Life

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I feel for Elizabeth Warren. I pretended to be Jewish for a year

October 17, 2018 12:58 pm

Unlike her, however, I snapped out of it before I was old enough to vote

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Kum ba yah, baby, and pass the ammo

October 16, 2018 2:16 pm

What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?

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A brief history of American drug panics

October 16, 2018 12:14 pm

A Florida man murdered his parents with an axe 85 years ago today. The newspapers claimed he was crazed on marijuana

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Pope Francis was wrong to shower praise on Cardinal Wuerl

October 12, 2018 1:17 pm

Many Catholics are disconcerted – to put it mildly – by the Pope’s letter to Wuerl

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For Max Boot, the road from Baghdad leads to the road to Damascus

October 12, 2018 11:43 am

Boot socks the Republicans and dips a toe among the Democrats, but can he find a footing?

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Thanks to Trump, the exclamation mark is having its best year! Ever!

October 11, 2018 11:03 pm

Thanks to Donald Trump, the oft-maligned punctuation mark is having its best year. Ever!

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Women don’t need big government’s help to climb the corporate ladder

October 10, 2018 11:17 am

Jerry Brown may think he’s giving women a helping hand. But women are not children

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All or nothing in Maryland

October 9, 2018 6:58 am

Maryland millionaires set sights on Washington, but Governor Hogan leads the polls

Welcome to Trump Country: Israel

October 7, 2018 8:42 am

Unlike their liberal cousins in America, Jews in Israel much prefer the Donald to his predecessor

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Free speech and expensive schools in South Dakota

October 5, 2018 8:18 am

Leaked documents suggest a showdown is coming

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Teamwork? It’s not the American way, even in the Ryder Cup

October 4, 2018 7:15 am

Why are the Americans so damn cocky, despite a poor away record?

‘Don’t quote me. They would kill me’: A professor speaks about Brett Kavanaugh and #MeToo at Harvard

October 4, 2018 5:24 am

Is the Harvard Law campaign against Brett Kavanaugh opening the door to an inquisition that could lay waste to its senior faculty?

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The disunited states of Virginia

October 3, 2018 8:59 am

North against south, and the country against the city

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Yes, the Grievance Studies hoax is hilarious – but it’s also rather worrying

October 3, 2018 6:45 am

In order for a society to remain even vaguely healthy it has to have healthy institutions. And for institutions to be healthy, they need to be justly respected

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Revenge of the woke physicists

October 2, 2018 1:50 pm

If feminist physicists think Professor Strumia’s analysis is scientifically unsound, pick holes in his argument

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Brett Kavanaugh as political football

October 2, 2018 7:32 am

In the private sector, we get blitzed

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The Catholic right will go to any lengths to discredit the Pope

October 1, 2018 3:52 am

The late Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has been smeared

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Why the Ryder Cup is great

September 28, 2018 5:44 am

The bi-annual clash between Europe and the US is the greatest show in golf

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Brainless in Seattle

September 28, 2018 5:21 am

Musky clouds of skunk roll over the homes of rich and poor alike

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Did conservatives win the culture war?

September 26, 2018 3:05 pm

I always used to think liberals had won the culture war and conservatives had won the economic war. Now I’m not so sure

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The art of taking offence

September 26, 2018 6:25 am

We have encountered a new kind of predatory censorship

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The very public review of the New York Review of Books

September 25, 2018 11:25 am

Surely supposed editorial issues at the NYRB could have been addressed without taking the step of dismissing Buruma

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Life ‘n’ Arts Podcast: Knight of the Living Philosophers

September 25, 2018 11:13 am

In conversation with Roger Scruton

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How Ta-Nehisi Coates saved capitalism

September 25, 2018 5:43 am

The celebrated writer made social activism a lot less dangerous to the ruling class

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The coddling of American journalism

September 22, 2018 6:49 am

The snowflakes aren’t melting as they get older and wiser. They now have jobs in publishing and media and are marching through the institutions they work for