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Britain Debates New ‘Post-American’ Foreign Policy

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 - by Soeren Kern

Britain wants to boost its geopolitical influence abroad. But efforts to weaken London’s “special relationship” with Washington will only end up reducing Britain’s role on the global stage.

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Hamburg: See No Terror

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 - by John Rosenthal

The decision to send a Gitmo detainee to the city where the 9/11 plot was hatched displays willful blindness on the part of German authorities, and the Obama administration.

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What Do Flat Earthers and Gun Control Advocates Have in Common?

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 - by Frank J. Fleming

I'm not exactly sure when it happened, but being for gun control has gone from a legitimate political viewpoint to mental illness.

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Rabbis Gone Wild: Boston Edition

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 - by Stella Paul

Seventy progressive rabbis, strutting like peacocks showing off their moral finery, versus one lonely truth-teller? I like the odds.

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‘Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, Who Cares? Call Them Racists’

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 - by Rand Simberg

Evidently, to Spencer Ackerman of the ironically-named Washington Independent, all conservatives look and act alike — and hence can be tarnished as racists with equal impunity.

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Journolist, Jeremiah Wright, and Groucho Marx

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

Roger L. Simon reads the Daily Caller's allegations regarding the use of the JournoList to simultaneously bottle-up the Rev. Wright controversy and smear conservatives as racist in April of 2008, and blanching at the groupthink quips, "One thing hasn’t changed since my lefty days pre-9/11. I still admire the immortal words of Groucho Marx: 'I’d never join a club that would have me as a member!'"

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Iranian Revolt Against Khamenei Begins?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 - by Michael Ledeen

The opposition is gaining strength and coherence, while the regime itself is fracturing and lacks an effective strategy to quench the flow of public criticism and rebelliousness.

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Credibility Problems at the Washington Post: Blogger Fabricates Content of Reza Kahlili Speech on Iran

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 - by 'Reza Kahlili'

Jeff Stein posts an article of fabrications and misquotes. On the heels of Dave Weigel, is it time for some quality control at WaPo?

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Frequent Muslim Speaker to Kids in New York Schools Supports Hamas, Hezbollah

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 - by Ryan Mauro

In an interview with PJM, Hassan Shibly claims his school talks are non-political despite evidence to the contrary.

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AntennaGate and the Future of Apple

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 - by Michael S. Malone

A lot of people saw Jobs' tone at the press conference on the iPhone 4G's "AntennaGate" flap as contempt for his customers. His attitude seemed to be: look at all that I’ve done for you people — and now you quibble over some trifle?

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Apple, AntennaGate, and Silicon Valley Existentialism

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 - by Scott Budman

Apple, its events, and its strange relationship with the press won't go away anytime soon. The media needs too-cool stuff to test, the economy desperately needs the sales, and tech-watchers need the drama.

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Will Israel Attack Iran? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 - by Barry Rubin

How do you know someone has no idea what they’re talking about? They predict that Israel is about to attack Iran.

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Liberty or Tyranny?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 - by David Solway

A brief history of the battle between conservatives and liberals.

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Sex, Lies, and Blogging Standards

Monday, July 19th, 2010 - by Phyllis Chesler

Standards everywhere have fallen. Everyone wants to live like a movie star, like royalty, in Versailles. Absolutely no one is thinking about the deluge to come.

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"Training doesn’t create jobs.”

Monday, July 19th, 2010

span style=”font-style:italic;”New York Times:/span a href=”http://www.cnbc.com/id/38303349″After Job Training, Many Still Scrambling for Employment:/abr /br /blockquoteHundreds of thousands of Americans have enrolled in federally financed training programs in recent years, only to remain out of work. That has intensified skepticism about training as a cure for unemployment.br /br /Even before the recession created the bleakest job market in more than a quarter-century, job training was already producing disappointing results. A study conducted for the Labor Department tracking the experience of 160,000 laid-off workers in 12 states from mid-2003 to mid-2005 — a time of economic expansion — found that those who went through training wound up earning little more than those who did not, even three and four years later. “Over all, it appears possible that ultimate gains from participation are small or nonexistent,” the study concluded. /blockquote

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Michael Totten Dons His Pajamas

Monday, July 19th, 2010

In 2006, Michael was named Blogger of the Year by The Week magazine for his dispatches from the Middle East. A year later, he won a Weblog Award for the Best Middle East/Africa Blog. Michael captured that award again in 2008. And today, we're pleased to announce he's our newest in-house "Xpress" blogger. (Click here to read Totten's debut post for PJM.)

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Pity the Postmodern Cultural Elite

Monday, July 19th, 2010 - by Victor Davis Hanson

There is little logic among the cultural elite, maybe because there is little fear of job losses or the absence of money, and so arises a rather comfortable margin to indulge in nonsense.

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Are Israelis Buying Obama’s Latest Charm Offensive?

Monday, July 19th, 2010 - by Allison Kaplan Sommer

Or do they think it might have something to do with midterm elections?

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J. Christian Adams: Why the Left Shouldn’t Defend the New Black Panther Dismissal

Monday, July 19th, 2010 - by J. Christian Adams

Judging by the reflexive personal attacks and amateurish legal arguments, they fail to see they undermine their — and our — shared goals: the dismissal will be used by the defense in future civil rights law cases.

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States with Stricter Gun Control Laws Are Less Safe

Monday, July 19th, 2010 - by Howard Nemerov

The Brady Campaign persists with its rhetoric that “reasonable restrictions” of the Second Amendment make society safer.

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The Ancien Regime Isn’t Going Out Without a Fight

Sunday, July 18th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Progressivism is a surprisingly old, and increasingly frayed philosophy, as the reality and technology of the present day continues to move away from its century-old roots. But its high priests are only going to give up power very grudgingly.

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Sunday, July 18th, 2010

a href=”http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/8135/1/”The Atlantic:/a span style=”font-style:italic;”The End of Men/span (via a href=”http://nalert.blogspot.com/2010/07/women-are-new-men-postindustrial.html”Newsalert/a):br /br /blockquotePolling data on American sex preference is sparse, and does not show a clear preference for girls. But the picture from the doctor’s office unambiguously does. A newer method for sperm selection, called MicroSort, is currently completing Food and Drug Administration clinical trials. The girl requests for that method run at about 75 percent.br /br /Even more unsettling for Ericsson, it has become clear that in choosing the sex of the next generation, he is no longer the boss. “It’s the women who are driving all the decisions,” he says—a change the MicroSort spokespeople I met with also mentioned. At first, Ericsson says, women who called his clinics would apologize and shyly explain that they already had two boys. “Now they just call and [say] outright, ‘I want a girl.’ These mothers look at their lives and think their daughters will have a bright future their mother and grandmother didn’t have, brighter than their sons, even, so why wouldn’t you choose a girl?” /blockquote

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Donald Berwick’s Motto? Rationing for Thee, but not for Me

Sunday, July 18th, 2010 - by David Catron

If we contract deadly diseases requiring treatment that costs more than our lives are “worth,” we’re toast. This is why the appointment of Obama’s Medicare czar matters, even more than the nomination of a mere Supreme Court justice.

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The Need for a Political Investor Class

Sunday, July 18th, 2010 - by Adam Graham

Conservatives should look at giving money to candidates as an investment in the future.

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Iranians Still Killing American Soldiers in Iraq

Sunday, July 18th, 2010 - by Michael Ledeen

And we are still making it easy for them.

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