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Patrick Buchanan’s Strange New Respect for the Ayatollah

It’s springtime for Pat Buchanan.Once a respected voice on the right, erstwhile presidential candidate, and omnipresent talking head, Pat Buchanan has in recent years languished in obscurity, so it would be easy to dismiss him as a bitter, disappointed figure skulking at the fringes since being effectively and appropriately cast …

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Radio Free America

Cumulus Media, the third largest terrestrial radio chain in the country, is bankrupt, and it’s making some drastic moves. Earlier this spring, it dropped Don Imus, the legendary—if now fossilized—morning host. And now there are rumors that Cumulus is looking to cut Michael Savage, one of talk radio’s marquee names.Cumulus …

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Our Self-Obsessed, Parochial Press Corps

There’s nothing the media love more than a story about themselves. And if it isn’t about them, they’ll make it so.A particularly shameless example of this never-ending navel-gazing was a briefing the State Department held last week upon the release of its 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The …

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Of the Making of Political Memoirs There is No End

By happy coincidence, on the very day that ex-FBI director James Comey published his self-serving memoir, my wife and I happened to be rummaging around in the George C. Marshall research library on the campus of Marshall’s alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, in Lexington. It was entirely coincidental, as I …

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First the Victory, Then the Celebration

O“We suffered with Obamacare,” Trump said. “Make no mistake. This is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake about it,” he declared before pausing for a personal boast. “I predicted it a long time ago. I said it’s failing and now it’s obvious that it’s failing. It’s dead—it’s …

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Godard Mon Amour: A biting biopic

In 1941, Preston Sturges wrote and directed a movie called Sullivan’s Travels about a successful director of cinematic fluff who longs to make a serious artistic statement called O Brother, Where Art Thou? “I want this picture to be a commentary on modern conditions!” he tells the head of his …

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So Long at the Fair

Mr. B. E. wasn’t widely known as warm, much less amiable. Fierce would be, I think, the general apprehension of children who crossed his path, which may just have been his style of school superintending.That morning, though, he seemed positively tickled as he saw us all off on our great …

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A War to Be Won

"The military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on April 4. “The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces …

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