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Obama’s Words of Wisdom

 

A coalition of the willing?

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Current Wisdom

 

New York Review of BooksMore bilge from the global warmists: There is the scientific and ideological language for what is happening to the weather, but there are hardly any intimate words. Is that surprising? People in mourning tend to use euphemisms; likewise the guilty and ashamed. The most melancholy of all the euphemisms: “The new […]

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Current Wisdom

 

The Progressive Miss Ruth Conniff, The Prog’s new editor, introduces a special issue of the magazine featuring the work of obvious homicidal maniacs: In this special issue of the magazine, we bring you a treasury of essays by writers, activists, and citizens who are doing their level best to make the world a better place. […]

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Merry Christmas To All!

 

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Haikus from Us to You

 

In celebration of National Haiku Day, the staff of the American Spectator decided to apply their wit and wisdom within the constraints of the miniscule 5-7-5 meter. Here are a few of the contributions: Anne Hobson, new media associate: Thick-walled, white buildings. Flag pin facades on black suits. D.C. politics.   IRS fumbles, NSA, ACA, […]

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Xmas Recommendations: Vol. 4

 

Jeff Sessions  Alabamian, historian, and writer Winston Groom’s recent book Kearney’s March is a dramatic account of how the clear and straightforward priorities of President James K. Polk led the United States to double in size from Atlantic to Pacific—and how Mexico’s claim to the Southwest had no firm basis. Groom tells a great story. One feels […]

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Xmas Recommendations, Vol. 3

 

Timothy Noah Jonathan Lethem’s Dissident Gardens was the best novel I read in 2013, though I may not read enough contemporary fiction to be the most reliable judge. It is written and plotted with Lethem’s characteristic energy, grace, and exactitude, and its subject—the delusional Stalinist American left—will please TAS’s conservative readers. Less pleasing to conservative readers, but also […]

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Xmas Recommendations: Vol. 2

 

Rod Dreher My six-year-old Nora said to me recently that she feels so good going to Barnes & Noble “because there are books everywhere.” That’s my girl! Books are my favorite present to give and to get. Here are a few that I have in mind this year: Dante’s Divine Comedy, by, ahem, Dante. Somehow, I […]

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Xmas Recommendations: Vol. 1

 

André Aciman Recommendations take time, and the books I read are mostly written by dead people! Not inspirational by any stretch. If I recommend one book it is The Peloponnesian War. Of no consequence whatsoever to people who love books by Jonathans. André Aciman is a distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New […]

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Ted Cruz: ‘There is Another Way’

 

Senator Ted Cruz addressed the audience at The American Spectator 2013 Robert L. Bartley Gala on October 23. It was Cruz’s first major speech since the government shutdown ended, and his last speech before he hit the campaign trail in Iowa: [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”92626″,”attributes”:{“alt”:”Senator Ted Cruz Keynote Speech (The American Spectator Robert L. Bartley Gala 2013)”,”class”:”media-image”,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”}}]] Here are some […]

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