Charles Murray will be speaking at Notre Dame on Tuesday [March 28]. In light of the violent protest at his Middlebury College lecture earlier this month, I’ve been asked by a few students and faculty colleagues (but, notably, not by any senior ND administrators) to rescind his invitation.
I will not.
I also have been asked why I invited him in the first place. That I am happy to explain.
Charles Murray is speaking at Notre Dame because I and another Political Science professor assigned his book Coming Apart in our classes. His visit is one of several outside lectures that are part of...
Vincent Phillip MuÃ±ozVincent Phillip MuÃ±oz2017/03
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:05:37 -0500
Devin Nunes is a conservative Republican from the San Joaquin Valley who advised Donald Trump through his transition to the presidency. Adam Schiff is a Los Angeles Democrat who campaigned for Hillary Clinton and isn't shy in his criticisms of the man who defeated her.
Now the two California congressmen find themselves at the center of the political universe, leading a House probe into Russian meddling in American politics—an investigation that includes alleged links between Trump campaign associates and Russian operatives who may have wanted to alter the outcome of the 2016 U.S....
Caitlin Huey-BurnsCaitlin Huey-Burns2017/03
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:35:39 -0500
If FBI agents have time to track down Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jerseys, why can't they bring back AWOL convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur?
It is time for one of the agency's most wanted women in the world to pay her dues. And President Trump is just the man to force this militant and unrepentant escapee to face justice.
Forty years ago this week, a New Jersey jury convicted Joanne D. Chesimard -- aka Assata Shakur -- on first-degree murder, assault and other charges in the 1973 traffic stop execution of state trooper Werner Foerster and wounding of trooper James Harper. She received a...
Michelle MalkinMichelle Malkin2017/03
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:54:08 -0500
WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday marked the end of the opening installment of "The President," the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the nation and the world. Now the plotline gets more serious, perhaps darker, with some new characters likely to emerge in key national-security roles.
President Trump should be less of a stage hog going forward, and his Twitter storms less intense. He's often described as a narcissist, but he's not suicidal. He knows he has been rebuffed in a public hearing that he can't ridicule as "fake news." With his approval...
David IgnatiusDavid Ignatius2017/03
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:47:33 -0500
I've been an American Express cardholder for longer than I care to say. Let's just say it's been close to 40 years, and American Express has always been the first card I use. No more. Hello, MasterCard and Visa!
Here's the short version. I bought a suit for my son at an off-retail store. For the next few months, the store's owner (aka thief) charged me $1,400 per month, month after month. The first time we caught it, she cried and cried and refunded the money. The second time, we called American Express. Turns out she had done it time and time again. I'm still waiting for thousands of...
Susan EstrichSusan Estrich2017/03
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:46:10 -0500
Globalists and Democrats shrieked last week when President Donald Trump proposed cutting American funding for the United Nations by 50 percent. The president dismisses the U.N. as a "waste of time and money." That's the least of it. U.S. taxpayers bankroll the U.N. with $10 billion a year. Our hard-earned money perpetuates an organization that validates some of the most savage human-rights abusers on the globe, regularly votes against the United States, and targets America's ally Israel for extinction.
Past American presidents have poured billions of our money into U.N. "peacekeeping"...
Betsy McCaugheyBetsy McCaughey2017/03
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:37:15 -0500
"Devastating!" shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending "conservative" congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts "draconian, careless and counterproductive."
But Trump's cuts are good! Why do politicians always assume that government spending helps people? It always has unintended consequences.
Foreign aid is attached to idealistic notions like ending global poverty and making friends abroad. Politicians also thought that by rewarding countries that behave well, America could steer the whole world toward responsible practices like...
John StosselJohn Stossel2017/03
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:54:30 -0500
President Trump traveled to Capitol Hill Tuesday to pressure hesitant House Republicans to support legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week, arguing their seats and the House majority would be at stake if they fail to pass the bill.
“Honestly, a loss is not acceptable, folks,” Trump told GOP lawmakers, according to a source in the room. He later added: “The higher the vote, the better."
Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republican leaders have been working furiously since the legislation was released earlier this month to cobble together votes to pass it...
