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Today — August 18th 2022The Corner | National Review

Fact-Checking a Clinical Activist

Jack Turban’s most recent study on trans-identifying youth claims that social influence has nothing to do with it.

‘Don’t Run, Liz, Don’t Run’

It would make no sense for Cheney to run for president.

Kohl’s, Doctor Doom, and Inflation

The Fed does not appear inclined to declare victory over inflation any time soon, nor should it.

A Kolh's is seen in Broomfield, Colo., 2014

CDC Admission of Dysfunction Misses the Big Problems

Walensky has yet to admit the CDC’s overcaution, misguided use of studies to impose excessive risk aversion on all, and role in keeping schools closed.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky testifies during a Senate hearing on the federal response to the coronavirus on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 11, 2022.

China’s Foreign Ministry Suggests 9/11 Was an Inside Job

China’s foreign ministry spokesman tweeted out a meme suggesting that 9/11 was an inside job.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China, April 8, 2020.

John Fetterman Has Big Weaknesses

Does Mehmet Oz or the NRSC want to bring up the time John Fetterman pulled a gun on an innocent black jogger?

Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman stands on stage before speaking at a rally in Erie, Pa., August 12, 2022.

Bye-Bye, Brian

Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter spent years braying about declining trust in the media while covering for his industry’s egregiously biased, activist behavior.

Brian Stelter arrives for the Time 100 Gala celebrating Time magazine's 100 most influential people people in the world in New York City, June 8, 2022.

On the Guilty Plea of Trump’s Finance Guy, Weisselberg

Alvin Bragg is settling for a puny case against Trump’s company because he can’t hook the big fish.

Allen Howard Weisselberg, the former Trump Organization CFO, appears in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, August 18, 2022.

Oregon Governor’s Race Moved from ‘Lean Democrat’ to ‘Toss-Up’

Christine Drazan could break the state’s long record of one-party rule.

Left: Gubernatorial Candidate Christine Drazan (R., Ore.) speaks during an interview. Right: Tina Kotek speaks during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25, 2016.

Transitioning Three-Year-Olds

Yale Medicine’s Pediatric Gender Program is ‘treating’ them.

Zelensky Slams Russia’s ‘Nuclear Blackmail,’ Pleads for U.N. Action on Forced Deportations

Russia’s tactics involving Ukraine’s nuclear plant are a ‘deliberate and cynical terror,’ Zelensky told the U.N. secretary-general.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a joint news conference with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 26, 2022.

Putin Gets Chinese Plaudits for Calling Pelosi Trip ‘Planned Provocation’

Beijing shows support for Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, February 4, 2022.

Is Alvin Bragg’s Trump Case Alive after All?

If Weisselberg’s admission of guilt is used at trial, that could move the remainder of the investigation a step closer against the Trump Organization.

Left: Then-President Donald Trump at the White House in 2020. Right: Then-candidate for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg

Good News for J. D. Vance and Ohio Republicans!

Emerson College’s new survey of Ohio likely voters brings welcome news for J. D. Vance and Republicans.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate J. D. Vance arrives to speak to supporters at an election party after winning the primary in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 3, 2022.
Yesterday — August 17th 2022The Corner | National Review

Reason 1,265 for the Green Bay Packers’ Superiority

If you’re ever in Wisconsin, stop at Lambeau and ask your fellow tourists if they are part owners. Likely as not, they will be.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., December 12, 2021.

Russia Makes Full-Court Press to Get Lavrov a Visa for U.N. Meeting

Following the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. and dozens of other countries closed their airspace to Russian aircraft.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov  attends a news conference following a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, Russia, December 30, 2019.

Rushdie-Attack Suspect: Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini ‘a Great Person’

The alleged attacker told a newspaper that he was surprised to hear that Rushdie had survived.

A woman holds a picture of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a ceremony to mark the 18th anniversary of his death in the Behesht Zahra cemetery south of Tehran in 2007.

The Bogus Lawsuit against Ron DeSantis for Removing a Rogue Prosecutor

State attorney Andrew Warren announced his refusal to enforce abortion and transgender laws. DeSantis was on solid legal ground in suspending him.

Governor Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) speaks at CPAC in Orlando, Fla., February 24, 2022.

The Folly of a Liz Cheney Independent Presidential Bid

If Cheney ran for president in 2024 as an independent, what would she be trying to achieve?

Republican candidate Representative Liz Cheney speaks during her primary election night party in Jackson, Wyo., August 16, 2022.

Oregon Could Be a Surprising Exception to the GOP Summer Swoon

Christine Drazan, the Republican candidate for governor, has a real shot.

