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Who Punches the Nazi-Punchers?

Top Stories of the Year: #4 Yesterday, I started counting down the top five stories of 2017. Today we continue with number four. This year, an old evil that we thought was defeated began its resurrection. An ideology that killed millions in the 20th Century gained a band of fanatical young adherents who bellowed their […]

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The Great Sexual Harassment Awakening

Top Stories of the Year, #5 It’s time to count down the top five stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2017 and reviewing my coverage of them. At number five is a story that’s not really about politics, since it spans across party lines and ideology. It’s more a story […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is a grudging acknowledgement of the good parts of the Trump administration. 1. How to Succeed in War Without Really Trying Since this will be the last of these Sunday news roundups until the […]

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But He Fights (and Loses)

They told me I should keep my “elite media” nose out of it and let the voters in Alabama decide for themselves whether or not to elect Roy Moore as their next senator. Well, alright then. The voters decided, and they elected a Democrat. In Alabama. I think that’s a pretty definitive judgment about the […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is the strange contempt for science among its vocal defenders. 1. Whatever Happened to Freedom of Association? The latest adventure in coerced baking—the Supreme Court is hearing Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights […]

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Freedom-Fighter Cosplay

Employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employees, in an act of rebellion against their newly appointed acting director, have formed a group they call Dumbledore’s Army, named after a group of protagonists in the Harry Potter series. We might be tempted at this point to tell them to read another book. In this case, […]

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The Illusion of Nationalism

Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the upcoming Winter Olympics. This isn’t the partial ban imposed on Russia for the 2016 games. This time, Russia is being expunged from the Olympics. As the New York Times sums it up, “The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is the haphazard battle to reduce the scope of government regulation. 1. The (Tax) Law of Intended Consequences I haven’t commented yet on the tax bill just passed by the Senate, because there […]

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The Right’s Zimmerman Trial

The verdict in the Kate Steinle case is the political right’s version of the Zimmerman trial. You remember George Zimmerman, right? He was the overzealous neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin to death in Florida in 2012. With the help of misleading and oversimplified early media reports, many people—particularly on the left—filed the case […]

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What If Donald Trump Is Normal?

The Trump Era has brought us a campaign against a new moral crime known as “normalization.” When the New York Times published a journalistic profile of a rank-and-file white supremacist, it was accused or “normalizing Nazis.” The definition of “normalize” here seems to be: to describe an unpleasant reality in a factual manner. Apparently, nobody […]

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