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Roundup of some solar eclipse links and resources. How Army Rations Helped Change Food. Hilarious recipe videos in the style of famous directors. Happy birthday to Davy Crockett, hero of the Alamo. The Women Warriors who served WineShow More Summary

Breaking: Possible Terror Attack in Barcelona

Update 12:20 p.m.:  Several outlets are reporting that one or two armed men entered a restaurant following the crash, and Fox News is reporting that hostages are currently being held. Breaking  12:00 p.m. : Someone has driven a van into a crowd of pedestrians in a plaza in central Barcelona, the Las Ramblas district. Show More Summary

‘The Breitbart Presidency’

I wrote about Charlottesville for Politico today: Charlottesville has been a diminishing event for President Trump. He has been unable to summon the moral authority of his office, even though this wasn’t a difficult test. It doesn’t take political skill or crisis-management ability to show largeness of heart. Show More Summary

Donald Trump, Scourge (?) of Tabloids

Yesterday, the president’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said something eye-popping: “The president is focused on what Americans care about … not tabloid gossip, which the media seems to care so much about.” Oh, the media, huh? Donald Trump has made his life off the tabloids. Show More Summary

Trump on Confederate Statues

On Tuesday, President Trump raised a question about the removal of Confederate statues and memorials and said local authorities should make their own decisions. This morning, he offered his own opinion: They should stay. A lot of different...Show More Summary

A Reminder

Regularly, something happens that reminds me why I became a conservative in the first place — and when I say “conservative,” I mean a Reaganite. (These days, more than ever, you have to specify.) Earlier this week, I had a post about President Trump, saying that you can tell when his heart is in something and when it isn’t. Show More Summary

Confederate Statues and the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn

Via PBS: “It’s often forgotten that Lee himself, after the Civil War, opposed monuments, specifically Confederate war monuments,” said Jonathan Horn, the author of the Lee biography, “The Man Who Would Not Be Washington.” In his writings,...Show More Summary

There's No 'Nazi' Exception to the First Amendment

Piers Morgan is at it again: I understand the purpose very well. I don’t think it should be used to protect Nazis. — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 16, 2017 What these Nazis did in Charlottesville is not free speech. Show More Summary

On the Alt-Right and the ‘Alt-Left’

In one of his several press appearances addressing last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, President Trump asked, “What about the ‘alt-left’?” — a question that a few on the right have taken up, along with the label. A quick thought. Obviously,...Show More Summary


A lot of cable TV debate can stilted and rote, but this segment this morning was something else entirely: Fox & Friends Charlottesville Segment

Al Sharpton Puts Jefferson Memorial on Notice

Asked by Charlie Rose (at the 15:30 mark) “should they take down the Jefferson Memorial?” Al Sharpton reflected on the nature of slavery then answered a different question: whether the federal government should support the memorial. Sharpton said it should not. Show More Summary

One American People, or Many Peoples in America?

Let’s accept for the sake of argument the president’s contention that there were “fine people” on both sides in Charlottesville (though where you’d find such a person in a torchlight parade chanting about Jews isn’t clear). These hypothetical...Show More Summary

No, It’s Not the End of the Trump Presidency

The media often reacts to Trump’s outrages as though his presidency is on the verge of ending (some on the right also harbor this fantasy). But there’s no magic mechanism that is going to make him disappear. We discussed a question related to this on The Editors podcast yesterday, which we recorded before the press conference. Show More Summary

Yesterday Was Worse Than Saturday

It’s frequently said that at his press conference yesterday Trump reverted to his Saturday statement. This isn’t quite right, for a couple of reasons: 1) His Saturday statement was vague and didn’t condemn the Nazis et al. by name. In...Show More Summary

The Editors: Charlottesville

Check out the latest episode of The Editors, in which Rich, Charlie, Michael Brendan Dougherty, and Dan McLaughlin discuss Charlottesville. You can subscribe to The Editors on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and TuneIn. You can also download this episode here. National Review Podcast -- The Editors: Charlottesville

Fima Speaks

Pianists aren’t ranked like tennis players, but if they were, Yefim Bronfman would be right up there. He is a Russian-born pianist, long a U.S. citizen. (He celebrated his citizenship at the Russian Tea Room next to Carnegie Hall. Hosting the party was Isaac Stern, the legendary violinist.) Bronfman’s personal No. Show More Summary

Re: The Mega Question

Repeating the question of a French interlocutor, Jay asks: “Is there someone who can defy the two major parties, capture the imagination of the country, and be elected president?” The good news is: Yes, there is. The bad news is: Yes,...Show More Summary

The Unintended Consequences of Ending Insurer ‘Bailouts’

Under Obamacare, insurers are required to provide “cost-sharing reduction” (CSR) — lower deductibles and so on — to lower-income enrollees who buy plans classified as “Silver” in quality. The government is supposed to reimburse the companies for the cost of doing this. Obamacare itself didn’t provide the money, however. Show More Summary

Trump's "Over a Million Jobs"

It hasn’t gotten much attention for obvious reasons, but something else President Trump said at his impromptu press conference deserves comment: “I’ve created over a million jobs since I’m president.” Conservatives would of course have been all over President Obama if he had said something so solipsistic (and socialistic). Show More Summary

Professor Pushes the Ridiculous 'Words Can Be Violence' Notion

Professors say lots of ridiculous things that advance “progressive” notions about the world. It’s hard to top a recent New York Times article by a psychology prof at Northeastern who argued that there is a scientific basis for believing...Show More Summary

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