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Marines further lower infrantry officer standards, this time involving? hiking - 24 Feb 2018 at 4:01pm -
Don't they still do a lot of "hiking" in a war zone these days?
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Enterprise Rent A Car is first to cave to anti-NRA hysteria, others follow - 24 Feb 2018 at 2:31pm -
Gutless corporate sheeple
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U.S. troops staying in Syria, Iraq indefinitely - 24 Feb 2018 at 1:01pm -
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School Resource Officer who stood outside during shooting thought he did a go... - 24 Feb 2018 at 11:31am -
"Why was he hiding outside? It just makes no sense to me whatsoever."
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New study uncovers the silent bias in our vocabulary - 24 Feb 2018 at 10:01am -
Words matter, especially in politics.
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That CNN ?scripted town hall? question just became more complicated - 24 Feb 2018 at 8:31am -
Somebody doctored an email... but who?
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Actually, there were four police officers waiting outside the school - 23 Feb 2018 at 8:01pm -
"...not one of them had gone into the school."
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How many millions can you fork over to super PACs this year? - 23 Feb 2018 at 7:01pm -
Money is good.
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The dicey ?age restriction? for semi-automatic rifles idea - 23 Feb 2018 at 6:01pm -
Define "semi-automatic rifle."
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Here?s the warning a tipster gave the FBI about Nikolas Cruz prior to the sho... - 23 Feb 2018 at 5:21pm -
"I know he?s?he?s going to explode."
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Catholic bishop denies Senator Durbin communion until he repents - 23 Feb 2018 at 4:41pm -
13 more to go
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Failed special election candidate Jon Ossoff will not run for Congress again - 23 Feb 2018 at 3:21pm -
"Last year's Special Election was never about me."
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Early voting begins in Texas, Democrat enthusiasm shows - 23 Feb 2018 at 2:41pm -
Can Democrats turn Texas purple?
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Texas charter school to put a police substation on campus - 23 Feb 2018 at 2:01pm -
"horrific things can happen anywhere."
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Gov. Rick Scott proposes putting an officer in every school, raising gun purc... - 23 Feb 2018 at 1:21pm -
"Change is coming and it will come fast."
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Natalie Portman has some regrets over her support of Roman Polanski - 23 Feb 2018 at 12:41pm -
Yeah, you might want to rethink that one...
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Reading this on your device? Cellphone addiction a growing concern - 23 Feb 2018 at 12:01pm -
Can you hear me now?
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Want to lose a lot of weight fast? Move to Venezuela - 23 Feb 2018 at 11:21am -
Just be sure to bring body armor and get all your shots updated before you leave
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Analogy Alert: Illinois? gov integrates a glass of milk - 23 Feb 2018 at 10:41am -
And it's good for you.
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Live video and blog: Trump leads populist-conservative fusion rally at CPAC; ... - 23 Feb 2018 at 10:01am -
Triumph, take two.
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Trump mulls pulling ICE out of California - 23 Feb 2018 at 9:21am -
But probably not too seriously
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As the Trump White House Turns: Kelly and McMaster may soon be gone - 23 Feb 2018 at 8:41am -
New kind of combat for 2 generals
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What to do with decades worth of untested rape kits? - 23 Feb 2018 at 8:01am -
Painful but necessary
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CNN: Trump shouldn?t call mass shooter a ?sicko? because it?s stigmatizing - 22 Feb 2018 at 10:01pm -
"This is not about being politically correct."
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Sheriff?s deputy stood outside school while Nikolas Cruz was inside shooting - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:21pm -
"Sick to my stomach. He never went in."
