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How the Firing of the FBI Director Tests Conservatives

May 10, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since Donald Trump won the Republican nomination close to a year ago, conservative responses to him have fallen into three broad categories: pro-Trump, anti-Trump and anti-anti-Trump. The firing of James Comey is no exception.

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What Trump Still Doesn’t Understand About the Holocaust

April 26, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Given his administration’s bizarre rhetorical struggles when it comes to anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the bar for Donald Trump’s speech on Tuesday at the Holocaust Memorial Museum was low. All he really had to do was show he understands that anti-Semitism is bad, and that the Holocaust happened mostly to… Read the Rest »

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How Trump Could Get China’s Help on North Korea

April 25, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

So far, the Trump administration’s North Korea policy consists of declaring that America’s patience has run out, refusing to negotiate, hinting at preventive war, and hoping that China bails it out. In January, Trump—who is perpetually learning things that most other people know and then congratulating himself for having discovered… Read the Rest »

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How America Shed the Taboo Against Preventive War

April 21, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

A hidden assumption underlies the debate over North Korea. The assumption is that preventive war—war against a country that poses no imminent threat but could pose a threat in the future—is morally legitimate. To be sure, many politicians oppose an attack on practical grounds: They say the costs would be… Read the Rest »

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When Conservatives Oppose ‘Religious Freedom’

April 11, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On March 28, Pamela Geller, co-founder of the group Stop Islamization of America, wrote a column on Breitbart that offered Donald Trump some advice: “Clean house.” Paul “Ryan has got to go. James Comey, too,” she urged. Then she added a more obscure name: “What’s Eric Treene still doing there?”… Read the Rest »

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Trump’s Establishment Approach to Syria

April 7, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Why did Donald Trump, who won the GOP nomination, in part, by bucking his party’s interventionist foreign policy establishment, thrill it on Friday by launching missile strikes against the government of Bashar Assad? Why did the most unconventional of presidents respond to his first foreign policy crisis in such a… Read the Rest »

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The Dangers of Blaming Trump for Anti-Semitism

March 24, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

At a press conference in mid-February, Donald Trump said something that was, even for him, astonishing. He predicted that when authorities discovered the perpetrators of the anti-Semitic attacks that had broken out since his election, “It won’t be my people,” who had committed them. “It will be the people on… Read the Rest »

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America’s Most Prominent Anti-Muslim Activist Is Welcome at the White House

March 21, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Monday night, Brigitte Gabriel, head of ACT for America, tweeted that she was, “In D.C, preparing for my meeting at the White House. What topics would you like me to address?” Among the replies: “Ban sharia law from US,”, “Officially identify Islam as a political system and not a… Read the Rest »

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The Denationalization of American Muslims

March 19, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On March 6, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey, turned down a request to convert an old warehouse into a mosque. Such denials are happening with increasing frequency in the United States. In the 10 years between 2000 and 2010, the Justice Department intervened seven times against local communities… Read the Rest »

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Breaking Faith

March 14, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the past decade, pollsters charted something remarkable: Americans—long known for their piety—were fleeing organized religion in increasing numbers. The vast majority still believed in God. But the share that rejected any religious affiliation was growing fast, rising from 6 percent in 1992 to 22 percent in 2014. Among Millennials,… Read the Rest »