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Today — December 3rd 2022The Corner | National Review

Marco Rubio Continues to Mislead on Freight–Rail Labor Deal

Rubio’s idea of a pro-worker position was to vote against a contract that gave the largest wage increase in history and preserved extraordinary health benefits.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 5, 2020.

Raytheon CEO Outlines Severe Depletion of Javelin and Stinger Stockpiles amid Ukraine Aid Push

‘We’ve essentially used up 13 years’ worth of Stinger production and five years’ worth of Javelin production.’

A Ukrainian serviceman holds a Stinger anti-aircraft missile at a position in a front line in Mykolaiv Region, Ukraine, August 11, 2022.

The DeGrom Contract Is a Loss for Everyone

It’s a blow to the New York Mets that is not matched by a corresponding gain for the Texas Rangers.

Pitcher Jacob deGrom walks off the mound at Truist Park in Atlanta, Ga., September 30, 2022.

The AIDS Crisis and the Same-Sex-Marriage Movement

American public opinion in the 1980s was moved by the injustice of hospital-visitation rules that didn’t accommodate an entire subculture.

Rainbow flags at a Gay Pride parade in New York City, 2007.

Thoughts on the ‘Twitter Files’

The almost overt media class envy toward Taibbi was difficult not to notice.

Left:  Matt Taibbi attends the Build Series to discuss a documentary at Build Studio in New York City in 2017. Right: Elon Musk speaks during a media tour of the Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nev., in 2016.

What Do You Suppose Students Learn in This English Course?

Here is the course description for an English class at Kenyon College in Ohio.

Weekend Short: ‘A Rose for Emily’

Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily’ is a love letter to — and a denouncement of — an insular and atrophying society.

William Faulkner, 1954
Yesterday — December 2nd 2022The Corner | National Review

Could This Reparations Policy Be Too Much Even for California?

Will any remaining adults in the party have the nerve to say ‘No’ to reparations?

New Guttmacher Data Show Abortion-Rate Increase in 2020

The report provides powerful evidence that pro-lifers have plenty of work to do.

An anti-abortion activist holds a replica of a human fetus as demonstrators gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., June 29, 2020.

A Marital Spat

In a rare moment of imbalance, there was a bit of three-against-one on today’s Editors episode.

Democrats Scrap February 2024 Iowa Caucuses, Put South Carolina First

The new calendar will make the already difficult task of defeating Joe Biden in a Democratic primary even tougher in 2024.

It Will Always Be This Way

Nobody is protecting Donald Trump from his worst instincts anymore.

Left: Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week in 2015. Right: Former president Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Fla., November 8, 2022.

If Biden Believes Student Loans Are Like PPP, He Should Publish the Names of Every Applicant

Inter alia, it would help demonstrate why the journalistic class has been so remarkably quiet about the flagrant illegality of the scheme.

The Child Credit Has Helped Supply-Siders

Pro-growth and pro-family tax reforms are in practice complementary.

Indiana Jones Is Back (Again)

We’ll get to see next summer whether Harrison Ford’s last go-round as one of his most famous characters will have been worth another sequel.

From the <i>Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny</i> official trailer

Watch The Hong Konger, about Jimmy Lai, Whose Trial Looms

Conservatives should watch the Acton Institute documentary about this inspiring freedom-fighter.

Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying reports to the police station after he was released on bail following his arrest under the national security law in Hong Kong, China, December 2, 2020.

Saying Goodbye to National Review, and Friends

It’s been an honor.

Some NR friends after finishing a race together. From left: Judson Berger, Isaac Schorr, Jack Butler, Nick Tomaino, and Madeleine Kearns.

Protesting a Courageous Mother and Her Baby

Last night, the Capital Hill Pregnancy Center fundraising dinner was protested by women screaming ‘blood on your hands.’

Pro-life protestors from Operation Save America protest outside of Planned Parenthood in Nashville, Tenn., July 29, 2022.

Elon Musk Was Right to Suspend Kanye West’s Twitter Account

Elon Musk deserves kudos for the decision to suspend West’s account.

Elon Musk gestures as he visits the construction site of Tesla's Gigafactory in Gruenheide near Berlin, Germany, August 13, 2021.

Eric Adams, James Mark Rippee, and Some Mercy for the Mentally Ill Men and Women on Our Streets

We need to stop passing people by and shrugging. We need to look at human faces and care to help.

A man sleeps on a park bench outside a subway station in Queens, N.Y., March 31, 2022.

What Was the Point of That Cochise County Stunt?

Now that those two GOP members of the Cochise County Board of Supervisors have voted to certify their county election results . . . what was the point of their stunt?

Ballots for the midterm elections are counted in Phoenix, Ariz., November 10, 2022.

An Alum Looks Back at His Law School after 50 Years

Our institutions of higher education have changed a lot over the last half century.

Jonathan Chait Is Yet Again Wrong about Ron DeSantis

He ignores the perfectly good reasons for DeSantis to stay silent on Trump’s dinner with Kanye West.