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It Is Accomplished - 26 Jun 2015 at 1:21pm - As Gandhi never quite said, First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win. I remember one of the first TV debates I had on the then-strange question of civil marriage for gay couples. It was Crossfire, as I recall, and Gary Bauer’s response to my rather earnest […]
The Years Of Writing Dangerously - 6 Feb 2015 at 3:00pm - Thirteen years ago, as I was starting to experiment with this blogging thing, I wrote the following: [T]he speed with which an idea in your head reaches thousands of other people’s eyes has another deflating effect, this time in reverse: It ensures that you will occasionally blurt out things that are offensive, dumb, brilliant, or […]
The Miracle Of Francis - 6 Feb 2015 at 2:30pm - One sub-theme of the Dish has long been my passionate, tortured relationship with the Catholic Church. This decade and a half exposed the unspeakable child abuse epidemic in the church, leaving me utterly unmoored and gutted. My faith life during all these years sputtered, lingered, and at times opened onto a dry, bleak wasteland. I […]
A Note To Our Readers, Ctd - 6 Feb 2015 at 1:30pm - One of countless readers asks: OK, no more begging for site to continue, EXCEPT can you please leave the site up for those of us who want to go back to read past weekend posts? These don?t have an expiration date. My weekends are so busy that I often don?t get a chance to explore […]
As The World Turns - 6 Feb 2015 at 1:00pm - Yesterday, this news broke: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to offer his hopes for litigation seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples before the U.S. Supreme Court, but said he doesn?t expect House Republicans will weigh in on the issue. ?I don?t expect that we?re going to weigh in on this,? Boehner said. ?The […]
How To Read The Entire Internet - 6 Feb 2015 at 12:30pm - by Patrick Appel ?Send me five links a day? was the original job Andrew gave me. Now, in the more than seven years since then, I have almost certainly read more than a million blog posts. It is entirely possible, during that time, that I have read more posts than anyone else on the planet. […]
Your Moments Of Dishness - 6 Feb 2015 at 11:00am - Yesterday we made one final bleg requesting “your favorite moment of Dishness” – and you delivered in spades, as you always do. It’s hard to disagree with this reader’s pick: Your wedding, plain and simple. The photos, the setting, the dogs, the look in your faces: I’ve been reading you for 10+ years and you kept me looking forward and to […]
Living The Dishhead Dream - 6 Feb 2015 at 10:30am - by Chas Danner I?m a reader. That?s how this ride started for me. Seven years ago there was, and still is, no better place on the Internet for keeping abreast of news, arguments, ideas, and the penetrating thoughts and experiences of complete strangers ? the Dish?s readers. Finding the Dish was a revelation. I was […]
How I Met Andrew Sullivan - 6 Feb 2015 at 10:00am - by Matthew Sitman One of the first questions I get when a person finds out I work at the Dish, and that Andrew is not just my boss but my friend, is about how we met. Unlike most of my generation, and probably most readers of this blog, I first encountered Andrew’s writing in his […]
Quote For The Day - 6 Feb 2015 at 9:32am - By Maurice Sendak: ?But the wild things cried, ?Oh please don?t go – we?ll eat you up – we love you so!? And Max said, ?No!? The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat […]
A Poem For Andrew - 6 Feb 2015 at 9:00am - by Alice Quinn For Andrew, essential defender of parity in the sphere of love: That Love is all there is, Is all we know of Love; It is enough, the freight should be Proportioned to the groove. –Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
The War - 6 Feb 2015 at 8:00am - That’s what changed me – and this blog. That’s what changed America. And that’s why Obama is president. When I look back on the stumbling, reversed, jagged path I found myself taking with you over the past decade, it is the war that looms largest. It showed me the callowness of neoconservative certainty – a […]
The View From My Window - 6 Feb 2015 at 7:32am - Washington, DC, 5.25 pm
Quote For The Day II - 5 Feb 2015 at 8:30pm - “The world cannot be a problem to anyone who sees that ultimately Christ, the world, his brother and his own inmost ground are made one and the same in grace and redemptive love. If all the current talk about the world helps people to discover this, then it is fine. But if it produces nothing […]
Know Scope - 5 Feb 2015 at 8:00pm - Marcelo Gleiser reminds us that, even though science has not yet detected gravitational waves from the Big Bang, “we should take note of what we do know about the early universe, which is nothing short of spectacular”: We know that the universe is about 13.8 billion years old (a number that, updated from 13.7, has […]
Face Of The Day - 5 Feb 2015 at 7:27pm - From a reader saying goodbye:
