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What Would It Mean to Win the Culture War?

After he forced something of a climbdown from the NFL on the national anthem protests, some were arguing that President Trump is winning the Culture War. But just because the other side is losing doesn’t mean you’re winning. Donald Trump versus the left strikes me as the Iran-Iraq Culture War, in the sense captured by […]

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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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Our Elites Are Corrupt, and I Hope That Doesn’t Surprise You

Breaking News: Hollywood is a den of iniquity. And in other stories, dog bites man. I really hope the Harvey Weinstein scandal was not a surprise to you. For most of us, it merely confirms what we already suspected about the prevailing moral standards in the entertainment industry. Hollywood is hypocritical and morally corrupt? Well, […]

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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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Worst. Resistance. Ever.

Jeff Sessions went to speak at Georgetown University yesterday, and students and faculty showed their “Resistance” to Donald Trump by bending down on one knee at Sessions’ arrival. No, really, you can’t make this up. Georgetown Law faculty arrives to take a knee in protest of Sessions’ appearance on campus. pic.twitter.com/aOEaUgAQAJ — Will Racke (@hwillracke) […]

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You Have to Pass Through It to Find Out What’s in It

I finally made it into the New York Times—sort of. In an effort to demonstrate that they are totally not in an ideological bubble, the Times has started a “Right and Left React” feature in which they link to and quote from various writers reacting to the latest controversy of the day. And look who’s […]

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#TakeTheKnee Is the Dead End of “Resistance” Culture

At a rally on Friday, President Trump said that the NFL should fire any players who copy Colin Kaepernick by going down on one knee when our national anthem is played. So this Sunday, dozens of NFL players dutifully responded by going down on one knee to show their “resistance” to Trump. That’s where we […]

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George W. Trump

Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations does its best to form a synthesis out of Steve Bannon’s nationalism and George W. Bush’s foreign policy—but it’s not exactly a coherent combination, and we can already see its blind spots. It has been a bit odd to see Bush-era neoconservatives applauding Trump’s speech, but it’s easy […]

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Why Are We So Uneasy About 9/11?

I didn’t plan to write anything for the anniversary of 9/11 this year, because I figure we’re at the point where we save the extended analysis for round-number anniversaries. It’s something I care about deeply, as longtime readers know, but they will also know that I have written a great deal about that attack and […]

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The Cackling-Maniacal-Laughter Schadenfreude Phase of the Trump Administration

For those of us who opposed Donald Trump from the beginning, we have passed beyond the #NeverTrump phase, past the “take what we can get” phase, and even past the cringing embarrassment that he’s the leader of our party. Now comes the cackling-maniacal-laughter schadenfreude stage. Yes, that’s right. This is so big that we need […]

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