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No superheroes in 'The Interview' capitulation

December 19, 2014

The first issue of Captain America came out on December 20, 1940. It shows Cap slugging Adolph Hitler in the mouth.

  • Jonathan Gruber should've been Time's Person of the Year

    December 17, 2014

    Jonathan Gruber should have been Time's Person of the Year. The magazine gave it to the "Ebola Fighters" instead. Good for them; they're doing God's work. Still, Gruber would have been better.

  • Thinking about torture

    December 12, 2014

    For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore.

  • Jonah Goldberg correction

    December 12, 2014

    We have moved a corrected version of the Jonah Goldberg column for release December 12. Misspellings of the names of Dianne Feinstein and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed have been corrected in the second and sixth paragraphs, respectively.

  • Thinking about torture

    December 12, 2014

    For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore.

  • Using allegations of rape in a grab for power

    December 10, 2014

    Nine males were accused of being part of a heinous rape. The alleged injustice fomented a mob mentality. An enraged community wanted to skip any talk of a serious investigation, never mind a trial, and go straight to the punishment.

  • What Schumer wants to embrace

    December 6, 2014

    At a time when Ferguson, Missouri, has been under siege, the president unilaterally brought millions of illegal immigrants "out of the shadows," the so-called Islamic State beheaded another American, an architect of Obamacare admitted the law was conceived and birthed in deception, and the secretary of defense was unceremoniously dumped, it's no wonder that a speech by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. -- the Tuesday before Thanksgiving -- didn't get the coverage it deserved.

  • Jonah Goldberg revision

    December 5, 2014

    We have moved a revised version of the Jonah Goldberg column for release December 5. A missing word, "people, has been added to the second paragraph. Please use the revised version

  • Rand Paul is right: Cig taxes factored into Garner's death

    December 5, 2014

    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him.

  • Rand Paul is right: Cig taxes factored into Garner's death

    December 5, 2014

    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him.

  • Rape story sends shock waves -- and stretched credulity

    December 3, 2014

    Rolling Stone has published an incredible story about a rape at the University of Virginia, sending shock waves around the country.

  • Ferguson too complicated for easy allegory

    November 27, 2014

    On Tuesday, the day after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the slaying of Michael Brown, the president for a second time called for calm. His statement was measured, careful and responsible. He condemned violence and looting while acknowledging the legitimate concerns animating the protestors. He wasn't all that moving or eloquent, but this might have been one of those times when swinging for the rhetorical fences wasn't what the moment needed.

  • Ferguson too complicated for easy allegory

    November 27, 2014

    On Tuesday, the day after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the slaying of Michael Brown, the president for a second time called for calm. His statement was measured, careful and responsible. He condemned violence and looting while acknowledging the legitimate concerns animating the protestors. He wasn't all that moving or eloquent, but this might have been one of those times when swinging for the rhetorical fences wasn't what the moment needed.

  • Obama's immigration goal: enrage Republicans

    November 26, 2014

    Maybe President Obama is just trolling?

  • Gruber flap reopens not-so-old wounds

    November 21, 2014

    I understand we've turned the page to the next controversy -- Obama's unconstitutional immigration pander -- but I'd like to dwell a little longer on the previous travesty.

  • The feminist freakout over the scientist's gaudy shirt

    November 19, 2014

    The European Space Agency's Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime. They essentially moved a clunky machine from one speeding bullet onto another, by remote control, from 310 million miles away. It's hoped this achievement will help usher in a new era of space exploration by teaching us how to exploit the raw materials swirling around the solar system. Also, it was really cool.

  • Democrats' loss is not a win for Hillary Clinton

    November 12, 2014

    In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking. The closest we have to that in America is the New York Times. Obviously, it's not a state organ and there are many fine journalists there, but it does play a similar role for the Democratic Party, often reporting less on what Democrats actually think and more on what Democrats want readers to believe is the current state of Democratic thinking.

  • Big GOP win a rebuke of the president

    November 8, 2014

    We know Barack Obama is good at least one thing -- getting Barack Obama elected president of the United States. How good he is at being president of the United States is a subject of considerable debate. A less debatable proposition: He is just plain awful at running a political party.