Gubernatorial Candidate Christine Drazan (R., Ore.) speaks during an interview

British Resident Sentenced by Saudi Court to 34 Years in Jail for Retweeting and Following Dissidents

The punishment was handed down by the kingdom’s terrorism court.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 23, 2018

U.N. Report: China Is Enslaving Uyghurs

U.N. official Michelle Bachelet, however, is still dragging her feet on a different report expected to criticize Beijing’s actions.

Ethnic Uyghur men work at a farming area near Lukqun town, in Xinjiang province October 30, 2013.

Sounds of Music

A podcast featuring Marilyn Horne, plus reviews from the Salzburg Festival.

Outside at the Salzburg Festival, August 2022

Walmart, Target: Not Quite Paradise Aisles

What their numbers say about the economy is not as rosy as might be hoped.

A shopper walks down an aisle in a newly-opened Walmart Neighborhood Market in Chicago in 2011.

Re: Liz Cheney Was in Danger before Joining January 6 Committee

Given how Trumpy the Wyoming Republican Party is, Cheney’s impeachment vote alone was enough to make it unlikely that she would prevail in the 2022 GOP primary.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) looks on during her primary election night party in Jackson, Wyo., August 16, 2022.

The Biden Administration’s Quiet Failure on Monkeypox

The federal government’s response to monkeypox is looking an awful lot like its deeply flawed early response to Covid-19.

‘Under-Policed and Over-Imprisoned’

Both from an economic-efficiency point of view and a crime-deterrent point of view, the U.S. needs more police, not less.

Today in Capital Matters: Humility and Housing

Brian Riedl writes on economic forecasters and Douglas Carr covers the housing market.

Liz Cheney Was in Danger before Joining January 6 Committee

Her participation in the committee may have sealed her fate and made the result as lopsided as it was.

Republican candidate Representative Liz Cheney speaks during her primary election night party in Jackson, Wyo., August 16, 2022.

In Legal Education, the Brits Do It Better

We need to liberalize the market for legal education and legal services, and Britain shows how our system could be improved upon.
Before yesterdayThe Corner | National Review

Republican Voters in Swing and Blue States Should Value Electability

If better candidates had prevailed in key Republican primaries, the GOP’s chances of winning the Senate — and stopping the Democrats — would look a lot better right now.

Colorado GOP Senate candidate Joe O'Dea

On ‘Zero Inflation’

Using the most common metric, inflation for July was 8.5 percent, not zero.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 at the White House in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2022.

The Manhattan D.A.’s Trump-Organization Case Ends with a Whimper

The Manhattan district attorney appears to have recognized the stench of unequal justice and given up chasing Trump.

New York City District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks during a news conference at the Supreme Court after the exoneration proceeding of Steven Lopez, a co-defendant of the Central Park Five case, in New York City, July 25, 2022.

Inflation Harder on Young Singles

Inflation is widening the money gap between young married couples and singles.

Is There Any Evidence That NBA Games on Election Night Reduce Turnout?

The NBA’s announcement is a solution in search of a problem.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and guard Andre Iguodala (9) during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., June 13, 2019.

Washington State Primary Results Point to a Pretty Good November for House GOP

Over at RealClearPolitics, Sean Trende has a must-read piece that cuts through the noise about the midterm elections: In short, in Washington state, all candidates…

The Washington Post’s Covid Straw Man

The Washington Post misreads prominent anti-lockdown arguments.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pauses as he speaks on stage at the Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit in Tampa, Fla., July 22, 2022.

The Little Bullet Train That Could

Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt, is a relentless spectacle.

Brad Pitt in <i>Bullet Train</i>

Is Dr. Oz Serious?

You don’t need a pollster to know that Oz is in trouble — just watch his latest ad.

Screenshot capture from Dr. Oz's campaign advertisement, August 15, 2022

‘And Then There Were None’?

Today is Primary Day in Wyoming. Liz Cheney will probably go down to defeat. But she has rendered a patriotic service.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) during a meeting on Capitol Hill, October 19, 2021

The Baltic Monuments War: The Narva Tank Is Rolled Out

By transferring a Soviet-era monument to a museum just outside Tallinn, the Estonian government has clearly decided to take no chances.

A girlstands next to an AS-90 artillery weapon  during commemoration for the centennial of the ceasefire of the War of Independence near the border crossing point with Russia in Narva, Estonia, January 3, 2020.

A ‘Show Trial’ Is Exactly What This Is

Does it sound like Cheney is a dispassionate, objective finder of fact, or participating in a show trial for her own political vendetta?

Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) questions Cassidy Hutchinson, as Hutchinson testifies during a public hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2022.

Pro-Abortion MDs Want Media to Cancel Pro-Life Voices

Physicians for Reproductive Health is pushing the media to ban all pro-life voices from its reporting on abortion.

