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  • DeVos Stands Up to the Transgender Bullies

    In Secretary Betsy DeVos latest de-regulatory step, the Department of Education has said it will not investigate or take action on complaints from transgender students regarding the open use of restrooms in public schools.

    The Obama administration had adopted a broad understanding of Title IX, the federal law that protects citizens from discrimination on the basis of sex. Under Obama, the Department of Education ruled that “sex” also includes “gender identity.” Now that bureaucratic decision is...


  • Governor Indicted in Wake of Affair Has Long History of Giving Ethics and Morality Speeches

    The Missouri governor indicted Thursday on charges stemming from alleged sexual misconduct and blackmail has a history of extolling his ethical leadership.

    Eric Greitens, a Republican elected in 2016, admitted to an extramarital affair after investigation by St. Louis’s KMOV turned up audio recordings of the woman attesting to the affair and alleging Greitens had blackmailed her with explicit photographs.

    In a recent statement following his indictment for felony privacy invasion, Greitens denies...


  • Fact Check: Were All Russian Facebook Ads Purchased Only After the Election?

    Holmes Lybrand

    “Russia Only Bought Facebook Ads After Trump Won The Election,” a headline from Milo Yiannopoulos’ site Dangerous.com claimed on Monday.

    The article received over a thousand shares on Facebook, along with several thousand reactions, and was marked as possibly containing inaccurate information.

    Indeed it did.

    While the body of the post (which contains a bit of opinion) is largely accurate—mostly quoting a tweet-storm from Facebook’s VP of ads Rob Goldman—the headline is...


  • What Kelli Ward Wants From CPAC

    She doesn’t say so, but 2018 has been a tricky year so far for Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward. After months of polling strongly as an uncompromising, Trump-loving alternative to unpopular incumbent Jeff Flake, the conservative firebrand now finds herself squeezed between two new challengers: local celebrity and fellow Trump-booster Joe Arpaio and leadership-backed congresswoman Martha McSally. But Ward hopes to gain back some ground this week on familiar turf of CPAC.

    “I’ve been coming...


  • U.S. Seeks to Isolate North Korea With Latest Round of Sanctions

    The Trump administration made clear on Friday, with what it described as the largest set of sanctions against North Korea yet, that it will continue to isolate Pyongyang even as the South seeks to engage with the North.

    The designations target 27 shipping and trade companies, 28 vessels, and one person that the Treasury Department said have enabled North Korea to skirt sanctions and finance its weapons programs.

    “Today’s actions will significantly hinder the Kim regime’s capacity to conduct...


  • Public Sector Unions Set to Face SCOTUS Scrutiny

    If unions are so good and doing such a great job, why do they have to force people to pay them? That’s the question Mark Janus, an Illinois child services specialist, posed to assembled reporters on Friday. It’s the Supreme Court who will give him an answer. His case will be heard on Monday.

    Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is a second chance for the court to overturn a 1971 decision, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, that allowed public sector unions to...


  • Fact Check: Was an Aide to a Florida State Representative Fired for Pushing the Parkland 'Crisis Actors' Conspiracy Theory?

    Holmes Lybrand

    Claims of “crisis actors” in the wake of the deadly shooting in Florida sounded off across the internet’s conspiratorial corners, garnering attention on sites such as Gateway Pundit and True Pundit.

    Most of the rumors surrounded Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school student David Hogg, who was interviewed by several news outlets after the tragedy.

    “One student, in particular, David Hogg has been astonishingly articulate and highly skilled at propagating a new...


  • Editorial: All the Reasons It's a Terrible Idea to Arm Teachers

    On Thursday, President Donald Trump tossed out a characteristically jarring idea: Arm teachers. His original statements were less than clear, so at a White House public forum he clarified: “I don’t want teachers to have guns, I want certain highly adept people that understand weaponry, guns—if they really have that aptitude.” The president also suggested schools could offer incentives for teachers to arm: “You give them a little bit of a bonus, so practically for free, you have now made the...


  • Trump at CPAC and the Future of Conservatism

    Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, editor at large Bill Kristol discusses President Trump's CPAC speech, how the President has fared so far, and the future of the conservative movement.

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  • Trump Wraps Up CPAC Speech by Announcing North Korea Sanctions

    President Donald Trump on Friday delivered a free-wheeling speech to CPAC, a campaign-style barnburner that went over well with the raucous crowd. And on his way out, he casually got around to the important stuff: major new sanctions on North Korea.

    “North Korea, we imposed today the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before,” Trump said as he prepared to leave the stage. “And frankly, hopefully something positive can happen. We will see. But that was just announced, and I wanted to...


  • By Asking Whether Moscow 'Tipped Election,' NYT Plays into Russia's Hands

    Reporting on the Mueller indictment, the New York Times headlined its article, in typical Gray Lady fashion, “Moscow’s Hand Swirled in U.S., but Whether It Tipped Election Is Unclear.” Presumably, an election victory due to the machinations of a foreign “hand” can hardly produce a legitimate winner, so the Times was being prudent; it isn’t committing itself on the question of the legitimacy of Trump’s election, although it does, in the very first sentence, describe the question as “one of the...


  • Prufrock: Chateaubriand's Memoirs, the Forgotten Dean of the Harlem Renaissance, and the Return of Debtors' Prison

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    Revisiting François-René de Chateaubriand’s memoirs: “Chateaubriand, who had been working on his memoirs intermittently since around 1803, had quite a life story to tell, which is apparently why his publisher was willing to fund the writer’s retirement to get the manuscript. Soldier, witness to the French Revolution, diplomat, North American explorer, novelist, Christian apologist, and poet, Chateaubriand was the Zelig of his day, appearing to be everywhere at once. ‘Thus did...