Jonathan Chait on C-SPAN in 2017.

‘Words in the Key of S’

Why do old documents use the letter “f” where we would now write the letter “s”? An argument about gay marriage with Michael Brendan Dougherty? Scot Bertram on Christine McVie’s fabulous contributions to Fleetwood Mac.

<B>1814</B>: British soldiers take over Washington D.C. and set fire to the White House during the War of 1812.
Before yesterdayThe Corner | National Review

Brutal Numbers for Trump

In a new poll, Ron DeSantis’s favorability numbers are stronger than the former president’s.

Former president Donald Trump speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla. February 26, 2022.

‘A Revulsion from Distinctness’

The anti-homeschooling leftist is terrified by the thought that somewhere, someone is living, thinking, and acting differently than he is.

Eric Adams Should Act Preemptively

It would be wise for the mayor to increase NYPD presence in Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn neighborhoods for the foreseeable future.

New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference at City Hall in New York City, January 24, 2022.

Appeals Court Overrules Mar-a-Lago Special-Master Order, Dismisses Trump’s Case Challenging Government’s Access to Seized Documents

The former president could appeal to the Supreme Court, but the chance that the justices would agree to hear the appeal is nil.

Former president Donald Trump speaks at a rally to support Republican candidates ahead of midterm elections in Dayton, Ohio, November 7, 2022

George Washington University Antisemitism Update: Good News

The school finally is putting its money where its mouth is on stopping bigotry on campus.

Thus Far, the Constitution Has Held Up Against President Biden’s Executive Despotism

This week, the courts told Biden to shove it.

Detail of President James Madison, lithograph from Pendleton's Lithography, c. 1828.

Will Someone Please Grab the Mic from Ye?

The only somewhat reputable place Kanye has left is Twitter, where his account was recently reinstated. Maybe Elon Musk should rethink this move?

Kanye West arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of the exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" in New York, May 2, 2011.

China, Stirring

On a podcast with Jianli Yang, the Chinese scholar, democracy activist, and former political prisoner.

A protest in Beijing, November 28, 2022

Biden’s Venezuela Oil Dealings: Dumb and Dumber

The White House has combined disdain for human rights with a degree of geopolitical stupidity impressive even by its own dismal standards.

Left: U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House, August 22, 2021. Right: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, August 16, 2021.

Senate Votes to Prevent Freight-Rail Strike, Defeats Sick-Leave Amendment

In the absence of a deal, a nationwide freight-rail shutdown due to a strike or lockout would have been possible starting December 9.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains at a rail yard in Cicero, Ill., in 2009.

Neither Side in Freight-Rail Dispute Wanted the Status Quo Extended

Nor did it want to make a deal.

An aerial view of shipping containers and freight railway trains at the BNSF Los Angeles Intermodal Facility rail yard in Los Angeles, Calif., September 15, 2022.

Washington Post Boosts Suicide by Self-Starvation

The assisted-suicide movement boosts suicide in many forms. One of the most insidious is known in euthanasia parlance as VSED.

Apparently, No Lawyer Wants to Defend Cochise County’s Refusal to Certify Election Results

You don’t get to withhold your own county’s election results because you believe in some nutty conspiracy theory about another county’s election results.

Governor-elect Katie Hobbs (left) and Republican opponent Kari Lake (right)

Today in Capital Matters: Earmarks and FTC

Romina Boccia writes on earmarks in legislation, and Brian Albrecht covers some new moves from the FTC.

Adventures in Central Planning: Electric Vehicles and Energy Costs

I’m not sure that either Berlin or Brussels has thought this all through, but central planning is like that.

An electric vehicle charging station of municipal utilities "Stadtwerke Ruesselsheim" is pictured at their headquarters in Ruesselsheim, Germany, May 23, 2019.

Don’t Fear Robots

If we are going to give police guns — and helicopters, armored cars, and all sorts of other matériel — why not give them robots?

Twitter, Censorship, and the EU

Brussels’s censors are on the march.

Outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium

Actually, It’s ‘Football’

Which game — British or American football — involves more feet?

Rule by Swarm

The non-democratic form of governance that many young people have habituated themselves to enduring as they live their lives online.

Blake Masters Is What Went Wrong for Republicans in the Midterms

The only thing the losing Arizona Senate candidate can offer the RNC is guidance on how not to run a campaign.

Then-Arizona republican candidate for senator Blake Masters speaks during a stop on the Truth and Courage PAC’s Take Back America Bus Tour in Queen Creek, Ariz., October 5, 2022.

Another Possibility

Maybe Ngozi Fulani simply enjoys the social power that comes with victim status.

‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner if Trump Wins Again’

Was the Kanye dinner a preview of a Trump second term?

New York Times Covering for Sickos at Balenciaga

The paper shifts the blame for sinister ads to those who saw them rather than the multinational fashion house that deliberately displayed them.

