• ‘Liberals think they are tolerant but often they aren’t’ says…Fareed Zakaria?

    Fareed Zakaria devoted a segment of his show today to the issue of conservative speakers on college campuses. After reviewing protests against Vice President Pence, Education Secretary DeVos and others, Zakaria said it was “strange” to see this happening on colleges that should be the bastions of openness to all idea.
    “Freedom of speech and thought is not just for warm fuzzy ideas that we find comfortable, it’s for ideas that we find offensive,” Zakaria sa
  • Mad Dog Mattis: War with North Korea would be catastrophic. But what would it look like?

    The Secretary of Defense was on Face the Nation this morning and you can tell that it was probably something of a slow news day by the fact that he generated headlines by saying that a war would North Korea would be “catastrophic.” All things considered, that probably should have been about as surprising of a revelation as the discovery that dogs like to steal hamburgers. But given some of President Trump’s comments about our patience wearing thin with Kim Jong-un’s nucle
  • End of an era: Merkel signals that Europe can no longer rely on the U.S.

    For all the ink spilled about Trump being a loose cannon, there are no surprises here. Bad relations with Germany if he won were a fait accompli. This is the course Americans chose. Now we get the consequences, for better or worse.
    The last 70 years of peace in Europe were pretty boring.
    “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany.
  • With pronouns, the problem isn’t Chelsea Manning. It’s the government

    Since the issue of “transgender pronouns” comes up here so often, it was refreshing to see a rather civil discussion of what’s turned into a contentious and frequently abusive debate picked up by David French at National Review. In it, he covers some of the typical problems encountered by people who prefer a more scientific approach to the question when they are confronted (or more often verbally assaulted) by enraged Social Justice Warriors. After detailing the response to a r
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  • Were the Brits tipped off about the Manchester bomber last year?

    There were rumors about this story cropping up earlier in the week, but I honestly didn’t pay much attention to them. In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing we learned that there were plenty of potentially dangerous cells in Great Britain and it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if American intelligence agencies had run across information relating to them and let their British counterparts know. And if it was of a more general nature, such as “certain groups of bad guys may b
  • Sunday reflection: Matthew 28:16-20 and John 17:1–11

    This weekend’s Ascension of the Lord Gospel readings are Matthew 28:16-20 and John 17:1–11:
    The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
  • Could DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo actually get out of prison?

    There’s a name you probably haven’t heard in a while. Lee Boyd Malvo was in the news back in the autumn and winter of 2002 for his participation in the DC sniper murders. The mastermind of that killing spree, John Allen Muhammad, was executed in 2009, but Malvo has been serving a pair of life sentences for his role in the atrocity. But now the case is back in the spotlight after a judge tossed the sentences and declared that Malvo is entitled to a new sentencing hearing. (Associated
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  • Suddenly the EU is back at the table with Turkey

    The Tyrant of Turkey has had a big month on the international diplomacy front. First President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was invited to the White House for a meeting with President Trump and then he was prominently featured in a summit of NATO leaders this past week. It’s an almost surreal image to digest, with world leaders chatting away with him on various important topics while virtually zero mention was made of the outrageous civil rights atrocities taking place back in his home country. On
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  • There are 23,000 jihadists living in Britain

    Under pressure to explain how the Manchester bomber slipped through the cracks, the UK’s Security Minister described the scope of the jihadist threat facing Britain. From the Australian:
    Ben Wallace, the UK Security Minister, told The Times that the existence of a database of 23,000 potential attackers was a stark illustration of the magnitude of the terrorist threat.
    “The figures reveal the scale of the challenge from terrorism in the 21st century,” he said. “Never
  • The extreme vetting has begun… in Australia

    Yes, it’s extreme vetting season. It was promised to us during the campaign and ties heavily into the President’s travel ban (which is still locked up in court). Only the vetting isn’t taking place here. You probably recall that little dust-up between Donald Trump and Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull shortly after Trump was sworn into office. They had a few differences of opinion which have supposedly since been resolved, but one serious bone of contention was the roughly 1,2
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  • Even Univision is bailing out on the Puerto Rican Day Parade

