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Dribblers, Skaters, and Others

On Thursday, I had an all-sports Impromptus, heavy on Stan Van Gundy and Jim Caldwell. (The former is the coach of the Detroit Pistons, and the latter is the former coach of the Detroit Lions.) (Odd sentence, right?) A friend of mine sent me a clip of Van Gundy dribbling — here. Show More Summary

Frum and ‘Trumpocracy’

I first met David Frum in the mid-’90s, when he wrote for The Weekly Standard. I enjoyed talking with him, immensely. I likened him to a cocktail-lounge pianist with a wide, wide repertoire: “Play ‘Misty,’” you can say to the cocktail pianist. Show More Summary

Unhappy Valley

Despite the headline (“Trump Damaged Democracy, Silicon Valley Will Finish It Off”), which probably wasn’t chosen by Joel Kotkin, the author of the intriguing and alarming piece it introduces, Kotkin has very little to say in it about Trump but he has a lot to say about our future. Show More Summary

Story Recognizes Pro-Lifers' Pro-Science Arguments

The Left smugly claim to be the “pro-science” side of the political divide–until pro-lifers bring up the scientifically uncontestable biological humanity of fetuses and embryos, or, for example, that later term fetuses can feel painShow More Summary

Illegal Immigration and Crime

Conventional political wisdom holds that there will be some sort of amnesty for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as minors. The Obama administration’s original DACA memorandum applied to individuals who came to the United...Show More Summary

Breaking: Congress Misses Deadline to Prevent Shutdown

The midnight deadline for preventing a government shutdown has passed, following a failed Senate vote to advance the House GOP’s stopgap measure. There is a chance that some kind of measure could be reached during the weekend, as late night discussion and negotiation were underway up until the deadline. Show More Summary

Shutdown Hackery

Shutdown politics are deeply exasperating. But they can also prove useful, as the melodrama reveals who the hacks are. Yesterday afternoon, Nancy Pelosi said the following about funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program in theShow More Summary

One Place This Thing Could End Up...

…assuming Schumer doesn’t want a shutdown: An extension that’s longer than the 4-5 days that he’s been pitching, but shorter than the 4-week measure that passed the House. One Place This Thing Could End Up...

CNN Poll: 56 Percent Say Don't Shut Down Government to Save DACA

Are Senate Democrats sure they want to step out further on that branch? A new CNN poll shows that Americans like the DACA program… but not enough to accept a government shutdown in order to keep the program: Still, 56% overall say approving...Show More Summary

The Looming Shutdown

Chuck Schumer is pushing for a days-long CR. Maybe he can get Trump to go along with it, but it doesn’t make much sense. It’s highly unlikely that Congress is going to arrive at a DACA deal and write a bill in a matter of days. If Trump...Show More Summary

'We Made Some Progress', says Schumer After Trump Meeting on Shutdown

After his meeting at the White House to discuss the temporary funding bill to avert a government shutdown, Chuck Schumer told reporters that they “made some progress but we still have a good number of disagreements”. While no deal is in place, this discussion means that one might still be made in the Senate before the midnight deadline. Show More Summary

Washington State Congresswoman Tells March for Life about Her Miracle Baby

At the March for Life rally on the National Mall this afternoon, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R., Wash.) told the story of her daughter Abigail to illustrate the value of every unborn life. As she stood on the stage with her...Show More Summary

Breaking: Last-Minute Shutdown Talks with Chuck Schumer at White House

The President has just invited Chuck Schumer to the White House for last-minute talks aimed at trying to avert a government shutdown. Following the move by GOP leadership to send House members home for the weekend, the Senate will need...Show More Summary

House Democrats Oppose Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

The House of Representatives has just voted to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, by a vote of 241-183. Every Republican representative voted in favor of the bill, and all Democrats voted against it, with just six...Show More Summary

Ten Things that Caught My Eye Today (Jan. 19. 2018 -- March for Life Day)

1. From my interview with actress Patricia Heaton on abortion and Down Syndrome and more. 2. Emma Green in The Atlantic on science and abortion. 3. Ashley McGuire on protecting pregnancy-resource centers 4. Dr. Grazie Christie: “Pregnant?...Show More Summary

Breaking: Shutdown Likely as House Republicans Go Home for the Weekend

The House voted 230-197 last night for a stopgap measure to avoid a shutdown, in a vote that included six Democrats’ support and 11 Republicans’ opposition. Following the vote, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced this morning that GOP leadership will send House members home for the weekend. Show More Summary

Goodlatte's Immigration Bill – A Worthy Compromise

Rather than focus obsessively on the frivolous Gang of Six bill in the Senate, news coverage needs to pay more attention to the “Secure America’s Future Act” by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the only DACA proposal out there worth the attention of conservatives. Show More Summary

Preparing for the #SchumerShutdown

From the last Morning Jolt of the week: Preparing for the #SchumerShutdown I’m not a fan of government shutdowns, as a matter of principle — we paid for this government, we ought to be getting its services — or as a political strategy,...Show More Summary

Friday links

For Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s birthday, here’s a list of her birthday catastrophes. If Cooties Were Real, What Disease Would They Be? Weird Beauty Hacks of Yesteryear. On January 21 – It’s Stonewall Jackson’s birthday - here’s the story of his left arm’s separate grave. Show More Summary

Understanding Conservative Christian Silence on Donald Trump’s Porngate

I agree wholeheartedly with my colleague Jonah Goldberg. Social conservatives (especially Christian conservatives) should unequivocally condemn Donald Trump’s now almost-certain affair with a porn star. They should speak with the exact...Show More Summary

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