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Mass Shootings, Gun Control, and Shark Attacks

I used to have a friend who grew up on a farm in South Africa, and the most shocking sentences would come out of her mouth, e.g., “My dog was eaten by lions.” To have a pet eaten by lions is shocking, for an American, because it is unfamiliar, though I suppose ...

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Secretary Mattis, Iran Nuke Deal: Fake News

Supporters of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran (the JCPOA) have been very active on social media this afternoon claiming that Secretary of Defense James Mattis broke with President Trump when he told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the United States should remain in the Iran deal. JCPOA ...

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Middle-Class Families and Tax Reform

When the Republicans’ “framework” for tax reform came out, I raised two related concerns about it. Here I’ll consider them separately. The first problem is that the framework is compatible with tax increases on a lot of middle-class families. The expansion of the standard deduction and the child credit will ...

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On Tevi Troy – Yuval Levin

I’m on the bandwagon Jonah has started, and I’d only offer one quibble with what he said about Tevi Troy (who, in full disclosure, was my boss at the Bush White House for several years and is a friend).  Jonah writes: “Some of Trump’s best cabinet picks have been the ...

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Tevi Troy — Health & Human Services Secretary

I share Dan and Jim’s enthusiasm for Bobby Jindal. And in the abstract, I think he’d be great. But, largely for the reasons Jim lays out, I think it would be a risky move for Jindal. So I have an alternative suggestion: Tevi Troy. Full disclosure: Tevi is my oldest ...

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Jimmy Kimmel Ate His Own Argument for Gun Control

Last night, in the course of his much-vaunted gun-control soliloquy, Jimmy Kimmel said the following: I’ve been reading comments from people saying, ‘This is terrible, but there’s nothing we can do about it.’ But I disagree with that intensely, because of course there’s something we can do about it. There are a ...

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Why Sign on to Become a Scapegoat-in-Waiting?

Steve Berman urges President Trump to select former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to be his next Secretary of Health and Human Services, and our own anthropomorphic baseball, Dan McLaughlin, largely endorses the idea. As a borderline-obsessive Jindal fan, I concur with the assessment of Jindal’s strengths, but suspect the arrangement ...

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Bobby Jindal for HHS | National Review

Steve Berman at The Resurgent makes the case for former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to replace Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services: From the pure wonk perspective, Jindal is the best qualified person to run HHS, to craft health care policy, to shepherd legislation through Congress, and to ...

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The Passionate Non-Sequiturs of the Gun Debate

I wrote today about the initial reaction to Las Vegas: The impulse to act to stop the domestic massacres that have become a heartbreakingly metronomic feature of American life is laudable and understandable. “It’s time,” as Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said, giving voice to the sentiment, “for Congress to get ...

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Who Exactly Is Harmed When People Speculate After a Terrible Event?

From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt: Who Exactly Is Harmed When People Speculate After a Terrible Event? Quite a few times Monday, various scolds on Twitter told us not to speculate about the motivation behind the abominable mass shooting in Las Vegas. And in the realm of journalism, ...

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