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Of One Party and Clique

The Atlantic is a prominent old magazine, founded in 1857, and while it has drifted left over the years—like all long-established institutions—it has continued to hire a few writers from the right. This is in keeping with its original motto: “Of no party or clique.” It looks like they need to update that. A few […]

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Why Not to Defund Planned Parenthood

The big political question for the remainder of this congressional term is whether Republicans will be able to pass a vote to defund Planned Parenthood. The more important question, though, is whether it is at all proper for them to try. As an advocate of small government, I’m generally sympathetic to anything that takes federal […]

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The Memification of Planned Parenthood

The controversy over Planned Parenthood is in danger of being memified, which ensures that it will not be processed in a thoughtful, meaningful way—and also that it may have surprisingly little impact on the debate. When I finally got through the transcripts of the first video, I found the whole thing was a let-down. The […]

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Idle Minds Are the Culture War’s Workshop

Why are we suddenly having a full-blown culture war right now? Why is the news so dominated by gay marriage and abortion and the Confederate flag and witch hunts against supposedly sexist scientists? With all of the big economic and foreign policy issues still hanging out there, from ObamaCare to the debt to the impending […]

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What the Planned Parenthood Case Isn’t About

Last week, a pro-life group called the Center for Medical Progress released a video—in a short, edited form as well as a full-length version—of a conversation between Deborah Nucatola, an executive with the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and investigators who claimed to be setting themselves up as middlemen distributing organs and tissue from […]

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What Is Ted Cruz Running For?

LYNCHBURG, VA – What is Ted Cruz running for? I mean, he’s running for president, of course. But for what reason is he running? What is his goal, how is he selling himself to the voters—and what does he want to do with the office if he gets it? The Federalist asked me to go […]

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Religious Right Opposes Abortion, Women and Minorities Hardest Hit

Folks on the religious right may have thought that one of their major motivations was opposition to the practice of abortion. But no, Slate’s Amanda Marcotte informs them, their real motivation is defending segregation. The religious right, who liked to call themselves the “moral majority” at the time, actually organized around fighting to protect Christian […]

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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 Philosophy of Gosnell

Unlike the executive editor of the Washington Post, I did not just become aware of the Kermit Gosnell case. I wrote about it back when the indictment was first reported. On February 7, 2011, I mentioned Gosnell in the context of a “truce” between two wings of the right, the social conservatives and the more […]

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