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How Democrats Won the Gun Control Sit-In

The Democrats’ House gun-control sit-in was a failure and was always destined to be a failure from the standpoint of actually moving any gun control legislation. No bill, no break? Not really. Paul Ryan ended the current congressional session, and eventually everyone just filtered out. But maybe it was a success after all, just at […]

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Symbolic Self-Liquidation

The first and most obvious thing about the House Democrats’ gun-control sit-in is that it is, as usual, purely symbolic. No legislation was or is going to come from it, and everybody knew this going in. I pointed this out before during a similar pseudo-filibuster intended to push global warming legislation. The point is not […]

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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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Gun Control and the Unconstitutioned

The latest attempt to politicize a shooting has Hillary Clinton promising to impose new gun control provisions by unilateral executive action. If Congress refuses to act to end this epidemic of gun violence, I’ll take administrative action to do so. -H — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 5, 2015 This echoes President Obama’s vow, in the […]

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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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Rogue States, Domestic Edition

My friend and occasional Tracinski Letter contributor Jack Wakeland has been giving me a hard time because I haven’t been covering very much of the debate over new gun control measures after the Newtown massacre. He’s right, of course, so below I am copying some of Jack’s comments on the issue, and as a special […]

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Tracinski’s Rule of American Politics

Years ago, I formulated Tracinski’s Rule of American Politics, which states that the left must be suppressed, hounded, mocked, vilified, and made to feel ashamed of itself. The idea is that we need to keep their heads down and keep them on the defensive, because the moment they feel confident and emboldened, they will attempt […]

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Liberty and Security

I promised no more posts on the massacre in Connecticut, but the hysteria over it keeps reverberating, and the left—which has foolishly been allowed to wield political power again—is using it in an attempt to revive gun control. So let me offer a brief note about the hysteria. Whenever there is a shocking tragedy like […]

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There Oughta Be a Law

This and the next note will (hopefully) be my last comments on the Newtown massacre. It’s not a subject any of us is eager to dwell upon, and it is elevated into a weeks-long national obsession only because of the political advantage some people are trying to extract from it. I argued recently for putting […]

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Reason and Emotion in Newtown

I had prepared a full slate of other news items to cover today, but it doesn’t look like I will be able to talk about anything before addressing yesterday’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The story is quite emotionally disturbing, even more so than the school shootings we’ve seen in the past because most of the […]

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