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Episode 131: Unworkable Rules

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Episode 131: Unworkable Rules


Senate Democrats Block Bill Prohibiting Infanticide

On the Senate floor this evening, Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) called for unanimous consent on his Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which provides protections for any infants born alive after attempted abortion procedures.

Democratic senator Patty Murray of Washington objected to the bill on the …

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The Problem with ‘Social Justice’

Noah Rothman, a brilliant young writer and editor at Commentary magazine, has just published his first book, and it’s about nonsense.

Let me be clear: The book isn’t nonsense. It’s crisp, insightful, and passionate. The topic, captured in the title, Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America, is …

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Peter Jackson’s Astonishing WWI Film

A  line at the conclusion of They Shall Not Grow Old might be the driest closing credit I’ve ever seen at the movies: “Filmed on location on the Western Front, 1914–1918.”

And how: This monumental cinematic achievement re-creates the experience of war like no documentary I’ve ever seen. Steering …

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Remodeling America

By mid 1793–4, the radical Jacobins had successfully completed their hijacking of the French Revolution.

 

Jacobinism

They openly enacted agendas that might have seemed impossible in the heady days of 1787. Long gone were the pretenses of the original idealism when the revolution abolished …

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A World without Forgiveness

The story of Western religion is a story of redemption: of human beings sinning and then seeking redemption in repentance. Every year, Jewish congregants attend Yom Kippur services, where they confess their sins before God and pledge not to sin again. They also ask for forgiveness from those they have harmed. …

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Democrats’ Astoundingly Unconstitutional Campaign-Finance Bill

Today, House Democrats are holding hearings on a monstrous, 571-page election- and campaign-finance-reform bill called the “For the People Act of 2019.” I can think of other, more accurate, names — like the “First Amendment Demolition Act,” or perhaps the “Federalism Repeal Act,” or maybe, most …

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Blackface and the Fine Art of Retroactive Repudiation

The past few months have seen a wave of scandals involving blackface.

First there was Megyn Kelly, the news anchor who observed that in her youth it was considered okay to paint your face black so long as it was for a costume. The comment prompted NBC to cancel her show. Then there was the rediscovery of a …

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