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“Does school choice ‘work’?” National Affairs, by Frederick M. Hess “The elections: how bad for the Democrats?” The New York Review of Books, by Michael Tomasky “As the world burns,” The New Yorker, by Ryan Lizza [on the Senate and climate change] “The paranoid style in liberal politics,” Commentary, by Andrew Ferguson “From diversity to […]

Christie’s tunnel vision

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie yesterday cancelled the largest public transportation project in the country, a commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River to Manhattan. It is a very short-sighted move. The project originally was financed by about $3 billion each from the federal government, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the […]

“I’m not a witch”

Well, “I’m not a witch” is not what you expect to hear coming out of a candidate’s mouth. But what’s even more disturbing is Christine O’Donnell saying “I’m you”. That really creeps me out.

Authoritarian NYC to poor: “No soda for you!”

New York has announced another move in its authoritarian campaign against obesity. Thomas Farley and Richard Daines, the health commissioners for New York City and New York State respectively, have an op-ed in today’s New York Times entitled “No food stamps for sodas”. They announce: New York City and State are asking the United States Department of […]

Wall Street 2: we’re all Gordon Gekkos now

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In Oliver Stone’s sequel, released in British cinemas today, it’s no longer only the pinstriped bankers who are sinfully greedy – it’s all of us. Read my spiked article in full here.

The CYA Europe terror alert

The State Department issued a travel alert on the weekend to Americans visiting Europe, warning of a possible terrorist attack. But what’s the point of it? I’m not saying an attack won’t happen. But what use is a vague warning? Europe is a huge territory – can they be a little more specific? The State […]

The Democratic Party “base”

So what’s happening with the Democratic Party’s base in the run-up to the November midterm elections? Not much it seems. The Wall Street Journal today reports on how union leaders are trying to drum up support for Democratic Party candidates, and are not having much luck. It quotes Debbie Olander of the United Food and Commercial […]

Paladino and the upstate-downstate New York divide

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For many denizens of New York City, Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor, is beyond the pale. He does appear to be a nasty piece of work. The real estate developer has a seedy reputation among some for distributing racist and pornographic emails. His policy proposals include housing welfare recipients in former prisons and giving them lessons in hygiene. […]

This week’s articles of note

“Obama in command: the Rolling Stone interview,” Rolling Stone, by Jann S. Wenner “Small change: why the revolution will not be tweeted,” The New Yorker, by Malcolm Gladwell “Being Glenn Beck,” The New York Times Magazine, by Mark Leibovich “Bugged naked: webcams, sex and the death of privacy,” Slate, by William Saletan “Downtime: on the […]

Environmentalism’s true misanthropic colors

Disgusting video from British green group 10:10. Well, at least they make underlying misanthropy of environmentalism more transparent. The campaigners were forced to apologize, and are trying to remove the video from the internet.

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