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Today is Helen Keller’s birthday. Here are quotes, links, some history, and a selection of (non-PC) jokes. 14 of History’s Craziest Baldness Cures. Would Your Dog Eat You if You Died?  Awkward Pregnancy Photos. How Animals Develop Regional...Show More Summary

SCOTUS's Good News for Medical Conscience

The State of Missouri cannot discriminate against a church school’s request for a generally available grant based on religion, the SCOTUS has ruled. Having very quickly read the ruling–I won’t get into most of its intricacies–the Court’s ruling seems...Show More Summary

Why Keep Colleges from Being Responsible Lenders?

Putting the federal government into the business of financing higher education was a great blunder, with adverse consequences daily. Among those consequences is the fact that some 8 million Americans are now in default on loans thatShow More Summary

Three Thoughts on the Masterpiece Cakeshop Cert Grant

Today the Supreme Court granted review in Masterpiece Cakeshop v.  Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This is an important — and dangerous — case for civil liberties. It involves a bakery owner who refused to bake a custom cake for a gay wedding, and Justice Kennedy may well be the swing vote. Show More Summary

In the U.K., Normalcy Returns to the Tory Administration

Today’s deal between the Tories and the Democratic Unionists is one more sign that at least a limited normalcy is returning and that the Tory administration is likely to remain in office for several years, possibly for a full parliamentary term of five years — as argued in yesterday’s column. Show More Summary

A Space Needle, Spaciness, Needles . . .

In Impromptus today, I have a few notes on Seattle — about its go-go capitalism, for example. (There is more than flakiness in Seattle.) I have received several e-mails from Seattle — not from City Hall, but from residents. I would like to publish one of them. Show More Summary

Senator Sanders's Wife Lawyers Up after Allegations of Bank Fraud

Senator Sanders’s wife, Jane, has hired two prominent attorneys — Burlington, Vt.-based attorney Rich Cassidy and Washington, D.C.-based attorney Larry Robbins — as she continues to fight long-standing allegations of bank fraud. During Mrs. Show More Summary

Color-Coded Meds

Professor Mark J. Perry has posted some important data that show graphically (in both senses of the word) the extent to which racial preferences are used in medical-school admissions. “Bottom Line: Medical school acceptance rates inShow More Summary

Uncommon Knowledge: Governor Bruce Rauner and the Budget Crisis in the Land of Lincoln

The 42nd governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, is my guest on Uncommon Knowledge to discuss Illinois’s budget crisis. With the end-of-the-fiscal-year deadline (June 30) looming ever closer, Governor Rauner and Illinois House majority Democrats...Show More Summary

There’s No Such Thing as Just Short on the GOP Health-Care Bill

This feels like one of those dynamics where if there are three hard Republican “no’s” on the bill (which is quite plausible), another dozen or so senators will oppose it, too. So, it’s either 50 votes for it, or 35.   There’s No Such Thing as Just Short on the GOP Health-Care Bill

The U.S. Should End Its OECD Subsidies: It’s Good Policy and Self-Protection

Tomorrow, the Committee on Appropriations’s Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs is having a “United Nations and International Organizations — Budget Hearing.” The witness will be U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley. I, for one, am very much looking forward to this hearing. Show More Summary

Finding the Roots of Violent Campus Protests

As our campus “progressives” (actually, they’re primitive tribalists) grow increasingly bold and violent, it’s worth asking where such behavior has its roots. In Friday’s Martin Center article, Assumption College political-science professor Geoffrey Vaughan suggests that it has been taught to them. Show More Summary

Why Argue That ‘Collusion with Russia’ Isn’t a Crime?

So far there is no evidence of “collusion” between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. And if they ever find any, I suspect the culpability will land at the feet of politically expendable characters such as Roger Stone orShow More Summary

A Groundbreaking Minimum-Wage Study

Basic economics holds that when you mandate a higher price for something, you get less of it. But reality is a bit messier than that, and there’s a robust debate over the effect that the minimum wage has on employment. Few deny that,...Show More Summary

It's a Fake, Fake, Fake, Fake World

Matt Continetti had a good column last week on the group think, speculation, and innuendo that inform so much of our political world at the moment. Add to the count the story CNN had to retract fingering Anthony Scaramucci as under investigation in the so-called Russia scandal. Show More Summary

Victory for Trump: SCOTUS Restores Vast Majority of Travel Ban

Today, in a per curiam ruling, the Supreme Court restored the vast majority of the Trump administration’s temporary travel ban — including the temporary ban on refugee entry. The lower courts’ injunctions remain only in the narrowest...Show More Summary

Death and the Parties

Hillary Clinton said passing the health bill would make Republicans the “death party.” I don’t think it has quite the same ring as The Party of Death, the title of a book I wrote about a decade ago about abortion and related issues.Show More Summary

Nancy MacLean vs. Tyler Cowen

Nancy MacLean has a book on the libertarian economist and political theorist James Buchanan. It seems to conduct a drive-by on another libertarian writer, Tyler Cowen (who is among other things a fellow columnist for Bloomberg View)....Show More Summary

Bill at the Ballgame

Impromptus today is a variety show, traversing politics, policy, Islam, Russia, Seattle, music, and more. Something to please and displease everyone. I spend a little time anathematizing the ACLU — but I note that Ira Glasser, its onetime head, was a friend of WFB’s. Show More Summary

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