    The decision to honor convicted FALN terrorist Oscar López Rivera in next month’s Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City is really blowing up in the organizers’ faces. Just last week we talked about the lengthy list of sponsors (including the New York Yankees) who have pulled out of the annual event in protest. And now, in addition to some other big corporate names, the one media outlet you would expect to be all over the festivities more than anyone else is bailing out as a
  • “This is way beyond a private server”: Four questions on Kushner’s “back channel” to Russia

    Intel pros tell Business Insider they can’t believe it. Not the fact that Kushner and Team Trump would want a “back channel” to Moscow; that happens all the time when governments (in this case a government-in-waiting) want to speak frankly about potential policy shifts without public pressure. What they can’t believe is that Kushner allegedly wanted to do it using the Russians’ own secure communication apparatus. The only reason to do that would be to hide the conve
  • Poland to EU: We won’t be blackmailed into taking your refugees

    The fallout from the Manchester suicide bombing continues to have ripple effects across all of Europe. One of the less noted bits of fallout comes to us from Poland, where their Prime Minister had some particularly harsh words for the European Union this week. The EU has been threatening to impose fines on Poland if they don’t “do their part” and take in a mandatory number of refugees. Prime Minister Beata Szydło responded by citing the Manchester attack and telling the EU
  • Trump to G-7: I’ll decide later whether to endorse Paris climate agreement

    Donald Trump wound up his first foreign tour by pushing off any decision on the Paris climate accord — to the consternation of the other G-7 members. After getting heavily lobbied to commit to the deal, Trump demurred, announcing on Twitter this morning that he’ll think about it for a while longer. The Italian prime minister serving as host to the meeting in Sicily issues a statement expressing frustration over the “open question” that prevented unity on the whole agenda:
  • Seriously? Now Turkey wants us to turn over an NBA player on terror charges

    Keep your friends close and your friends who are homicidal dictators closer, I suppose.
    Turkey’s efforts at international diplomacy were clearly bolstered when the Tyrant of Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gained a White House audience with President Trump. During that meeting the two leaders supposedly discussed the release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson. (Which still hasn’t happened, by the way.) Many observers still seem to believe that Erdogan is holding out because he
  • Criminal charges for Tim Kaine’s son over violent assault on Trump rally

    What’s more surprising about this story… that the alleged crime was charged in the first place or that you’re hearing about it at all?
    On March 4th in St. Paul, Minnesota, a pro-Trump rally took place on the steps of the State Capitol rotunda. No sooner had the event gotten underway than liberal “counter-protesters” wearing masks showed up and began attacking the rally participants with mace, tasers, fireworks and fists. We’ve seen these tactics of violence a
  • With all that farmland, why are Venezuelans starving?

    With all of the unrest, riots and murders in Venezuela these days, it’s easy to overlook one very basic question about the abysmal conditions its citizens are enduring. Venezuela has some of the richest farmland in the western hemisphere and was a net exporter of agricultural products until very recently. How can the people be starving? That’s the question being tackled at the Washington Post this week and the answer comes down to a single source: it’s the socialism, stupid.At
  • Report: Kushner wanted to set up secret communications channel with the Kremlin (Update: …to monitor Syria)

    Yesterday I wrote about the report at NBC News that the FBI was not scrutinizing Jared Kushner in its Russia investigation. I pointed out yesterday that the story was a) anonymous and b) didn’t give us enough information to determine whether Kushner might know something significant. Today there’s a followup story of sorts at the Washington Post:
    Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel
  • Report: Kushner wanted to set up secret communications channel with the Kremlin

    Yesterday I wrote about the report at NBC News that the FBI was not scrutinizing Jared Kushner in its Russia investigation. I pointed out yesterday that the story was a) anonymous and b) didn’t give us enough information to determine whether Kushner might know something significant. Today there’s a followup story of sorts at the Washington Post:
    Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel
  • “Everything is in play”: White House shake-up coming soon — and legal team may start vetting Trump’s tweets