Balenciaga store in the Central Business District of Hong Kong in, March 16, 2022.

New Phase of the War; Danger Still Lurks

Realists are looking for sensible off-ramps in the Russia–Ukraine war.

A high-voltage substation of Ukrenergo damaged in a Russian military strike in the central region of Ukraine, November 10, 2022.

Hakeem Jeffries Succeeds Pelosi as Leader of House Democrats

House Democrats unanimously chose Representative Hakeem Jeffries as their new leader in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday.

‘Spotify Wrapped’

Did any of you learn something about your listening habits today?

Cornyn Right, Rubio Wrong, On Freight-Rail Labor Contract

Republicans should follow Cornyn’s lead.

Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) speaks to reporters before attending the weekly Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., November 29, 2022.

House Votes to Prevent Rail Strike, Add Seven Days Paid Sick Leave

The vote was 290–137, and it adopted the tentative agreement that unions and railroads negotiated in mid-September.

A commercial freight train carries a load of shipping containers at the Port of Savannah, Ga., in 2021.

Apple Would Be Dumb to Remove Twitter from Its App Store

The move would be ludicrous and self-defeating.

The new iPhone 14 at an Apple event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., September 7, 2022.

The Case for Lee Zeldin — and against Ronna McDaniel — to Head the RNC

Zeldin is the better choice to steer Republicans toward better election showings.

New York congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin holds a press conference addressing a shooting near his Long Island home in New York City, November 1, 2022.

Indiana GOP Senator Mike Braun Running for Governor in 2024

“Indiana Sen. Mike Braun is running for governor, according to paperwork filed with the secretary of state’s office Tuesday.”

Tactless Old Lady Makes Royal News

It must be exhausting to go through life imputing malice to every awkward human encounter.

Lady Susan Hussey, Baroness Hussey of North Bradley (lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II) at Westminster Abbey on March 29, 2022 in London, England.

Just What San Francisco Needed, Killer Police Robots

Relax, everyone, the SFPD authorized robots to carry out deadly force, but only in ‘extremely limited situations.’

San Francisco Mayor London Breed at a press conference as San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott listens before speaking on a mid-year report on public safety statistics in San Francisco, Calif., July 12,  2021.

A Sad Reality

All too often today there is hubris, but not confidence.

All Aboard the Soccer Bandwagon

Soccer is a middling sport that offers an opportunity to remind the world we’re better than them. Let us delight in that together.

United States of America forward Christian Pulisic (10) scores a goal against Iran during the first half of a group stage match during the 2022 World Cup at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, November 29, 2022.

Americans against Race Factoring into Admission, MU Law Poll Finds

Majorities of Democrats, independents, and Republicans would prefer race to be a non-factor in college admissions, new poll finds.

A Sound Analysis of the Trouble with Higher Education These Days

Professor John Ellis offers a sound analysis of the central problem that besets most of our colleges and universities.

Why Doesn’t Our Higher-Ed System Put Students First?

Colleges and universities don’t really seem much interested in ‘excellence in education’ and ‘helping students achieve.’

Heroes and Others

Reader mail on antisemitism, etc.

The USS <I>Intrepid</I> Sea, Air & Space Museum, Hudson River, New York City, November 25, 2022

Fifteen Things That Caught My Eye: Jimmy Lai, Down Syndrome in the U.K., and More

A British woman with Down syndrome has lost her challenge of a law that allows the aborting of babies with the diagnosis up until birth.

Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily, leaves the Court of Final Appeal by prison van, in Hong Kong, China, February 1, 2021.

Look Which Dictator Putin Is Praising Now

A man’s heroes are often a testament to his character.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the State Council Presidium on the development of the national tourism industry in Vladivostok, Russia, September 6, 2022.

Biden Betrays Our Latin American Allies

It’s worth noting that Venezuela’s sanctions reprieve will come at the expense of key U.S. ally Guyana.

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro speaks during a ceremony in Caracas, January 22, 2021.

Antisemitism Is Not Going Anywhere

Two recent studies have highlighted the challenges Jews in the U.S. continue to face on campus and in the workplace.

Hong Kong Asks Beijing to Intervene in Jimmy Lai Case

The whole situation demonstrates just how much of a charade any judicial proceeding is in Hong Kong in the wake of the 2020 National Security Law.

Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily, leaves the Court of Final Appeal by prison van, in Hong Kong, China, February 1, 2021.

The Personal Is Political! (Until People Get Angry About It)

The personal is political. But don’t take the politics too personally.

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger (left) talks with cast member Chris Pratt at the premiere of <i>Onward</i> in Los Angeles, Calif., February 18, 2020.

Giving Peace of Mind and Something Deeper: Limited Time Reduced Price on A Year with the Mystics

Until the end of November (today and tomorrow), ‘A Year with the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living’ will be $10 from the publisher.

Electric Vehicles: The ‘Fast’ and the Furious

Charging stations for electric vehicles in rural states could operate at a loss for a decade or more.