  • Maybe Big Data should play smaller role in our politics

    November 7, 2014

    "To everyone who voted," President Obama said in his press conference on Wednesday, "I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate yesterday, I hear you, too."

  • Extended voting period has cranked up the demagoguery

    November 5, 2014

    It used to be that the first Tuesday in November was Election Day, but now it is the last day of Election Month.

  • A word about monsters, real and imagined

    October 31, 2014

    "You're the butcher, or you're the cattle."

  • A D.C. cure: Take the hard votes

    October 29, 2014

    What day is it?"

  • Why narratives are more powerful than ideas

    October 24, 2014

    There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. Ideological debates are fought over ideas, but politics is more often about competing stories, or, as the eggheads call them, "narratives."

  • The good news about offshore oil rigs

    October 22, 2014

    Never let it be said that Mother Nature doesn't appreciate irony. A new study led by researchers at Occidental College and the University of California at Santa Barbara has found that the oil platforms dotting the California coast are fantastic for sea life.

  • The return of the Clinton Democrats (not really)

    October 17, 2014

    Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is running for U.S. Senate in the great state of Kentucky. She is a woman of conviction, of substance, of principle. "I'm not an empty dress," she insists, "I'm not a rubber stamp, and I am not a cheerleader! I am a Clinton Democrat."

  • Ebola is much less scary than Hollywood's 'Contagion.' Or is it?

    October 15, 2014

    While disposing of a body in a mass grave, one man in a hazmat suit turns to another and asks, "When did we run out of body bags?"

  • Colombian hooker flap a microcosm of administration's problems

    October 10, 2014

    In news that must have left my friends at the New York Post -- never mind the gang at "The Daily Show" -- with a renewed confidence that ours is a just and beneficent God, the White House has been caught covering up a scandal involving a Cartagena hooker.

  • Liberals storm California's bedrooms

    October 8, 2014

    I have a slightly different take on California's recent decision to regulate college sex. Don't get me wrong: I think it's beyond idiotic, unworkable, even borderline Orwellian. We'll get to all that.

  • Liberals storm California's bedrooms

    October 8, 2014

    I have a slightly different take on California's recent decision to regulate college sex. Don't get me wrong: I think it's beyond idiotic, unworkable, even borderline Orwellian. We'll get to all that.

  • Wrong ideological choice has cost Obama dearly

    October 7, 2014

    Barack Obama had a choice between liberalism and the Democratic Party. He chose the latter and it cost him dearly.

  • Jonah Goldberg correction

    October 7, 2014

    The Jonah Goldberg column distributed on Thursday, Oct. 2, for release on Friday, Oct. 3, contained an error. The second-to-last paragraph included a list of governmental departments involved in recent controversies, and the list included the Government Accountability Office, the GAO. That was an error, and the reference to the GAO was intended to be a reference to the GSA, the General Services Administration. We apologize for the error.

  • Jonah Goldberg correction

    October 7, 2014

    The Jonah Goldberg column distributed on Thursday, Oct. 2, for release on Friday, Oct. 3, contained an error. The second-to-last paragraph included a list of governmental departments involved in recent controversies, and the list included the Government Accountability Office, the GAO. That was an error, and the mention of the GAO has been replaced by a mention of the GSA, the General Services Administration. We apologize for the error.

  • Wrong ideological choice has cost Obama dearly

    October 3, 2014

    Barack Obama had a choice between liberalism and the Democratic Party. He chose the latter and it cost him dearly.

  • Obama's mixed messages on war

    October 1, 2014

    It's funny how President Obama is always talking about "I" and "me" whenever it makes him look good, but suddenly it's "they" and "we" when mistakes are made..

  • Debates about war protocol hamstring our defense efforts

    September 26, 2014

    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly wants a mercenary army to supply the ground forces in the latest installment of the war on terror.

  • What 'war on women'?

    September 24, 2014

    Last Friday, the White House announced its "It's On Us" initiative aimed at combating sexual assaults on college campuses. I'm all in favor of combating sexual assault, but the first priority in combating a problem is understanding it.

