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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Politicians shun any ‘meddling' with entitlements, but the math problem inherent in the system is unavoidable. Some American disasters come as bolts from the blue -- the stock-market crash of October 1929, Pearl Harbor, the designated hitter, 9/11. Others are predictable because they arise from arithmetic that is neither hidden nor arcane. Now comes the tsunami of pension problems that will wash over many cities and states.


Incidents of sexual assault may be up in Sweden, but the truth is more complicated than the narrative.

President Donald Trump was more right than wrong about Sweden. Fox News was slightly misleading. As you've heard, Trump referred to "[what happened] last night in Sweden." On Twitter, smug critics circulated lists of anodyne events like concerts and road accidents and accused the president of inventing a terror attack. He didn't cite a terror attack, though his words were characteristically imprecise. Two days later, as if to underscore that Trump had a point, riots erupted in a suburb of Stockholm...


Monday, February 20, 2017

David French, National Review: It's not worth spending much time talking about Donald Trump's press conference yesterday. He was the same guy we've watched since he came down that escalator on June 16, 2015. Heck, he was the same guy we watched at WrestleMania 23, body slamming Vince McMahon and shaving his head in front of 80,000 screaming fans at Michigan's Ford Field. The same guy who could seize the spotlight even from the likes of Gary Busey and Dennis Rodman on Celebrity Apprentice. The only thing astonishing about the press conference is that people are still astonished when Trump acts like Trump. What's far more worrisome is the way Trump feeds some of the worst impulses in the conservative movement, turning otherwise sane and smart people into Facebook commandos and Twitter SEALs. read more


Friday, February 17, 2017

Buried deep beneath the Michael Flynn hysteria this week was Judicial Watch's release of newly obtained State Department documents related to the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012. One email confirms -- again -- that the Obama administration knew the day after the attack it was not a random act of violence stemming from an anti-Muslim video. That was the excuse shamefully propagated by top Obama administration officials (including the president himself) and swallowed whole by a media establishment desperate to help Obama win re-election six weeks later.

According to the summary of a call on September 12, 2012 between State Department Under-Secretary Patrick Kennedy and several congressional staffers, Kennedy was asked if the attack came under cover of protest: "No this was a direct breaching attack," he answered. Kennedy also denied the attack was coordinated with the protests in Cairo over the video: "Attack in Cairo was a demonstration......


Thursday, February 16, 2017

The IRS's willingness to ignore violations of the individual mandate should worry conservatives and liberals alike.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. At Reason, Peter Suderman confirms that the IRS will continue its Obama-era policy of accepting tax returns that lack vital information about their filers' compliance with Obamacare. As a result, Suderman concludes, it will remain easy for "individuals to go without coverage while avoiding the penalty." Thus will the baton be passed sideways, from one haughty emperor to another. Prima facie, the IRS has a strong case for its declaration. Contrary to initial reports, the move does not constitute a reversal of the agency's policy but a continuation of the approach that it took during the Obama years....


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