Ira Stoll

Ira Stoll is editor of and author of JFK, Conservative. He lives in Boston.

Teepee Populism


If Elizabeth Warren ends up being the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2016, don’t be surprised if she runs as a centrist, or even as a cultural conservative. The senator from Massachusetts and Harvard Law School professor known as the scourge of the banks and the inventor of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will […]

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President Obama’s signature legislative initiative, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, just may be the worst law passed in America since the Fugitive Slave Act. I say this from personal experience—not with the Slave Act, thank heavens, but with the Affordable Care Act, alas.  My own family’s health insurance coverage was due to expire […]

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JFK Conservative


“I’d be very happy to tell them I’m not a liberal at all.” — John F. Kennedy, 1953 THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF John Fitzgerald Kennedy after the July 4, 1946, speech at Boston’s Faneuil Hall caution of the hazards of drawing too many conclusions from a single talk. His mother, Rose Kennedy, in pearls and a […]

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Michael Knows Best


ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY three years after Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous speech at Cooper Union, the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, appeared in the same hall to deliver a graduation address. In those recent remarks, Bloomberg paid tribute to Lincoln, and then went on to utter the following formulation: “In New York […]

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He Wears Short Shorts


A recent graduate of Princeton reports that professor Paul Krugman could be sighted there dressed in an unusual uniform: jacket, dress shirt, and tie on top, short shorts down below. Viewers nationwide watching Krugman’s television appearances made from an on-campus broadcast studio had no idea he was appearing without his pants on. It’s an appropriate […]

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Bye, Alamoudi


What do the Clinton State Department, Republican activist Grover Norquist, Bush FBI director William Mueller, Senator Joseph Lieberman, the Washington Post, and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops have in common? They all fell, in one way or another, for Abdurahman Alamoudi, a Muslim-American leader who turns out, according to a federal indictment, to have […]

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