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Standing the Heat

 

Sunday. Wow. It is hot. I swam for a little while. Then off to lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel with my makeup artist, writing colleague, and dear friend, Renae. We talked about how and when being a parent in the U.S. middle class became torment. A parent is a chauffeur, body guard, tutor, mentor, […]

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Birth of a New Persian Empire

 

The United States is gradually being drawn into the war in Syria. That war began as a conflict in which we had no national security interest. That changed because two of our principal adversaries, Russia and Iran, took over that war, making the conflict much larger than just a civil war against the terrorist regime […]

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Obamacare Repeal: Conservatives Must Face Reality

 

Here’s something to consider if you’re a disgruntled conservative angry about the Senate’s Obamacare replacement bill: Susan B. Anthony was a vehement opponent of the 15th Amendment. That’s the amendment which reads, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any […]

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Reflections Upon a Rising Star

 

A flawed “pointillist picture” is how Michiko Kakutani described Rising Star, David J. Garrow’s massive (1,460 pages) new biography of Barack Obama, and she’s right. A barrage of minute details greets the reader, only the distinct dots aren’t permitted to arrange themselves into a picture. No sooner does an adumbration materialize than the author leaves […]

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The American Presidency in Paralysis

 

(Warning: Spoiler at the end.) Is the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court sooner or later? Liberals despair. Trump’s “progressive” critics, long champions of a strong presidency, notably Barack Obama’s robust executive power, are abruptly born-again skeptics. What’s to worry? Trump’s Neil Gorsuch remains a constitutionalist who would challenge an imperial presidency. But Democrats […]

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Not All Americans Are Grieving for Otto Warmbier

 

“Send bombers, and turn North Korea into a parking lot.” That was my initial knee-jerk reaction when I heard that Otto Warmbier was dead. It was not the most Christian thought ever to flash through my heart and mind, and going to war against that pariah state would cause a world of hurt and a […]

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With Two Tweets, Trump Settles Tape Question Raised in Earlier Tweet

 

Washington “I don’t know there was a game,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday in response to a question about President Donald Trump’s latest tweets, in which he denied taping former FBI chief James Comey. Actually, it is a game — a 41-day back-and-forth marathon called “snooker,” played not with cue […]

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Lady Aurelia Triumphs Again at Ascot

 

It happened again. One year after Lady Aurelia triumphed in the Queen Mary Stakes at Great Britain’s Royal Ascot, the dainty filly, now 3 years old, won again at Ascot in the King’s Stand Stakes, this time by 3 lengths in 57.54, 1/100 of a second off the track record! Congratulations to Spectator Board member […]

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Various And Sundry Things

 

A few musings on current events of note… Tuesday night Republican Karen Handel won a 52-48 victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff in the much-hyped and scandalously-expensive Georgia Sixth District congressional race. Our readers have surely digested plenty about the import of the race, but here’s a take you may not have seen. Namely, that with […]

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Remain Calm Democrats, All Is Well

 

An Animal House, all-is-well quality colored Nancy Pelosi’s Thursday press-conference postmortem of her party’s Tuesday defeat in Georgia. “We reduced by 20 points what the advantage had been in that district for the Republicans,” the minority leader, imagining Democrats playing horseshoes or hand grenades, declared. “This is good news for us.” If losing a race […]

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