An electric vehicle charging in Manhattan, December 7, 2021.

Female Athletes Mocked Again

A male runner who has been permitted to compete against girls at Seattle Academy

What God Hath Joined

A response to David French’s ‘Why I Changed My Mind About Law and Marriage, Again.’

Gay marriage supporters hold a gay rights flag in front of the Supreme Court before a hearing about gay marriage in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2015.

Trans Activists in Britain vs. America

Kellie-Jay Keen, the women’s rights activist from England, is back in her native country after her U.S. tour.

The Democrats Now Have a Structural Advantage in the House

Surely progressive complaints that the electoral system is biased against them will get a little quieter, right?

‘Ring of Fire’

Listen to what Ray Charles did with Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire.

Another J. K. Rowling Defender

Helena Bonham Carter, the actress who played Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter movie series, has come to the defense of J.K. Rowling.

Always the Victim, Never the Villain

Declaring a transgender gender identity does not make you any less likely to commit a crime.

The Biden Admin Is Right to Restrain Its Comments on Chinese Protests

Reporters asked John Kirby to give comment on the ongoing protests in China.

People hold white sheets of paper and flowers in a row as police check their IDs during a protest over coronavirus restrictions in mainland China, during a commemoration of the victims of a fire in Urumqi, in Hong Kong, China, November 28, 2022.

On Respect for Marriage Act, Believers Will Be Fine

The Respect for Marriage Act can be appreciated on libertarian grounds of a sort.

Tune In to U.S. vs. Iran Today

It’s a matter of patriotic allegiance and a show of solidarity with the Iranian people in their valiant struggle for freedom against their totalitarian theocratic overlords.

Iran players pose for a team group photo before the match against Wales during the FIFA World Cup Qatar at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, November 25, 2022.

Checking In on the Now-Complete Vote Count in Arizona . . .

Democrat Katie Hobbs won by 17,116 more votes than Republican Kari Lake, which is not that small a margin. Much closer races have gone undisputed.

Left: Republican candidate for Arizona Governor Kari Lake speaks during a campaign stop in Queen Creek, Ariz., November 6, 2022. Right: Katie Hobbs attends a campaign rally ahead of the in Phoenix, Ariz., November 4, 2022.

NPR Serves Up a Liberal Scarcity Menu for Thanksgiving

NPR’s killjoy, money-saving plan for Thanksgiving dinner.

Football Is King

The Michigan-Ohio State game was stunningly popular this year.

Marquette Bound

Join Rich Lowry for his talk at Marquette University tonight.

China & ESG (Again)

Whether alone or together, neither E, nor S, nor G is compatible with investing in China.

Chinese flag at the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade in Queens, N.Y., in 2018.

No Free Lunch — a New Video Series

In the new video series No Free Lunch, David Bahnsen takes the conversation back to ‘first principles.’

Biden Calls for Congress to Avert Rail Strike

After three years of negotiations, it’s time for a resolution.

President Joe Biden speaks about threats to Democracy and political violence in the United States during a Democratic National Committee event at the Columbus Club in Washington, D.C., November 2, 2022.

Domestic Production Is No Wonder Drug

The amoxicillin shortages are not caused by supply problems, but rather demand exceeding forecasts.

Amoxicillin penicillin antibiotics at a free medical and dental health clinic in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2016.

Wind Power: U.K. Blown Off Course (Again)

Another example demonstrating that wind power is an energy resource that is not yet ready for prime time.

Wind turbines behind houses in Burton Latimer, England, March 30, 2022.


You’ve really got to wonder why Republicans would want to subject themselves to another two, or six, years of ducking and covering during Trump outrages.

By Denouncing What Is Wrong, Are We Giving Narcissists What They Want?

What do you do when a shameless narcissist who wants any and all attention possible, even if it is negative, does something that warrants criticism?

Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 11, 2018.

The New England Journal of Ideological Medicine

On ‘gender-affirming care’ for minors, a top medical journal is pushing woke ideology and science denialism.

Protestors gather to demonstrate against an appearance by "Billboard Chris," who opposes medical treatments for transgender youth, outside Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., September 18, 2022.

Trump’s Reckless Dinner with Kanye Is a Window into a Second Term

The fact that the Kanye-Fuentes dinner transpired is a further indication that a second Trump term wouldn’t be the same as his first, but much worse.

Left: Kanye West at the White House in 2018. Right: Then-president Donald Trump at Joint Base Andrews, Md., in 2021.

A Dishonest Jab from the New Republic

Disagreement is fine, but dishonesty in representing the other side’s views renders debate pointless.

Brian Kemp on Trump-West-Fuentes Dinner: Racism and Antisemitism ‘Completely Un-American’

Not every Trump outrage merits comment, but the case for weighing in on this one is quite strong. 

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a campaign event in Kennesaw, Ga., November 7, 2022.

Elon Musk’s Point on Apple and Free Speech Stands

Apple pulled ads from Twitter, where Musk has taken a stand for free speech.

SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk looks on as he visits the construction site of Tesla's gigafactory in Gruenheide, near Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2021.

A Predictable, and Dumb, Criticism of Ron DeSantis

As predicted, some liberals are contending Ron DeSantis just lucked into Yale and Harvard.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a rally in Hialeah, Fla., November 7, 2022.

Canada’s Suicide Fetish

Since when was killing yourself a value Canadians hold dear?

British Child-Transition Campaigner Steps Down

Susie Green, head of the British child sex-change charity, Mermaids, has quietly stepped down after six years in the job.

White House Responds to China Protests

The White House issued a statement this morning on China’s nationwide protests against Beijing’s brutal zero-Covid policy, CBS reported.

Today in Capital Matters: IRS and Lame Duck

Daniel Pilla writes about the IRS’s cryptocurrency focus this year, and Jonathan Bydlak covers Congress’s lame-duck session.

Religion Trumps Politics

At last.

Former President Donald Trump looks on at his first post-presidency campaign rally in Wellington, Ohio, June 26, 2021.

Administrators Are a Big Part of Our Higher-Education Problem

Over the last several decades, the reins of control of colleges and universities have fallen mostly into the hands of administrators.

Something Feels Different . . .

Announcing some improvements to The Corner experience.

A Journalism ‘Crisis’ You Have to See to Believe

Don’t laugh! This is serious.

Reporters ask questions of the White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, June 7, 2021.

1,015 and Counting

NR has a broad array of people feeling invested in a common cause and chipping in whatever they can, averaging about $130 per contribution, for which we give thanks!

Net Zero Hero

More and more British voters want to be directly consulted over the continued rush to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Chris Skidmore  outside Downing Street in London, England, in 2019.

Stop the Presses! Dems Admit Trump Was Right on Something

Senator Mark Warner admits Trump was right about TikTok.

Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Mark Warner (D, Va.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2018.

Trump’s Dinner with Fuentes and Ye Renews a Key Question for GOP Voters

With each debacle, it dawns on more voters that he will never be president again.

Left: Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week in 2015. Right: Former president Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Fla., November 8, 2022.

The ‘Realpolitik’ of the Naïve: Europe’s Middle Way on China

Energy and technology concerns are forcing some in Europe to consider a kind of strategic neutrality concerning Russia and China. This is ill-advised, as other nations see.

French President Emmanuel Macron sits inside the Hopium Machina Vision hydrogen-powered car at the 2022 Paris Auto Show in France, October 17, 2022.

‘Bombed, Not Beaten’

Notes on Ukraine and Russia, as the Ukrainians hold on, despite fierce and murderous bombardment.

Rescue workers at the site of a residential building destroyed by a Russian missile attack in Vyshhorod near Kyiv, Ukraine, November 23, 2022

Re: Soccer

There was something almost comical in the U.S.A.–England outcome.

Kanye West Canceled Himself

Sometimes, people make deliberate choices that effectively cancel themselves. Kanye West is the latest example.

Kanye West on <i>Tucker Carlson Tonight</i>, October 6, 2022.

Tobacky and/or Wacky Tobacky

There are two basic approaches for regulating psychoactive drugs.

People walk past a Weed World store the day New York State legalized recreational marijuana use in New York City, March 31, 2021.

Putin’s Energy War

Even outside Ukraine (where the Russians are destroying its utilities), there are still grounds for concern this winter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, November 25, 2022.

It’s Our Patriotic Duty to Briefly Care About Soccer

It would be deliciously, exceptionally American to beat the Euros at the one sport where they’ve consistently trounced us. Go U.S.A.

Fans in New York watch England vs United States, November 25, 2022.

The Respect for Marriage Act Would Allow the State to Regulate Domestic Relations

Why force such a case onto the Court’s docket before the end of the current Congress?

Why Stanford’s Free-Speech Conference Needed Protection

Educational institutions should stick to being arenas for debate, and not try to shape the way people think about fashionable controversies.

Stanford University campus

You Can Handle the Truth

We trust our readers to understand that we are reporting and analyzing events as best we can, without looking over our shoulders to determine what people want to hear.

William F. Buckley Jr. on <i>Firing Line</i>, April 22, 1980

Happy Thanksgiving! 15 Things about Gratitude That Caught My Eye

From George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to William F. Buckley Jr., Yuval Levin, and Peggy Noonan

Giving Thanks

Once again, we’d like to thank you for your tremendous support.

Against Nihilism

This Thanksgiving, remember that life has a purpose.

Living History Educator Audrey Dors, portraying Constance Snow, talks to visitors at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass., November 21, 2019.

New CDC Data Show That the Abortion Rate Decreased in 2020

The long-term decline in the U.S. abortion rate is very solid evidence of the positive impact of pro-life service and educational and legislative activities.

Pro-life activists hold signs at a rally in front of the capitol building in Sacramento, Calif., June 22, 2022.

