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Bill de Blasio, New York City’s Socialist-Sympathizing Mayor

National Review’s latest digital magazine is out today for subscribers, featuring Kyle Smith’s cover story on Bill de Blasio, America’s Most ridiculous mayor. Also inside you’ll find Reihan Salam discuss Trump’s pivot toward the Dems, and Ross Douthat reviewing Stephen King’s It. Both pretty spooky, I’d say. For access to ...

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If Only Someone Had Warned Them!

From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt: If Only Someone Had Warned Them! Then-candidate Donald Trump, speaking in Arizona, September 1, 2016: “NO AMNESTY! For those here today illegally who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and only one route: to return home and apply for ...

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The Patience of the American Right with Donald J. Trump

Has Donald Trump cut a deal with “Chuck and Nancy”? Another deal? A deal on immigration? If so, he promised as much, during the 2016 primaries. I brought this up in yesterday’s Impromptus. It was one of his selling points against Ted Cruz: I can work with Democrats, he can’t. ...

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Thursday links | National Review

It’s the anniversary of the 1812 battle of Baltimore, inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner. Creepy Soviet-era playground sculptures. An eyewitness look at the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the biggest explosion of the pre-atomic age. September 14, 1861 was The Night of the Flaming Ballerinas. The International Hide and Seek Championship. Why There’s A West Virginia. ICYMI, Tuesday’s links are ...

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DACA vs. DREAM: Moving the Goalposts

The press and politicians have been talking about DACA and the DREAM Act interchangeably, but they’re different things, and the difference matters a lot. When the administration announced last week that it was winding down Obama’s illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (that gives two-year renewable work permits to ...

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Automation: Meat Grinder Update

Bloomberg: Vikram Pandit, who ran Citigroup Inc. during the financial crisis, said developments in technology could see some 30 percent of banking jobs disappearing in the next five years. Artificial intelligence and robotics reduce the need for staff in roles such as back-office functions, Pandit, 60, said Wednesday in an ...

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Thanks to the Supreme Court, the Trump Travel Ban Controversy Is Ending With a Constitutionally-Righteous Whimper

Though it wasn’t widely-covered, the Trump administration yesterday won another modest victory at the Supreme Court. SCOTUS held that the administration could block entry of about 24,000 refugees on the grounds that they didn’t have the necessary ”bona fide” connection with persons or entities in the United States. Here’s the Washington Post ...

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A Podcast with George F. Will, Hosted by Jay Nordlinger, September 13, 2017

When I was growing up, George Burns was sometimes referred to as “a comedian’s comedian.” And Alicia de Larrocha was referred to as “a pianist’s pianist.” Well, George F. Will is a conservative’s conservative, as I see it — the very model of an American conservative. But we are living ...

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Obama Administration School Discipline Guidance & Civil Rights

Yesterday the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project released this paper prepared by its “Race & Sex Working Group” (love that name, and I’m proud to be a member of it). The paper critiques three areas of Obama administration overreach by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights: transgender bathroom ...

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Commentary’s Jonah Goldberg Roast & Fundraiser

While I am sure that most of you find it incomprehensible that anyone could come up with insults and barbs that could pierce my sterling reputation and good character, we can all agree that it might be fun to try. So my friends at Commentary have selected me as the ...

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