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College Republican Activism

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Posted by    Monday, September 26, 2011 at 3:30pm

It’s one of the top news stories across the web: Pay-by-race bake sale still on.

the controversial “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans is still on, the club’s president said, despite “grossly misguided comments” and threats aimed at supporters of the University of California, Berkeley, student group.

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A race I’m going to watch

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Posted by    Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:25pm

The Michigan Senate Race has piqued my interest:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is coming out in support of [Pete Hoekstra] the former House member tomorrow morning. Hoekstra could face a tough primary to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) from charter school founder Clark Durant, who is announcing his bid tomorrow [Friday]. But Republicans have been lining...

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Things You Don’t Expect to Hear

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Posted by    Friday, September 23, 2011 at 10:20am

Last night I arrived in New York where I’ll stay for the weekend. I had a late dinner with some friends in Gramercy and saw a huge motorcade that, presumably, held some foreign dignitary.

The best part of my night came on my ride home....

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They’ll pay tribute to anything once…

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Posted by    Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 1:51pm

Today “House leaders will pay tribute to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), less than a year after the House formally censured the former chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will speak at a ceremony to unveil Rangel’s official portrait as chairman of the storied committee, which the longtime...

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Libertarianism: Lost in Translation

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 12:00pm

I get Presseurope, a roundup of translated opinion pieces from the EU, sent to my email.

For the most part, the newsletter is incredibly informative. For instance, I had no idea that someone could honestly think that the Greeks deserved pity… or that disbanding the German nuclear program was a great idea.

But I don’t necessarily...

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Newt Gingrich thinks it is the late 90s

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 10:37am

and I wish he was right.

The fledgling candidate announced in Iowa that he is going to propose a newer Contract with America: 

It “will be 10 times deeper and more comprehensive than 1994,” he told an audience of about 40 people Monday night in Council Bluffs. “Because the truth is, while we...

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If you only read

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Posted by    Monday, September 19, 2011 at 5:26pm

one op-ed today, I hope it is Mary O’Grady’s column in the Wall Street Journal: “Big Labor’s Yanqui Imperialism.”

On the face of it, the National Labor Relations Board’s effort to block a new Boeing plant slated for the right-to-work state of South Carolina seems like a futile exercise. After all, we...

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The Drudge of School Choice

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Posted by    Monday, September 19, 2011 at 2:36pm

Today marks the launch of ChoiceMedia.tv, the news hub of school choice activism in the U.S.

I’m really excited to see the site under the direction of Bob Bowdon, director of The Cartel Movie and contributor to the Onion News Network. Hopefully, the site will provide a nice amalgamation of different local school...

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How wide is the al Qaeda net?

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Posted by    Monday, September 19, 2011 at 9:40am

I came across an interesting post this morning on the Journal’s Numbers Guy blog. I think we all have a tendency to think of al Qaeda as a large force, certainly they’ve been difficult to track down, but how big is the organization?

From the print edition:

A dozen terrorism scholars gave a...

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Does more wine always mean more problems?

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Posted by    Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 5:06pm

A headline on the BBC caught my eye today:

 The warming wine regions.

[...] High-value grapes are grown within a narrow climate window, Stanford earth scientist Noah Diffenbaugh said, making them more sensitive to temperature variations than standard crops.

In Tuscany, a Florence University study found that climate change will result in both...

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An ECB? No, WCB

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Posted by    Friday, September 16, 2011 at 4:15pm

A committee of economists have proposed “the creation of an International Monetary Policy Committee composed of representatives of major central banks that will report regularly to world leaders on the aggregate consequences of individual central bank policies.”

And who will run this? Why, a committee of economists! I mean, sure, the Fed...

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Hey Authoritarians, Need a Western Ego-Boost?

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Posted by    Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:55pm

Then come to New York!

Even if you’re a “petty and cruel dictator,” an Ivy-League school will still be interested in your time:

A group of Columbia University students may be attending a private dinner with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will be in New York City in September for the United Nations...

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When Sensitivity Becomes Destructive

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 3:22pm

It sounds like a headline from The Onion: “Jewish prof forced to defend himself against anti-Semitism claims.” 

Cameron Johnston, who has been teaching at York [University] for more than 30 years, has been forced to respond to allegations that he made anti-Semitic remarks in a lecture on Monday afternoon after a student...

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Thatcher: En Vogue?

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 4:50pm

My friend sent me this link yesterday, and I could hardly believe the headline: Margaret Thatcher has become a hip youth icon.

Harry Mount was at a party:

held at Maggie’s, the Thatcher-themed nightclub on the Fulham Road, in west London.

It will come as no surprise to Dan [Hannan]‘s readers that he is...

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