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There Is No Reason Why Republicans Shouldn’t Fill the SCOTUS Vacancy | National Review

There Is No Reason Why Republicans Shouldn’t Fill the SCOTUS Vacancy | National Review

have every right to fill the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Please save your irate emails accusing me of hypocrisy, because I have never believed or advocated for the “Biden Rule” or the “McConnell Rule” or any other fantastical “rule” regulating the confirmation process, other than the prescribed constitutional method.In March , in the heat of the Merrick Garland debate, I argued that “the Republicans’ claim that the ‘people’ should decide the nominee is kind of a silly formulation,” and the best argument for denying Barack Obama another seat on the court was to...

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The Secret Life of Joe Biden | National Review

The Secret Life of Joe Biden | National Review

a classic of Seinfeld, Jerry is accused by his new girlfriend, a police officer, of being a fan of the tacky 1990s soap opera Melrose Place. When Jerry lies and denies it, she suggests putting him on a polygraph to find the truth. In an effort to beat the machine, Jerry seeks the advice of his masterfully mendacious friend, George Costanza, who tells him that his talents can’t be taught — “It’s like saying to Pavarotti, ‘Teach me to sing like you.’” Still, he leaves Jerry with a vital nugget of advice: “. . . Just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.”I think of this bit whenever...

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Sep 18
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When It Comes to Trump, Mattis Is No Hero | National Review

When It Comes to Trump, Mattis Is No Hero | National Review

is an extraordinarily self-serving chapter in Bob Woodward’s new book, , which relays a conversation between then-former Defense Secretary James Mattis and then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, in which the two contemplate taking “collective action” against the president of United States.Here’s the snippet:“I haven’t spoken out,” Mattis commiserated. He had maintained his silence since his resignation in December. “I’ve made my case before the president. He listened. In the end he just didn’t agree with me.” Trump’s disdain for the allies and decision to pull out of Syria with...

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Sep 16
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Woke History | National Review

Woke History | National Review

After seeing the absurdity of some professional historians on Twitter, I’ve wondered how long it would take for woke-y content to begin seeping into their work. I don’t mean books adopting 1619–style fabulism or tomes that theorize about the past, but rather straightforward academic histories. Well, I’m reading a new one on the Vikings, titled , by Neil Price — a book I assumed would be the kind of dense history I prefer. And there, on page 158, prefacing a discussion on sex roles in Viking society, I run into this:Today we have developed a rich vocabulary of identity and preference, of...

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Sep 15
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Biden’s Response to the Los Angeles Shooting Is Cynical Scaremongering | National Review

Biden’s Response to the Los Angeles Shooting Is Cynical Scaremongering | National Review

Despite his to name Beto “Hell Yes, We’re Going to Take Your AR-15” O’Rourke as gun czar, Joe Biden claims he doesn’t support confiscation of firearms, merely a friendly “voluntary buyback program” and a for law-abiding owners of so-called “assault weapons.”After two cops were ambushed in Los Angeles by gunmen this weekend, Biden that he’ll take “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines” and “weapons of war” off the streets. Setting aside the fact that the , why is Biden even talking about them now? The person who shot the deputies — at least, according to the video and reporting we have...

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Sep 14
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Democrats determined to treat November’s election as illegitimate — unless they win

Democrats determined to treat November’s election as illegitimate — unless they win

Thanks for contacting us. We've received your submission.A recent deep dive in the Washington Post, exploring various potential , found that in “every scenario except a Biden landslide, our simulation ended catastrophically.” According to the article, any other outcome is destined to spark “violence” and a “constitutional crisis.”Or, in other words, nice country you got there …Every assumption in the article is awash in the conspiratorial paranoia that’s infected the modern Democratic Party. It’s a world where Trump officials — played, quite implausibly, by Joe Biden partisans Michael...