  • The challenge of stopping do-it-yourself jihadism

    September 19, 2014

    On Thursday, Australian authorities claimed they thwarted a plot by supporters of the Islamic State to grab random people off the street and then behead the captured citizens on videotape. Australia's attorney general said that the massive raid, the largest counterterrorism operation in the nation's history, involving more than 800 police officers and raids of at least 12 properties, was necessary because, "If the ... police had not acted today, there is a likelihood that this would have happened."

  • Obama is rushing into war against Islamic State

    September 17, 2014

    By all means, let's destroy Islamic State, but let's talk about it first.

  • Is the Islamic State really un-Islamic?

    September 12, 2014

    "Now let's make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state." -- President Barack Obama in his address to the nation on Wednesday.

  • Upholding America's honor in a dangerous world

    September 10, 2014

    "I should have anticipated the optics," President Obama said by way of acknowledging that golfing right after making a statement about the beheading of James Foley looked bad. "Part of this job is also the theater of it," he said. "It's not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters."

  • A foreign legion for losers

    September 5, 2014

    On the Internet, you're never really alone. Name any fad, any cause, any hobby or passion -- Shaker furniture? Dungeons and Dragons, Bolivian tree frogs? -- and you're only a few clicks away from someone who shares your obsession.

  • No military dog left behind

    September 4, 2014

    We've all heard the expression: "A man's best friend is his equipment."

  • Obama's non-ideological foreign policy not working

    September 3, 2014

    So much for non-ideological foreign policy.

  • If 'evil' doesn't apply to Islamic State, what does?

    August 27, 2014

    I never liked it when George W. Bush used the term "evildoers" to describe al-Qaeda and other terrorists. A lot of other people objected as well, but for different reasons. I didn't like the term because it always sounded to me like he was saying "evil Dewar's," as in the blended Scotch. (This always made some of Bush's statements chuckle-worthy -- "We will not rest until we find the evil Dewar's!") I prefer single malts, but "evil" always seemed unduly harsh.

  • Obama's small-screen worldview

    August 22, 2014

    Does the president think the world is a TV show?

  • In Ferguson, a race to be wrong

    August 20, 2014

    The events in Ferguson, Missouri, have launched a familiar spectacle: the race to be wrong first.

  • America's selective libertarianism

    August 15, 2014

    There's an old rule in journalism: All you need are three good examples to prove a trend.

  • Prepare for a long war against the Islamic State

    August 13, 2014

    The hawks (including me) were wrong about a lot, but some got one thing right. It's going to be a long war.

  • Obama remains consistent in his indifference to slaughter

    August 8, 2014

    In the summer of 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama was asked if he was worried that his proposed withdrawal from Iraq would result in ethnic cleansing or even genocide.

  • Obama remains consistent in his indifference to slaughter

    August 8, 2014

    In the summer of 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama was asked if he was worried that his proposed withdrawal from Iraq would result in ethnic cleansing or even genocide.

  • WWI demons live

    August 7, 2014

    World War I started one century ago. Wait! Don't stop reading.

  • Liberals come late to the pot party

    August 6, 2014

    With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board.

  • Proposed amendments reek of hypocrisy

    August 1, 2014

    Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy.

  • Democrats' impeachment fixation

    July 30, 2014

    "Sorry to email you late on a Friday, but I need your urgent support," Nancy Pelosi wrote me.

  • UN a club in need of higher standards

    July 25, 2014

    As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member."

  • Will big business become the left's faithful lapdog?

    July 23, 2014

    It was a really nice try.

  • Attacking Israel with the big lie: genocide

    July 16, 2014

    "Here's the difference between us," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on "Fox News Sunday." "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."

  • Obama put's politics first, border security second

    July 11, 2014

    All you need to do is look at the headlines out of Central America to see why tens of thousands of children are ending up at our border.

  • Hollywood, where liberal values reign -- except at the box office

    July 9, 2014

    In the film "Obvious Child," Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a stand-up comedian who specializes in making jokes about her private parts, with the occasional foray into fart humor. She is about to go onstage. Her friend offers her some encouragement: "You are going to kill it out there!"

