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As I passed through the kitchen a few minutes ago my wife, who was watching President Obama’s address at Arlington Cemetery, snarled “I, I, I”, referring to the Commander-in-Chief’s favorite pronoun.  I paused long enough to hear him begin a description of the tough military decisions he has to make, then headed to the keyboard […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. World’s Greatest Violinist, or Why I Should Check My Mom’s Facebook Page More Often

 

I don’t usually check my mom’s Facebook page, because all she usually posts are articles I’ve written (and I know what they say) and cute videos of my adorable nephew Leo (which I get directly from my brother, and by the way, did you know he can now speak English, Italian, and Haitian creole? Enough to express his serious trilingual interest in trucks, doggies, and Barney, anyway). But a random mom-missing impulse prompted me to check it a few minutes ago, and look what I wouldn’t have seen if I hadn’t! 

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I’m starting to wonder if history won’t ending up showing that Katie Couric did more than anyone else to bring about a Palin Presidency. Up until that infamous interview, Sarah Palin–like virtually all Republican politicians and consultants–must have thought that while mainstream media reporters wouldn’t be exactly friendly, they would be objective and professional enough […]

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In today’s edition of the Washington Post, we have what strikes me as some good old-fashioned campaign spin: the idea that the Obama re-elect is poised to win North Carolina a second time.

If you hate lazy political reporting, then this is one story you can afford to miss.

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Exactly how stupid do you have to be to visit Manhattan and molest a chambermaid these days? 

The former chairman of one of Egypt’s major banks has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a maid at a Manhattan hotel, just weeks after the arrest of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on similar allegations.

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As a contributing editor to City Journal, I would like to declare myself officially irritated to the point of irascibility by the fact that the rest of the journalistic world has now discovered what my CJ colleague Heather Mac Donald has been reporting for years – that poverty doesn’t cause crime – and isn’t giving Heather any credit for the discovery.  In a stupid article with the wonderfully stupid headline “Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts,” the stupid New York Times “reported” last week,

“The number of violent crimes in the United States dropped significantly last year, to what appeared to be the lowest rate in nearly 40 years, a development that was considered puzzling partly because it ran counter to the prevailing expectation that crime would increase during a recession.”

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The summer movie season officially got under way over Memorial Day weekend, but it might as well be called the sequel season. Continue reading at abcnews.go.com. More

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Commander Mark Kelly and his crew spent Monday night and Tuesday morning getting their spacecraft ready to come home. All the critical landing equipment tested fine. Continue reading at www.usatoday.com. More

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“At a time when the GOP is playing games with the debt limit, a member of the Supreme Court is refusing to recuse himself from matters he has a financial interest in, and middle class incomes are stagnant, many want to change the subject,” he said. “I don’t. This was a prank, and a silly […]

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Speaking at a news conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Mr. Karzai declined to say what actions the government would or could take, saying only that Afghanistan “has a lot of ways of stopping it.” Continue reading at www.nytimes.com. More

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General Oun Ali Oun called what was happening to the Libyan people “genocide.” “No wise, rational person with the minimum of dignity can do what we saw with our eyes and what he asked us to do,” he said. More

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WASHINGTON — For the first time in its history, Medicare will soon track spending on millions of individual beneficiaries, reward hospitals that hold down costs and penalize those whose patients prove most expensive. The administration plans to establish “Medicare spending per beneficiary” as a new measure of hospital performance, just like the mortality rate for […]

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Pakistani jets have attacked militant positions in a tribal region close to the Afghan border, killing at least 18 suspected insurgents. Continue reading at www.washingtontimes.com. More

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The Pentagon’s first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of which are expected to become public next month, represents an early attempt to grapple with a changing world in which a hacker could pose as significant a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country’s military. Continue reading at online.wsj.com. More

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Forgive me if someone has beaten me to the punch here; I’m just getting around to reading David Mamet’s remarkable interview in the May 27 New York Times. The author, Andrew Goldman, starts by saying, “…My God, in crucifying liberals, this guy is going to infuriate a huge chunk of the people who pay money […]

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If confirmed by the Senate, Bryson would succeed Gary Locke, who was nominated in March to be the new ambassador to China. Continue reading at www.latimes.com. More

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US home prices slumped for an eighth straight month in March, dropping below the bottom previously recorded in the housing bust. Continue reading at www.washingtonpost.com. More

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“He’s been one of the most ineffective presidents at the job at hand that I’ve ever seen,” Romney said. “The number one issue he faced walking in the door was an economy in fast decline. He didn’t cause it, but he made things worse.” Continue reading at www.politico.com. More

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Democrats said they wanted to leave it off the table while Vice President Biden leads a bipartisan group of senators to come up with a new budget that would include cuts in spending that would satisfy lawmakers who don’t want to increase the nation’s borrowing limit without reducing government’s size. “The one thing we can’t […]

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Only four percent of Texas Republicans would support Republican Gov. Rick Perry in a bid for the White House. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin leads the pack of registered voters who expect to vote in the Lone Star state’s GOP primary with 12 percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 11 percent. Former […]

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