A Fiasco, But in a Good Way

The general consensus is that the Republican debate hosted last night by CNBC was a train wreck. And yeah, it was kind of a train wreck. The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemingway had warned that CNBC was choosing for their moderator a total pro-Hillary hack, John Harwood. Boy, did that turn out to be right. He and […]

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Killing Baby Hitler Is the Debate of Our Era

The New York Times Magazine caused a stir on Friday when it tweeted a question about the morality of killing baby Hitler. We asked @nytmag readers: If you could go back and kill Hitler as a baby, would you do it? (What's your response?) pic.twitter.com/daatm12NZC — NYT Magazine (@NYTmag) October 23, 2015 This kind of […]

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Hillary Is Finally Inevitable, and That’s Bad News for Democrats

Hillary Clinton has achieved her dream. She is finally inevitable. That’s the upshot of Joe Biden’s decision not to run for the Democratic nomination. He was the only candidate of stature who could still oppose her, especially given the prospect that he might have done so with the tacit support of President Obama. “Stature” is […]

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Why Student Loan Rates Should Be Higher

Bernie Sanders has been asking: What is the deal with student loan rates? It makes no sense that students and their parents pay higher interest rates for college than they pay for car loans or housing mortgages. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 15, 2015 Sorry, I can’t resist. Ever since seeing Larry David portray Sanders […]

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Why They Can’t Ruin Star Wars

So we just got our first look at the movie poster for the new Star Wars film, and hoo boy, it’s a hot mess. We can only hope that the plot of the film does not match this poster. I count 14 separate characters, and Luke Skywalker isn’t even one of them (unless he’s the […]

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What We Learned About the Democrats Last Week

We’ve had a few days from last week’s Democratic debate to digest the results and the reactions and to proceed from initial impressions to some firmer conclusions. I don’t just mean evaluations of the individual candidates but conclusions about the direction of the Democratic Party as a whole. What do the candidates and their messages […]

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All the Good Syria Options Are Over

President Obama has been criticized for his performance in his latest interview on “60 minutes.” The president certainly seemed wrong-footed and was non-responsive to Steve Kroft’s questions. But it wasn’t just because the president seems tired, impatient, and disengaged. (At one point, Kroft observes, “I know you don’t want to talk about this.”) It’s the […]

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The 25 Craziest Things Said at the Democratic Debate

Any presidential debate that involves Bernie Sanders is going to have its share of offbeat moments. But Tuesday night offered a little bit of nuttiness from everyone. Combing through the transcript of the debate, I found these 25 head-scratchers. Let the crazy flow. 1. “My name is Martin O’Malley, former Mayor of Baltimore.” Really, do […]

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The Sexual Revolution Turns Against Its Own

Hugh Hefner once declared that the audience for his magazine was men “between the ages of 18 to 80.” I think it’s fair to say that men from 18 to 80 were shocked and perhaps a little saddened at the report that Playboy will stop printing fully nude photos of women, opting instead for slightly […]

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The Real House Leadership Crisis

The big news of the past few weeks is the House Republicans’ revolt against John Boehner, who is being forced out as Speaker of the House, setting off an odd scramble over who can avoid taking his place. (The latest person to not want to be Speaker is Paul Ryan.) On social media, the running […]

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