Democrats Already Are Planning More Tax Hikes If They Keep House

One of the most important jobs facing a GOP-led House will be to roll back the IRS’s hiring bonanza and block its implementation.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi bangs the gavel in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., August 12, 2022.

Liz Cheney’s Future

The voters will pass judgment on Liz Cheney, and history will pass judgment on them.

The Marriage Gap

The institution of marriage has taken on elite status.

Dick Cheney, Manhood, Etc.

The former vice president has cut an ad for his daughter Liz.

Dick Cheney at the U.S. Capitol on March 9, 2017

No, Beto O’Rourke Isn’t Beating Greg Abbott

Despite all the talk of Beto O’Rourke surging, Greg Abbott’s lead in the Texas governor’s race is persistent and steady.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke walks outside Uvalde High School the day after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022.

When Money Dies: Argentina’s Inflation

Inflation in Argentina is about 7 percent per month right now, but already showing signs of what happens when money dies.

A Small Step against the Yearning for a Political Messiah

A few of Kamala Harris’s most ardent fans have lowered their expectations of what she can accomplish, which is a welcome sign of receding political messianism.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at commencement for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., U.S., May 18, 2022.

Joan of Arc Was a Woman

Almost everyone can agree that the saint was a remarkable woman — and largely because she was a woman.

Statue of Saint Joan of Arc on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, France.

Truck-Chassis Industrial Policy Isn’t Going Well

The ‘make them here instead’ mantra popular with politicians hasn’t worked for truck chassis, the trailers used to haul shipping containers.

A truck hauls shipping containers at Yusen Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2019.

Staying Alive

In the Ukraine war, there are heroics and atrocities every day.

A local removes broken glass from a window of his damaged apartment following a Russian missile strike in Kostiantynivka, Ukraine, August 6, 2022.

The World Loves Top Gun: Maverick

At a time when many seem to have given up on the U.S. and its position in the world, there might be a lesson in this.

Tom Cruise in <i>Top Gun: Maverick</i>.

The Progressive Fizzle

Comparing President Biden’s legislative accomplishments to what progressives wanted when he took office with a Democratic Congress.

A Year Later, Biden’s Promise of ‘al-Qaeda Gone’ from Afghanistan Looks Even Worse

Al-Qaeda was quite open about its continuing relationship with the Taliban.

President Joe Biden looks down as he delivers remarks about Afghanistan, from the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., August 26, 2021.

More Warning Signs of China’s Weakening Economy

Times are tough in China right now, more so than they are elsewhere in the world, and they are tough because of the CCP’s past and present decisions.

People wearing face masks shop at a morning market in Beijing, China, March 30, 2022.

Repeal and Replace Preseason Football

Once you reach a certain age as a Jets fan, you know you’re going to be disappointed. But you don’t yet know the manner and timing of the disappointment.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) throws the ball during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J., October 3, 2021. The Jets won 27-24.

Housing: Another Gloomy Data Point

Mess with the market at your peril.

A for-sale sign outside a home in New York City in 2012.

How Subsidies Backfire

Government subsidies tend to backfire.

Xanadu Is a Bad Movie with a Good Soundtrack

The Olivia Newton-John musical fantasy barely has a plot, is ridiculously cheesy, and makes no sense. And yet . . .

Olivia Newton-John in <i>Xanadu</i>

NRI’s Annual Prize Dinner Is Coming to California!

National Review Institute’s William F. Buckley Prize Dinner will be in Simi Valley, Calif., on September 29, 2022.

Victoria’s Secret Isn’t Worth Knowing

No one is buying the lingerie chain’s calculated wokeness.

A customer passes by an L Brands Inc., Victoria's Secret retail store in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 13, 2016.

Go Outside, Progressive Writers

Put down your cellphones, take off your tinfoil hats, and spend more time in America.

The Atlantic: Rosaries Are Worse Than Firebombings

Somebody ought to tell Atlantic readers that firebombings and assassination attempts are worse than the Rosary.

George Washington’s Warning against an American Caesar

Why our first president counseled against a spitefully retaliatory politics — and what he can teach us today.

A painting of George Washington

Objections to Early Marriage

It is not impossible to impress the value of abstinence until marriage on one’s college-aged children.

Stacey Abrams Inadvertently Reveals the Pro-Abortion Problem

The only non-arbitrary argument for abortion is one that also endorses infanticide.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at a news conference in Atlanta, Ga., May 24, 2022.

Today in Capital Matters: Desalination

Edward Ring writes about desalination.

Government Incompetence Comes for French Reactors

The French have a nuclear problem, primarily of their own making.

Higher Education Has Much to Answer For

Government programs and university pressures have badly distorted the incentives facing those who do scientific research.

