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Coming to Terms With Two Terms

 

Darn it, I wish I could remember the name of this short story by the late Noble Prize winner, Shmuel Yosef Agnon. It goes like this. The Jews in a small Eastern European village (shtetl), circa 1900, have never seen a convert to Judaism. In those days of hardship for Jews, they were not attracting many new […]

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New Identity for a Master of Identity Politics

 

Sacramento The most entertaining local news story this week was a puff piece in the Sacramento Bee about one of California’s most-powerful politicians, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. De León is of interest to readers outside this state in that he is setting himself up to play a high-profile role combating […]

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 The Limits of Hasbara

 

As the UN Security Council once more turns to its obsession with bashing Israel, the Israelis unveil their newest medical miracle, the use of sound frequencies to control the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease. The recently appointed head of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, had his life saved from a brain tumor in an Israeli hospital. To […]

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Paul Ryan’s Housecleaning

 

Last week, in case our readers missed it, House Speaker Paul Ryan did an interesting interview with Sean Hannity on the question of Congress’ role in moving the agenda of the new president. Video of the interview can be found in two parts here and here, but the gist of Ryan’s statements was that (1) […]

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Obama: ‘Resistance Leader’ in Waiting

 

Looking for civility from our elected officials in Washington, D.C.? Forget about it. Bipartisan cooperation is a phrase that is infrequently used and rarely practiced. Obstruction, delay, and resistance are the tactics of the Democrats’ Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and his counterpart in the House Nancy Pelosi. Hardly a day goes by that Schumer […]

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Neil Gorsuch: Judicial Humility and Religious Pluralism

 

When you decide cases for a living, it can be difficult to admit that you don’t know something. But from the very beginning of his career, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has shown a respect for the limits of what individuals — even judges — can truly understand about each other’s deeply held beliefs. This […]

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Speaker Ryan’s Sean Hannity Problem

 

Hello? On Wednesday’s Hannity radio show, Sean replayed a clip of his recent TV interview with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Newsmax wrote up the interview, headlining: Ryan: Trump, Congress ‘Exactly on Track’ With Agenda Newsmax wrote in part: President Donald Trump and Congress are “exactly on track” with a shared agenda for new administration’s first 200 […]

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The Mobbing of Milo

 

What happened to Milo Yiannopoulos this week illustrates many problems in 21st-century culture, including the way the Internet has created a dangerous mob mentality. Justice Clarence Thomas famously called his Senate confirmation ordeal a “high-tech lynching,” but advances in technology have shortened the rope, so to speak. In a span of 72 hours, Yiannopoulos was […]

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The Dark State of Political Correctness

 

Strange, but in the final editing of my book, which is much concerned with the American conservative movement, I cannot find a single mention of the “alt-right.” I don’t know what the alt-right is, or anyone in it. Perhaps it supplants the “New Right” — which was more aggressive than the “Old Right”? I’ve never […]

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2018 Chevy Cruze Diesel — Read the Fine Print

 

We’re told the 2018 Chevy Cruze diesel will be capable of 52 MPG on the highway. But read the fine print. And then the bold print. Yes, the car will be capable of 52 MPG on the highway… if you order it with the six-speed manual transmission. With the automatic, the number drops by 5 […]

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