A Short Story For Thursday - 5 Feb 2015 at 6:15pm - This selection is one of Ernest Hemingway’s most brilliant and enduring, “Big Two-Hearted River.” The story deserves a patient, close reading; perhaps no better example of Hemingway’s distinctive prose style exists. Here’s how it begins: The train went on up the track out of sight, around one of the hills of burnt timber. Nick sat down on […]
Exiting The Anxiety Closet - 5 Feb 2015 at 5:14pm - Maria Bamford, a Dish fave, exited through comedy: Scott Stossel reflects on his decision to open up about his chronic anxiety: I revealed my anxiety and ? the world didn?t end. Did friends and colleagues talk about me behind my back? Maybe. Probably. (O.K., definitely.) But for the most part people didn?t seem to treat me any differently ? […]
Dudes On Diets, Ctd - 5 Feb 2015 at 4:52pm - A reader brings a personal touch to this topic: This subject is near-and-dear to my heart. I was a college athlete who never had to even think about what I ate to maintain low bodyfat. Then my workouts dropped to, say, 20% of what I had been doing when I stopped playing college bball and […]
Mental Health Break - 5 Feb 2015 at 4:20pm - Words to live by:
Will Vaccination Become Partisan? - 5 Feb 2015 at 3:44pm - Sarah Despres hopes not. She notes that, currently, “support for immunizations is largely bipartisan”: According to a recently released survey from the Pew Research Center, the public opinion on vaccine requirements, for example, divides much more by age than by political affiliation. This may be a function of the fact that younger people are less likely […]
Should Even Heroin Be Legal? Ctd - 5 Feb 2015 at 3:20pm - A reader writes: I am enjoying Johann Hari’s Chasing the Scream very much. For the most part I find that the author backs up his views with solid evidence and logic. However, the suggestion in Chapter 13 that a chaotic, abusive home and the parents’ failure to bond (attach) with the child is what causes addiction […]
The View From Your Window - 5 Feb 2015 at 3:00pm - Oxford, England, 11.15 am. And my old classmate from Oxford who sent this photo yesterday follows up with three more, all from ’81:
The Genetics Of Fucking Around - 5 Feb 2015 at 2:31pm - The Economist unpacks new research suggesting that humans are not born equally promiscuous: As with many biological phenomena?height, for example?propensity for promiscuity in either sex might be expected to be normally distributed; that is, to follow what are known colloquially as ?bell curves?. The peaks of these curves would have different values between the sexes, just as […]
The Fight For Independent Journalism - 5 Feb 2015 at 2:00pm - A CBC camera crew led by the wonderful Michelle Gagnon visited the Dish “offices” recently: The CBC’s Neil Macdonald takes on native advertizing sponsored content branded content ads disguised as journalism. Money quote: Sullivan’s case against native advertisement is powerful and succinct. “It is advertising that is portraying itself as journalism, simple as that,” he told me recently. “It is […]
A Final Bleg - 5 Feb 2015 at 1:20pm - What was your favorite moment of Dishness over the years? Email your reply under the subject heading “Moment of Dishness” to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post some for tomorrow morning. Please keep your response under 100 words (about twice the length of this post) so we can read as many as we can. Points for esoteric or embarrassing moments. (Photo mashup of […]
The Latest On Those Gitmo ?Suicides? - 5 Feb 2015 at 12:50pm - It’s a story we have long covered, even as many MSM outlets pooh-poohed the idea of accidental-homicide-through-torture. So we’re glad to be able to the recent Newsweek piece as the definitive latest word on the affair. It contains the following key paragraph: A highly placed source in the Department of Defense who deals with detainees? […]
The Long Game Of Barack Obama - 5 Feb 2015 at 12:02pm - Perhaps the prevailing theme of this blog these past seven years has been the hope and promise of the Obama presidency. I’ve long insisted that his record will only be fully understood after eight years, that his role as the liberal Reagan of our time could not be glimpsed fully in real time – the […]
The Blogger Uniform Exposed - 5 Feb 2015 at 11:43am - This is a disgusting picture, but an actual one we took today of my blogger poitrine every morning. It’s so foul it’s going after the jump: The brown Jackson Pollock is created from little droplets of coffee that migrate from my beard and moustache to adorn my bathrobe and, yes, laptop, as I blog through […]
Why Do We Read? - 5 Feb 2015 at 11:27am - Joshua Rothman searches for an answer in Deidre Shauna Lynch’s Loving Literature: A Cultural History. How reading has changed: For a long time, people didn?t love literature. They read with their heads, not their hearts (or at least they thought they did), and they were unnerved by the idea of readers becoming emotionally attached to books and writers. It […]