Subsection (C) Is a Boon for ‘Team Pretextual’

Subsection (c) is, at the very least, completely consistent with the pretext theory.

‘Good News from the World of Academia’

Government policy has created a college bubble much as it created the housing bubble some 15 years ago. This may be deflating.

Princeton University campus in 2013.

On the FBI, Mar-a-Lago, Etc.

No man is above the law. Yet police powers can be abused. No end of things to think about . . .

Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.

Salman Rushdie and the Decline of Western Civilization

We cannot remain a ‘safe haven for exiled writers’ if we are not a safe haven for ourselves.

Author Salman Rushdie listens during an interview with Reuters in London, England, April 15, 2008.

Trump’s Explanation of Document Declassification Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Questioning FBI actions does not require taking everything Trump says at face value.

Former President Donald Trump holds a rally in Mendon, Ill., June 25, 2022.

Electric Vehicles, Greenflation, and Competition

There has often been more than a touch of magical thinking running through the way that electric vehicles are talked about.

A driver connects a Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicle to a charging station at Waymo's operations center in the Bayview district of San Francisco, Calif. October 19, 2021.

‘Even George Will’

Even one of Trump’s greatest journalistic antagonists isn’t signing up for the FBI raid. 

‘Oh! Pleasant Exercise of Hope and Joy!’

There is an assumption that there simply can’t be an innocent — or less than completely damning — explanation for anything alleged.

A Summer Well Spent

As I head off to Brown this fall, I will take the myriad lessons I have learned at NR and put them to good use.

China Preparing to Move Forces to the Atlantic, Says French Naval Chief

It’s building a fleet of icebreakers for that purpose.

China's aircraft carrier <i>Liaoning</i> (center) takes part in a military drill of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy in the western Pacific Ocean, April 18, 2018.

An Unsettling Glimpse at CPAC Texas

An attendee of the Dallas conference gives a dispiriting report of its goings-on, such as a Viktor Orbán speech, stolen-election nonsense, and January 6 performance art.

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake looks on during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, August 5, 2022.

You Either Support Free Speech or You Don’t

There’s no reason to care why people oppose free speech. All that matters is that they do.

Salman Rushdie during an interview with Reuters in 2012.

Warning Shot in the Gender-Clinic Wars

Maddy Kearns brings her journalistic expertise to bear on the news of the Tavistock gender-clinic closure on today’s Editors podcast.

The Tavistock Centre NHS clinic is seen in London, England, July 28, 2022.

If Criticisms of George Soros Are Antisemitic, So Are Criticisms of Sheldon Adelson

There’s an easy way to test if left-wing allegations of antisemitism vis-à-vis Soros are honest.

On Hillary, Trump, and Whataboutism: A Response to My Critics

If Trump broke the law, he deserves consequences. But it is not excusing or defending Trump to point out that every decision has a cost as well as a benefit.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks to reporters after making a statement about the FBI's search warrant served at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida during an appearance at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C., August 11, 2022.

More Democrat Duplicitousness on IRS Funding

From here on out, Democrats are the party of doubling the IRS.

Conservatism and Mediating Institutions

How to renew a Tocquevillian America.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Mr. President, Learn a Little on Your South Carolina Vacation

The successes of the Palmetto State are worth thinking about.

President Joe Biden salutes before boarding Air Force One to depart for Kiawah Island, S.C., from Joint Base Andrews, August 10, 2022.

Lines Must Be Drawn, Even in the Midwest

Missouri does not count. Neither does Pennsylvania. Sorry, not sorry.

U.S. Intel Official Turned TikTok Lawyer Claims ‘Anti-China Xenophobia’

TikTok’s hiring from the U.S. intelligence community ought to raise eyebrows.

The U.S. head office of TikTok in Culver City, Calif., September 15, 2020.

#DarkBrandon: Death of a Meme

R.I.P. ‘Let’s go, Brandon.’

A "Let's Go Brandon" sign stands in Ortonville, Mich., November 20, 2021.

Conservatives for Community

The libertarian streak is an essential part of the American character. But it must be counterbalanced by a complementary communitarian streak.

A Trump supporter holds an American flag at a rally in Madison, Ala., February 2016.

If Inflation Cools, What Is the Republican Plan B?

The inflation crisis, which has caused significant stress for Americans, has been a political gift for Republicans. But what is their agenda if it eases?

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy listens to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speak to reporters at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2021.

Today in Capital Matters: IRS and Student Loans

Check out Capital Matters to read Dominic Pino on Janet Yellen’s unconvincing mathematics and what Jon Hartely has to say about student loans.

Continuing the Conversation about ‘National Conservatism’

Four voices assess the merits and value of a recent statement of national-conservative principles.