    The “looming shake-up” scoops have been dribbling out for nearly two weeks, but now that Trump’s trip is almost over, it’s time to start paying attention. At least three different outlets have published stories in the past two days about the White House getting organized to manage the Russiagate probe and push forward on promoting Trump’s agenda. Yesterday Axios reported that Team Trump is “prepping for a years-long war with investigators and the bureaucracy,
  • Hillary Clinton still blames her problems on a vast right-wing media conspiracy

    Hillary still believes the vast, right-wing conspiracy is responsible for her political failures. In her first big interview since last year’s loss, Clinton tells New York magazine the right-wing media is a force with no effective opposition:“Look, we have an advocacy press on the right that has done a really good job for the last 25 years,” she says. “They have a mission. They use the rights given to them under the First Amendment to advocate a set of policies that are i
  • C’mon, why didn’t Trump let Spicer meet the Pope?

    A few days old and not a big deal, but still bothersome. The guy’s a devout Catholic. Top Catholic staffers in previous administrations routinely were included in the delegation during trips to the Vatican. The White House’s only excuse in excluding Spicer was that this year’s delegation was “small,” as though there would have been an insuperable issue with adding one more person who happens to be the president’s official spokesman. To top it off, Spicer has b
  • Orrin Hatch: Mitt Romney told me himself — he’s not running for Senate

    I choose not to believe this, and not just because I’ve been dreaming for months of six years of easy Senate-related Romney trollblogging. Romney strikes me as the kind of guy who, if asked by Hatch whether he wants to run, would say no purely because he doesn’t want to pressure an elderly senior statesman to retire. If Hatch ends up deciding of his own free will that it’s time to go, though, then … Mittmentum.
    Reasonable theory or deep, deep denial? Trump skeptics must
  • Boehner: Trump’s presidency ‘has been a complete disaster’

    Former House Speaker John Boehner spoke at an energy conference Wednesday and offered a withering assessment of President Trump’s first 100 days in office. From Rigzone, an energy news site that covered Boehner’s appearance at the conference:
    When asked what he thinks Trump’s done well in his first 100 days in office, Boehner said he’s done well with international affairs and foreign policy. In regard to national security, international leaders are thrilled to death that
  • CA single-payer bill passes out of committee … without any explanation of funding it

    The California state senate has passed a bill creating a single-payer health care system to the full legisature, only without an important component — any idea how to pay for it. An analysis by the chamber determined that such a system would cost more than twice the annual budget for the state, and even with a full guarantee of current federal funding, the shortfall would exceed the entire $180 billion budget for FY2018. Where will California get the money? Democrats apparently don’t
  • CNN: Comey knew document accusing Lynch of protecting Clinton was a fake before last July’s Emailgate press conference

    The latest in a story that’s been built brick by brick for a month. The NYT laid the foundation in late April with a long piece on why Comey took such a visible role in the Emailgate investigation last year, culminating in the presser he gave last July when he accused Hillary of having been “extremely careless” in handling classified info. One key influence in his thinking, per the Times, was a hacked document the FBI had obtained early in 2016 which contained a political bombs
  • How Finland Created One of the Best Educational Systems in the World (by Doing the Opposite of U.S.)

    Every conversation about education in the U.S. takes place in a minefield. Unless you’re a billionaire who bought the job of Secretary of Education, you’d better be prepared to answer questions about racial and economic equity, disability issues, protections for LGBTQ students, teacher pay and unions, religious charter schools, and many other pressing concerns. These issues are not mutually exclusive, nor are they distinct from questions of curriculum, testing, or achievement.
  • Yale gives ‘race relations’ award to two students who confronted professor

    Yale awarded a prize to two students who were part of a confrontation with a professor last year over racial sensitivity on campus. Professor Nicholas Christakis attempted to have a discussion with a large group of students who were upset about an email Christakis’ wife had written. One student got in the professor’s face and told him their common humanity was not significant. Another student suggested he had created space for violence. Those two students were singled at gr
  • “Markedly improving”? Q1 GDP estimate upgraded … to 1.2%

