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The Poe Horizon

You have probably seen by now the viral Internet post about a fictional conversation between an Islamic terrorist and a Western “progressive.” I’ve received it a number of times in my e-mail and on social media, and I only just recently tracked down what seems to be its origin. It came from a Facebook post […]

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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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The Minority Con

Supporters of gay rights usually look to the left as their political sponsor and supporter, as the political faction they can count on to back them up with it matters. They had better take a closer look at the left’s reaction to the terrorist attack at that gay nightclub in Orlando, because it shows how […]

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The Phantom Menace (of Global Warming)

Top Stories of the Year: #5 It’s time to count down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2015 and reviewing my own coverage of them. We’ll start the countdown with #5, which is the least important of the big stories because it’s not about something that’s actually happening. […]

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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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No True Muslim

A British man shouted, “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv,” at a terrorist. What happened next won’t exactly blow your mind. In my recent list of tropes for the political use and misuse of terrorism, I included a form of argument called No True Muslim. It’s a play on an old form of circular reasoning known […]

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Know Your Tropes for the Political Exploitation of Terrorism

On Sunday, President Obama gave us another dull, rote speech on terrorism in which he promised to stay the course on whatever it is he thinks he’s doing about ISIS. And then lectured us about our intolerance. It was notable for only one thing: the presidential adoption of the Exactly What ISIS Wants trope. You […]

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Bill Nye the Propaganda Guy

You have no doubt come across the type of people who proclaim that they loooooove science. Why, they don’t just love science, they freaking love science. For the most part, they demonstrate this love not by actually making scientific discoveries or using science in their work, but by liking the right posts on Facebook. At […]

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It’s a National Security Election Now

This is a national security election now. That’s the upshot for domestic American politics of the massive terrorist attack in Paris. Is it too early to “politicize” this, to assess its impact on the presidential contest? Sorry, but this is what politics is for, particularly presidential politics. We’re picking the next commander-in-chief, someone who will […]

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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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