Giving Thanks for the Radical Hospitality of Birth Mothers

They undergo a painful separation, but demonstrate a tremendous love.

Leigh and Carter Snead pose in a family photo with their four boys.

NBC’s Ben Collins Faces Inconvenient Facts

When news broke that the Colorado Springs shooter was using ‘they/them’ pronouns, the tone of NBC’s Ben Collins’s coverage changed.

NBC's Ben Collins on MSNBC, November 22, 2022.

Planes, Trains, Eclipses . . .

Reader mail on movies, sports, language, and other vital matters.

A partial solar eclipse is pictured over a Christian church in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, October 25, 2022.

Confront the Obesity Crisis with Personal Responsibility, Not Technocracy

Eschewing personal responsibility breeds dysfunction and dependency.

How to Know Why Shootings Happened

As you might have heard, the Club Q shooter is supposedly non-binary.

Trump vs. DeSantis

A new YouGov poll captures what you’d intuit about the potential pitfalls of Trump and potential promise of DeSantis as general-election candidates.

Even the NHL Is Ridiculous Now

The NHL has adopted woke nonsense.

Outrageous: Biden Pardons Criminal Turkeys

In what amounts to further abuse of the executive branch and its privileges, President Biden has pardoned not one but two turkeys.

The National Thanksgiving Turkeys "Chocolate" and "Chip" stand on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., November 21, 2022.

Danny Kalb

Danny Kalb, best known as guitarist with the Blues Project, had an interesting political trajectory.

American band The Blues Project perform at the Apollo Theater in New York, circa 1965.

The President Is Abusing His Emergency Powers, and Congress Must Take Them Away

The Senate and the House must tell Joe Biden that he is not a dictator, and that the Covid emergency is over.

Today in Capital Matters: Welfare Reform and Unions

Matt Weidinger writes about the need to reform welfare programs, and Dominic covers some important union news.

The Left Relies on Statistical Illiteracy — and What We Should Do about It

Leftists have a big bag of tricks to get people to go along with their agenda of social control.

‘Really Cool Stuff on the Internet’

Featuring some Thanksgiving gratitude, an interview with @Super70sSports, and another Q&A.

Law-School Admissions’ Perfect Storm

Abandoning the LSAT is incredibly ill-advised.

Sign at the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C.

There’s Another Cabinet Secretary Worth Impeaching

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is clearly abusing his office and violating his oath to support and defend the Constitution.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona addresses the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 5, 2021.

To Fix the DOD’s Misplaced Priorities, Pass the Restoring Military Focus Act

Ideological maladies such as critical race theory and gender ideology threaten our national security.

The Pentagon building in Washington, D.C.

Glimpses of the Green Economy: Wind Woes and (Wind) ‘Droughts’

Have the central planners thought this all through?

A crane lifts the rotor at the top of a power-generating windmill turbine on a wind farm in Avesnes-le Sec,  France, September 29, 2022.


Vladimir Putin unveils a statue of Fidel Castro in Moscow.

Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel and Russia’s Vladimir Putin attend the unveiling of a monument to the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in Moscow, November 22, 2022.

Online-Harassment Rules for Thee but Not for Me

Taylor Lorenz hypocritically insists on online-harassment rules for thee but not for me.

The Washington Post Company building in Washington, D.C.

College Is Too Hard!

Professors are afraid to make their courses too demanding lest students complain, and colleges worry more about student happiness than academic achievement.

Two New National Polls Show Republicans Evenly Split between Trump and DeSantis

Another interesting finding is that a plurality of Americans haven’t yet heard enough about DeSantis to have an opinion on him.

Today in Capital Matters: Nuclear Power, Climate, and Twitter

The argument against nuclear power; a new climate agreement; why Twitter isn’t a monopoly.

The Isar 2 nuclear power plant by the river Isar in Eschenbach, Germany, August 17, 2022.

Georgia Senate Poll: Warnock 51, Walker 47

A new poll shows the December Georgia Senate runoff election leaning in favor of incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock.

Left: Reverend Raphael Warnock, Democratic Senator from Georgia, speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Atlanta, Ga., November 8, 2022. Right: Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Herschel Walker rallies with supporters at a campaign stop in Newnan, Ga., November 4, 2022.

A Woman in the Arena

On a podcast with Betsy DeVos, the former secretary of education.

Betsy DeVos visits a middle school in Dallas in April 2018.

Soccer Is Unwatchable Brilliance

As Americans, a people blessed with better sports, we needn’t love soccer. But we can at least appreciate why others might.

Twitter: The Necessity of Failure

Twitter may fail. If it does, that failure will owe quite a bit to Musk’s manner of running it, as well as inherent problems with the business model.

A person approaches the New York Twitter offices in New York, N.Y., July 29, 2021.

COP27: Reparations

For the U.S. to have caved in on climate reparations because of pressure from the EU is yet another reminder of American weakness in the era of Kabul Joe.