  • Resentment behind the waning patriotism of liberal Americans

    July 4, 2014

    You wouldn't think, five years into the Obama presidency, that so many liberal Americans wouldn't like America.

  • Alito agrees: Your birth control is not your boss' business

    July 2, 2014

    Abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Monday holding signs that read "Birth Control: Not My Boss's Business."

  • Warren positioned to take advantage of Clinton's flaws

    June 27, 2014

    Paging Elizabeth Warren: This is your moment.

  • A questionable game of 'shut up' on Iraq

    June 25, 2014

    It's a fact of human nature that it's easier to talk about who's to blame for a problem than it is to figure out what to do about the problem.

  • The naked self-interest of the bureaucratic class

    June 20, 2014

    For understandable reasons, the IRS scandal has largely focused on the political question of whether the White House deliberately targeted opponents. To date there's no evidence that it did. That's good for the president, but it may not be good for the country, because if the administration didn't target opponents, that would mean the IRS has become corrupt all on its own.

  • The IRS email scandal: Where's the outrage?

    June 18, 2014

    "Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy."

  • Obama has painted himself into a foreign-policy corner

    June 13, 2014

    The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring.

  • Reading between the lines of Clinton's 'Hard Choices'

    June 11, 2014

    Hillary Clinton's State Department memoir, "Hard Choices," has just come out, and who among us can contain their excitement?

  • Bergdahl's free, but at what cost?

    June 6, 2014

    There he goes again. At a press conference in Brussels Thursday, President Obama was asked if he was surprised by the controversy over his decision to trade Bowe Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban leaders.

  • Advice for presidential GOP candidates: Do your homework

    June 4, 2014

    Good for Rick Perry.

  • Mass killers hold culture -- and country -- hostage

    May 30, 2014

    Can we please stop holding the country hostage to crazy people?

  • Putin's well-worn fascist lies

    May 28, 2014

    Vladimir Putin, with the aid of his vast propaganda machinery, has convinced many Russians that the interim government in Ukraine is expressly Nazi and fascist. And while there were some neo-Nazi goons among the protesters who brought down the corrupt government of Victor Yanukovich, and there are definitely ultranationalists among the coalition resisting Moscow, it's simply a transparent lie that the current government is fascist.

  • Hillary's dilemma: How to distance herself from Obama

    May 23, 2014

    Hillary Clinton is in a pickle. She's a shoe-in for her party's presidential nomination because of Barack Obama's failures. But those failures might keep her from getting the job. Her husband's "law of politics" is that elections are always about the future, but she's stuck in the past.

  • The peculiar madness of 'trigger warnings'

    May 21, 2014

    Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of "trigger warnings."

  • Moral compass points toward retribution in Nigeria

    May 16, 2014

    Here's a question. If -- and this is a big if -- the United States could dispatch a swarm of heretofore secret super-drones to find and kill every member of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, would you be in favor of doing it?

  • Why Jeb Bush's turn may not come

    May 14, 2014

    What is happening to the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram is tragic. The sinking of the Titanic, the fall of Saigon, the British defeat at Gallipoli, the Dred Scott decision -- tragedies all. You can go on all day and all night listing terrible calamities and even lesser injustices, misfortunes and other evidence that life isn't fair. But you will probably collapse from exhaustion before you reach Jeb Bush's difficulty becoming the third President Bush.

  • Supreme Court rules on public prayer -- but should it?

    May 9, 2014

    The notion that something can simultaneously be wrong and constitutional really seems to bother a lot of people. Consider the Supreme Court's recent decision on public prayer.

  • Policing thought crime

    May 8, 2014

    In 1920, a bond salesman walked into Joseph Yenowsky's Waterbury, Conn., clothing store. Yenowsky was a tough sell. During their lengthy conversation, Yenowsky told the salesman he thought Vladimir Lenin, the Russian Bolshevik leader, was "the brainiest man" in the world. The bond salesmen turned Yenowsky in to the police for sedition. Yenowsky got six months in jail under a Connecticut statute.

  • Clayton Lockett: A just execution, regardless

    May 7, 2014

    Last week the state of Oklahoma "botched" an execution.