The Promise Of Psilocybin - 5 Feb 2015 at 10:48am - Michael Pollan’s New Yorker piece on the medical benefits of psychedelics is well worth a read: As I chatted with Tony Bossis and Stephen Ross in the treatment room at N.Y.U., their excitement about the results was evident. According to Ross, cancer patients receiving just a single dose of psilocybin experienced immediate and dramatic reductions in anxiety and […]
Letters From Gitmo - 5 Feb 2015 at 9:42am - Christian Lorentzen reviews Guantánamo Diary, the recently unclassified (and heavily redacted) 2005 memoir by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a former detainee still in US custody: Guantánamo Diary is no masterpiece: inevitably, it?s repetitive (Slahi likens his interrogations to Groundhog Day), and often banal when what it recounts isn?t revolting. But Slahi is an intelligent and sensitive writer […]
A Book Cover That Judges You - 5 Feb 2015 at 8:44am - Alison Flood explains: Thijs Biersteker of digital entrepreneurs Moore has created a book jacket that will open only when a reader shows no judgment. An integrated camera and facial recognition system scans the reader?s face, only unlocking the book ? in the prototype, filled with creative work for the Art Directors Club Netherlands annual ? […]
Why Can?t Vaccination Be Voluntary? - 5 Feb 2015 at 7:41am - Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig observes that, in “a variety of European countries, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, and Finland, high vaccination coverage (up to 99 percent in Finland, for example) has been achieved without the use of mandates.” But this won’t work in America: Insofar as we detest mandates because they are an affront to […]
Email Of The Day - 4 Feb 2015 at 8:25pm - Mostly for the bottom part: Hi Andrew, I know you’ll be receiving hundreds, likely thousands, of tributes and thank-yous this week, notes of appreciation long and short from your readers around the world. I hope you find time in your transition to read and absorb these messages of love and support. I hope too that […]
The Generation Gap On MGM - 4 Feb 2015 at 6:39pm - It’s significant: You know we couldn’t end the blog without at least one more post defending foreskin. Previous Dish on male genital mutilation here. Update from a reader: Since it’s my last chance, I just wanted to thank you for your posts on circumcision (and all the others over the years). I hadn’t thought to question the practice, […]
Melchior: Obama's NSA Reforms 'Half-Measures That Won't Be Particularly Effec... - 18 Jan 2014 at 5:47pm -
Ukraine goes Belarus? - 18 Jan 2014 at 4:04pm - Writing in the New York Review of Books, historian Tim Snyder takes a look at where things stand in Ukraine:On paper, Ukraine is now a dictatorship. President Viktor Yanukovych, in having the deputies of his Party of Regions endorse an extraordinary packet of legislation, has arrogated decisive political power to himself. After hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians spent weeks in the cold demonstrating for basic human rights and a stronger association with Europe, the president has responded with a violation of human rights and a rather sad imitation of Russia.In procedure and in content the laws ?passed? by the Ukrainian
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Andrew Cuomo Puts a 'Catholics Need Not Reside' Sign Up in New York - 18 Jan 2014 at 2:54pm - Thank God for Andrew Cuomo. His rant Friday night, insisting that people who seek to defend the dignity of human life of the unborn and the sick and elderly are extremists, and are not fit to live in the state of New York is telling. This banishment fantasy, of course, includes anyone who believes Catholic Church teaching on human life. A few things to observe about what he said: Look how far we have come since 1984. On Sept. 13 of that year, another Governor Cuomo, Andrew?s father, Mario, famously laid out his contention that being personally opposed to abortion
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My Funny Valentine - 18 Jan 2014 at 1:52pm - Over at Salon, Matt Valentine feels hard done by. After he "dared to critique gun activists? agenda," he writes, mean conservatives picked on him. Those conservatives included yours truly, who, Valentine records, accused himof making several improbable ?predictions? about what will happen in Texas if the state legislature removes current restrictions on open carry. Actually I made no predictions whatsoever. I described some real-life incidents involving open carry, and discussed the way people generally behave when they see or hold a weapon (These aren?t predictions, but rather observations documented through 40 years of empirical research, conducted by social scientists at
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'Extreme' ?Right-to-Life? Citizens of the State of New York React to Governor... - 18 Jan 2014 at 11:20am - I emailed some pro-life leaders and friends in New York for their reactions to Gov. Cuomo?s remarks insisting there is no room in the Empire State for those who seek to defend the most innocent of human lives. Not knowing the criminal penalties to come, I?m protecting their names. One friend says:The governor has an unfortunate tendency towards this kind of absolutist rhetoric. Just a few years ago, he declared that anyone who opposed redefining marriage was un-American. If this is a prelude to his re-election campaign, then it's going to be an ugly year, and maybe