John Kerry, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate, speaks at the opening of the American Pavilion at the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 8, 2022.

COP27: Prometheus’s New Punishment

Now reparations for the climate change he supposedly caused by setting progress in motion?

John Kerry, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate, speaks as he attends the opening of the American Pavilion in the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 8, 2022.

Does DeSantis Have to Beat Trump on the Debate Stage?

DeSantis doesn’t have to beat Trump outright in the debates to clinch the nomination. But he does have to avoid a viral total-meltdown moment.

Left: Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in 2016. Right: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gives a speech at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., July 22, 2022.

Overwhelmed with Gratitude

As our readers continue to show us incredible levels of support, our gratitude is racing to keep up.

<i>National Review</i> founder William  F. Buckley Jr.

Don’t Make Too Much of a New Study on the Health Effects of Marijuana-Smoking

An increased risk of emphysema or airway inflammation shouldn’t be used as a reason to ban marijuana for adult consumption.

The U.S. Still Doesn’t Care about Soccer

American innovation has delivered better alternatives, even ones where you’re allowed to use your hands and can frequently score more than three points.

United States forward Christian Pulisic (10) controls the ball against Wales midfielders Joe Morrell (16) and Aaron Ramsey during a match at the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, November 21, 2022.

‘Emergency’ Fundraising for Herschel Walker and . . . Rick Scott?

It’s more than a bit rankling to see Scott attempt to reward himself at the expense of an ongoing GOP campaign.

Sen. Rick Scott (R., Fla.) speaks to reporters after the weekly Senate Republican caucus policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 8, 2021.

Hong Kong Eager to Participate in San Francisco Summit Next Year: Report

It would be a major mistake for the U.S. to allow it, undercutting every other action to punish Beijing and its Hong Kong partners for crushing democracy.

The Chinese and Hong Kong flags flutter at the office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Beijing, China, June 3, 2020.

Is Marijuana Less Harmful Than Cigarettes?

A new study suggests that marijuana smoking has more health risks than cigarette smoking.

Virgin Atlantic Abandons Virtue-Signaling for Qatar World Cup

As soon as it costs anything, the signalers retreat.

A Flight service staff member poses amongst the economy passenger seating area of Boeing 747 jumbo G-VROY, being retired from service by Virgin Atlantic Airways, in Heathrow Airport, London, Britain, December 11, 2020.

Americans Love a Winner

Americans love a winner and they will not tolerate a loser.

<i>National Review</i> founder William F. Buckley Jr.

Tom Cotton: Low Defense Spending ‘Entices Our Adversaries’

Sen. Tom Cotton says military spending should be increased by 3 to 5 percent over inflation annually, and that low defense spending ‘entices our adversaries.’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) questions David Marcus, head of Facebook's Calibra, during testimony before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 16, 2019.

Running Unafraid

2024 Republican presidential hopefuls — and others — shouldn’t be afraid to voice criticisms of Donald Trump.

Then-President Donald Trump speaks about Operation Warp Speed during an event at the White House in Washington, D.C., November 13, 2020.

Aid to Ukraine Is a Small Fraction of the U.S. Defense Budget

A new analysis finds that congressionally approved funds to support Ukraine this year amount to about 5.6 percent of U.S. defense spending.

Ukrainian servicemen attend a national flag raising ceremony in Kherson, Ukraine, recently recaptured by Ukrainian Armed Forces, November 14, 2022.

Colleges Should Be More Open with Key Data

Those who are looking for a college face a difficult task.

When Richard Nixon Congratulated a Young Joe Biden

That Biden began his political career with a call from President Nixon just goes to show how long he’s been in politics.

Senator-elect Joseph Biden in 1972.

Twitter: Controlling the Content

Writing in the New York Times, Yoel Roth, the former “head of trust and safety” (Orwell would be unsurprised that politically helpful euphemism remains a…

Elon Musk seen through the Twitter logo.

Current Stakes, Future Stakes

Notes on Ukraine and Russia, cont.

People wait to receive humanitarian aid in central Kherson, Ukraine, November 18, 2022.

2016 All Over Again?

Very few of the would-be Republican presidential hopefuls have a serious shot at unseating the one man who’s actually formally announced.

Donald Trump rides an escalator inside Trump Tower on the way to announce his campaign for president, New York City, June 16, 2015.

The President of the United States Is 80 Years Old

Biden is the first commander-in-chief to reach that milestone in office.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden takes a bite of an ice cream cone at the Cone Shoppe during a two-day campaign kickoff in Monticello, Iowa, April 30, 2019.

When Trump Attacks

We do what we have always done at NR, which is call it like we see it, anchored by our deeply held conservative values and commitment to the truth.

Former president Donald Trump announces that he will run for president in the 2024 election during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., November 15, 2022.

Michael Bloomberg, ESG Advocate — and China Apologist

The doublethink of New York’s former mayor.

Then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the 2010 meeting of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington, D.C., November 16, 2010.

