Obama Admits He Has No Plan for Combating ISIS

Recently, Obama made it clear that he and his administration have no strategy for dealing with ISIS. Anyone who’s been paying attention could have told you that. But it was nice for Obama to make it explicit: [Obama’s] remarks came after days of heated debate inside the top levels of his own national security bureaucracy […]

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Leftists Think Climate Change as Dangerous as Terrorism

Projected apocalypse scenarios are the new currency of politics. Right-wingers like to talk about the immigration apocalypse, fiscal meltdowns, and terrorism. Left-wingers harp just as fiercely on climate change, ebola outbreaks, and income inequality. According to a recent poll, Democrats think climate change is as potentially dangerous as the threat of terrorism: Sixty-eight percent of […]

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Medicare Costs Are Going Down: Thanks, Obamacare?

While national spending on health care is sky-rocketing, we can be thankful to Obamacare for one thing: the direct costs of Medicare are not projected to be quite as high as the Congressional Budget Office once thought. Why is that? And some [of the decrease in Medicare spending is] because of cuts in health care […]

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Anti-Marijuana Spokesmen Are on Big Pharma Payroll

All I can say is I’m not surprised. Big Pharma has spent billions on lobbying the FDA, and apparently they also pay millions to well-credentialed “experts” to run their PR campaigns against competitors: in this case, cheap legal marijuana. VICE has found that many of the researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been […]

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BuyPartisan App Lets You Put Your Dollars Where Your Politics Are

A new app, BuyPartisan, allows you to determine the political allegiances of manufacturers or distributors by scanning barcodes. Worried that your purchases might be indirectly benefitting the Democratic Party? Get BuyPartisan and you can see which manufacturer of groceries is giving political donations to the DNC. Wanting to divert your spending away from the Republicans? […]

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Science Education Depends Entirely on How You Define Science

Leftists are in an uproar over proposed legislation in Ohio that would reject portions of the Common Core curriculum and require science education to de-emphasize “process” education. Many leftists believe this law is intended to undercut teaching evolution—presumably one of the “scientific processes” being targeted. The wording of the bill makes it too easy for […]

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Nikolai Gogol and the Pitfalls of Writing Redemption Stories

Dead Souls, by Nikolai Gogol, is up there with Brian Wilson’s Smile as one of the greatest works of art never properly completed. But Dead Souls, at least to me, is so much more troubling because of the circumstances of its failure to launch. Dead Souls was intended to be a literary trilogy paralleling Dante’s […]

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