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Cobra Kai: Waxing Back On

The reboot is the latest example of Hollywood’s desperate hunger to mine “intellectual property.” It’s so difficult and expensive to make potential audiences aware of something entirely new that anything with cultural provenance is immediately thought to have a leg up. And what has easier cultural provenance than something that …

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It’s Hi Time

I share with President Trump a mild germophobia, mostly triggered by the ritual of shaking hands. I often wish we could revert to the quaint Mad Men-era tradition of ladies wearing gloves in social settings, so I could avoid having to douse my palms with antibacterial goop every time I …

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War on the Waves

In 1983 Richard Hough published The Great War at Sea, a classic of military history that managed to pull together the disparate naval events and battles of World War I into a single scholarly but readable volume.Writing a comparable World War II at Sea is a much bigger task. The …

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Don Juan in Hell

When English lyric poetry is the subject, one thinks first of the Romantics. To many readers for whom poetry is not a life-sustaining staple, and even to some for whom it is, the Romantics have come to define poetry’s very essence: the eruption of exorbitant feeling too rich for the …

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An Enigma Wrapped in a Metaphor

Last month, after two men were asked to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks on the grounds that they were loitering, the Starbucks Corporation announced that it would close more than 8,000 stores for a day in order to impose “unconscious bias training” on its employees. (Readers contemplating the wisdom or scientific …

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Manafort Goes to the Mattresses

Things look grimmer by the day for Paul Manafort. Thanks to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, President Trump’s former campaign manager has been charged with a wide array of crimes related to his years of work as a consultant for pro-Russian political factions in Ukraine. Prosecutors allege that Manafort was …

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Mueller v. Trump

Can special counsel Robert Mueller require President Trump to testify before a grand jury? It would be unprecedented, and his effort to do so could lead to a major constitutional confrontation.The president could, of course, resist a grand jury subpoena by asserting his right under the Fifth Amendment not to …

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