innocuous dispute over flavored drink mixes, amounts to a sweeping rejection of the legal strategy employed by […]

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Hyping Stories With No Discernible Story

 

Quick, what is Twin Peaks about? Not the original from the early nineties. For that you just need memory or Wikipedia. But the new Twin Peaks, airing Sundays on Showtime. I saw the first two episodes at the premiere, with director David Lynch present. Baffled by the contrast between the towering expectations and my experience […]

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Trump’s Middle East Strategy Takes Shape

 

Middle Easterners first had to deal with an American president who employed military power in the region, trying to advance “regime change” and “nation building.” Then came a president who was hoping to reduce military intervention in that part of the world, allowing the Arab Spring’s “winds of change” to blow there freely. Presidents George […]

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Putting Childlike Ways Behind When It Comes to Trade

 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I grew up, I put my childlike ways behind me. Strange that a passage from 1 Corinthians can instruct us on international trade policy, but in the case of our relations with Mexico, […]

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