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The (One) Republican Accomplishment

Top Stories of the Year: #3 Number 3 in our countdown of the top stories of 2013 is the Republicans’ biggest accomplishment in recent years: the automatic spending cut known as the “sequester.” Naturally, Republicans have spent the last part of the year undoing this accomplishment. The sequester cuts were negotiated two years ago on […]

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Giving the World

A Holiday Gift Guide to Children’s Books In years past, I have occasionally offered some holiday gift-buying advice as Christmas approaches. This year, I wanted to share what we’ve discovered in a field that my wife and I have gotten to know pretty well over the past few years: children’s books. It is a field […]

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The End of ‘Islamic Democracy’

Top Stories of the Year: #4 With the beginning of the Arab Spring about three years ago, we entered the post-9/11 era—an era in which the biggest story is no longer the conflict between radical Islam and the West but instead is the Arab world’s conflict with itself. This is the year in which the […]

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Two Trials

Top Stories of the Year: #5 This is the time when I traditionally count down the top five stories of the year, as covered in The Tracinski Letter. This time, I’ll also be drawing on some of what I have written for my RealClearPolitics newsletter, where I have spent more time covering day-to-day politics. In […]

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The Unsung Legacy of Nelson Mandela

The memorial service for former South African prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela cemented the widespread portrayal of Mandela as a kind of secular saint—and the vilification of the American right for supposedly refusing to support him back in the 1980s. The truth about Mandela, it turns out, is a lot more interesting than that. First, let’s be […]

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True Believers

The Democrats have been going through the five stages of grief on ObamaCare. It started with denial, the insistence that the system was working just fine except for a few glitches on its website. Then there was anger, with a few left-leaning commentators venting their frustration with Obama for dropping the ball on the implementation […]

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ObamaCare Rage

“Barack Obama is a lying sack of garbage.” That was the exact sentence that went through my head when I opened my mailbox and saw the following message from my health insurance company. Soon most health plans must comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits that begin in 2014. Your employer will be reviewing […]

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The Bitcoin Experiment

I just came across a column from British financial commentator Liam Halligan that is one of the most terrifying things I’ve read in a while. It is nominally about the rise of Bitcoin, a recently invented “stateless” digital currency—but it is really about the decline of the big, traditional state-backed fiat currencies, most particularly the […]

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Ten Lessons of ObamaCare

President Obama is still trying to downplay the launch failure of ObamaCare as if it were just a few glitches on a website. No, it’s much more than that. It is a timeless demonstration of the failure of central planning, government regulations, and the entitlement state. It is a failure so total, so comprehensive, and […]

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Information-Age Philosopher-Kings

The award for Whiner of the Week goes to Salon’s Joan Walsh, who penned a water-carrying piece denying the disastrous launch of ObamaCare. She then hyperventilates about the response. I wrote a piece asking liberal critics of the ACA’s Web problems to take a larger perspective, and not rush to join the [semi-expurgated obscene word] […]

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