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‘House of Cards’ Collapses

By | November 25th, 2018|Comments Off on ‘House of Cards’ Collapses
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The wooden, zebra-striped arm—the mechanical limb attached to a squat torso—where cars stop and drivers lower their windows and strain to accept a paper wafer of a ticket before they circumnavigate the levels of this hellish parking garage, before they park their cars and check their teeth in the rear-view windows of their respective sports cars, before they enter the lobby of Netflix’s headquarters in Hollywood, California, to pitch their ideas for the sixth and final season of “House

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Required Reading – November 21 Evening Update

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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Mikelionis: Democrat Mississippi Senate hopeful misled about $750G lobbying contract with African despot

“Fox News can reveal that Espy was paid $750,000 in 2011 by then Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo’s government. The payment appears to contradict Espy’s previous statements that he accepted just a portion of it. […] Espy represented the African ruler who lost the 2010

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Required Reading – November 21 Afternoon Update

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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Baumann: Bombshell: Court Rules Hillary MUST Answer Additional Questions About Her Email Scandal Under Oath

“U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled on Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 30 days to answer additional questions about her email scandal. The decision comes after Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit to obtain additional information from

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Required Reading – November 21

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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Chang: No Deal With China Is the Best Deal for America

“Vice President Mike Pence in a stinging interview aboard Air Force Two on November 13, chastised China and rebutted critics of Trump policy. In doing so, he staked out a position not up to now heard in post-Eisenhower Washington.”

Read more at National Interest.

 

Bannister: Poll: 25% Follow Trump on Social Media; More Liberals

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Required Reading – November 19 Evening Update

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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Joondeph: Thanks, NeverTrumpers. Are You Happy Now?

“Slowly but steadily the election is being overturned. Republican victories on election night are either being contested or have already been overturned, a week later morphing into Democrat victories. Funny that. Were any election night Democrat victories overturned a week later due to the miracle of uncounted or provisional

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Required Reading – November 19 Afternoon Update

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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Miller & Varney: Republican activists claim 15 ballot box tags as proof of Florida election fraud

“Bikers for Trump leader Chris Cox bustled through the throng of protesters at the Broward County elections office at the heart of the Florida recount fandango, drawing attention to colored zip-tie tags found on the ground near the building’s loading dock. Mr. Cox and a crowd of

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Required Reading – November 19

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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Dinan: Flake to halt judicial nominees until Mueller protection bill passed

“Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday that he will not vote to advance any new judicial nominees through the Judiciary Committee, nor will he vote to confirm picks on the Senate floor, until he gets his way on unrelated legislation to prevent the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. Flakemade the

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November 22, 1963

By | November 18th, 2018|Comments Off on November 22, 1963
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It was not the last word he said, but it was the final word he may have heard. It began in the morning and ended that same day with the nation—and the free world—in mourning. It was both a sentiment and a sight. It was written on signs and placards. It was the name of the site itself. It was the spirit of the city, from the field where he landed to the feeling the state’s first lady expressed when she said: “Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you.”

They loved him before

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‘As You Wish’: Remembering William Goldman

By | November 16th, 2018|Comments Off on ‘As You Wish’: Remembering William Goldman
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William Goldman was the 10th dentist, the outlier among the nine out of 10 dentists who recommend Crest. Untrained and unlicensed, he did more to fight cavities than a global communist conspiracy to fluoridate America’s water supply. His secret: a Nazi dentist—redundant, I know—who introduced himself to patients, before introducing the instruments of torture, by way of an innocuous question; a banal inquiry: “Is it safe?”

Cut to Laurence Olivier as Dr. Christian Szell, “The White

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Eyewitness to Hell: The Woolsey Fire

By | November 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Eyewitness to Hell: The Woolsey Fire
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The demonic-shaped face of a cyclone, with two fireballs for eyes—the earthly equivalent of solar flares, with long filaments of plasma—whose pursed lips are like the world’s largest vacuum, suctioning all the dust and debris from the Great Basin—all the sand of Nevada, all the sediment of Oregon, all the stones of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming—until that vacuum becomes a gun barrel; unleashing a fusillade of wind, heat, and fury; unleashing over 5,000 years of accumulated rage, as it

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A Tribute to Stan Lee

By | November 13th, 2018|Comments Off on A Tribute to Stan Lee
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Picture the scene transition—the spin, the blur, and the fade-away—as we segue from footage of the Hitler Youth to a fleet of newspaper delivery trucks outside Grand Central Station in New York City, where the roll-up doors open and drivers hurl stacks of comic books—of the same comic book—bundled together with twine, as the camera zooms in on the debut cover of “Captain America” in which the titular hero punches Hitler in the face, while the Gestapo point their rifles and machine

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The Peace to Begin All Wars

By | November 12th, 2018|Comments Off on The Peace to Begin All Wars
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It was a punitive peace, filled with malice and free of magnanimity. It was a victory as unchristian as it was uncharitable, enacted by moralists and enforced by militants: an affront to all who sought to preserve what was pragmatic and true; who could no more imagine the dissolution of Christendom than they could foresee the rise of the crooked cross of German tyranny; who could no more envision the collapse of the Russian Orthodox Church than they could picture the crimes of the Russian

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The Holy Trinity of the Totalitarian Left

By | November 9th, 2018|Comments Off on The Holy Trinity of the Totalitarian Left
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In just the few days since the midterm elections, the Left again has shown its brazen disregard for our historical and cultural norms and their contempt for the rule of law:   

Mobs were sent to intimidate political opponents into silence: Tucker Carlson’s wife was cornered in her pantry, and this was met only with media silence and no arrests by the police.

