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‘The Cognitive Dissonance Presidency’

I wrote about Trump’s moving-target views on the Alexander/Murray deal today for Politico: To paraphrase Groucho Marx, President Donald Trump has a position on the Lamar Alexander/Patty Murray health care deal, and if you don’t like it, he has another one… Trump can’t decide who he wants to be. As ...

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Rand Paul’s Government Spending Argument Is Correct

Senator Rand Paul is getting a lot of grief for his complaint that the budget resolution going through the Senate right now is busting the Republicans’ own budget caps by over $40 billion. The reason why his obstruction is upsetting so many people is that it is seen as getting ...

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Growth and the Fed | National Review

George Schultz and John Cogan, two eminent scholars at the Hoover Institution, argue in the Wall Street Journal that the first criterion for a new Fed chairman is someone who recognizes that our economy is capable of higher growth: The next leader of the Fed must recognize this potential for ...

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The Adult in the Room

John Kelly addressed the condolence flap today. Let’s hope his moving, impressive, highly informative statement puts an end to this whole thing: original article on Fox news

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Export Import Bank: Cronyism Redux

If you look around, you’ll see that corporate welfare is everywhere. Occupational licensing, certificate-of-needs laws, farm subsidies, and more. And boy, is it everywhere when the Export-Import Bank is involved.  Last week, Rep. Charlie Dent introduced a bill trying the make the Export-Import Bank less accountable. This is yet another attempt by the ...

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George W. Bush Speaks at Bush Institute Event

George W. Bush delivered remarks this morning at an event in New York. Speaking at the Bush Institute’s “Spirit of Liberty” forum, Bush called for continued support for democracy, while slamming Russian interference in the 2016 election and sounding a concerned note about deepening divisions in American politics. The former ...

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Julius Caesar Deserved It | National Review

I concur with Jonah’s response to Conrad Black’s “Never Trump” column, but I think Jonah leaves out one important objection: Conrad Black is not only wrong, but grievously wrong, in his insistence that Julius Caesar didn’t get what he deserved. original article on Fox news

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Richard Spencer University of Florida Speech Cost

Florida governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Alachua County ahead of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida, scheduled for Thursday. In a statement, Scott said, “We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion, however, ...

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Media Matters Fails to Discredit Me

Media Matters must be running low on targets since it chose to go after a piece I have in the Weekly Standard this week urging that Congress repeal Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). I argue that IPAB is both unconstitutional–a matter MM ignores–and a splendid vehicle for a future Bernie Sanders-type ...

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No, Dolphins Could Not Create Our Technology

These days, it is sometimes difficult to discern when “science” ends and ideology begins. This is particularly so when the belief system is infected with anti-human exceptionalism anthropomorphism–as when Jane Goodall imbued the chimps she so expertly observed with a fictional inner life of her own creation.  Ever since Goodall’s triumphant deconstruction of ...

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