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Krauthammer's Take: Obama's NSA Reform '90 Percent Smoke and Mirrors,' Which ... - 17 Jan 2014 at 10:28pm - Charles Krauthammer praised the president's NSA speech as the "best use of Obama's rhetorical powers of dazzling with very little content since the '08 campaign."On Friday night's Special Report, Krauthammer characterized President Obama's reforms to the United States' surveillance as "90 percent smoke and mirrors, and very little substantive change, which is what we need." Due to the programs' importance, the president recognized that any major changes would have risked American security, despite a big push from Democrats to do so."Overall, I give him an A-minus, and if I were a leftie, I'd be upset," Krauthammer concluded.
American Exceptionalism in Rome - 17 Jan 2014 at 7:52pm - Funding for the relocation of the U.S. embassy to the Holy See, from its present site near the Circus Maximus to the compound of the U.S embassy to Italy, is included in the spending bill passed by the Senate yesterday. It?s stipulated there that the secretary of state must confirm in writing to the Appropriations Committee that the ambassador and staff of Embassy Vatican will ?retain their independence from other United States missions located in Rome, including by maintaining a separate building with a discrete address and entrance.?Plans for the move do entail the observance of the law?s letter ?
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Pro-Life? Not Welcome in Andrew Cuomo's New York - 17 Jan 2014 at 5:59pm - Today from Albany, Governor Cuomo not only gave his analysis of the Republican party but declared the state not big enough for those who want to defend the sanctity of human life against his abortion-expansion plans, among others: You have a schism within the Republican Party. ? They?re searching to define their soul, that?s what?s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That?s what they?re trying to figure out. It?s a mirror of what?s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans.
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Media Internship - 17 Jan 2014 at 4:57pm - NR?s New York office is in the market for a media intern beginning immediately. Please send a cover letter, résumé, and relevant clips to email@example.com if: #*#You are a TV news junkie;#*#You have an eye and ear for newsy clips and some creative ideas about how to use them;#*#You know how to edit video in iMovie or Final Cut Pro (not required, but a plus).NR offers a small stipend with the position.
The Mask Slips at HHS - 17 Jan 2014 at 3:50pm - In a Federal Register notice yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are soliciting nominations for possible membership on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but the notice contained this interesting passage (my italics):?The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will give close attention to equitable geographic distribution and to minority and female representation so long as the effectiveness of the Committee is not impaired. Appointments shall be made without discrimination on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual
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The Heart of the Matter - 17 Jan 2014 at 3:44pm - A book I'm buying today is Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, by former vice president Dick Cheney and his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner of the George Washington University medical center. Tevi Troy writes in The Weekly Standard: This engaging book is cowritten by Cheney and his cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner, with an assist from his daughter Liz Cheney. As the former vice president writes, Reiner once related to him that he is not aware of anyone else, besides Cheney, who suffered a heart attack in the 1970s and is still alive. Furthermore, and this is something even political junkies might not
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Obama's Speech: A Little Relief, More Dereliction of Duty - 17 Jan 2014 at 3:42pm - Conservatives could react to President Barack Obama's NSA speech today with a collective "whew," sop their brows, and say it could have been a lot worse. President Obama did not give in to the pleas of the antiwar Left and cripple the NSA completely, or end the collection and analysis of telephone metadata. He should receive some credit for a speech that recognized the long American history of signals intelligence -- the interception of foreign communications -- and its great benefits during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWII, and the Cold War. Critics who want the NSA's activities shut
