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How To Be Irrelevant

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Donald Trump Learns His Lesson Explaining her vote not to remove President Trump in the impeachment trial, Senator Susan Collins of Maine expressed her hope that “the president has learned from this case.” The message she thought he would take from it is that “he will be […]

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Do You Hear the People Sing?

Top Stories of the Year: #1 I have to admit that this newsletter is biased. I have a philosophical bias toward a belief in the efficacy of the good, which means that what the good guys are doing to save the world is always more important than what the bad guys are doing to mess […]

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Viva la Revolución

A few weeks ago, the simmering conflict in Venezuela reached a crisis point when Interim President Juan Guaido called for the Venezuelan military to join him in overthrowing socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro. The prospect of an immediate uprising fizzled, so the conflict has settled in for the long haul. It’s not over, and just this […]

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Who Resists the Resistance?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Viva la Revolución “Democratic socialism” has finally achieved its usual end-state in Venezuela: mass shootings of innocent civilians by government goons. I’ll warn you that the reporting on this has been pretty awful, and in the link I just gave, even Jake Tapper—who ought to know better—refers […]

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The Democratic Party’s CREEPs

Donald Trump is neither a good president nor a particularly popular one. To oppose him effectively, serve as a counterbalance, and even attract many votes from reasonable people in the next presidential election, all the Democratic Party has to do is to present a sane, moderate alternative, behind which the broad mainstream of American voters […]

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Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

In Venezuela over the weekend, a socialist regime seeking to block humanitarian aid shot protesters and burned trucks carrying food across the border. Dictator Nicolas Maduro would rather see his people starve and see infants dying in hospitals for lack of medical care than risk relinquishing power. So it is clear, in the minds of […]

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Upstairs, Downstairs

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Undemocratic Socialism There is a lot going on with Venezuela right now, and I’ll get to that in a moment. But first, a piece I sent out to subscribers of this newsletter on February 4 under the title, “The Lessons of Venezuela,” has just been published in […]

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The Lessons of Venezuela

Rep. Ilhan Omar, the newest Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has had a contentious first month in Washington, centered on her multiple anti-Semitism controversies. But it was the first demonstration of her official duties on the Foreign Affairs Committee that might be more disturbing, and indicative of not only the radicalism of […]

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The “Migrant Caravan” Is Just Theater

I have not covered the “migrant caravan” because I am not a theater critic. But a fair bit of politics is theater, particularly around election time, and Trump has decided to make the caravan into his closing pitch for the midterm elections. This is just theater, for both sides. There is some evidence the caravan […]

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World News Roundup

American politics is more of a circus than usual these days, and aside from distracting us from the really important domestic issues–the growing economy, but also this administration’s total failure to rein in government spending and debt–it also distracts us from what is going on in the rest of the world. So I decided it […]

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