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Misplaced Trust in Antitrust | National Review

I was mystified to see Robert VerBruggen’s story in the latest issue calling for “gentle approaches” to solving what he regards as a monopoly problem in the current dominant positions of Google/Alphabet, Facebook, and Amazon. My normally insightful colleague appears to have ignored the rich history of free-market legal and ...

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Does This Mean We Don’t Have to ‘Bow Down’ to the President Anymore, Omarosa?

Former “The Apprentice” contestant, Trump campaign surrogate, and White House staffer Omarosa Manigault, back in September 2016: ”Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most ...

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The Mouse Buys the Fox, Disney Purchases 20th Century Fox, Avengers and X-Men Can Unite!

The Mouse Buys the Fox Back on the old television show Fringe, there was a fictional megacorporation called Massive Dynamic that advertised with the vaguely ominous slogan: “What do we do? What don’t we do!” How long until we feel that way about Disney-Fox, or whatever the new merged megacorporation ...

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A Podcast with Ryan Crocker, Hosted by Jay Nordlinger

Ryan Crocker is my guest on Q&A, here. He is one of the outstanding U.S. diplomats of our time. In addition to his other posts, he was ambassador to Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Nothing but the easy assignments for him, as you can see. George W. Bush, ...

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Alabama Senate Race: Lessons for Populists & Establishment Republicans

Roy Moore’s loss on Tuesday underlines the significant possibility that both the establishment and populists might need to revise their electoral strategies. One of the traditional strengths of the “establishment” is its ability to cut deals. Well, the GOP establishment might need to start thinking about how to cut some ...

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Unconscious Racism Claims Fall Flat

Following up on my post Monday about a Heritage Foundation panel discussion on Thursday this week, here’s the link to the paper that Althea Nagai will be discussing at the event, “The Implicit Association Test: Flawed Science Tricks Americans into Believing They Are Unconscious Racists.” Its concluding paragraph: Given the ...

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American History for Freedom Grants — Martin Center

In a perfect world, the federal government would never have gotten into higher education and now that it has blundered in, would get completely out. In our very imperfect world, however, we should look for ways of changing the federal role in higher education so it does less harm, or ...

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Victor Davis Hanson’s “The Second World Wars” on Uncommon Knowledge, Part II

Could the Axis powers have won? What are the counterfactuals for World War II? Find out in Part II of this episode as military historian, editor of Strategika, and Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson joins me to discuss his latest book, The Second World Wars. If ...

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Al Franken & Minnesota: Tina Smith Will Be His Replacement in the Senate

The short answer: Not much. Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has announced that he will appoint current lieutenant governor Tina Smith to fill Senator Al Franken’s seat, after Franken promised to step down in the wake of several sexual-misconduct allegations against him. Smith will serve a one-year term, after which she ...

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“The Walking Dead” Limps On

Okay, it’s been a few days, and I assume everyone who still cares about The Walking Dead — a shrinking group of people according to the ratings — is probably caught up. Still if you didn’t watch Sunday’s mid-season finale, you should probably skip this — and maybe the finale, ...

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