The Beginning of the End for Trump

It’s too early to declare the end of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but I think we can begin to see how it’s going to happen. Wednesday night, Trump initiated a kind of mini-meltdown in response to a comment from National Review editor Rich Lowry. On Fox News Channel, Lowry was asked to comment on Trump’s […]

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Is Immigration a Threat to Our Culture?

The candidacy of Donald Trump, built on a foundation of openly contemptuous anti-immigrant rhetoric, has invigorated the anti-immigration right. In addition to the cruder appeals—about foreigners “taking our jobs,” or outright appeals to racism (which Trump’s candidacy has brought out of the woodwork on social media)—there is a more subtle argument that has gained a […]

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Did the Real Republican Nominee Just Stand Up?

Last week, I highlighted a number of things to look for in the second Republican debate. The only really important one was: will the real nominee please stand up? My premise is that the three people at the top of the polls right now have never been elected to or served in public office, and […]

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What to Look for in Tonight’s Debate

Candidates for the Republican presidential nomination gather again tonight for their second debate. But a lot has changed since the first Republican debate, so here’s a preview of what to look for. Dr. Carson Will See You Now Or more to the point, you will see him. Ben Carson got a little lost at the […]

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The Uber Reaction

As a general rule, by the time politicians have discovered a supposed problem created by technology, and by the time they have gotten around to imposing new regulations to put a stop to it, the wave of innovation will have moved on and made it all irrelevant. I remember this very distinctly from the late […]

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Trump’s First Victim

So I have a question for all the people who said they were sick, sick, sick of the inside-the-Beltway, Washington, DC, Republican establishment, and they wanted Donald Trump to smash it to pieces. Did you think the first person you would take down in your fury would be…Rick Perry? Because that’s what just happened. No […]

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The Not-Trump-Not-Bush Primary

A lot of the support for Donald Trump is fueled by outrage against the Republican establishment. But those who ask us to understand this anger—as if it were a totally new phenomenon that none of us had ever noticed before—are ignoring the fact that Trump divides the right just as much as the establishment does. […]

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The War on the Brains of the Right

There’s an old story about a campaign stop for Adlai Stevenson, who ran against Eisenhower as the Democratic Party’s candidate in 1952 and 1956. Stevenson had a reputation as an intellectual and an idealistic “liberal,” and one of his supporters gushed that “you have the vote of every thinking person.” To which Stevenson replied, “That’s […]

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It’s Not That Donald Trump Doesn’t Know, It’s That He Doesn’t Care

Donald Trump has been whining about being bombarded with “gotcha questions” about the Middle East on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. I thought Hewitt was fairly gentle and respectful in the interview—see the transcript—and that Trump did a fine job of embarrassing himself with his ignorance of the players and issues in the region. But Trump’s […]

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Cognitive Scientist, Heal Thyself

The journal Science just published a blockbuster report from the Reproducibility Project led by University of Virginia psychology professor Brian Nosek. The group examined 100 prominent psychology research papers and made an exhaustive effort to independently reproduce their findings. The results were eye-opening, not just for the field of psychology, but also in light of […]

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