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Featured image • It is passing nearly unnoticed that the Democratic National Committee, and some in the media, are referring to the “Biden-Harris Administration.” I don’t believe referring to an administration jointly in this fashion has ever been done before. Whatever could they mean by this? • Before you start making book on how long it will be before Biden is removed from office (assuming he takes office on January 20), keep »

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Featured image A few stray items for Saturday afternoon ruminations. . . • M. Stanton Evans, writing about The New Yorker, circa 1961: “No other journal so elegantly combines the comforts of privilege with the glamor of dissent.” Some things never change. • As your deep cover operative behind enemy lines in academia, I had the opportunity yesterday to see some deep-in-the-weeds survey data (not to be confused with the daily horserace polls) »

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Featured image Whole lot of news items today worth brief notice. • The most unsurprising headline of the day, from the Times of London: Climate Experts Fly More Often Than Other Scientists Scientists who specialise in climate change fly more than other researchers, according to a study by Cardiff University that has prompted calls for them “to look in the mirror” before demanding that others cut emissions. . . The difference could »

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Featured image Let’s catch up on some updates to the regular themes and stores we’re covering right now. • Here’s our feel good story of the day: Mayor Bill De Blasio Plans 22,000 Layoffs, As People Flee New York City In Droves New York City may lay off tens of thousands of municipal workers. Even with this massive downsizing, it won’t be enough to stem the financial hemorrhaging plaguing the city. The Wall »

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Featured image • Nice to see the “peaceful” protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, transitioning so easily into Trump re-election rallies. • How is it possible that Sean Connery is 90 years old today? • This week in self-owning tweets: The Times says this like it’s a bad thing . . . or untrue. Of course, Nikki Haley is the daughter of two Indian immigrants. But to the melanin-obsessed liberals, she’s not a true »

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Featured image • The estimable James Lileks—the third greatest living Minnesotan after John and Scott—has come up with the perfect one sentence slogan about the hapless nominee of the Democratic Party: “The soft bigotry of Joe expectations.” File that one away and use it often. • Some unsurprising headlines from imploding Democrat-run cities: Movers in N.Y.C. Are So Busy They’re Turning People Away SF condo inventory spikes, with price reductions skyrocketing • »

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Featured image • So the news out this morning is that Joe Biden won’t travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic nomination later this month. Because COVID. Question: If Biden wins the election, will he come to Washington to be inaugurated on January 20? Or will he be sworn in by a local justice of the peace and conduct his administration from his Delaware basement? I expect the Trump campaign can make »

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Featured image • This weekend’s body count from Chicago: 18 dead, 47 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings Chaser: Trump’s letter to Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. Lightweight: “More Americans have been killed in Chicago than in combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq combined since September 11, 2001, a deadly trend that has continued under your tenure. . . Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you »

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Featured image • Obama’s national security aide Ben Rhodes famously remarked that young journalists “literally know nothing,” but today someone at The Hill newspaper abused their ignorance privilege with this epic tweet: What—did Germany murder seven million Jews before noon today? I musta missed that breaking news. The tweet has been deleted, but seriously Hill people, shouldn’t you just delete your entire Twitter account? If The Hill had any sense of shame »

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Featured image Haven’t done a collection of short rando items for a while, so time to catch up. • From CNN: Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said the school is taking a hybrid approach to education as it gears up for the upcoming semester, plus implementing new safety measures for students. . . “Many teachers, we will insist, teach only online. But those who are in classrooms will be at [an]…extra-protective distance, probably behind Plexiglas and »

Today’s Campaign Notebook

Featured image • So it appears the Democratic Party has decided to self-identify as unelectable. • Elizabeth “I Have a Plan for That” Warren says her simple solution to every problem is to “put power back in the hands of the people.” But somehow all of her plans involve putting more power in the hands of people in Washington. I wonder if that has something to do with her “more selective appeal,” as »

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Featured image • So, how’s that whole impeachment thing working out for Democrats? Chaser: Trumpsters, 2016: Burn it all down! Trumpsters, 2020: Bern it all down! • I wish we had more college administrators like this one, as reported in The Times of London today: How do you respond when placard-waving students occupy your 15th-century quadrangle and refuse to leave until you sell the college’s shares in oil companies? As this is »

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Featured image • Impeachment seems not to be impressing the stock market very much. The Dow is up around 80 – 100 points, again reaching new record territory. • Speaking of which, if the House Democrats don’t transmit their articles of impeachment to the Senate, or delay it for weeks (as is being reported today), it is going to make the whole thing appear to be even more a partisan political stunt »

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Featured image These are the crazy years. To wit: Actor Chris Pratt on Wednesday apologized for posting a photo on Instagram of him posing at a gym with a single-use plastic water bottle in his hand after “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa called out his fellow Hollywood star. Pratt posted the Instagram photo on Tuesday as part of a collaboration with Amazon. This prompted Momoa to comment under “The Guardians of the Galaxy” star’s photo saying, “Bro »

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Featured image • Brought to you by the same people who brought us “peak oil”: We Could Be Approaching Peak Beef As the world’s population grows and incomes rise, we’ll inevitably eat far more beef — the meat that’s considered the most expensive and prestigious in a remarkably wide range of cultures. That’s a worrying prospect for the planet. Grazing and providing animal feed for cattle already accounts for about 60% of the world’s »

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Featured image • So the Federal government ran a fake university, the University of Farmington, that charged students tuition for the purpose of entrapping aliens abusing student visas. But this part of the Washington Post story is worth a pause: But Rahul Reddy, a Texas attorney involved with these students’ cases, told the Detroit News that U.S. officials running the fake University of Farmington operation preyed upon unsuspecting students. “They should not »

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Featured image • Okay, here we go: Two guards on duty the night of Jeffery Epstein’s “suicide” were charged today with criminal negligence on the job: The night that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in a Manhattan jail, one of the guards on duty was catching up on sports news and looking at motorcycle sales on a government computer. The other spent time shopping online for furniture. For about two hours, they appeared »