Whose Nuclear What?

What’s most likely to cause political alarm in the Biden admin is Trump retaining information bearing on the nuclear ambitions of Iran or North Korea.

FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Downside for Garland in Speaking

When Garland speaks but doesn’t refute what the former president said publicly, it’s reasonable to deduce that he’s not in a position to rebut Trump’s claims.

A.G. Merrick Garland speaks about the FBI's search warrant served at former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Washington, D.C., August 11, 2022.

Even If You Think Trump Was Wronged, It Doesn’t Mean He Should Be President Again

The question of Trump’s suitability for a second term should be treated as a distinct one from whatever you believe about the FBI raid.

NYT Publishes Catholic Writer, Outrage Ensues

The fact that there are opinions in opinion journalism is not a license to ignore the facts of the case.

Butler’s Midwestern Fish Folly

The Midwest is where men are free and the lutefisk plentiful.

Fish Rack with dried fish (Lutefisk)

Of ‘Turncoats’ and ‘Show Trials’

To call the January 6 hearings ‘show trials,’ calling to mind the Stalinist festivals of brutality, is foolish and irresponsible.

History Goes Woke

Students thinking of going into history should beware — if they aren’t sufficiently ‘woke,’ they’ll have a hard time.

Sex Education

Parental rights demand parental responsibilities.

Episcopal Church Endorses ‘Gender-Affirming’ Mutilations of Children

The Episcopal Church believes it is being affirming of human dignity, when it is endorsing actions that really entail the opposite.

Thoughts on AG Garland’s Remarks

So many unanswered questions.

Attorney General Merrick Garland refuses to answer questions after speaking about the FBI's search warrant served at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate during a statement at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C., August 11, 2022.

Yes, Her Emails

Unfortunately for every American, Hillary Rodham Clinton is very relevant right now.

Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters following the 2016 presidential election in Manhattan, November 9, 2016.

Americans Want Abortion on the Ballot: Are Republicans Up to the Task?

Pro-lifers must spend less time on the defensive and devote more time to exposing Americans to the gruesome and cruel realities of abortion.

Yard sign urges residents to vote on an amendment to Kansas’ constitution that would assert there is no right to abortion in Wichita, Kan., July 11, 2022.

‘Correct Understanding of China’: Another Chinese Diplomat Advocates ‘Reeducation’ of Taiwan

China’s ambassador to Australia also hinted at future military aggression targeting the island nation.

Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian speaks at Australia's National Press Club, August 9, 2022.

Can We Criticize Soros?

There are ways of criticizing Soros that play with antisemitic tropes. Noting his extraordinary intervention into American justice is not one of them.

Manchin Net Favorable Rating Drops 29 Points after Reconciliation Deal

Manchin’s favorable rating has collapsed since Senate passage of the Democrats’ tax, spend, Obamacare expansion, and IRS audit bill.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) attends the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 1, 2022.

Another NYT Attempt to Cast Normal Conservative Views as ‘on the Fringes’

On major issues, where, exactly, is the rightward shift?

Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters speaks during former President Donald Trump's rally ahead of Arizona primary elections, in Prescott Valley, Ariz., July 22, 2022.

California’s ‘Safe Injection Site’ Experiment

California has passed a bill allowing three cities to maintain safe-injection sites for drug users, and it awaits Governor Newsom’s signature.

A worker holds a tray and injection kit at an injection site for addicts in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Very Simple Question

Is there less here than meets the eye?

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Delaware, Ohio, April 23, 2022.


Vengeance is worth the watch.

Re: Alpha Dog

The FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago helps Trump.

Bad News for Democrats: Hispanics Are Patriotic 

Democrats have miscalculated on the Hispanic demographic.

Why We Talk about Miscarriage Differently from Abortion

Responding to a New York Times op-ed conflating miscarriage and abortion.

Pro-abortion rights activists protest outside the Supreme Court building, ahead of arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case <i>Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health</i>, in Washington, D.C., December 1, 2021.

Pelosi’s Proxy-Voting Boondoggle Has Nothing to Do with Covid

It has everything to do with squeezing as much juice as possible out of her slim House majority.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) answers questions during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., August 10, 2022.

The New York Times Misleads on Kansas Pro-Life Defeat

Pundits are wrong to argue that the failure of the pro-life amendment is a sign that Americans don’t want pro-life laws.

The <i>New York Times</i> Building in New York, June 29, 2021

Domino’s Leaves Italy

The American pizza franchise couldn’t hack it in the birthplace of the dish. But could other American forms of pizza do better there?

A call-out mechanic fixes a Dominos delivery scooter in London, England, June 8, 2018.