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The Left’s Reaction to Woodward’s Coronavirus Scoop Is Revisionist History | National Review

The Left’s Reaction to Woodward’s Coronavirus Scoop Is Revisionist History | National Review

will have to live with the political fallout from his own ham-fisted to Bob Woodward that he downplayed the virus as an effort to calm Americans.It’s an incident that amplifies two of Trump’s most glaring weaknesses. First, his narcissism. No one, after all, forced Trump to give Woodward White House access or interviews. If he deluded himself into believing he could convince Woodward to frame his presidency in a positive light, that’s on him.Second, his complete lack of messaging discipline. The president’s unscripted rants and maximalist rhetoric have their moments in political warfare,...

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Sep 10
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Democrats Promise to Bring California-Style Blackouts to Everyone | National Review

Democrats Promise to Bring California-Style Blackouts to Everyone | National Review

Gotta say, it was bold of Democratic Party convention organizers to let voters know they plan on passing federal energy policies that would transform the rest of the country into California. The Golden State is experiencing rolling blackouts even as the Democrats speak. Millions of people are having their electrical power turned off in the middle of a heat wave — more specifically, their air conditioners. Blackouts aren’t merely an inconvenience, it is an economic drag and dangerous to vulnerable populations.California doesn’t have enough reliable power — which is to say fossil-fuel and...

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Aug 20
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History Keeps Proving John Kerry Wrong | National Review

History Keeps Proving John Kerry Wrong | National Review

took approximately 20 seconds for former secretary of state John Kerry to drop the first flagrant lie in his Democratic National Convention speech , when he claimed that the Obama administration’s so-called Iran deal had “eliminated the threat of an Iran with a nuclear weapon.” It didn’t get any better from there.Kerry knows well that sunset provisions in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) provided Iran’s government with a pathway to building nuclear weapons in a few years. He knows well that Israel a giant cache of documents with instructions on how to jumpstart a program to...

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Aug 19
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Kamala Harris, Imaginary Centrist | National Review

Kamala Harris, Imaginary Centrist | National Review

the end of the 2020 campaign, president-in-waiting Kamala Harris will have been transformed into the greatest exemplar of judicious centrism and political level-headedness in American history.“Kamala Harris comes from the middle-of-the-road, moderate wing of the Democratic Party” claims George Stephanopoulos. Though the New York Times was the first to call Joe Biden’s running mate a “pragmatic moderate,” CNN concurred, as did a reporter on CNBC, who noted that that Harris is “widely considered a moderate Democrat.” The Associated Press claims that she was for her “centrist record.” A writer...

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Aug 13
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Kamala Harris’s Former Press Secretary Is the Face of Twitter Censorship | National Review

Kamala Harris’s Former Press Secretary Is the Face of Twitter Censorship | National Review

When CNN hired Sarah Isgur, a former Jeff Sessions spokeswoman and now staff writer at The Dispatch, last year to be a political editor at its Washington bureau, left-wing types put on a full-court press to smear her professionalism. The CNN newsroom — which, last I looked, included former Obama official Jim Sciutto — was reportedly “” by her very presence. Conservatives, and it’s probably fair to say that Isgur is a pretty moderate one, aren’t welcome in mainstream journalism. We don’t need to go through all the numbers and polls to stress this point. Journalists have long jumped between...

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Aug 12
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Kamala Harris’s Relentless Pursuit of Power | National Review

Kamala Harris’s Relentless Pursuit of Power | National Review

New York Times that Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick Kamala Harris is a “pragmatic moderate,” which is either the usual misleading bias or a sign that the Overton Window is about to fall off the edge of the political spectrum. To judge Harris by her own words and deeds is to be confronted by a candidate who is more antagonistic towards the Constitution than perhaps any to appear on a presidential ticket in modern times — and maybe ever.The fact that Harris will say and do anything for power is evident in her very acceptance of Biden’s offer. It’s going to be fascinating to watch Harris...