    Improved, yes, but does today’s data suggest that the economy is “markedly improving,” as one-time Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder argues? The second iteration of the first quarter’s annualized GDP growth rate doesn’t exactly paint a rosy picture. While the new estimate improves on the advance report of 0.7% annualized GDP growth, today’s interim report only boosts it to 1.2%. That’s not exactly a strong endorsement of rapid growth, and the revision
  • Hillary at Wellesley: When I was your age, we also had a president who’d be impeached for obstruction of justice

    I have consulted the orb and bring you glad tidings. It hath been ordained that she shall run again in 2020.
    You know why? Because the orb hates Democrats, that’s why.
    Speechwriting 101: When you’re addressing a crowd, your first job is to know your audience. Whoever wrote this knew exactly what to say to a crowd of college-aged Massachusetts liberals to get them on their feet. You would think, though, that Clinton would want to pay less attention to Trump rhetorically now that her p
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  • Students demand firing of professor who objected to asking whites to leave campus (Update)

    Bret Weinstein, a biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, was surrounded by a group of student protesters Wednesday after he wrote an email objecting to plans for a Day of Absence.
    In the past, the Day of Absence has been a day where black and Latino students leave campus to highlight their significance on campus. This year students wanted to change the format. Instead of leaving campus themselves, they wanted white students and professors to leave campus, thereby cr
  • Timelapse Animation Lets You See the Rise of Cities Across the Globe, from 3700 BC to 2000 AD

    Last year, a Yale-led research project produced an innovative dataset that mapped the history of urban settlements. Covering a 6,000 year period, the project traced the location and size of cities across the world, starting in 3700 BC (when the first known urban dwellings emerged in Sumer) and continuing through 2000 AD. According to Yale’s Meredith Reba, if we understand “how cities have grown and changed over time, throughout history, it might tell us somet
  • ABC: FBI summoned Trump sons on cyberhack attempt against Trump Org — the day before Comey firing

    Did a foreign intelligence service attempt to hack into the Trump Organization? Perhaps, according to this ABC News report, although that may be less interesting than the timing of the FBI’s actions as a result of the threat. When the FBI and CIA identified a potential attack aiming at the businesses of President Donald Trump, they summoned the two men in charge of the family company — Donald Jr and Eric. And that meeting took place the day before their father cashiered the head of t
  • CMP, Daleiden face contempt charge over video release

    A few hours after I posted the latest video from the Center for Medical Progress yesterday, Hot Air readers discovered that it had mysteriously disappeared. The cause of its elimination turns out to be not all that mysterious, and could land David Daleiden and his attorneys a contempt charge At issue is a prior gag order that Daleiden’s attorneys argued yesterday was overbroad:
    A federal judge said Thursday he will consider holding the leader of an anti-abortion group in con
  • FBI illegally shared surveillance data on Americans with unauthorized third parties and federal contractors

    As a legal matter, this seems straightforward. The FBI’s gotten too loose with sharing Americans’ data in violation of its own “minimization” rules and you’d better believe Jim Comey will be asked about it the next time he testifies before Congress. If he testifies before Congress.
    As a political matter, it’s more complicated. Why did agents access the info and, in some cases, share it with people who weren’t supposed to see it? Were they spying on Ameri
  • The Story of Habitat, the Very First Large-Scale Online Role-Playing Game (1986)

    Long before World of Warcraft, before Everquest and Second Life, and even before Ultima Online, computer-gamers of the 1980s looking for an online world to explore with others of their kind could fire up their Commodore 64s, switch on their dial-up modems, and log into Habitat. Brought out for the Commodore online service Quantum Link by Lucasfilm Games (later known as the developer of such classic point-and-click adventure games as Maniac M
  • Must-read from NYT: Breakdown of Turkish delegation assault on protesters

    Perhaps it’s better to call this must-see from the New York Times. The riot in front of the Turkish embassy last week created charges and countercharges between the US and Turkey on responsibility for the fight, which got caught on video from a number of sources. The NYT’s team puts together the videos and tracks the actions of 24 men, including some from the official security detail of the Turkish president, to establish exactly who did what.
    It’s impossible to do justice
  • Christian conundrum: Should a pregnant teen be publicly humiliated by her school?

