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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 internecine conflict within the left. 1. But Gorsuch! And Maybe More Such Falling back on the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is the clichéd response for Trump supporters who […]

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Notes on the State of Virginia

It’s always an election year in Virginia. Lucky us. Virginia is one of a very few states that doesn’t hold its state-level elections–for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, as well as for the state senate and House of Delegates–on the same years as presidential and congressional elections. Combine this with the fact that Virginia […]

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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 culture and whether or not anybody is allowed to have it. 1. The Great Non-Regulator But first another note about the only really big good thing about the Trump administration: the way […]

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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 re-emergence of totalitarian Marxism. 1. It Didn’t End with Robert E. Lee It didn’t end with Confederate monuments. Of course it didn’t. Now the new iconoclasts have come for George Washington. […]

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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 growth of “anti-humanism.” 1. Secular Anti-Humanism, Part 1 I remember back when conservatives used to complain about “secular humanism.” I always thought the second part, the “humanism” part, was off-base, particularly […]

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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 watching the good and bad aspects of the Trump administration play themselves out. 1. Quod Licet Iovi, Non Licet Bovi So far, in a spectacular failure, the Republican Congress has utterly failed […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

I’m experimenting today with a return to an older format: aggregating a few particularly interesting news stories that I want to recommend to you today. For a long time, I moved away from “news aggregation” because I was doing that kind of work for RealClearPolitics. Alas, I’m not doing that any more, so it makes […]

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Donald Trump Is Boring

There is a crisis in American politics. The crisis is that Donald Trump is boring. Normally, I wouldn’t mind a boring president. In fact, I prefer boring presidents. I like less drama, fewer scandals, and more focus on the issues—on actual legislative action and foreign policy decisions. But that’s not the good kind of boring […]

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Freedom Is Not Perfection

The congressional baseball game shooter was clearly motivated by political hatred of Republicans. This hatred was clearly fed and magnified by his listening to hysterical partisan rhetoric and participating in online discussions that reinforced his political biases, painted caricatures of the evil of his future targets, and reinforced his emotions of anger and resentment. But […]

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Success vs. Achievement

Is success good? Or is achievement better? Is there a difference? Well, yes, in a way. The words are frequently used interchangeably, and they are clearly closely related. In making a distinction between the two, I don’t intend to criticize anyone for not parsing the fine differences between them in everyday use, nor am I […]

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