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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 the strange contempt for science among its vocal defenders. 1. Whatever Happened to Freedom of Association? The latest adventure in coerced baking—the Supreme Court is hearing Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights […]

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The Coming Era of Crisis

What interests me about the Roy Moore scandal is not so much the actual scandal. “Grandstanding politician abuses his position to get away with creepy sexual behavior” is a story as old as politics itself. What is more interesting is one particular line of reasoning being used to make excuses for Moore. Here it is […]

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Victor Davis Hanson on World War II

I occasionally pinch hit as a guest host of The Federalist Radio Hour. Yesterday, I was called on to do an interview with historian Victor Davis Hanson about his new book, The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won. It was a very interesting and enlightening 45 minutes, discussing the […]

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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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Our Multiple-Choice Strategy in Syria

The United States has launched air strikes against the Syrian regime, but do we have a strategy for Syria yet? Judging from the past few days, we have too many. Launching a couple dozen missiles to blow up a runway at an airbase controlled by the regime may or may not sound impressive, but in […]

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The Trump Threat Level Is: Elevated

Three weeks into the Trump administration, is the new president living down to our worst fears, or is he doing better than expected? Let me put this in terms borrowed from the old color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System. The current Trump Threat Level is: Elevated. That’s the middle level, the yellow one between High and […]

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Putin’s Mini-Me

Can we get past the “we have to understand the discontent that gave rise to Trump” stage of the Republican primary and move on to the “this dangerous buffoon can’t be allowed anywhere near the White House” stage? I ask because Vladimir Putin just weighed in on the US election and basically endorsed Trump, calling […]

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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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Obama’s New War Czar

President Obama’s foreign policy is adrift, but there’s one good way to bring it back into focus. He needs to appoint a “czar,” someone decisive and results-oriented, someone who will take this whole Syria debacle and give it direction and control. But you know, if you’re going to choose someone for a position modeled on […]

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