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Barack Obama’s Ugly Filibuster Hypocrisy | National Review

Barack Obama’s Ugly Filibuster Hypocrisy | National Review

April of 2005, Senator Barack Obama took to the floor of the United States Senate and passionately spoke out against Republican efforts to end the filibuster. Then a rising star in the Democratic Party, Obama noted that despite the pressure partisans might feel, it was imperative to “rise above an ‘ends justify the means’ mentality because we’re here to answer to the people — all of the people — not just the ones wearing our party label.”This week, Obama made precisely the opposite argument during John Lewis’s funeral, that eliminating a vital check on partisan power was justified as long...

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Why Seth Rogen’s Anti-Israel Rant Matters | National Review

Why Seth Rogen’s Anti-Israel Rant Matters | National Review

probably won’t be surprised to learn that Seth Rogen has, at best, a facile understanding of basic history, faith, or politics. We shouldn’t expect anything else. His job is to act. The problem, though, is that Rogen increasingly feels the need to share his illiterate opinions about serious issues with millions of people.This week, in an appearance on Marc Maron’s popular (and excellent) podcast, Rogen claimed he was “fed a huge amount of lies about Israel” growing up, and he now questions the legitimacy of the Jewish state’s existence.Why does it matter? Well, Maron has more downloads than...

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Jul 29
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The Chicago Gun Myth | National Review

The Chicago Gun Myth | National Review

tragically incompetent mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, CNN’s State of the Union this weekend to deflect attention from the horror show unfolding in her city by blaming interlopers for its spiking murder rate: “We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons — that is hurting cities like Chicago.”Although these accusations have leveled by Chicago politicians for decades now, they are a myth.For one thing, there is no state in the nation with “virtually no gun control” or “no background checks.” Every time...

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Jul 27
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The Problem in Portland Isn’t the Law; It’s the Lawlessness | National Review

The Problem in Portland Isn’t the Law; It’s the Lawlessness | National Review

some occasional looting, chaos, property damage, trespassing, rioting, graffiti, assaults, arson, and general mayhem, the media consistently assures us that Antifa “protesters” are “largely peaceful.” And since the majority of buildings in Portland, Seattle, and Denver haven’t been looted yet, who am I to argue?Of course, it takes only a sliver of the population to transform downtowns into a mess and create quality-of-life issues for thousands of law-abiding citizens. And the mayors who surrender parts of their cities to left-wing “protesters” are tacitly endorsing lawlessness...

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Jul 22
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There’s No Such Thing as a Federal Mask-Wearing Mandate | National Review

There’s No Such Thing as a Federal Mask-Wearing Mandate | National Review

Reporters keep asking White House press secretary if the president will a mask-wearing mandate. Journalists keep about federal mandates. House speaker Nancy Pelosi a federal mandate on mask wearing is “long overdue.” Joe Biden that if he’s elected this November, he would require all Americans to wear masks in public.Have any reporters every wondered which federal agency would be tasked with forcing Nevadans or Texans to wear masks in public? Or under what constitutional power Biden can enact a mask-wearing ban in Vermont? Will he just sign an executive order? Or will he just declare a...

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Jul 17
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Who Funds the Lincoln Project? Exactly Whom You Expect | National Review

Who Funds the Lincoln Project? Exactly Whom You Expect | National Review

If the Lincoln Project was exclusively campaigning against Donald Trump, one might be tempted to believe it wasn’t merely an arm of the Democratic Party. If one of its co-founders, John Weaver, hadn’t been registered as a foreign agent lobbying for a Russia-owned nuclear-energy company against U.S. sanctions , one might accept that the group believed the conspiracy theories it spreads. If the group wasn’t working against the moderate Republicans senators for the sin of supporting originalist Supreme Court justices, who will transcend the Trump presidency and help preserve the traditional...

