History

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    About that era of greater civility

    Philip Wegmann of the Washington Examiner offers a history lesson for those who decry today’s political incivility. Obama and Clinton certainly weren’t sinless when they squared off during the 2008 Democratic primary. He said, “She’ll say anything and change nothing.” She said he was an empty suit full…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2018
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    Bush and the world order

    Yuval Levin devotes a National Review Online column to placing George H.W. Bush’s life in context. In the wake of this weekend’s sad news, many have noted that George H.W. Bush strikes us now as a figure from another era. Bush’s career spanned that era, and his death…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the prospects for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Marc Rotterman’s Daily Journal honors the late President George H.W. Bush.
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2018
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    Bush and the debate over conservative masculinity

    David French of National Review Online ponders conservatives’ debate over masculinity. One of the more puzzling aspects of modern Republican discourse is the equation of Donald Trump’s aggression with manliness and the slander of his (male) critics as feminine. As near as I can tell, the foundation of…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bill to restore separate state boards for election oversight and ethics enforcement. John Hood’s Daily Journal responds to the latest plan for housing UNC-Chapel Hill’s controversial Silent Sam statue.
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2018
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    The Clintons’ role in today’s partisan politics

    Telly Davidson writes at National Review Online about a new book that assesses Bill and Hillary Clinton and their impact on American political history. Picture this: A norm-shattering, media-manipulating Boomer outsider dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct gets elected president with less than half the popular vote —…
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2018
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    Why charitable contributions are tax deductible

    One of the currently fashionable complaints about charitable and philanthropic giving of even left-leaning billionaires like Jeff Bezos is that the money does nothing to help the poor or reduce income inequality. James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley in an essay at Commentary  argue that charitable giving receives a tax…
    Joseph Coletti, November 30, 2018
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    Pardons, impeachment, and American history

    Yuval Levin dusts off his history books and offers National Review Online readers an anecdote that should inform a current controversy. In an interview with the New York Post on Wednesday, President Trump took up the possibility of offering a pardon to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2018