Twitter’s Class Struggle

A bit of class analysis helps us understand the tone of quite a bit of the current coverage of Musk’s travails.

Left: Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. Right: Elon Musk at the opening of a Tesla Gigafactory in Germany, March 22, 2022.

Jerry Seinfeld Is Still Standing Up

In a New York show delayed since the before-times, he brought down the house with the most banal subject matter.

Jerry Seinfeld in <i>23 Hours to Kill</i>

David French Is Unduly Optimistic about Progressive Marriage Legislation

The former NR writer mistakenly judges the glass as mostly full when analyzing progressive actions or legislation.

Addressing students at The King’s College in New York City, as part of the “President’s Lecture Series,”  former National Review Institute fellow David French discusses the importance of religious freedom.

Saturday Short: Opening Day and the ‘Big Bear of Arkansas’

Thomas Bangs Thorpe’s “The Big Bear of Arkansas,” published in 1841 and relic of antebellum America, is an account of hunting one cannot help but love.

A hunter fires his shotgun at ducks during a hunt along the Pend Oreille River near Sandpoint, Idaho, in 2011.

Above and Beyond

There’s a long and distinguished history associated with the number 50.

Without Further Adieu

May we finally, mercifully, leave this electoral-campaign season behind?

A supporter prays ahead of a pre-election rally held by former President Donald Trump in support of Republican candidates, in Dayton, Ohio, November 7, 2022.

Martin Morse Wooster, R.I.P.

There only ever will be one Martin Morse Wooster.

Martin Morse Wooster

Northerners Can’t Drive in Snow Either

As evidenced by driving 15 miles down I-41 this morning, we’re abysmal winter helmsmen.

Electric Vehicles: A Warning from Britain

Nothing like this could ever happen over here. Could it?

A range of electric powered vehicles are parked at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, northern England, November 18, 2010.

Young Cubans Are Making Florida Redder

The leftward trend among Florida’s Cuban population in the early 2010s was primarily driven by younger voters. Now, the same age group is returning to the GOP.

A couple waves Cuban flags as they attend a rally in Miami, Fla., November 14, 2021.

The Pelosi Saga

On this Friday edition of The Editors, Rich is joined by Michael, Maddy, and Jack for a discussion of Nancy Pelosi’s Thursday announcement.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif) speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 24, 2022.

Jesus the Video Game: An Unholy Abomination

Your grandma would disapprove, and I can’t blame her.

Lee Zeldin Mulls His Next Act

The challenge is trying to stay both visible and viable for 2026.

Lee Zeldin speaks at his midterm election night party in New York, N.Y., November 9, 2022.

Can You Get Us to 50 Grand?

Being intellectually honest comes at a cost, which is why we depend on the support of our amazing and loyal readers.

William F. Buckley Jr. and E. Howard Hunt before a taping of <i>Firing Line</i>, May 1974

Most Students Borrow in Ignorance

We should insist that students considering college loans be made fully aware of the costs and consequences of borrowing.

Tax Cuts Benefit the Rich — and Everyone Else

Most Americans have been conditioned to believe that when taxes are reduced, the rich (who pay the most) gain at the expense of the rest of society.

Even If All of the Remaining Uncounted Votes Are for Kari Lake, Katie Hobbs Would Still Win

Lake could get all the remaining 10,663 potential votes, and Hobbs would still win by about 6,000 votes.

Left: Republican candidate for Arizona Governor Kari Lake speaks during a campaign stop in Queen Creek, Ariz., November 6, 2022. Right: Katie Hobbs attends a campaign rally ahead of the in Phoenix, Ariz., November 4, 2022.

Today in Capital Matters: Education and Central Banks

Mike Viola writes about education and E. J. Antoni covers central banks’ role in controlling inflation.


Reader mail on pasties, from Cornwall, and more.

An eatery in Paddington Station, London, photographed on November 7, 2022

ESG: ‘The Whole Thing Is Garbage’

ESG is an investment discipline that includes scoring actual and prospective portfolio companies against certain environmental, social, and governance standards.

Twitter: Feathers Fly

What’s going to happen to Twitter is, shall we say, hard to predict.

Elon Musk seen through the Twitter logo.

Two Memories

On George W. Bush and Nancy Pelosi.

President George W. Bush greets House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) as he arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress on January 23, 2007.

Pelosi Failed

Not a great record.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) holds a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., September 30, 2022.

Remembering My Friend Mike Gerson

Michael Gerson, adviser and speechwriter to George W. Bush, then a Washington Post columnist and author, died today after a long battle with cancer.

Then-President George W. Bush prepares the State of the Union speech with Michael Gerson, Director of Presidential Speech Writing, outside the Oval Office in Washington, D.C., January 29, 2002.

Nancy Pelosi Should Go Home to San Francisco

Our political leadership class has far too many people who cannot seem to step away and exit the Beltway, even at an advanced age.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers a speech at COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 11, 2022.