  • Whatever happened to free-speech panic?

    May 2, 2014

    After the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, members of the American left found one thing they could all agree on: America's Our First Amendment rights were in peril.

  • The myth of the wild

    April 30, 2014

    The pristine natural world has been gone for a long time; get used to it.

  • What principles rule the GOP?

    April 9, 2014

    For years, Republicans benefited from economic growth. So did pretty much everyone else, of course. But I have something specific in mind. Politically, when the economy is booming -- or merely improving at a satisfactory clip -- the distinction between being pro-business and pro-market is blurry. The distinction is also fuzzy when the economy is shrinking or imploding.

  • Obama's stand-up routine is laughable indeed

    April 4, 2014

    President Obama was doing his favorite thing this week: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something.

  • Climate activists uncaged

    April 3, 2014

    Finally, someone has come up with a way to settle the debate over climate change: Put the people on the wrong side of the argument in cages.

  • Jeb, Hillary and the case of tarnished political brands

    April 2, 2014

    Some Republican fat cats are trying to coax former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush -- brother and son to two former presidents -- into making a bid for the White House. Democrats have been less subtle. They've created a super PAC called Ready for Hillary, which is only slightly less obvious a gesture than constructing a giant neon sign reading "Run, Hillary, Run."

  • Don't assume liberals always put principles before profits

    March 28, 2014

    Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. This week he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms. Yee, a prominent foe of assault weapons, allegedly took bribes to set up a meeting between an undercover agent and an international arms dealer to broker the sale of automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. A lengthy FBI affidavit also describes Yee's ties to a Chinese triad and his desire to help out Islamist militants.

  • The emptiness of the right side of history

    March 21, 2014

    The right side of history is bunk.

  • Not your father's Cold War

    March 19, 2014

    Will everyone please stop talking about a new Cold War?

  • Obama deserves share of blame for millennial cynicism

    March 14, 2014

    In case you hadn't heard, young people these days -- aka "the millennials" -- are the most cynical and distrusting generation ever recorded. Only 19 percent think most people can be trusted. According to a big study from the Pew Research Center, they are less attached to marriage, religion and political institutions than Gen Xers, baby boomers and the other demographic flavors journalists love to use. They like their friends, their digital "social networks" and their toys, and that's about it. Not even a majority will call themselves "patriotic." Probably more dismaying for liberals: Of any living generation, they are the least likely to call themselves environmentalists.

  • Channeling Ronald Reagan in 2016

    March 12, 2014

    It's on! Ostensible allies for the last couple years, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have commenced the battle for the unofficial title of conservative front-runner. That's no surprise, but what is remarkable is their choice of weapons: foreign policy. For the last several years, there has been a lot of overblown hype about how the GOP, particularly the party base, is becoming isolationist. So it's interesting that Cruz would seek to get to Paul's right on the issue.

  • Obama in denial on Russia

    March 6, 2014

    Things are moving far too fast in Kiev, Moscow and Crimea to write about events there. But the past isn't going anywhere. Though you wouldn't know that from the way the Obama administration talks about it.

  • In the case of My Brother's Keeper, race does -- and should -- matter

    March 5, 2014

    President Obama announced last week a new race-based initiative, My Brother's Keeper.

  • Let authority of 'hidden law' rule in Arizona

    February 28, 2014

    Future historians will likely be flummoxed by the moment we're living in. In what amounts to less than a blink of an eye in the history of Western civilization, homosexuality has gone from a diagnosed mental disorder to something to be celebrated -- or else.

  • Want an America that works? Innovate, don't regulate

    February 26, 2014

    Down with stakeholders.

  • Want an America that works? Innovate, don't regulate

    February 26, 2014

    Down with stakeholders.

  • Liberal students have a funny definition of 'diversity'

    February 21, 2014

    Cancel the philosophy courses, people. Oh, and we're going to be shuttering the political science, religion and pre-law departments too. We'll keep some of the English and history folks on for a while longer, but they should probably keep their résumés handy.

  • Obama, the shrinking imperialist president

    February 19, 2014

    Of all the time-honored failings for which we criticize sitting presidents -- by "we" I mean pundits, academics and other members of the chattering phylum -- two charges stand out: imperialism and shrinkage. Usually it's one or the other.

