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  • Poll Gives Edge to GOP Mainstream

    Poll Gives Edge to GOP Mainstream

    According to conventional wisdom, strident activists will dominate the Republican primaries, but a new poll suggests otherwise. A CBS news survey asked self-identified Republicans whether or not they wanted to see various candidates run for president. A plurality of GOP voters had negative responses to the candidacy of many candidates…

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  • Oxford and the Crisis of the University

    I spent Thanksgiving debating at the Oxford Union. Oxford University is the most prestigious university in the world. And the Oxford Union, hosting debates since 1823, is the world's most prestigious stage for competing ideas. These facts made what transpired all the more depressing. The proposition debated was: “Hamas is…

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  • “Some Consolation” in Anti-Israel Smears

    “Some Consolation” in Anti-Israel Smears

    The Palestinian attempt to join the International Criminal Court to pursue “war crimes” charges against Israel represents the sort of vile and groundless smear employed by Jew-haters throughout history. The Israelis didn't begin last July's “Operation Protective Edge” in order to inflict “genocide” on innocent civilians but to stop the…

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  • Unequal Treatment of Terror Victims

    Unequal Treatment of Terror Victims

    The world seems uniquely outraged over the massacre of French cartoonists and writers at a satirical magazine but it's not easy to explain why. The journalists had been threatened for years and knew they exposed themselves to danger through their work. That wasn't true for the 2,000 slaughtered in Nigeria…

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  • Free Speech for One Side Only

    Free Speech for One Side Only

    Imagine that a fire chief self-published a book making the case for gay marriage, and pleading for greater acceptance of homosexual relationships. Is it conceivable the mayor would fire the long-time public servant for potentially offending some members of his department and citizens of the city? That's the right question…

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  • Rand Paul’s Worst Enemy

    Rand Paul’s Worst Enemy

    The ravings of a 79-year-old former Congressman may help decide the 2016 race for the GOP presidential nomination. Ron Paul responded to recent massacres in France by blaming the French, not terrorists. He condemned “their risky foreign policy” and “the fantasy that they attack us because they…cannot stand our free…

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  • Islam Gets Special Treatment

    Since 9/11, the Western world's academic, media, political elites have done their best to portray Islam in a favorable light, treating it very differently from all other religions. Criticism of every doctrine, religious or secular, is permitted, often encouraged. But not of Islam. Only positive depictions are allowed. We'll start…

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  • Latin Tuesday

    Today's Latin Tuesday lesson from David Wilezol: Tacitus, Agricolae, 98 “Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.” “To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call these things empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.” A listener named Alan…

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