Today in Capital Matters: Recession and Confusion

Kevin Hassett says we’re in a recession, and Sami Karam writes about the economy.

Britain’s Attorney General Rejects Trans Overreach in Education

The U.K.’s AG has clarified that schools are legally permitted ‘to refuse to use the preferred opposite sex pronouns of a child.’

British Attorney General Suella Braverman attends an event in London, England, July 11, 2022.

Britain’s Gender-Youth Clinic Faces Mass Legal Action

Should the lawsuit be successful, the incident at the Tavistock could be a gunshot around the world.

Just 12 Percent of Americans Believe That the Inflation Reduction Act Will Reduce Inflation

This, obviously, is disastrous for the Democrats. It’s also richly deserved.

President Joe Biden walks after delivering remarks on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 at the White House in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2022.

Net Zero: Big Neighbor Should Be Watching You

With Britain facing energy bills that give a taste of what net zero will be like, Johnson can consider himself lucky that he will be out.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, England, July 20, 2022.

The Importance of International Sports Bodies

The Irish Rugby Football Union is the latest sports body to exclude male athletes who self-identify as female.

Swimmers compete in the women's 200-meter individual medley semifinal during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, July 27, 2021.

How Iranian Terrorists Watched John Bolton

The accuracy with which Iran surveilled Bolton is chilling.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks during a lecture at Duke University in Durham, N.C., February 17, 2020.

Is J. K. Rowling a ‘Major Villain’?

She did go ‘from beloved children’s author to a TERF,’ after all.

Yes, That Is Mike Lee’s Twitter

So long as our political representatives are on Twitter, let’s hope that more of them tweet like @BasedMikeLee. 

Why Is the New York Times Publishing CCP Propagandists?

Any unbiased observer would scoff at the idea that the January 6 riot was morally analogous to Uyghur concentration camps. But Wang is not an unbiased observer.

People line up for taxis across the street from the <i>New York Times</i> building in New York City.

What Is the Midwest?

‘Data journalism’ attempts to answer what the Midwest is, and how it should be characterized.

Barn in an Iowa cornfield.


This free online course will provide a substantive understanding of economics, rooted in First Principles.

David Bahnsen

Saudi Spy Case Shows How Autocratic Governments Hijack Social Media

The recent use of espionage through Twitter is simply the latest bold move made by the autocrats in the region. 

Ahmad Abouammo leaves Santa Rita jail after being freed pending trial, in Dublin, Calif., November 21, 2019.

Cashing In on the ‘Raid’

Former president Donald Trump is using the FBI’s Monday ‘raid’ on his home at Mar-a-Lago to solicit donations from his supporters.

Former President Donald Trump gestures during a rally to boost Ohio Republican candidates ahead of their May 3 primary election, at the county fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, April 23, 2022.

Another Danger of Domestic Political Escalation

Radicalizing political conflict threatens democratic stability.

A Trump supporter protests near the Trump National Golf Club after former President Donald Trump said that FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach home, in Bedminster, N.J., August 9, 2022.

Trump Takes the Fifth

When it comes to NY attorney general Letitia James’s investigation into the Trump organization, there’s no doubt the former president is in a tough spot.

Former President Trump (left) and New York Attorney General Letitia James (right)

A Politicized AG Abuses Power to Target His Man

Washington State’s zealous left-wing attorney general goes to amazing lengths to crush a government critic.

Some Are Determined to Defend Free Speech on Campus

The Left wants people with closed minds, true believers in its vision of a tightly controlled, egalitarian state. Let’s not let that happen.

Second Look at the Polls from Ohio

Some thoughts on the polling out of Ohio.

Republican Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, August 5, 2022.

Budget Magic

This has been a season of Democrats relearning the hard lessons of the 1970s and 1980s, hasn’t it?

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., August 7, 2022.

Today in Capital Matters: IRS

Daniel Pilla writes about the IRS.

The Baltic Monument Wars Continue

The Victory Monument, a massive, triumphalist excrescence that wrecks what would otherwise be a pleasant park in the Latvian capital, Riga, needs to go.

Police officers near a monument commemorating the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in WWII in Riga, Latvia, May 11, 2022.

The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’: Taxing Share Buybacks

The Left perceives buybacks as a device that can be played by unscrupulous executives wanting to ramp up their company’s share price and as a tax-avoidance scheme.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, March 19, 2020.

Israel Is the Bad Guy in the Eyes of the Media, Once Again

The media routinely view Israel’s conflict with its terrorist neighbors through a lens that finds a moral equivalence between both sides.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercept rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, seen from Ashkelon, Israel, August 5, 2022.

This Is Sportsmanship at Its Absolute Best

A heartwarming episode from the Little League World Series.