  • Olympic coverage sweeps Soviet horrors under the rug

    February 14, 2014

    Hannah Arendt coined the term "the banality of evil" to describe the galling normalcy of Nazi mass murderer Adolf Eichmann. Covering his trial in Jerusalem, she described Eichmann as less a cartoonish villain than a dull, remorseless, paper-pushing functionary just "doing his job."

  • A too-early look at the 2016 presidential race: Bet on a dark horse

    February 12, 2014

    Of course it's too early to talk about 2016. Now that we've gotten that out of the way ...

  • Free the job-locked poets!

    February 7, 2014

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  • Think power inequality

    February 6, 2014

    On my wife's side, I have a very large family in Fairbanks, Alaska. Culturally, Fairbanks is a lot further from New York City (where I grew up) or Washington, D.C. (where I live now), than the several thousand miles on the map might suggest. Alaska wins a lot of comparisons, and not just the obvious ones such as physical beauty or salmon fishing. For instance, Alaska ranks second best in terms of economic equality (just behind Wyoming) while New York and the District of Columbia compete for dead last.

  • Free the Keystone XL pipeline, Mr. President

    February 5, 2014

    Welcome to the "year of action." In last week's State of the Union address, the president vowed to do whatever he must to help the economy, even if that means working around Congress: "What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."

  • Davis, Democrats sneak past inconvenient realities of abortion

    January 31, 2014

    Wendy Davis, a Democratic state senator running to replace Rick Perry as governor of Texas, owes her political stardom to two things: a pair of pink sneakers and her unstinting support for a woman's right to terminate a late-term pregnancy in a substandard clinic. Yay Feminism!

  • Hollywood, propaganda and liberal politics

    January 29, 2014

    The legendary media tycoon William Randolph Hearst believed America needed a strongman and that Franklin D. Roosevelt would fit the bill. He ordered his newspapers to support FDR and the New Deal. At his direction, Hearst's political allies rallied around Roosevelt at the Democratic convention, which some believe sealed the deal for Roosevelt's nomination.

  • Government overreliance: The devil is in the details

    January 24, 2014

    The Constitution is powerless against Satan.

  • A New York state of mind: Illiberal liberal values

    January 22, 2014

    On paper, "liberal intolerance" is something of an oxymoron, like "jumbo shrimp," "loyal opposition" or "conspicuous absence." But what makes oxymorons funny is that they are real things. There are jumbo shrimp. Absences can be conspicuous, opponents can be loyal, and liberals can be staggeringly and myopically intolerant.

  • President's poll numbers give Dems the midterm blues

    January 17, 2014

    It wasn't supposed to be like this.

  • The media and Chris Christie: Going overboard in New Jersey

    January 15, 2014

    What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference last week, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that are difficult to explain to people who weren't there or didn't get it.

  • Escaping the rat maze of the welfare state

    January 10, 2014

    This week marks the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," and as the joke goes, "Poverty won." Five decades after a blizzard of programs began descending on the American people, the poverty rate remains essentially unchanged.

  • Define income inequality

    January 9, 2014

    Democrats are revving up for a huge national "conversation" on income inequality. This is in no small part because the Obama administration and congressional Democrats would rather talk about anything other than Obamacare.

  • A millennial's Rolling Stone rant offers up some tired old 'solutions'

    January 8, 2014

    "In America," Oscar Wilde quipped, "the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience." And they often do it in the pages of Rolling Stone.

  • Will states' rights go to pot?

    January 3, 2014

    On Jan. 1, the Centennial State (it hasn't yet changed its nickname to "The Rocky Mountain High State") became the first place in the country to legalize marijuana sales for recreational purposes.

  • Myths to ditch in 2014

    January 1, 2014

    The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement.

  • 'Duck Dynasty' and a free society

    December 25, 2013

    Normally at this time of year, the culture-war fight is over a guy with a white beard. That's true again this year. What's different is that Phil Robertson has taken Santa's place, and instead of a war on Christmas, we have a war on "Duck Dynasty."