The appointment of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is seen as grooming for his selection as Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2016. Democrats worry that with two white candidates on their ticket they might lose the three-to-one advantage among non-white voters that…

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  • Racism & Obama: He’s a Beneficiary, Not a Victim

    Racism & Obama: He’s a Beneficiary, Not a Victim

    Note: a version of this piece appeared in the Wall Street Journal on May 27, 2014. Evidence from exit polling strongly suggests that Barack Obama's two presidential victories relied on race-based bloc voting that no Democratic nominee could readily replicate in 2016. This analysis, of course, directly contradicts one of…

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  • Bill’s List of Books Everyone Should Read

    In 1984, as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bill Bennett asked Pulitzer Prize winning columnist George Will for a list of ten books he thought every graduating high school student should have read– below is the column George Will wrote on that list, from the August 12,…

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  • Climate Change and “Hard Choices”

    For the very reason that many on the left will not see the enormous number of chuckles coming from today's lead op-ed in the New York Times will cause –“Climate Change Doomed The Ancients”– they will not see the unintended consequence of having former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton read…

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  • In. Case. You. Missed. It.

    Humorist, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and National Review columnist, James Lileks, and Hugh did their best to digest the initial offering, the Author's Notes, from Hillary Clinton's memoir, Hard Choices, read in her own voice. 05-27hhs-lileks

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  • Guiltless

    I read something deeply disturbing this weekend. Some of you may be familiar with Emily Letts (the woman who videotaped her abortion). She was interviewed by Cosmopolitan magazine about why she filmed her abortion. Emily is an abortion counselor and admits she wasn't using birth control when she was impregnated…

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  • Latin Tuesday: May 27, 2014

    David Wilezol's lesson for Latin Tuesday: “Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.” – Virgil, Aeneid, 1.203 “Perhaps one day these things will even be a pleasure to remember.” Aeneas speaks these words to his men after they are shipwrecked. It is an encouragement to consider that tough circumstances don't always…

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