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The art of the presidency | Spectator USA

The art of the presidency | Spectator USA

The Obamas loved Hamilton. It was the biggest show to hit Broadway since Cats or Rent, with ticket prices reaching four digits. Michelle, who urgently needs to read or visit the Sistine Chapel, called Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical the ‘best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life’.Hamilton was present at the dawn and eclipse of the Obama years. Miranda first publicly shared material from the musical at the White House’s inaugural Spoken Word evening in 2009. Seven years later, Lin-Manuel joined Barack for a cringe-inducing freestyle rap in the Rose Garden. Hamilton, the...

October 3, 2020
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A country for old men | Spectator USA

A country for old men | Spectator USA

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August 19, 2020
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You say you want a revolution? | Spectator USA

You say you want a revolution? | Spectator USA

In the early hours of May 30, after a night of violent protests in New York, two lawyers were  by the NYPD. Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, Princeton and Fordham graduates respectively, were charged with attempting to firebomb a police vehicle with a Molotov cocktail.Mattis and Rahman are now indicted on seven felony charges for which they could face life in prison. What drove two promising young professionals with top-flight educational credentials to risk everything like this?Gary Saul Morson, an expert on Russian literature at Northwestern University, offered an . ‘To me it’s...

June 24, 2020
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Would Joe Biden defund the police? | Spectator USA

Would Joe Biden defund the police? | Spectator USA

Thanks to the nature of digital media, the last 10 days can be seen in entirely different ways. On one feed rioters turn urban centers into scenes from a  movie, indiscriminately attacking people and property, advancing the cause of racial justice by burning down immigrant-run  and  a retired black police captain.On another feed, it is the cops who are running amok. Festooned with tactical gear and high-tech weaponry (or old-fashioned clubs), the police appear to attack people indiscriminately — from old  to young  out buying groceries to homeless guys in  — apparently for the crime of...

June 7, 2020
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