Sorry, Not Nearly Machiavellian Enough, Mark

How about firing the FBI’s director and installing someone to quash any Hunter Biden investigation?

Maritime Insurers See Low Risk of War over Taiwan

Shipping forecasts are a welcome sign for Taiwan’s independence.

Container ships are seen at the port in Keelung, Taiwan, August 6, 2022.

Biden Allegedly Slow-Walking TikTok Investigation, GOP Demands Answers

GOP Congressmen demand answers from the Biden administration.

The U.S. head office of TikTok in Culver City, Calif., September 15, 2020

A Machiavellian DOJ Would Pick This Moment to . . .

appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden on gun charges.

Hunter Biden looks on during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2022.

Today in Capital Matters: Oil-Export Ban

Benjamin Zycher writes about crude-oil exports.

Do We Believe Our Own Dogma?

The FBI’s serving a search warrant on Donald Trump’s residence is not — in spite of everything being said about it — unprecedented.

Former President Donald Trump takes the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, August 6, 2022.

Not by Bread Alone

It isn’t easy to make that sort of idea accessible, appealing, even exciting. But Russ Roberts’s Wild Problems does just that.

If the Raid on Mar-a-Lago Was Not Justified, Then What?

Let’s define some terms.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland (left) listens as FBI Director Christopher Wray discusses enforcement actions against Russia  at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., April 6, 2022.

Public Pension Funds: Digging a Hole for the Taxpayer

Managers of public pension funds who have succumbed to ESG would do well to drop the political agenda that comes with it.

Biden vs. DeSantis: The Unknown Clash

Precisely because you’ve never heard of it, the DeSantis–Biden clash over university accreditation shows who DeSantis really is.

Left: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at CPAC in 2021. Right: President Joe Biden at the White House, January 19, 2022.

The Unprecedented FBI Raid on Former President Donald Trump

It is unprecedented for the FBI to raid the house of a former president — they better have the goods.

Then-President Donald Trump speaks to the media after participating in a video teleconference with members of the U.S. military at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., December 24, 2019.

Why the Expansion of the IRS Is So Worrisome

The ‘paying their fair share’ baloney is cover for the further politicization of the IRS.

Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C.

About Those ‘Synthetic Embryos’

The time is now to establish enforceable ethical and legal boundaries about what can be done, particularly with human research.

No Trade Is Better Than a Bad Griner Trade

The Biden administration should look for other avenues to first bring home accused spy Paul Whelan and then Brittney Griner.

Brittney Griner stands inside a defendants' cage before the verdict in a court hearing in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia, August 4, 2022.

Talk and Action in the 117th Congress

The institutional constraints of the American system force us to deal with the pluralistic reality of American life.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) departs after a news conference to tout the $430 billion drug pricing, energy and tax bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, August 5, 2022.

David McCullough: A Gracious Man

The historian was always polite, genial, with never a trace of entitlement or hauteur — a delight to know.

Author David McCullough poses for a photo at the screening of HBO's new miniseries <i>John Adams</i> in the Cannon Caucus Room in Washington, D.C., March 5, 2008.

Democrats’ Spending Bill Subsidizes Obamacare Plans that Cover Abortion

In addition to its many other failings, the bill will contribute to taxpayer funding of abortion.

Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016.

Americans Are Correct to Be Instinctively Terrified of the IRS

Markowitz says that he has ‘never understood the fear of an IRS audit.’ Maybe I can help him understand?

Then-Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Lois Lerner prepares to deliver an opening statement during a hearing on the alleged targeting of political groups seeking tax-exempt status by the IRS, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 22, 2013.

Disparate Impact Theory Has Done a Lot of Damage

The 1964 Civil Rights Act has had the unfortunate and unintended consequence of pushing employers to demand college credentials.

Today in Capital Matters: Free Markets/Culture and China/ESG

Samuel Gregg writes about free markets and Andrew Stuttaford considers China and ESG.

Net Zero, Millenarianism, and the War against Growth

Much of climate activism bears a direct resemblance to various millenarian movements that have sprung up over the centuries, sometimes with horrific results.

A man holds a placard during a protest against the Federal Reserve about climate change in New York City, October 29, 2021.

It Would Be Better Just to Burn Money Than Spend It on ‘Diversity’

The obsession with ‘diversity’ continues to rage throughout American higher education.

Pelosi’s China Connection

On Friday, during a press conference in Tokyo, Pelosi made a comment about China when reminiscing about her youth.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi attends a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, August 5, 2022.

John Kerry: Not in China’s Lane

It’s time, I think, for our climate Metternich to assert himself.

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry gestures during a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland May 25, 2022.

Why the Recent Decline in Diesel Prices Won’t Last

Prices will likely be on their way back up relatively soon.

