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Channeling Max Baucus on CNN the other day, original thinker Fareed Zakaria spoke of the P5+1 interim deal with Iran on the Khomeinist nuclear program as an incipient “train wreck.” Now it seems that DNI James Clapper has alerted the non-co-equal branch on Capitol Hill that the timetable for that catastrophe has advanced. Preview Open

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Are You Smarter Than an 8th Grader?

 

While browsing in a bookstore a while back, a nicely-bound book caught my eye. It was the Manual of the Public Schools of Sonoma County, prepared by the Sonoma County (California) Board of Education, June 11, 1911. 

Besides outlining the duties of the teacher, the book covers the following subjects, which were to be taught in the first to eighth grades: Ethics, reading, phonics, spelling, language, written language and grammar, arithmetic, bookkeeping, writing, history, government, geography, nature study and agriculture, physiology, drawing, and music. 

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…by his last words on the cross? I am not a Christian. I once experimented with calling myself that but it wasn’t right. I mean, if Christians wouldn’t consider me a Christian (and a lot of my beliefs would make it pretty certain they wouldn’t), how could I? But I do consider Jesus first among […]

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Getting the Balance Wrong on Privacy and Security

 

I offered up a guest contribution at Just Security today, arguing, as I have previously at Ricochet, that the strong libertarian presumption against government action has to be weighed against legitimate national security concerns in the case of NSA surveillance.

In my judgment, the lack of evidence of any systematic abuses in the program should be leading the President to defend the surveillance rather than attempting to reform it. As I note in the post:

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ForwardProgressives brings you “10 Questions Every Liberal Should Ask Every Conservative, 3rd Edition.” Be forewarned, many if not all of the questions will infuriate you by their very premises. 1) How many official reports debunking the numerous fake Republican Benghazi conspiracies will it take before conservatives let it go? Preview Open

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This is simply unbelievable. “Over the past decade, hundreds of men have come forward to tell gruesome stories of abuse and terrible beatings they suffered at Florida’s Dozier School for Boys, a notorious, state-run institution that closed last year after more than a century. Preview Open

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What Does Obama Really Think Has Gone Wrong with the US Economy?

 

Maybe President Obama should have given a heroin speech. Well, not exactly a speech on dangerous drug use. But maybe his State of the Union address should have been less a laundry list of stuff Congress won’t pass and more a thematic explainer. That’s what Vermont’s governor did recently when he devoted an entire State of the State message to heroin and opiate addiction.

Obama has called too much income inequality and too little upward mobility the “defining challenge” of our time. But while he certainly talked about those topics, he sort of skimmed over causality and fast forwarded to his small-bore policy ideas. Not that all those ideas are unwise. Raising the maximum Earned Income Tax Credit  and making it available to more low-wage workers was one of the better ones. So was extending emergency unemployment insurance. And a business tax-infrastructure petite bargain continues to be a potentially intriguing swap. Still, while he was ticking off proposals, too bad Obama didn’t offer the sort of comprehensive, pro-work unemployment insurance reform that AEI’s Mike Strain has been developing.

A Woman Goes to Yoga Class, and What Happened Next Will Astonish You

 

Sorry for using the “Upworthy” teaser copy in the headline, but this one is too good to let pass. So, a young lady goes to her local yoga class—and it’s one of those good ones, okay? With community-friendly pricing and lots of cool people. Wait. I’ll let her tell it. From xoJane:

…my beloved donation-based studio that I’ve visited for years, in which classes are very big and often very crowded and no one will try to put a scented eye pillow on your face during savasana. They preach the gospel of yogic egalitarianism, that their style of vinyasa is approachable for people of all ages, experience levels, socioeconomic statuses, genders, and races; that it is non-judgmental and receptive. As such, the studio is populated largely by students, artists, and broke hipsters…

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Pope Francis is a progressive icon. By this, I don’t mean that he is an iconic progressive; I mean that among progressives he is venerated with a near-religious devotion. He simply can do no wrong in the eyes of the Left. On the contrary, virtually everything the man does or says is held up to be […]

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During the past weeks I have been as baffled by some Main Feed posts as the authors of those posts have been about the member’s reaction to them in the comments. Specifically, I am surprised by Peter, Rob, and Paul Rahe’s writing and reaction to recent posts about Republicans. Preview Open

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RINO ex-Senators Back Democratic Senatorial Candidates in Virginia and Georgia

 

Here is a titbit from a short piece in National Review Online by John Fund.

Former Senator John Warner (R-Virginia) has announced his support for the re-election of Mark Warner (D-Virginia) in the upcoming Virginia Senate race (in which Ed Gillespie, the former head of the Republican National Committee, is the likely Republican nominee). He is also supporting Democrat Michelle Nunn (daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn [D-Georgia]) for the open Senate seat in that state, as is former Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana).