Figure Eight Diplomacy


I’ve heard of gunboat diplomacy before, but I never thought I’d live to see the world putting its eggs in the basket of figure eight diplomacy. In Korea, we are witnessing a series of diplomatic maneuvers revolving around ice skating, the Winter Olympics, and a dance troupe. Talks have begun between the two Koreas about […]

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The Reflexive Racism of the American Left


“Treat the Negro as a citizen and a voter — as he is, and must remain — and soon parties will be divided, not on the color line, but on principle.” So wrote President Ulysses S. Grant in a message to Congress in 1875. As Grant biographer Ron Chernow points out in his recent book, […]

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The Shock Factor: New Federal Report on ‘The Cost of Raising a Child’


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon release its annual report “Expenditures on Children by Families,” better known as “The Cost of Raising a Child.” And you will see media headlines like those from January 2017: “Cost of Raising a Child: $233,610” — Money “Raising a Child in the United States Costs $233,610” — Huffington […]

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None Dare Call It Politics: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 3


This is the third in a series of articles (the first two installments are here and here) dissecting the prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. On November 4, 2014, when the 51-year-old Ken Paxton was triumphantly elected Attorney General of Texas, defeating his Democrat opponent, the euphoniously named Sam Houston, by over 20 percentage […]

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Feeling Demoralized Lately?


‘Demoralization’ is the word that currently burbles up at 3 a.m., like the red pepper flakes in a second helping of spaghetti. Demoralization is afoot. We must define it. We must think about it. We must, in the end, worry about it. We need, for starters, a moral Alka-Seltzer. Definition of “demoralize,” from the Oxford […]

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‘Americans First,’ Not ‘America First’


The President made “America First” a cornerstone of his campaign. Central to the theme of “America First” was tariffs on foreign businesses to protect domestic businesses from competition. Yet by January 26, Trump will likely decide whether to protect two bankrupt foreign-owned businesses at the expense of the American solar industry and American consumers. Rather […]

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Fat Lady Blues: The Saints Go Slouching Home


At about midway through the third quarter, the announcers started talking about how, if the New Orleans Saints could possibly come back from down seventeen points and beat the Minnesota Vikings, then the only playoff comeback of greater magnitude would be the one the New England Patriots pulled off in last year’s Super Bowl. This […]

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The President as Educator


Regarding the president’s language, it is unfortunate it causes such pain to so many gentle souls. You can long for a president with the cadenced eloquence of John F. Kennedy; or you may miss the unerring truth-telling eloquence of Ronald Reagan, reminiscent of the great Daniel Webster, a senatorial model of the sort of language […]

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No, Medicaid Work Requirements Aren’t Racist or Cruel


When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that states could experiment with work requirements and volunteer community service as prerequisites for Medicaid eligibility, the melodramatic response from the Democrats and their media allies was as predictable as it was mendacious. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi summed up the position of her congressional […]

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Trump’s Iran Pretensions


On Friday, President Trump announced that he’d not revoke Mr. Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran. Twice in 2017 he certified Iran’s continued compliance with the deal and in October refused to do so but still didn’t revoke the deal. The president’s statement said, “I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only […]

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