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Conor Friedersdorf

It seems that not too long ago certain global warming doomsayers were predicting the imminent invasion of the American homeland by pythons. Here’s how National Geographic’s news blog puts it: One of the more dire predictions of the consequences of…

This cracked me up: Of course, seeing the stock phrases used by athletes in every sports interview ever given, you can see how sports scribes might fall into cliched patterns.

Academia gives insufficient due to conservative ideas, an insight that isn’t exactly original, but that I mention here because despite the fact that I’m sympathetic to its premise I think this is the worst opinion piece I’ve ever read. Admittedly,…

An orthodox Catholic I know cares more about abortion than any other political issue. He votes for candidates based largely on his expectations about the kinds of judges they’ll appoint or confirm, behavior I completely understand given the certainty he…

It looks as though child pornography laws are the latest example of well-intentioned legislation that winds up threatening civil liberties. Example one comes from R. Kelly’s child pornography trial, where Slate writer Josh Levin filed this dispatch: …the judge’s media…

John McCain knows a lot more about diplomacy than I do, which isn't tough since I don't know anything. But ignorant voters like me must muddle through the issue as best we can. So I ask, earnestly, that someone explain…

My post labeled “Operation Chaos” objectionable, not Rush Limbaugh himself, though I find the defense offered on his behalf problematic: What is Rush Limbaugh? Is he a partisan political operative? Does he collect his paycheck from the Republican National Committee?…

A whole lot of blog posts, here and elsewhere, assert that Democrats in Indiana and North Carolina should think carefully before voting for Barack Obama due to his Reverend Wright and Bill Ayres problems — general election attacks on those…

As D.C. libertarians rally around the Jefferson 1 — you can donate here — consider another local put upon by the small tyrants of the D.C. establishment. His story comes via The Dupont Current, an off-line only freebie. Jessica Gould…

Perhaps you’ve seen this story about Michigan authorities seizing a 7-year-old boy from his father — he took the kid to a baseball game, bought him a Mike’s Hard Lemonade without realizing it contained alcohol and watched in horror as…

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