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Rashida Tlaib And Her ‘Squad’ Of Israel Critics Own The Future

December 5, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you want to understand the divide inside the congressional Democratic Party on Israel, consider two events from earlier this week. On Sunday night, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer, the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, sat on stage at the Israeli-American Council, an organization funded, in part, by Sheldon Adelson. Alongside Schumer and Pelosi sat another IAC benefactor, Haim Saban. Saban’s name graces an AIPAC program for college students. He’s said that rather than negotiate with Iran, he “would bomb the living daylights out of these sons of bitches.” Read more…

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What the Yemen Vote Reveals About the Democratic Party

December 4, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

For several years now, commentators have wondered if Democrats—who have shifted left on domestic issues—would shift left on foreign policy, too. We now know the answer; the shift is under way. The clearest evidence yet is the Senate’s vote last Wednesday to move forward a bill that would end America’s role in the war in Yemen. It signals the birth of a post-Obama Democratic foreign policy.

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What the Tributes to George H. W. Bush Are Missing

December 2, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since George H. W. Bush’s death, many observers have noted that he embodied a less rancorous, less polarized political era. But underlying that civility was something deeper: Bush was the last person to occupy the Oval Office whose opponents saw him as a fully legitimate president.

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Elizabeth Warren Illuminates the Left’s Foreign-Policy Divide

November 29, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump does not. “You think our country is so innocent?” he asked Bill O’Reilly soon after taking office. He wasn’t being critical. Trump’s point was that America doesn’t need to be morally superior to be worthy of loyalty and love. America is precious simply because it is ours. In a world of gangsters, America should not strive to be the police. It should be the toughest, shrewdest gangster of them all.

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Dispute Over Airbnb In West Bank Settlements Shows ADL’s ‘Moral Schizophrenia’

November 27, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The Anti-Defamation League has a disease. It suffers from an acute — and potentially fatal — form of moral schizophrenia.

The ADL was founded 105 years ago during the anti-Semitic conviction and later lynching of Atlanta business owner Leo Frank with a dual purpose. It was created “to stop…the defamation of the Jewish people” but also — crucially — “to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.” Read more…

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Nancy Pelosi Just Showed Us Why She’s the Democratic Leader

November 21, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

A few years ago, the Brookings Institution scholar Thomas Mann said that during her time running the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi had proved to be the “strongest and most effective speaker of modern times.” To understand why, just look at the way Pelosi has engineered her likely return to the job over the past week. Read more…

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No, BDS Is Not Anti-Semitic, And Neither Is Ilhan Omar

November 19, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It turns out that Ilhan Omar, who this month became the first Somali American and the first Muslim refugee ever elected to Congress, modulates her views to fit her audience.

In other words, she’s a politician. Read more…

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Left-Wing Protests Are Crossing the Line

November 16, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last Saturday night, a Fox News contributor named Kat Timpf was at a bar in Brooklyn. As she recounted the incident to National Review, a man asked her where she worked. A while later, she said, a woman began “screaming at me to get out.” Timpf walked away, but the woman followed her around the bar while other patrons laughed. Fearing physical attack, Timpf left. She told National Review and The Hill that it was the third time she has been harassed since 2017. A few months earlier, a woman yelled at her during dinner at a Manhattan restaurant. The year before, while she was about to give a speech, a man dumped water on her head.

Protests like these, that target people’s private lives, are wrong. They violate fundamental principles of civil disobedience, as understood by its most eminent practitioners and theorists. And they threaten the very norms of human decency that Trump and his supporters have done so much to erode. Read more…

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Will the Left Go Too Far?

November 13, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you gauge the climate inside the Democratic Party merely by which candidates won its 2018 primaries, you might think reports of its leftward lurch are exaggerated. Despite the hoopla about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s and Ayanna Pressley’s upset victories in congressional races in New York and Massachusetts, not a single incumbent Democratic governor or senator lost a primary to a left-leaning challenger. Read more…

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Trump Bet Conservatives Wouldn’t Denounce His Racist Ad. He Won

November 8, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In the Trump era, when every day brings fresh insanity, looking back is hard. But it’s worth remembering what Donald Trump did in the final days before Tuesday’s midterm elections. It’s worth remembering because it’s a template for what he may do in 2020. And for how mainstream conservatives will respond. Read more…