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UPDATE: Top Ky. Dem: Beating McConnell Will Be Like Defeating Nazis - 17 Jan 2014 at 3:22pm - Unseating Mitch McConnell in this year's midterms will be like freeing Europe from Hitler's Nazi control, according to Kentucky's Democratic speaker of the House."It reminded me of the feeling our troops must have had when they liberated the European nations after World War II," state representative Greg Stumbo said at an event for McConnell's Democratic challenger, Kentucky's secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes. "Can you imagine what it felt like that you were liberating a country?""Well, you're about to liberate your state from the worst reign of misabuse that we've seen in the last 30 years," he added.Polls have shown
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Frozen Out of the Oscars - 17 Jan 2014 at 3:14pm - On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released its list of Oscar nominees (see NRO's slideshow here). As usual, the list was a mélange of little-seen, heavily political prestige pictures; entertaining but cold big-budget critical favorites; and precisely one movie that was both a commercial and critical success.This has been a mediocre year for movies. There is no standout film that should clearly take Best Picture, and the only film that the masses and critics both enjoyed was Gravity, the visually astounding (if physics-defying) Sandra Bullock?George Clooney blockbuster (spoiler alert: Clooney?s character did not need to die,
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Letterman: We're Already Tired of Christie Story - 17 Jan 2014 at 3:03pm - The media's obsessive coverage of the Bridgegate controversy surrounding Chris Christie is getting to be a bit too much for David Letterman. Contrasted with Rod Blagojevich's bribery convictions, the bridge closure amounts to "Justin Bieber-level stuff," the late-night host said on Thursday night."We're already tired of it -- I don't know how you are in the news business, but we're getting tired of it," Letterman told NBC News's anchor Brian Williams on Thursday night. "We'll continue to beat it to death, of course, but we're getting tired of it."Letterman doubted that people outside of New Jersey care about the story,
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MTV's Teen Mom 2 to Feature Abortion - 17 Jan 2014 at 3:02pm - Days after a study tying one MTV show to a drop in teen birth rates was released, the network revealed that another one of its shows will prominently feature one of its stars undergoing an abortion.Jenelle Evans told the Stir that she let Teen Mom 2 film the termination of her pregnancy, and accepted that there would be backlash to the decision. As featured on an earlier iteration of the show, 16 & Pregnant, the 22-year-old had previously given birth to a child, but said she "needed to do what I needed to do" at the time of the abortion,
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A Partial Victory for Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers in New York City - 17 Jan 2014 at 3:01pm - The vile morality of the abortion lobby goes something like this: The "right" of a woman to hire another person to kill her child should not only be as unfettered as possible, it should ideally be subsidized by others. Abortion clinics should be free of even the most basic medical restrictions designed to protect clients from (further) harm, they should be free from any requirement to deliver truthful medical information about the child growing inside the mother, they should be able to perform the procedure at any time up to (and, according to some, just after) birth, and abortion providers
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Only 2 Percent of New Yorkers Think Income Inequality Should Be Mayor?s Top P... - 17 Jan 2014 at 2:55pm - Though Bill de Blasio spent his mayoral campaign focusing on the ?inequality crisis? facing New York City, few New Yorkers think inequality should be the mayor?s main focus.In a recent Quinnipiac poll, voters in New York were asked what the mayor?s top priority should be. Twenty percent said education should top the mayors list, followed by 13 percent for jobs and 9 percent for crime and safety and affordable housing. Only 2 percent of respondents said either ?income inequality? or ?class inequality? should be the mayor?s focus. Another 2 percent said the minimum wage.However, when asked about income inequality in
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The Conservative Case for Universal Coverage - 17 Jan 2014 at 2:25pm - There's been a lot of talk on the right about the importance of having a policy agenda that addresses the challenges of poverty and economic mobility. A neglected aspect of that discussion, however, is the degree to which access to health coverage is a part of the problem facing lower-income and middle-class Americans today. Medicaid is a basketcase of a program that leaves poor people no healthier than they were before ? though it spends trillions on their behalf. And, thanks to Obamacare, one of the biggest economic challenges facing the middle class ? the rising cost of health insurance
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