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What Rex Tillerson Thinks

Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state–designate, is the mysterious cabinet nominee of President-elect Donald Trump’s, for his long career at ExxonMobil Corporation has revealed next to nothing publicly of his views where the United States...Show More Summary

William Peter Blatty, R.I.P.

Here’s one of the most gratifying emails I’ve ever received: John, it’s wonderful. In over 27 years or commentary on this film, this is the one I have always wanted. Finally, someone understands–and has a forum to explain. God bless you. Show More Summary

I Know What You Did This Summer

You went on the National Review 2017 Trans-Atlantic Crossing, aboard Cunard Line’s prestigious Queen Mary 2, which will leave Southampton on August 31 and arrive in New York City on September 7. There: You’ve just figured out your summer...Show More Summary

Why Is Smokey Never a Polar Bear?

Yesterday, President Obama issued a “Presidential Memorandum — Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Our National Parks, National Forests, and Other Public Lands and Waters.” It orders the National Park Service and such agencies to do...Show More Summary

Looking the Part

Yesterday, we published an essay of mine called “ Books and Covers.” It is part of a new collection, Digging In. Can you judge a book by its cover? Sure, sometimes. And other times not. You have to be careful about those other times. At The New Criterion today, I have an anecdote that relates to books and covers. Show More Summary

From Public Broadcasting to Propagandizing

A friend sent me a January 12 e-mail that provides another reason why, as the Heritage Foundation has said before, Congress should consider ending all funding of PBS. The e-mail is a press advisory from Brett Abrams at More Summary

Angela Merkel: Leading “Europe’s fight for liberal values” (and, maybe, censorship).

Financial Times, January 2, 2017: With Donald Trump moving into the White House, Ms Merkel has faced calls to assume the mantle of leader of the western liberal world from Barack Obama. She dismisses the demands as “grotesque and absurd,” but she may not have much choice in the matter. Show More Summary

Why Trump Gets Away with Breaking Norms

There are a lot of people responsible for how Trump gets away with breaking norms, but among the most responsible are the political elites who use norms to limit debate on public issues. That is true of both the broader political elites and the center-right political elites. Show More Summary


In my column today I write about Obama’s Farewell Address. In a section dealing with the history of Farewell Addresses: Of course, the era of radio and television necessitated — or created the perception of necessity — that presidents address the people directly. Show More Summary

Go Figure, Jeff Sessions Is Likely to Be Confirmed This Month

From the last Morning Jolt of the week… Go Figure, Jeff Sessions Looks Likely to Be Confirmed This Month It was easily missed, but this more or less wraps up the confirmation for Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General: West Virginia Democrat Sen. Show More Summary

Friday links

Paraskavedekatriaphobia: Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky? Why Do Pandas Have Thumbs? The Long, Unusual History of Pickles. Happy Feast of the Ass. How Russians Imagined the Year 2017 In 1960. How the World’s Smallest BirdsShow More Summary

What Jeff Sessions Said About Hate Crimes

Many, many media outlets have reported that in 2009, Senator Jeff Sessions opposed federal hate-crimes legislation on this rationale: “Today, I’m not sure women or people with different sexual orientations face that kind of discrimination. Show More Summary

‘His Windows Being Open’

Last night, I was talking to a friend of mine from Moldova. We were talking about Russia. I told him about Ildar Dadin, the political prisoner, whom I’ve written about. And Dadin’s wife, Anastasia Zotova, with whom I’ve done a podcast. Show More Summary

Re: Booker's Novel Requirements for Attorney General

My favorite part of the speech was Booker’s explanation that “the next attorney general must bring hope and healing to this country.” As, you know, so many AGs have done. Re: Booker's Novel Requirements for Attorney General

Krauthammer’s Take: Democrats ‘Trying to Leave Behind as Many Landmines as They Can’

Noting that cyber warfare was not an issue until after Hillary Clinton lost, Charles Krauthammer argues that Democrats appear to be united in their efforts to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidency: I don’t want to impute a general conspiracy...Show More Summary

Radio Station Pulls Pro-Life Advertisement

This afternoon, a Washington, D.C., radio station pulled a pro-life group’s advertising spot after receiving complaints from listeners. The ad was purchased on WTOP by the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) — a pro-life lobbying group dedicating...Show More Summary

“Legal, Tax, Institutional Changes”

Ken Rogoff, an economics professor at Harvard (and previously an economist at the IMF and at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System) is  annoyed by those primitives who object to the abomination that is a negative interest...Show More Summary

Did General Mattis Finesse Questions on Women in Combat?

During his hearing today, Democrats directly questioned General Mattis on past statements that indicated opposition to women in ground combat. Here’s how CNN described the exchange: Mattis repeatedly dodged direct questions about whether...Show More Summary

Cory Booker’s Novel Job Requirements for Attorney General

New Jersey senator Cory Booker announced some novel requirements for U.S. attorney general yesterday. Booker was testifying against fellow Senator Jeff Sessions’s nomination for the attorney-general position, breaking an informal Senate...Show More Summary

Thielism: Trumpian Elitism

Maureen Dowd outdid herself with a long and hugely informative interview with Peter Thiel. Thiel, of course, is the PayPal guy, and one of the Facebook guys. As a result, he’s undeniably richer than Trump. Not only that, Thiel is distinguished from the other Silicon Valley titans by having more than a bit of a liberal education. Show More Summary

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