Caitlin Huey-Burns & James ArkinCaitlin Huey-Burns & James Arkin2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:31:38 -0500
Good morning, it’s Tuesday, March 21, 2017. It’s the second day of spring, the time of year, as Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, “when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”
The famous line is from a poem, “Locksley Hall,” that explores youthful and unrequited love.
On this date in 1965, 18-year-old Mitt Romney’s thoughts turned to love. The object of his affection was about to turn 16, and -- unlike the protagonist in Tennyson’s poem -- his feelings were reciprocated.
I’ll have a word on this enduring American love story...
Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:47:36 -0500
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is angry at all the news coverage about the people who stand to be hurt because of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
"The press is making it look so wonderful," Trump complained Monday at an event at the White House arranged to counter the usual media narrative -- a listening session with "victims" of the ACA, or Obamacare.
Open a newspaper and you can read all about it. The Congressional Budget Office predicted that in just one year, 14 million fewer people likely would be insured if the GOP's American Health Care Act...
Debra SaundersDebra Saunders2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:02:39 -0500
A guide to the Neil Gorsuch nomination uproar: If you want the federal government to exercise greater and greater power over daily life in America, with minimum backtalk from us, the people, you deplore the prospective elevation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
If, by contrast, you regard the expansion or contraction of governmental power as matters subject to cautious consideration, with a bias toward doing this thing the right way -- well, you trust that the Senate will OK the nomination and that Justice Gorsuch looks both ways when crossing the street in heavy traffic. You want...
William MurchisonWilliam Murchison2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:29:20 -0500
The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based on a fairy tale.
In Monday's Intelligence Committee hearings, James Comey did confirm that his FBI has found nothing to support President Trump's tweet that President Obama ordered him wiretapped. Not unexpected, but undeniably an embarrassment for the tweeter-in-chief.
Yet longer-term damage may have been done to the left. For Monday's hearing showed that its rendering of the campaign of 2016 may be a product of fiction and a fevered imagination.
Patrick BuchananPatrick Buchanan2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:20:26 -0500
All addictions -- whether to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex or cigarettes -- are very hard to escape.
There is one addiction, however, that may be more difficult than any other to escape, in part because it is not even regarded as an addiction. It is entitlements addiction, the addiction to getting something for nothing.
One indication as to the power of entitlements addiction is the fact that while great numbers of people have voluntarily given up drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. -- almost always at great pain -- few give up an addiction to entitlements. For the majority of able-bodied people...
Dennis PragerDennis Prager2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:19:17 -0500
WASHINGTON -- It is difficult to overestimate the geopolitical risks of this moment -- or the (both disturbed and eager) global scrutiny now being given to the American president.
Aggression is growing along the westward reach of Russian influence and the southern boundary of Chinese influence. Intercontinental nuclear capacity may soon be in the hands of a mental pubescent in North Korea. In the Middle East, a hostile alliance of Russia and Shiite powers is ascendant; radical Sunnis have a territorial foothold and inspire strikes in Western cities; America's traditional Sunni friends and...
Michael GersonMichael Gerson2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:26:05 -0500
If President Trump is counting on the media to help push the cuts he proposed in his fiscal 2018 budget, he can forget it.
When the first Trump budget was unveiled last week, the news media exploded with exaggerated and heart-rending tales of the human, natural and material pain and devastation the suggested spending reductions will wreak on American society.
Poor children won’t be fed, teachers will be fired, families will be homeless, seniors will starve or freeze to death in unheated homes, single mothers will lose child care and job training, water and air will be dirtier, farmers...
Richard BenedettoRichard Benedetto2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:06:09 -0500
WASHINGTON -- The FBI is investigating whether persons involved with President Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian officials to help Trump win the election. Let that sink in for a moment. Then take a deep breath, exhale, and try to imagine where this might lead.
FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday what we suspected: An active probe of Russia's election meddling, which includes "investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's...
Eugene RobinsonEugene Robinson2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:41:37 -0500
It's true. The Affordable Care Act was passed without a single Republican vote. Republicans repeatedly cite this fact as Obamacare's original sin, a fatal flaw that justifies their efforts to dismantle the ACA.
But let's set that record straight. Obamacare was a bipartisan plan. It just didn't get a bipartisan vote.
Despite rumors to the contrary, the reforms weren't some radical idea imported from outer space. They were modeled on a conservative blueprint for universal health coverage.
Obamacare had to die for a simple partisan reason: Barack Obama proposed it.
