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Taj Mahal — India’s Diversity & Iconoclasm

Americans aren’t the only ones having a dumb national discussion about monuments associated with morally compromised political leaders: In India, people are talking about knocking down the Taj Mahal. Indian architecture is very old — the Mahabodhi Temple, which is still in use, was built around the time of the ...

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Trump’s “Generals” — McMaster, Kelly & Mattis & Foreign Policy Realism

Recently there have been a number of quite different critiques from all political sides of Trump’s generals (Kelly/McMaster/Mattis), and also from a variety of angles (too narrow experience, an unhealthy overdose of military thinking, a “sellout” for working for the likes of Trump, etc.). While it is hard to know ...

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Some Tax Links | National Review

Several good short items about taxes have come out today. Chris Edwards argues that people should not be required to start withdrawing from their retirement accounts at age 70 ½. Edward Lazear suggests some changes to the Republican framework’s treatment of business income. Ernie Tedeschi confirms that how the eventual ...

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Ed Gillespie & Ralph Northam: Poll Has Republican Leading Virginia Governor Race

A poll out this afternoon from Monmouth University shows Republican Ed Gillespie just edging out Democrat Ralph Northam in the race for Virginia governor, 48 to 47 percent. This is the first poll to put Gillespie in the lead, but recent forecasts of the race have shown the gap between the two candidates narrowing ...

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About Those Middle Class Tax Cuts

These days, you can’t turn around without hearing someone talk about how the Republican tax cuts shouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class, should cut taxes on the middle class, or will for sure hike taxes on the middle class. Senator Rand Paul has been quite vocal about his concerns about ...

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Living with the Unsolved Mysteries of Modern American Life

It’s fair to wonder whether the Las Vegas shooting is about to join the ranks of infamous crimes that are solved… but not quite explained. In 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation formally closed the investigation of the anthrax mailings, having concluded the attacks were carried out by Bruce Ivans, ...

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Arch of Titus — Jews’ Monument Model

I liked Kevin’s post about the Taj Mahal, and it reminded me of a point I wanted to make when all of this iconoclasm was erupting over the summer. I think the Confederate statues put up in the 1960s as a middle finger to the civil-rights movement are hard to ...

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Bowe Bergdahl Desertion Predicted on Fox News in 2009

In July 2009, 23 members of congress signed a letter demanding that Lt. Col. Ralph Peters apologize for stating on a Fox News segment that PFC Bowe Bergdahl “abandoned his buddies, abandoned his post, and just walked off” a U.S. Army base in Afghanistan prior to his capture by the Taliban. ...

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Greenhouse vs. the Pences | National Review

I wrote a post yesterday criticizing Linda Greenhouse’s latest column in the New York Times. But I didn’t quite plumb its depths. Here, again, is Greenhouse’s parting thought: “Conservatives, even the publicly pious ones, don’t seem to have a problem with limiting the size of their families. (Vice President Mike ...

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Best Buddies Friendship Walk — Down Syndrome Awareness Walk

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, as President Trump recognized in a beautiful statement earlier this month, in which he renewed “our Nation’s strong commitment to promoting the health, well-being, and inherent dignity of all children and adults with Down syndrome.” This genetic condition affects more than 250,000 Americans, but ...

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