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The Next Front in the Gay-Marriage Battle

In my column today, I wrote about what will be the next phase in the fight over gay marriage: If supporters of same-sex marriage truly have no interest in punishing the exercise of religion they find objectionable, they can sign off on legislation to prevent it. Show More Summary

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June 30, 1934 was the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler’s purge of those standing in his way. Pee, not chlorine, causes red eyes from swimming pools. The Frightening Yet Fascinating World Of  North Korean Propaganda Videos. The weirdest...Show More Summary

Seven Things that Caught My Eye Today (June 30, 2015

1.  Fascinated by unlikely alliances arising from dissent on state redefinition of marriage, some intl consequences here — Chad Pecknold (@ccpecknold) June 30, 2015 2. This one is a little show-stopping: Polyamory...Show More Summary

Clinton Cash Flashback, Immigration Edition

I can’t let this month expire without noting that it’s the 20 th anniversary of Barbara Jordan’s bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform recommending a reduction in legal immigration to about 500,000 per year (it’s twice that level today). Show More Summary

How to Destroy the Morale of the Army Special Forces

On Sunday, a Special Forces board at Fort Bragg tossed out the accusation that a Green Beret had shot an unarmed Afghan bomb maker in 2010. The board declared that accusation to be unsubstantiated, but it found him guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer. Show More Summary

German Ethics Council: Legalize Adult Incest

Apparently there is an absolute “right to sexual self determination.” Hence, the German Ethics Council–no kooks sitting in front of their laptops wearing tin foil pyramid hats–want adult incest legalized. From The Independent story: Sexual...Show More Summary

Chelsea Clinton's $1,083-Per-Minute University Appearance

For those fascinated by the gargantuan speaking fees of the Clinton family, and the universities that so eagerly pay them, the Washington Post has an eye-opening story this morning: When the University of Missouri at Kansas City wasShow More Summary

Since When Does NBC Have a Problem With ‘Controversial’ Personalities?

From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt: Since When Does NBC Have a Problem With ‘Controversial’ Personalities? Donald Trump in his announcement speech, June 16: The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. Show More Summary

What If the Iran Deal Broke Down Because Everyone Finally Realized How Naive Obama's Strategy Is?

Many of the reporters and commentators writing about the looming, possible deal between the U.S. and Iran focus on the details of the deal itself — and more specifically, how the Obama administration has conceded almost every issue to the Iranians. Show More Summary

VIDEO: How Well Do We Know Hillary Clinton?

She may be the only formidable Democrat candidate running for president, but Hillary Clinton has plenty of scandals to overcome — and lots of questions to answer. As more Americans decide she simply can’t be trusted  look for alternatives,...Show More Summary


“The past,” wrote Faulkner, is never dead. It’s not even past.” Asking Greeks (as Greece’s government has done) to vote “no”  (“???”) to the EU bailout may or may not be misguided, but it comes with a certain historical resonance. Maria...Show More Summary

One More Day Until the Ex-Im Bank's Charter Expires

On June 30 at midnight or July 1 at 12.01 a.m., the Export-Import Bank’s charter will expire for the first time in 81 years. I hear a lot of people suggesting this isn’t such a big deal since it could still be reauthorized down the road. But that’s underselling what just happened: The bank may get reauthorized after a while, but it may not. Show More Summary

Judicial Jujitsu

It’s always a pleasure to do podcasts with Jay Nordlinger, but there are times, like this week, when it’s positively therapeutic. On a podcast, there is time to flesh out an idea or two, and to go deeper than the usual radio interview or even column permits. Show More Summary

Bill Maher Blames Charleston Massacre on Fox News . . . ?

Emanuel AME Church’s pastor, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, was eulogized on Friday afternoon in Charleston. In that connection, it’s worth reflecting on one of the most bizarre and despicable responses to the June 17 mass murder of...Show More Summary

Capping Off a Shameful Term, the Supreme Court Keeps Texas Abortion Clinics Open

This shouldn’t surprise anyone: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed nine Texas abortion clinics to remain open while the justices consider whether to hear an appeal from a decision effectively ordering them to close. The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Show More Summary

Ben Wattenberg, RIP

As Yuval notes below, Ben Wattenberg has passed away. Ben gave me my first job in Washington when he was a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. I worked for and with Ben for much of the 1990s. I was his research assistant  and...Show More Summary

The Company He Keeps

The Guardian gushes: She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week...Show More Summary

Now John Roberts Is Complaining about Creative Court Rulings

Chief Justice John Roberts certainly twisted logic and language into a pretzel last week in his decision upholding Obamacare’s health-exchange subsidies. But today, as the Supreme Court issues its final opinions, the judicial shoe was...Show More Summary

Ben Wattenberg, 1933-2015

Ben Wattenberg —the gloriously unclassifiable public intellectual, journalist, television host, amateur demographer, and loving student of America—passed away yesterday at the age of 81.  Among Wattenberg’s many gifts to his country, his unwavering refusal to abide any simple narrative of American decline always struck me as the greatest. Show More Summary

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