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    New book offers tools for reading The Book

    Nicholas Frankovich of National Review Online explores the merits of Sarah Ruden’s new book on Bible reading. We would value the written word more if we didn’t have so much of it. Street signs, product labels, instruction manuals, tax forms, blog posts, e-mails, text messages . .
    Mitch Kokai, May 23, 2017
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    Thinking about Watergate? Barron’s reminds us of one major difference

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s explains how today’s political controversy differs from the Watergate era in at least one major way. History doesn’t repeat, and maybe it doesn’t even rhyme, but echoes of October 1973 were heard last week. The firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation head James…
    Mitch Kokai, May 15, 2017
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    A poor piece of protectionist history

    John Steele Gordon devotes a Barron’s column to a regrettable piece of American economic policy history. … [T]he Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 is certainly in the running for the title of worst legislation ever passed. In the 1920s, food prices declined substantially as more and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 24, 2017
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    A second Korean War

    David French of National Review Online explains why a new Korean War would represent a far different conflict than those Americans have seen recently in the Middle East. The generation that fought in World War II and Korea is dying off. We no longer have lawmakers,…
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2017
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    From the bad idea department: ‘Communism For Kids’

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon reports on criticism surrounding a controversial new book. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is blasting MIT Press for its new book Communism for Kids, arguing the book “whitewashes” a deadly ideology that has led to the deaths of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2017
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    Presidents and comedians

    Tevi Troy explores the history of comedians taking American presidents to task. When Donald Trump doesn’t show up at the White House Correspondents’ dinner on April 29, he’ll be the first President in 36 years to skip the shindig. After eight years of chummy repartee between…
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2017
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    Obama as Stanley Baldwin

    Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column at National Review Online compares our 44th president to the British prime minister who helped set the stage for World War II. Last year, President Obama assured the world that “we are living in the most peaceful, prosperous, and progressive era…
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2017
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    One hundred years since the U.S. entered WWI

    Arthur Herman explores for National Review Online the legacy of “Mr. Wilson’s War.” One hundred years ago on April 6, the United States declared war on Germany and entered World War I. It was an event that changed America, and the world, forever. America’s entry into…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2017