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Jul 15
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The Shameless Gaslighting by Andrew Cuomo’s Defenders | National Review

The Shameless Gaslighting by Andrew Cuomo’s Defenders | National Review

March 25, New York governor Andrew Cuomo made one of deadliest mistakes of the coronavirus crisis, signing an executive order nursing homes in his state to accept patients who tested positive for coronavirus. Around 4,800 New Yorkers died from COVID-19 in those nursing homes from March to May — approximately 25 percent of all fatalities in the state.Many medical professionals opposed the policy. A report by ProPublica, certainly no right-wing outlet, that deaths had spiked after Cuomo’s order. States issuing similar policies — Michigan and New Jersey — saw similar disasters unfold.By any...

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Destroy the ‘Public’ Education System | National Review

Destroy the ‘Public’ Education System | National Review

schools have been a catastrophe for the United States. This certainly isn’t an original assertion, but as we watch thousands of authoritarian brats tearing down the legacies of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, it’s more apparent than ever.State-run schools have undercut two fundamental conditions of a healthy tolerant society. First, they’ve created millions of civic illiterates who are disconnected from long-held communal values and national identity. Second, they’ve exacerbated the very inequalities that trigger the tearing apart of fissures.If you’re interested in ferreting out...

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The Left’s Coronavirus Narrative Is a Myth | National Review

The Left’s Coronavirus Narrative Is a Myth | National Review

To this point, 71 percent Americans have died in New York nursing homes than have died in the entire state of Florida, which not only has a larger population but a population that skews older. To this point, New York’s death rate has been ten times larger than Florida’s. So, naturally, liberals are busy concocting a narrative that holds that the failures of the American response to coronavirus have been the fault of Trumpian nihilists in the Red States.The “toxic imbecility” of Republicans is people killed, writes Max Boot. “Trumpism, not polarization, drives America’s disastrous...

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Replace Everything Woodrow Wilson with Warren Harding | National Review

Replace Everything Woodrow Wilson with Warren Harding | National Review

has that it plans to remove the name of former president Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views. Other institutions with Wilson’s name will likely be pressured to follow suit.Good riddance, Woodrow. Wilson was one of the most despicable characters in 20th-century American politics: a national embarrassment. The Virginian didn’t merely hold racist “views;” he re-segregated the federal civil service. He didn’t merely involve the United States in a disastrous war in Europe after promising not to do so; he threw political opponents and anti-war...

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2020: Year Zero? | National Review

2020: Year Zero? | National Review

hearing the mob pass by his window, French revolutionary (of 1848) Alexander Ledru-Rollin quickly began getting dressed to go outside. When asked what he was doing, Ledru-Rollin replied, “There go the people. I must follow them. I am their leader.”Now, the Ledru-Rollin quote is surely apocryphal, but it’s the best way I could think of to describe our useless political class. I’m not just talking about those who patronize minority voters by putting on African garb and kneeling for nine minutes, but rather those who know better but are too terrified to speak up as American history is being...

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Jun 26
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‘Moral’ History vs. Factual History | National Review

‘Moral’ History vs. Factual History | National Review

Here is something Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez this week:Latinos are black. . . . We have to have conversations around “colorism,” and we have to have conversations around the African and indigenous roots from which we come and how that’s reflected in systems of power.The above is gibberish — ahistorical, unscientific, pseudo-intellectual gibberish. In a sane world this kind of rhetoric — which is littered with completely vacuous buzzwords — would be consigned to the Xeroxed pages of a ‘zine that had been stapled together by a bunch of social-justice majors in Boulder, not repeated...

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Jun 23
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It Doesn’t Matter Whether DACA Is Popular | National Review

It Doesn’t Matter Whether DACA Is Popular | National Review

I understand that procedural arguments are boring, ineffective, and passe, and that fewer and fewer American are moved by them. But we might want pollsters and media outlets to understand the difference between policy outcomes and constitutional process.Take a look at this non sequitur:The Supreme Court's rejection of Trump's attempt to end the program aligns with findings from survey showing that Americans broadly support legal status for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children— Neil G. Ruiz (@neil_ruiz)As with the Supreme Court’s recent re-imagining of Title VII protections,...

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