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The Excesses of Call-Out Culture

Tue, 2018-02-20 23:09
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

The Poison We Pick

Tue, 2018-02-20 23:09
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine
The scale and darkness of this epidemic is a sign of a civilization in a more acute crisis than we knew.

Fusion GPS's New Dossier Client: An Ex-Feinstein Staffer?

Tue, 2018-02-20 23:09
Sean Davis, Federalist
New evidence indicates a controversial former Feinstein staffer targeted by the CIA is directing Fusion GPS's post-election Steele dossier operation.

Students' Anti-Gun Views

Tue, 2018-02-20 23:09
Ben Shapiro, National Review Online

As Saudis Go Nuclear, U.S. Seeks Edge Over Rivals

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:23
Bronner & Dlouhy, Bloomberg
At a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna last September, word spread that Saudi Arabia had identified a handful of countries that could build two nuclear reactors in the kingdom. The U.S. wasn't among them -- until Energy Secretary Rick Perry buttonholed the Saudi delegates and told them America wanted in.

Breaking Through Barriers: Glenn, Lincoln & Douglass

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:22
Carl Cannon, RealClearPolitics
John Glenn passed away since I last wrote about him. He died last winter at age 95, and was buried in the spring of 2017 at Arlington National Cemetery. On this date in 1962, he was given an important task by his government, and one thing about John Herschel Glenn Jr. was that when his country asked, he always answered the call. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and fought in World War II and the Korean War, became a NASA astronaut in 1959, served in the U.S. Senate from 1975 to 1999, and ran for president in 1984.

Diversity: A Managerial Ideology

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:22
Darel Paul, Quillette
Diversity is the reigning social and political ideal of our age. It is the public ideology of the country's most powerful state and business institutions. To many it is the essence of American national identity and, in one of the favorite phrases of President Barack Obama, 'who we are' as a country. Rather than simply a recognition of difference, diversity is a cultural, economic, and political project to both generate difference and to manage it. This project traces its ancestry back to the black civil rights and women's movements of the 1950s-70s. First blacks and then women organized and...

Our First Porno President

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:20
Matthew Walther, The Week
It's not only the case that he is our first president credibly accused of having had affairs with multiple porn stars. It's that his mind, personality, and appearance are fundamentally pornographic.

Trump, Twitter, and the GOP's Improving Poll Numbers

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:19
Henry Olsen, City Journal
His weekend outburst notwithstanding, the president has been reining in his worst social-media instincts, and Republicans are reaping the benefits.

Trump's Destructive Plan to Stop Immigration

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:17
Richard North Patterson, Boston Globe
In this divisive time, Trump's myopic and soulless view of America has the floor.

How Parkland Survivors Began the Never Again Movement

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:15
Emily Witt, New Yorker
By Sunday, only four days after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, the activist movement that emerged in its aftermath had a name (Never Again), a policy goal (stricter background checks for gun buyers), and a plan for a nationwide protest (a March for Our Lives, scheduled for March 24th). It also had a panel of luminary teens who were reminding America that the shooting was not a freak accident or a natural disaster but the result of actual human decisions.

Devin Nunes' 10 Questions About Trump Dossier

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:14
Byron York, Washington Examiner
The letter asks for answers by March 2. 'If you do not provide timely answers on a voluntary basis, the committee will initiate compulsory p...

Silly Russian Ads Didn't Swing Voters; Federal Coverups Did

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:11
James Bovard, The Hill
Americans are far more likely to be deluded on Election Day by their own government than by foreigners.

When Bedlam Reigned in Lake Placid

Tue, 2018-02-20 09:45
Richard Benedetto, RealClearPolitics
One cannot help being awed by the glitz and glamor of the 2018 Winter Olympics now running full tilt in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Watching the spectacle unfold on television, I am reminded of the less-glitzy-and-glamorous Olympic competitions staged on snow and ice 38 years ago in Lake Placid, N.Y.

America's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Games

Tue, 2018-02-20 09:39
Cathal Kelly, Globe & Mail
Though she is not competing here under the Stars and Stripes, slopestyle skier Elizabeth Swaney may be this Olympics' representative American "competitor." Quote marks required.

Silicon Valley: From Disruption to Dystopia

Tue, 2018-02-20 09:37
Joel Kotkin, The Daily Beast
The tech oligarchs who already dominate our culture and commerce, manipulate our moods, and shape the behaviors of our children while accumulating capital at a rate unprecedented in at least a century want to fashion our urban future in a way that dramatically extends the reach of the surveillance state already evident in airports and on our phones.

How Twitter Lost the Internet War

Tue, 2018-02-20 09:36
Maya Kosoff, Vanity Fair
Del Harvey, Twitter’s resident troll hunter, has a fitting, if unusual, backstory for somebody in charge of policing one of the Internet’s most ungovernable platforms. As a teenager, she spent a summer as a lifeguard at a state mental institution; at 21, she began volunteering for Perverted Justice, a vigilante group that lures pedophiles into online chat rooms and exposes their identities. When the group partnered with NBC in 2004 to launch To Catch a Predator,Harvey posed as a child to help put pedophiles in jail. In 2008, she joined Twitter, then a small status-updating service...

The Most Important Man in Politics - For the Moment

Tue, 2018-02-20 09:36
Salena Zito, Wash Examiner
MT. LEBANON, Pa. -- For the next three weeks, he's the most important candidate for anything in American politics.