Voter Fraud has been deployed in order to steal elections they cannot otherwise win: Florida, with corrupt election

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Identity Politics is Interested in You

By | November 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Identity Politics is Interested in You
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You might not be interested in identity politics, but identity politics is interested in you. Conservatives, including those of a nationalist bent, love to tout the universality of their principles and denigrate the “tribalism” of the Left. This is all well and good, save for one detail: Leftist tribalism marches on, unfazed.

On Tuesday night, Ted Cruz, conservative Senator extraordinaire, kept his Senate seat by the skin of his teeth in Texas, the traditional stronghold of

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Nunes Wins, Democrats Lose a Top-Tier Grudge Race

By | November 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Nunes Wins, Democrats Lose a Top-Tier Grudge Race
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There were a handful of prolific Republicans who the Left really wanted to defeat on Tuesday: Senator Ted Cruz (they didn’t), Rep. Ron DeSantis (they didn’t), Rep. Steve King (they didn’t) and Rep. Devin Nunes (they didn’t).

Nunes became a target of the Left and some anti-Trump Republicans for his unwavering leadership in exposing the biggest political scandal in U.S. history: How the Obama administration weaponized the country’s law enforcement and intelligence apparatus to spy on a rival

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A Blue Wave Is Not a Welcome Sight

By | November 6th, 2018|Comments Off on A Blue Wave Is Not a Welcome Sight
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No political loss is permanent, just as no political victory is a mandate for permanent rule. Let us remember this fact if or when a blue wave rises and crashes from the Carolinas to the coastline of California, because the wave I refer to—the one pollsters talk about—is a tsunami: not a tidal wave but a wave of displacement, whose force is inexorable, whose fury is inordinate, whose fallout is inevitable.

To associate the tides with the timing of an election is to misunderstand the nature

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On Not Missing Paul Ryan

By | November 5th, 2018|Comments Off on On Not Missing Paul Ryan
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Before Paul Ryan boxes up his library of P90X DVDs and paperback copies of the collected works of Ayn Rand, before he relinquishes his gavel as Speaker of the House—an item more suitable for resistance training than fighting #TheResistance—before he returns to the state of Wisconsin, with a possible layover at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street in which he may convert his intelligence about how the federal government works into his own private works project, let us ask: Between

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The GOP’s Golden State Surprise

By | November 5th, 2018|Comments Off on The GOP’s Golden State Surprise
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The political handicappers at the Cook Political Report rate 47 GOP-held House seats as “Toss-up or worse” according to their latest report.

But if you examine the data from the six toss-up or lean Democratic seats and one “Lean GOP” seat in California, the political know-it-alls are pretty ignorant.

Cook’s prognosticators put outgoing Rep. Darrell Issa’s seat (CA-49) as “Likely Democratic” while Nate Silver’s team at FiveThirtyEight give the GOP an absurdly low chance of

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WashPo/ABC News Poll Has Ominous News For Democrats

By | November 4th, 2018|Comments Off on WashPo/ABC News Poll Has Ominous News For Democrats
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Despite the headlines about an eight-point advantage for Democrats in the generic congressional ballot, the detailed results of today’s Washington Post/ABC News poll should make most Democratic Party leaders and their billionaire benefactors sweat.

First, the eight-point gap represents a five-point drop from the same poll just three weeks ago, when Democrats had a 13-point advantage. (Like most polls, the sample favors Democrats by six points among registered voters.)

But even more ominous for

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Facebook’s Book of Lies

By | October 31st, 2018|Comments Off on Facebook’s Book of Lies
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What do you get when you intersperse the ominous-sounding narration of PBS’s “Frontline” with the patois of a (Silicon) Valley Girl, whose resume belies her you-know-like-wow series of reaction shots to allegations that Facebook is an online sieve of personal data and social division, whose corporate newspeak fails to address the proliferation of fake news and bogus accounts on the world’s biggest platform for groupthink and the promotion of chain letters?

The answer confirms that

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The Darkest Hour: Government by the Head of HR

By | October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on The Darkest Hour: Government by the Head of HR
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When did private rules overrule public rights? When did the Department of Human Resources become more powerful than the Police Department, minus the right to exercise deadly force, because bureaucrats can just as easily end a life by ending a person’s livelihood? They do not have to fire a shot or strike a blow to inflict maximum damage against someone who breaks the rules, not when what is constitutional elsewhere is unacceptable within a place of work. Not when the hours are long, and grow

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Give Max’s Foundering Memoir the Boot

By | October 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Give Max’s Foundering Memoir the Boot
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I am more familiar with the work of Levi Strauss than I am the writings of Leo Strauss, except to say: where one made dungarees strong enough to withstand the strain of shoveling dung, the other made it easy to know who was full of shit. Regarding the latter, you do not have to own a pair of Levi’s, though you should wear a set of gloves, when turning the pages of Max Boot’s latest collection of bullshit, The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.

You do not have to parse his

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The Decline and Fall of the Alt Right

By | October 29th, 2018|Comments Off on The Decline and Fall of the Alt Right
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Recently, I wrote a piece at this website detailing my own experiences with the political movement known as the “Alt Right,” and explaining why its trajectory since its high water mark in 2016 has made me regard it as a stillborn mess. Moreover, I predicted that the movement would degenerate even further into obscurity and ignominy, as President Trump’s mainstream nationalism removed its one comparative advantage over other movements.
In fact, I argued, President Trump’s success at
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Election Day Is No Day of Democracy

By | October 24th, 2018|Comments Off on Election Day Is No Day of Democracy
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The confessional and the voting booth are the respective icons of religion and our civil religion:  symbols of continuity—sacraments built to last—in which the former is as regal as any carriage and as rich as any coach, with its Solomonic columns and its solemn statues, with its decorative doors and its screened compartments; while the latter is where the penitent expresses his patriotism, not by arms but through the armaments of peace, as the gear-and-lever systems of old close the

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