Recall the right-wing hysteria...
Froma HarropFroma Harrop2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:28:35 -0500
A while back, when I was a correspondent at CBS News, a colleague and I had just finished shooting an interview and were walking down the street in midtown Manhattan when we stumbled onto a common sight in many of our big cities. A panhandler asked us for money.
I was prepared to just keep walking, but my friend, a Catholic who took his religion seriously, stopped to give the guy some money -- a dollar or two as I recall.
You know there's a very good chance he's just going to spend it on booze or drugs, I told my friend. Yes, he told me, he knew, but he felt it was the right thing to do.
Bernard GoldbergBernard Goldberg2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:03:20 -0500
It is a story oft-repeated and, at first, quite moving. It is the story of Marty Bannon, father of the chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon, and how he lost much of his nest egg when the financial system cratered in 2008. He had worked for AT&T for 50 years, buying the stock when it was safe as gold (only gold paid no dividend) and was now watching it go south at such an alarming rate that he decided to sell it. In a flash, the system turned on Marty and a lifetime of savings was gone. For his son Steve, it was an unforgettable lesson. It made him the revolutionary he is today.
Richard CohenRichard Cohen2017/03
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:01:18 -0500
The FBI is investigating links between the Russian government and individuals associated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign as part of a probe of foreign meddling in the 2016 election, Director James Comey told members of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday. Comey said the investigation began in July.
During the first public hearing on Russian interference, Comey also confirmed that there is no evidence to support President Trump's claims made in a series of tweets that then-President Obama had ordered a wiretap of the candidate’s midtown Manhattan office. "I have no...
Caitlin Huey-BurnsCaitlin Huey-Burns2017/03
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:01:20 -0500
Judge Neil Gorsuch emphasized the need for “neutral and independent judges” in his opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, indirectly addressing Democratic concerns and setting the stage for a blockbuster week as the panel considers Gorsuch to be the next justice on the Supreme Court.
Democrats made no secret of their reservations about the nominee’s record during their opening remarks Monday, arguing that he often rules in favor of corporations over individuals and questioning his interpretation of the Constitution. Republicans on the panel rose to...
James ArkinJames Arkin2017/03
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:25:27 -0500
Good morning, it’s Monday, March 20, 2017, the first day of spring. Over the weekend the music world lost Chuck Berry and pro football fans absorbed sad news about retired San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark. One of the nice guys in pro sports, Clark now faces a very tough road.
In college basketball, the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments really got rolling. The men’s games are more exciting mainly because they are less predictable. Upsets were common, along with close games, horrible officiating, coaching theatrics, and the drama of basketball royalty...
Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/03
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:07:11 -0500
Judge Neil Gorsuch is set to take questions from a Senate panel this week, his most consequential test since being nominated by President Trump to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
Beginning Monday with Gorsuch’s opening remarks, these confirmation hearings would normally dominate the spotlight. Instead, they will be competing for attention during a manic moment on Capitol Hill: The House Intelligence Committee will meet publicly Monday regarding Russia’s role in the presidential election, with FBI Director James Comey set to testify; and House...
Rebecca BergRebecca Berg2017/03
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:01:38 -0500
WASHINGTON -- It's time to take control of Medicaid before it takes control of us. Unless we act -- and there is little evidence that we will -- Medicaid increasingly becomes another mechanism by which government skews spending toward the old and away from the young. In the raging debate over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), this is a subject that neither Republicans nor Democrats dare touch. It's an ominous omission.
Medicaid is the sleeping giant of U.S. health care. Created in 1965, it provides health insurance for the very poor. Here are some basic Medicaid facts:
-- It is the...
Robert SamuelsonRobert Samuelson2017/03
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:54:59 -0500
WASHINGTON -- President Trump might do the world a perverse favor. Voters in Western Europe appear to be looking at what America has brought upon itself and deciding: "We sure as heck don't want to go there."
Thus did the Netherlands slap back the ethno-nationalist far right in its elections last week. The forces of tolerance and openness bent but didn't break. It was a good sign for the year's next two big electoral tests, in France and Germany.
There was always some hype in the commentariat's obsession with Geert Wilders, the viciously anti-Muslim leader whose party managed only 13 percent...
E.J. DionneE.J. Dionne2017/03
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:01:18 -0500
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