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Hey, kids— Now that the Clinton’s are doing it, colluding with the Russians is way cool and totally awesome! David Harsanyi of the Federalist on the Left’s double-standards on threats to democracy. More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America give President Trump credit for admitting his Afghanistan policy changes go against his instincts, and they also like some of the other changes he outlined in a policy with few good options. They also enjoy seeing the woeful fundraising totals for the DNC in […]

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Over at Powerlineblog.com, I clicked on the link to a City Journal web page. On that web page, Fred Siegel reviews Henry Olsen’s recently released book, “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue Collar Conservatism. Siegel’s review brings up similarities between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan, particularly the fact that both […]

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America point out former FBI director James Comey’s evaluation of how untrustworthy much of the media was when reporting on Russia and the 2016 elections. They also discuss the major political disaster that befell British conservatives in the snap election Thursday, badly weakening the party and strengthening the […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have a field day as government contractor Reality Winner is arrested for leaking classified information to the media. They also unload on Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who tries to leave the impression that Russia manipulated the actual vote tallies in 2016 while also admitting […]

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Seriously though, I’m sure Democrats are tired of the Clintons, and would just like the old guard to get out of the way so that fresh young blood could rejuvenate their party. You know… like #bernie2020. More

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With her angry commentary on the failures of the DNC and her eagerness to credit anyone and everyone for her richly deserved defeat, Mrs. Clinton makes Anthony Weiner seem classy. More

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The presidential elections have come and gone in France. Legislative elections will come soon. I’ve made some dark remarks on events, but sparsely — I think it’s too early to talk about it in detail. Few now speaking seem to take the situation in France seriously enough. To me, it seems obvious that suffering and humiliations will multiply in France. I have seen much excellent coverage of the elections; I recommend John O’Sullivan in National Review. For people less concerned with the elections and more concerned with what’s happening in France, I recommend an essay by Chris Caldwell on French critics of the French governing classes. The best author to read is the wise Pierre Manent in a journal I recommend, American Affairs.

But our own @Claire Berlinski, whom I admire so much, said “Macron vanquished Le Pen.” The depth of futility in that statement — the desperate fantasy of that sentiment — the unbending silence it invokes — was too much for me. I decided to write against everything that stands for, what Manent calls “the fanaticism of the center.” I will warn of the coming disaster like the prophets did in previous ages.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching Hillary Clinton remain immersed in her state of denial, as Hillary takes responsibility for losing to Donald Trump but seems to blame everyone else. They also react to Pres. Trump tweeting about nuking the legislative filibuster and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying it’s not going to happen. And they’re almost speechless as the Democrat running for Congress in Montana invites skeptics of the liberal line on climate change to go into their garages and start their cars.

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This is a harder review for me to write than the Clinton book, because I appreciate Stone’s contributions to Trump’s campaign, but you probably shouldn’t buy it. This is especially bad for me because I have to admit a stupid decision: I paid $26 for this book because I like iBooks formatting and can’t stand […]

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Why I wrote this Most of us, including me, are very happy Hillary Clinton lost the election. So most of us might not want to pony up $13.99 (Apple iBooks) for a book aimed at her supporters that explains why she lost. That’s where I come in. I spend the small bucks so you don’t […]

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I don’t read or listen to Jonah Goldberg podcasts, but I heard him on the radio this morning. He was on “Morning Edition” (yes, I listen to NPR). He was on an “analysis” segment about the story of Russian Hackers and the way they “hacked” our presidential election to help Donald J. Trump win the […]

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I saw a meme on Facebook recently which pretty much sums up the left’s reaction to the end of the year 2016. It featured a cartoon of a couple of British soldiers sitting in the trenches of the first world war, the writing on the meme was along the lines of 1916 has been a […]

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 There are many things I’m thankful for, but some of them are steady and thus, expected. I have a great husband and kids, good friends…things like that. These are the things that, as I reflect back on 2016, were unexpected pleasures. Hamilton: my 10 year old am I have had so much fun! Singing, dancing, […]

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Do you have time to check out another podcast? Feel free to listen in as I touch on different issues of the day and hopefully help to think through the issues. Then, check out the latest episode of Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner. It is on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud as well. More

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Alright, so technically 2017 isn’t over yet. But we here at Unnecessary Clickbait Lists think that enough has happened to put together a comprehensive and entertaining look back on the top moments of 2017. Without further ado, here are the Top 5 Best and Top 5 Worst Moments of 2017 (so far): Top 5 Worst […]

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Just a few days before Christmas, National Review’s Rich Lowry — easily one of my favorite writers — penned a sober analysis titled, “The Right’s Post-Constitutional Moment,” in which he laments that, “Trump has captivated a share of the Tea Party with a style of politics utterly alien to the Constitution.” This is especially vexing, Lowry continues, in light of a movement which in 2010 produced “… a class of constitutional obsessives, such as Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, who were focused not just on what government shouldn’t do, but on what it couldn’t do, and why.”

Interesting turn of phrase there, using the designation, “constitutional obsessives,” to describe people who took a solemn oath of constitutional fidelity. I suppose I could be described as “matrimonially obsessive,” since I took a solemn and sacred vow of fidelity to my wife, but the term seems a bit quirky somehow, underscoring the Republican view of these upstarts and the voters who sent them, as borderline fanatics. In any event, Lowry goes on to describe Donald Trump in terms that strike this observer as disconcertingly accurate:

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Here are my picks for the best books of 2016, fiction and non-fiction. These aren’t the best books published this year, but rather the best I’ve read in the last twelvemonth. The winner in both categories is barely distinguished from the pack, and the runners up are all worthy of reading. Runners up appear in alphabetical […]

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Between jeremiads decrying “fake news,” the mainstream media has created and advanced the biggest fake news story of 2016: That the presidential election was hacked.

  • “Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking” New York Times
  • “Obama administration unveils retribution for Russia over election hacking allegations” CNBC
  • “U.S. Slaps Sanctions On Russia For Election Hacking, Expels 35 Diplomats” CBS
  • “Obama sanctions Russian officials over election hacking” USA Today
  • “U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Election Hacking; Russia Threatens to Retaliate” Wall Street Journal

Despite the histrionic claims of the press, the election was not hacked. The Democratic National Committee’s lousy IT security allowed someone to access their emails which were then leaked. Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta fell for an age-old phishing scam that was as believable as getting millions of dollars from a Nigerian prince. Using the spotty media understanding of cybersecurity, they can claim that the DNC and Hillary’s campaign were “hacked,” but the election decisively was not. And the press knows it.

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If you are the (venerable?) Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate, the provenance of “racist” as the worst insult in modern America goes something like this: At first, “racism” simply referred to an objective reality, a useful heuristic for categorization, not unlike “brunette” or “Haitian.” The fact that, for example, Trump was elected by […]

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