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Diplomats in Chief

By the time you read this, it is entirely possible that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will have resigned his office in despair and frustration.Read more on WeeklyStandard.com Original Article

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Masterful Monk

Most of us think of jazz as a genre predicated on extemporization—the horn man breaking into an inspired chorus set apart from the rhythmic structure of the song, the pianist using an established chord progression for extended flights of improvisatory fancy. But the real bedrock of jazz is not improvisation …

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The ‘Nudge’ Nobelist

We call it the Nobel prize in economics, but the Nobel that Richard Thaler won last week is technically a prize in “economic sciences,” and that bit of self-puffery (Oh, we’re scientists now, are we?) is fitting.Read more on WeeklyStandard.com Original Article

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The Fractured GOP

The Republican party is divided into two groups these days. There’s the Trump faction and its rival, the elected leaders, GOP officials, and rank-and-file antagonists of Trump.Read more on WeeklyStandard.com Original Article

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The Bad War

For their latest collaboration, a 10-part documentary that premiered last month on PBS, filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have chosen a subject from living memory.Read more on WeeklyStandard.com Original Article

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When Chelsea Winced

The Scrapbook was dismayed but not surprised when, in the waning days of his presidency, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning.Read more on WeeklyStandard.com Original Article

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Blinded by Science?

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case in which University of Wisconsin professor William Whitford and a group of plaintiffs (all Democratic voters in the state) contend that the drawing up of Wisconsin’s state legislative districts was an unconstitutional gerrymander. The Supreme …

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