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On Integrity in Journalism, President Trump, and the Sorrows of a Sports Fan

Martin Bernheimer, the prize-winning music critic, is retiring after a 60-year career. I wrote an appreciation of him last week. I pondered the question, What makes him great? (Rob Kapilow has a long-running series about music called “What Makes It Great?”) I catalogued Bernheimer’s outstanding qualities — and said that ...

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NFL Wedge Issue Helps & Hurts Trump

A few more points about the NFL fracas: I agree with Michael that the NFL is going to find itself in an uncomfortable spot now that it’s in the middle of a wedge issue. The league has to side with its players, many of whom now hate Trump, but the ...

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A Graham-Cassidy News Roundup | National Review

A lot of stories have broken this weekend; here’s a quick overview of what’s going on. As you consider these tidbits, the key facts to remember are (a) the bill won’t pass if more than two Republican senators oppose it and (b) John McCain has already said he’ll vote no. ...

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American Catholic Novels & Decline of Traditional Western Culture

“We just weren’t good enough,” said Ralph McInerny, the late novelist and legendary Thomist at Notre Dame. He meant that the American Catholic literary bloom that began in the mid-20th century withered after the ’60s not because the world turned against it but because the talent dried up. Joseph Bottum ...

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Germany’s Election – Merkel Stumbles (But Still Wins)

Well… Angela Merkel, Germany’s worst postwar chancellor, but the leader (to some) of the free world and paramount defender (to some) of ‘liberal values’ appears to have stumbled (just a bit, at least: She still won) in today’s parliamentary elections.  The Guardian: Angela Merkel has secured a fourth term as German chancellor ...

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NFL Players Kneel During the Anthem Division in America

Rich Lowry is probably correct about the political dynamics at work when president Trump said NFL owners should fire players who don’t stand for the national anthem. In his crude way, Trump found a way to activate a majoritarian kick reflex. But, what might be good for Trump in the short ...

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Golden State Warriors — White House Rejected, Trump Overreacts

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. A few months later, they went to the White House for the traditional round of presidential congratulations. Manny Ramirez was a no-show. Why? He didn’t like the president, George W. Bush, a baseball man himself, a former part-owner of the ...

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Trump’s NFL Protest Comments — Example of Why He’s President

Regarding Trump’s fire-the-NFL-protesters line last night that Teddy noted, it is a classic example of Trump’s, at times, gut-level political savvy. This kind of thing is why he’s president. He takes a commonly held sentiment — most people don’t like the NFL protests — and states it in an inflammatory ...

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Quebec Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Medical Homicide

My wife and I cared for my late mother in our home for the last five months of her life. She had Alzheimer’s, so I know what that disease is up close and personal. Believe me, it’s more than memory loss. Far more. That is one reason this story chills me to ...

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Helping Jeremy Corbyn – May’s Florentine Fail (2)

It’s a grim little task, but I’ve been thinking some more about British Prime Minister Theresa May’s vacuous and ill-considered ‘big speech’ about Brexit yesterday, and specifically its political implications. Best guess: her damp squib will blow up in the Tories’ faces. Explosives geeks, spare me your pedantry. To recap, May has ...

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