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Republican Greg Gianforte K.O.’s Democrat in Montana Special Election

 

Despite breaking the glasses and flattening a journalist days before voting began (read Larry Thornberry’s spectacular recounting of the fight here), Republican Greg Gianforte knocked out the Democrat (his name doesn’t matter) in the Montana special election last night. Media hardest hit. Democrats eager to smash Republicans in special elections as leading indicators for a 2018 rout […]

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Breaking News Is Broken

 

Breaking news: the President “shoved” his way past a Prime Minister. Breaking news: the President will have three scoops of ice cream this weekend. Breaking news: we have breaking news. Breaking news: another official, who knows an official, who, at one time, slept in a hotel room, next to an official, has actually taken a […]

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Democrats and Republicans Unite to Celebrate Jerusalem

 

In a rare sign of unity on Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of congressmen joined religious leaders and activists Tuesday in the Rayburn House Office Building to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) is a national holiday in Israel commemorating the day the Jewish state gained control of […]

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Trump’s Middle East Strategy Takes Shape

 

Middle Easterners first had to deal with an American president who employed military power in the region, trying to advance “regime change” and “nation building.” Then came a president who was hoping to reduce military intervention in that part of the world, allowing the Arab Spring’s “winds of change” to blow there freely. Presidents George […]

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Hyping Stories With No Discernible Story

 

Quick, what is Twin Peaks about? Not the original from the early nineties. For that you just need memory or Wikipedia. But the new Twin Peaks, airing Sundays on Showtime. I saw the first two episodes at the premiere, with director David Lynch present. Baffled by the contrast between the towering expectations and my experience […]

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Kids Look Good, Fail to Make Cut

 

Paris At the end of their matches, the kids were tired, frustrated, mumbling and yelling at themselves. One kid even threw his towel on the ground in frustration. He had the crowd with him — a French kid, in France, against an Argentine — but he got so mad it was not sure he had […]

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Throw Combinations in Montana

 

My sources in Missoula have read me portions of the Montana GOP’s secret campaign manual. The top three electoral principles there, according to the source, are, (1) use your jab, (2) throw combinations, and (3) work the body. The manual refers to candidates as “contenders.” OK, just having a little fun with the latest news […]

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Parkinson’s NATO

 

My favorite line in President Trump’s remarks at NATO’s fancy digs in Brussels today came toward the end, “And I never asked once what the new NATO Headquarters cost.” I wish he had. Here’s what Joseph Harriss reported in our pages six years ago (April 2011) in his cover story, “NATO Reconsidered”: With policymakers on […]

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Stolen Valor: The Fake History From a Real Historian That Fooled Presidents and Publishers

 

“Thank you for providing documentation in support of your claim of having received a Purple Heart Medal,” the Veterans Administration informed an ailing William Manchester three years prior to the prolific author’s death that provided the sad coda to 2004’s Memorial Day Weekend. “Unfortunately, the documentation you provided is not sufficient for us to make […]

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A Bit of This, A Bit of That

 

“Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.” —Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride For this week’s installment in this space, The American Spectator’s editors indulged me in allowing an escape from the limitation of one topic per column, for which I am thankful. Attempting as a columnist to sort meaning from […]

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