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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… Read the Rest »

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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… Read the Rest »

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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.

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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… Read the Rest »

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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… Read the Rest »

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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… Read the Rest »

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The Harsh Truth Exposed by the Midterm Elections

November 7, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The story line coming out of Tuesday’s midterm elections will be: The two Americas drift further apart. Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate by cleaning out Democrats in states that voted for Donald Trump. Democrats won the House by cleaning out Republicans in districts that voted for Hillary Clinton…. Read the Rest »

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Blaming ‘Both Sides’ For Political Rage Is Ignorant – And Immoral

November 5, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I logged onto Twitter on Saturday night to find a message from Alan Dershowitz. “The both sides argument is always proper,” he tweeted. “Blaming only one side— the “other” side— is too easy. The shoe on the other foot test requires that you condemn your side’s bigots along with their… Read the Rest »

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How Trumpian Nativism Leads to Anti-Semitism

November 2, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In May 2016, Ben Shapiro—arguably the most influential conservative Jewish pundit in America—did something admirable. He admitted he was wrong. “I’ve spent most of my career arguing that anti-Semitism in the United States is almost entirely a product of the political Left,” Shapiro wrote. “The anti-Semitism I’d heard about from my… Read the Rest »

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Trump Shut Programs to Counter Violent Extremism

October 29, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Set aside the question of whether President Donald Trump’s rhetorical flirtations with white nationalism enabled Saturday’s mass shooting in Pittsburgh. What’s undeniable is that his administration has hobbled the infrastructure designed to prevent such murders.