Gas pump at a Shell gas station in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2021.

Taiwan’s Inconvenient History

Writing for UnHerd, Bill Hayton wonders just how Chinese Taiwan really is.

A Taiwanese sailor holds his country's flag on a frigate in 2008.

Another National Poll, Another Strong Showing for DeSantis

And more catastrophic numbers for Biden and Harris.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., February 24, 2022.

Back to the Minor Leagues

Reflections on this summer at NR and the future.

Battling the Woke Education Establishment in the Trenches

A Maine parent fought back against the education establishment over graphic content presented to children.

The Expanded NATO Universe

The near unanimity on the question of this round of NATO expansion may mask a lack of strategic thinking.

NATO and U.S. flags fly at the entrance of the Alliance's headquarters during a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, March 31, 2017.

Reflections on the Statue of Liberty

A visit the day after the overturning of Roe had special meaning.

What We Can Learn from the Public Response to Monkeypox

Health officials were only too willing to advise a society-wide crackdown when it came to Covid-19, but now they remain silent.

Dr. Emily Drwiega from the University of Illinois Health and Maggie Butler, a registered nurse, prepare monkeypox vaccines at the Test Positive Aware Network nonprofit clinic in Chicago, Illinois, July 25, 2022.

July Jobs Report Shows Workers Under Strain

Press coverage has been straight out of the White House hymnal, but a closer look suggests why a lot of workers are not feeling so thrilled right now.

A 7-Eleven convenience store has a sign in the window reading "Now Hiring" in Cambridge, Mass., July 8, 2022.

Remember How the Filibuster Was Paralyzing Democracy?

The narrative of bipartisan legislative successes contradicts what many critics of the filibuster were saying for the first year of Biden’s presidency.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 at the White House in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2022.

Vasectomy Bros

Sterilization? No thanks.

Quick Note on the Jobs Report

The Fed runs many risks right now; being too hard on the labor market does not appear to be one of them.

Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, D.C., August 22, 2018.

The Breaking of Batgirl

Flop averted.

A fan dressed in a Batgirl costume, displays her tickets to an evening screening of the film “The Dark Knight Rises” in Burbank, California July 20, 2012.

How Big Media Institutions Unwittingly Helped Promote Alex Jones

Alex Jones is self-evidently abhorrent… so why did mainstream media institutions keep inviting him onto their shows?

Alex Jones speaks at a rally near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2016.

Should Republicans Be More Worried about the Ohio Senate Race?

In Ohio, every pollster has found Democrat Tim Ryan ahead of Republican J.D. Vance so far, by anywhere from three to eleven percentage points.

Republican Senate candidate J. D. Vance speaks to supporters at an election party after winning the primary in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 3, 2022.

What’s the Matter with Kansas? Life in the States Post-Roe

Join Kathryn Lopez for a discussion with John McCormack at 2 p.m. today.

Today in Capital Matters: SEC and Energy

Bernard Sharfman writes about the SEC and Thomas Hochman covers energy security relating to renewables.

Whither Tenure?

The forces of ‘progressivism’ are undermining tenure.

Germany: A Stay of Execution for the Last of Its Nuclear Energy (Maybe)

Scholz’s problem is that superstitious dread over nuclear energy still permeates much of Germany’s politics.

Clouds are seen over the cooling tower of the nuclear power plant Isar 2 in Eschenbach near Landshut, Germany, August 1, 2022.

The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Is Cynically Misnamed

The so-called Inflation Reduction Act is cynically misnamed.

Yes, Democratic Meddling Swung Peter Meijer’s Race

While the voters made the final decision, Democrats’ efforts influenced it.

Then-candidate for the House of Representatives Peter Meijer introduces Then-Vice President Mike Pence at a campaign event at Lacks Enterprises, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich., October 14, 2020.

Visa Suspends Ad Payments on Pornhub and MindGeek amid Lawsuit

The move came as part of a pending lawsuit over child pornography present on the site.

An employee (L) of returns a credit card and a receipt to a customer in Seoul, S.Korea, February 5, 2009.

Sinema and Sanders Raise Questions and Objections

Chuck Schumer faces some challenges in passing the Taxapalooza package he cooked up with Joe Manchin.

Kyrsten Sinema at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year summit in Phoenix, Ariz.

David Brooks Doesn’t Need to Apologize for Capitalism

Many of the defects Brooks associates with markets are instead products of government intervention.

David Brooks

Soft-on-China Think Tanker to Handle China Portfolio for Biden

In her past work, Jessica Lee advised the U.S. government not to criticize people with links to the CCP and to avoid strong language when talking about China.

A news report of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is seen on a television screen in Hong Kong, China November 8, 2020.