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Featured image • Donald Trump, Intersectional Feminist? So Donald Trump says he’s “not a feminist.” I’m not sure whether to laugh hard, or laugh even harder. Especially at the reaction that might have ensured if he had said he is a feminist! It’s actually even better than that: Trump turns out to be the perfect “intersectionalist”! In his interview with Piers Morgan, Trump said, “No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist. I mean, »

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Featured image • Anyone buy the official explanation that the erroneous “inbound missile” alert in Hawaii was the result of a mere keystroke error by someone in the office? Me neither, though it reminds me, in these fraught times of red buttons on desks, of the old observation that if there really was a literal nuclear launch button on the president’s desk, someone would have long ago set a coffee cup on »

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Featured image • You just knew this was going to happen sooner or later: TWO HETEROSEXUAL MEN MARRY TO AVOID PAYING INHERITANCE TAX Two Irish men married each other in Dublin, Ireland. Not for any kind of romantic love: athough they are best friends, they are both heterosexual. Their main goal was  to avoid paying an inheritance tax. Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan made the decision to tie the knot after they realized Murphy, »

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Featured image • The Financial Times has an interesting article on Chinese universities, and especially how the authoritarian regime would like to exert better control over foreign-funded universities and branch campuses. The government is going to place trusted Communist Party members on the board of trustees on all these joint-venture universities, and make them vice chancellors as well. This passage in particular stands out: “This changes the nature of the game and »

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Featured image A couple of short items worth noting today. • First, in the New York Times story yesterday on how the Weinstein scandal is opening the floodgates of sexual harassment charges, this wonderfully droll sentence appears: Woody Allen served as the imperfect messenger for those cautioning against what he termed a “witch hunt.” Did they really write this with a straight face? What next: “Bernie Madoff served as the imperfect messenger »

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Featured image • Last night the Ole Miss “Rebels” played football against the Cal Bears—in Berkeley. And yet Antifa didn’t riot. Seems they are losing their touch. Seriously—how can Berkeley tolerate a team with such a name? Let alone their mascot—the old one (left) was blatant, but isn’t the new one close to a trademark infringement on the Cal Bears? • Speaking of Berkeley, I haven’t had anything to say about Ben »

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Featured image • A couple of items for your amusement. First, I’m tempted to call this one “broken hockey sticks”: The problem with this chart is that it has no separate axis for the CO2 trendline, though using the usual compressed axis that the UN climate reports do for CO2 would look exactly like this, so what’s the problem? • Charles Murray spoke at Harvard yesterday, but not without threat of violent »

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Featured image • I haven’t had a chance to look at anything pertaining to the Senate health care bill, but as Avik Roy is one of my primo go-to guys for health care policy, this tweet is enough to satisfy me: • The House Republican Campaign Committee has put out this short post-GA6 special election victory lap video that makes for fun viewing: But as Glenn Reynolds advises, don’t get cocky. November 2018 »

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Featured image • Reality Winner? Seriously? Is this person a long lost child of Frank Zappa or something? Another case of where Reality is stranger than fiction. “Yes, folks, Trump promised us so much winning we’d get tired of all the winning, but we have a Real Winner in the house!” I give up. Incidentally, just how did this leftist wacko loon get hired at the NSA in the first place? I »

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Featured image • A few footnotes on Trump’s manly withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The best part of the whole thing was not that he decided to withdraw, but how he did it. Trump could have just issued a statement from behind his desk in the Oval Office, or had a press spokesperson make the announcement, just as President George W. Bush did in withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol back in »

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Featured image • Climate change: Is there anything it can’t do? Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Sleep Climate change is coming for you in the night. That’s the conclusion of scientists who study how heat disturbs sleep—and how projected warming is expected to make bad sleep even worse. . . Their new study links that most individual of experiences—falling asleep—with a truly planetary phenomenon—global warming. It joins an expanding body of »

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Featured image • Been away this weekend, one part of which included hosting Rudy Giuliani at a Pacific Research Institute dinner in Laguna Niguel down in deepest orange Orange County. Among other topics, the mayor talked about what it is like to play golf with both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump (to no one’s great surprise, Clinton cheats relentlessly on the links). I also asked him if Trump’s tweeting could’t be reined »

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Featured image • Kate O’Beirne, RIP. Kate O’Beirne was a neighbor during the decade I Iived in McLean, Virginia, and she always reminded me of how Churchill described meeting Franklin Roosevelt: “like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.”  Kate was exactly like that. I can’t add much to the remembrances from her media colleagues such as John O’Sullivan, Mona Charen, and Ramesh Ponnuru, and Jim Geraghty, »

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Featured image • Some time during the course of my endless panels last week in Boulder, there somehow occurred the unusual confluence of the coming of robotics and the desire that we have more newspaper columnists like Tom Friedman. You can imagine how that set me twitching. Fortunately the instant retort came to mind: “Self-driving cars will put Tom Friedman out of business, because he won’t have any taxi drivers to talk »

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Featured image • I gather any day now—maybe today, who cares—we shall once again observe Equal Pay Day, when liberals will hector us about the wage gap between men and women. Kudos to Brent Scher of the Free Beacon for catching yet another example of liberal hypocrisy on this issue: Elizabeth Warren’s Female Staffers Made 71% of Male Staffers’ Salaries in 2016 The gender pay gap in Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) »

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Featured image There’s a whole bunch of things on my spindle today that deserve brief notice. Let’s check ’em off. • We keep being told that Trump represents the specter of fascism and violence. But all of the violence and threats of violence are coming from the left. A Washington Post headline today: These Hispanic contractors offered to build Trump’s border wall. Then the death threats began. But remember, the left stands »

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Featured image • Yesterday I spent a nice 20 minutes with a very sharp undergraduate on Radio Free Hillsdale, which aspires to bring the good sense of Hillsdale beyond the borders of that fine campus (maybe it should be called “Radio Free Michigan” or “Radio Free America”). The topic was a certain recent book that you may have heard about, and in case you haven’t you can listen to the interview below—I think »