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Supreme Court conservatives divide in deportation case

Featured image There was an interesting clash yesterday between Justice Neil Gorsuch and the other conservative Supreme Court Justices. In the case of Sessions v. Dimaya, the Court held that the government could not deport a legal resident who was twice convicted of first-degree burglary. The majority consisted of the four liberal Justices plus Justice Gorsuch, who wrote a separate concurrence. Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Thomas wrote separate dissents. The Immigration »

“Washington at War” Architectural Tour Series in D.C.

Featured image The National Civic Art Society, an excellent nonprofit on whose board I am pleased to serve, focuses on restoring dignity and quality to taxpayer-funded architecture in the United States. My good friend Justin Shubow leads the organization. NCAS has had success in crimping some of the indignities of the Eisenhower Memorial, and it leads the charge in advocating for a renewed Penn Station in New York. The National Civic Art »

Marx: Call Your Office

Featured image Karl Marx said that history repeats itself the first time as tragedy, and the second time as farce. We’ve entered the farce stage on gun control. The other day I demanded that we “Ban Cutlery Now!” because of the epidemic of knife attacks in Britain, where gun control reins supreme. Well this didn’t take long: »

The Week in Pictures: Special Walkout Edition

Featured image This week it appears that K-12 teachers in more and more states looked at the recent high school walkouts intended to stamp out the 2nd Amendment and said, “Hold my cigarette butt—we can do that too!” Is it a coincidence that there is a crescendo of clearly organized “Resistance” efforts going on right now: the green jihad against Scott Pruitt, the “refugee caravan” making its way north through Mexico, the »

The Week in Pictures: The Second Shall Be First Edition

Featured image The great thing about being a liberal is not only that you get to live by double standards (flying private jets while decrying climate change), but you don’t even have to keep your story straight. Pay attention: No one is saying they want to repeal the Second Amendment. Except for the people like retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens who says we should. No one wants to take everyone’s »

Cazzie, Campy, and Rudy T: Remembering Michigan’s all-time basketball greats

Featured image The University of Michigan has made it to the Final Four eight times. It has made it there in five of the last six decades, missing out only in the first decade of this century. Michigan captured the NCAA championship in 1989 under Steve Fisher, winning an overtime thriller against Seton Hall, 80-79. This year is its second Final Four appearance under John Beilein. He’s the program’s winningest head coach. »

Darkness at Penn

Featured image Last year I wrote about the academic tempest aroused by Professors Amy Wax and Larry Alexander in “That which must not be said.” They aroused the tempest with this Philadelphia Inquirer column recapitulating a few home truths. Professor Wax is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She earned an M.D. degree from Harvard in addition to her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. »

Omri Ceren: Heading for the exit

Featured image Some have speculated that the imminent departure of Rex Tillerson and General McMaster as Secretary of State and as National Security Advisor, respectively, foreshadows our exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action putting Iran setting Iran’s timetable to the authorized development of nuclear weapons, among other things. This past Tuesday The Israel Project’s Omri Ceren disseminated this backgrounder on the subject. I thought readers might find his backgrounder of »

Noor charged in Damond shooting

Featured image It can’t come as any surprise to those who have followed the killing of Justine Damond by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor this past July 15 in Minneapolis that Noor has been charged. Our many posts on the case are accessible here. Early in the case, for example, I reached out to a trusted source in the Minneapolis police department for comment. He told me that if there weren’t some »

Get Off Our Lawn!

Featured image I spent the end of last week in Washington DC with a hectic schedule of meetings and mischief, including, most importantly, doing a number of one-on-one interviews with great people for the Power Line podcast. Stay tuned for details as these roll out over the next two weeks. And one of these podcast adventures was a return visit to Jonah Goldberg’s Remnant podcast, in which I joined with Jonah and »

The Week in Pictures: Int’l Women’s Day Edition

Featured image Thursday was International Women’s Day, which sounds like something Austin Powers, the International Man of Mystery, would have thought up. What—just one day? Blacks get an entire history month. This sounds like the beginning of a bad Jewish mother joke that ends: “Never mind, I’ll just settle for one day.” And I have a further confusion: if gender is a social construct, isn’t having a “Women’s Day” problematic? Whatever, the »

Stop Hollywood before it discriminates again

Featured image I didn’t watch the Academy Awards last night. Like Steve, I haven’t watched this extravaganza in decades. Reportedly, Frances McDormand, in the speech that followed her award as best actress, endorsed the use of “inclusion riders.” Apparently, these are clauses that highly sought-after actors stick into their contracts. They demand “diversity” in the hiring of other employees. The need for such riders, if need there be, implies that Hollywood — »

The Closed-Mindedness of Lightweight Liberals

Featured image Today’s comic relief comes to us courtesy of Washingtonian magazine, which has posted a feature on how hard it is for conservatives to date in DC these days, and despite the best efforts to be evenhanded, it is clear that the problem is liberals are so insecure or intolerant that they just can’t date a conservative. Someone spotted this delicious paragraph: First of all, Thomas Locke? Oh-kaaay. And second of »

For Democrats, Deja Vu All Over Again

Featured image Sen. Orrin Hatch got into a heap of trouble a few days ago when he called the supporters of Obamacare “the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met.” He has apologized, though a new poll suggests that a lot of Democrats actually agree with him. At least that’s the takeaway from a new poll, out today from Civis Analytics, a new opinion survey firm started by some 2012 Obama campaign veterans. The »

“Bubbles of Our Own Liberal Sentiments”

Featured image I think that I am like most American men in, every five or ten years, directing my reading deep into the Revolution and the Founding generation. It is impossible to resist the magnetic attraction of this period. It is not that the Founding Fathers were geniuses (though some were) or gods (though one was close). Instead there seems to be something about the vacuum of the founding moment and the »

Does John know about this?

Featured image Several former Miss Universe contestants allege that Donald Trump helped pick the finalists in the days leading up to the competition and made sure to note his business holdings in the nations being represented by his favorites. So reports Jeffrey Toobin in a long New Yorker article (warning: the article is more about Russia than about beauty). According to Toobin: Adwoa Yamoah, who participated in the competition after winning Miss »

A silly indictment [UPDATED]

Featured image John, Steve, and Scott have already offered analysis of Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russians. I might as well add mine. I think the indictment is silly. Russia meddled in our presidential election by spreading disinformation in order to erode faith in our democracy and, let’s assume, in the hope of influencing the outcome. Why wouldn’t it? Russia is our adversary, despite Barack Obama’s denial of this reality during much of »