    When Maddi Runkles enrolled at Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland, she and her parents signed an agreement to follow a moral code. When the straight-A student became pregnant earlier this year, the school saw it as rather incontrovertible evidence that Runkles had violated the rules and suspended her — at first for the rest of her senior year, but then on appeal for a short time. However, they also required her to conduct a public confession to the entire school and the parents of th
  • Watch a Mesmerizing Hourglass Filled with 1,250,000 “Nanoballs” (Created by the Designer of the Apple Watch)

    Apple Watch designer Marc Newson has created an hourglass that stands about 6 inches tall, measures 5 inches wide, and features 1,249,996 tiny spheres called “nanoballs,” each made of stainless steel and covered with a fine copper coating. It takes 10 minutes for the nanoballs to pour through the glass, from first to last. The action looks pretty mesmerizing, to say the least.
    You can pick up your very own hand-made hourglass for $12,000. But if your pockets
  • Gianforte: “I’m sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs”

    After thumping Rob Quist in Montana’s special election last night, the newly elected Congressman turned to a more literal beating. “When you make a mistake,” Greg Gianforte said last night during his victory speech, “you have to own up to it.” Gianforte then apologized to the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs and the Fox News team that witnessed his assault, and to the voters as well:Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election, apologizes to reporter one day after b
  • Copts massacred by gunmen in Egypt; at least 24 dead; Update: 28 dead

    Egypt’s Coptic community continues to come under fire from terrorists — this time literally. A group of men dressed in military uniforms opened fire on a bus taking Coptic Christians to a religious site in a bloody massacre that killed at least 24 people, including children:
    Children are among at least 24 people massacred in Egypt and dozens more injured after gunmen opened fire on buses carrying Coptic Christians.
    The health ministry said the victims had been on their
  • Fear and loathing in Montana

    That race in Montana was over quickly enough that most of you probably caught wind of it before going to bed last night, even if you weren’t following Allahpundit’s coverage of it. But the other thing which was “over” before the tears of Rob Quist’s supporters had even begun to dry was any semblance of Democratic unity in what was supposed to be The Year of the Resistance.On the left, naysayers were quick to jump on the bandwagon and lambast the DNC for failing to d
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  • An Animated History of Tea

    Self proclaimed tea geek, Shunan Teng’s knowledge of her chosen subject extends well beyond the proper way to serve and prepare her best-loved beverage.
    Her recent TED-Ed lesson on the History of Tea, above, hints at centuries of bloodshed and mercenary trade practices, discreetly masked by Steff Lee’s benign animation.
    Addiction, war, and child labor—the last, a grim ongoing reality…. Meditate on that the next time you’re enjoying a nice cup of Darjeeling, or bett
  • Obama: “Despite our best efforts,” Syria turned into a pretty vicious war

    “Despite our best efforts”? So ineffectual was this guy’s Syria policy that alumni of his administration felt obliged to praise Trump publicly after his symbolic strike on one of Assad’s airfields last month. Remember?
    “Great move.” “Brilliant.” “Finally!” were some of the comments I heard from veteran foreign policy hands in both parties Friday morning…
    “Our administration never would have gotten this done in 48 hours,&rdq
  • NBC News: Jared Kushner ‘under FBI scrutiny’

    NBC News reported Thursday that Jared Kusher is now under FBI scrutiny.
    Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.
    Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him…
    The officials said Kushner is in a different category from former T
  • Montana special election: Will Gianforte give Democrats a beating?

    There’s no upside to having your party’s nominee for a House seat charged with assault literally on the eve of an election, but if you’re straining to find a silver lining for the GOP, here you go. If Gianforte craps the bed tonight and loses one of the safest Republican House seats in the country, the party now has a handy talking point for why it’s not a harbinger of a blue wave in next year’s midterms. It was a freak thing! Gianforte had the race won, he lost his

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