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Berkeley Should Let Ann Coulter Speak During Halftime

Conservative political commentator and author Ann Coulter discusses her latest book,

Ann Coulter is the latest conservative silenced by campus scolds, now that the University of California at Berkeley has rescinded its invitation for the pundit to speak next Thursday. Citing the risk of rioting and violence similar to the brouhaha on campus two months ago when a talk by conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos was similarly canceled, the school said it was making student safety its first priority.

How To Survive An Angry Town Hall

11:51 PM 04/19/2017

Republican members of Congress have grown increasingly wary of town hall meetings, which have become liberal rallies in districts nationwide, with hundreds of progressives denouncing conservative policies and chanting slogans like “Do Your Job!"

Seeing Red About The Pink Tax

5:31 PM 04/18/2017

Now that American women have overwhelmingly achieved economic, political, and social equality, feminists are yearning to stay relevant. Their latest outrage? The “Pink Tax.” That’s their term for the extra amount women pay for the same products, which supposedly costs hundreds of dollars a year.

Trump’s Jewish Groupies Should Be Nervous

4:37 PM 04/17/2017

The near-Messianic belief in President Trump held by certain pro-Israel Jews dates to the campaign, when he seemed an unshakeable friend to the Jewish state, especially compared to Hillary Clinton. But in just ten days, the president has reversed himself on China, North Korea, Syria, Russia, and NATO. Trump’s dizzying abandonment of once-unshakeable positions raises the question whether Israel will be the next ally he decides to pass over.

The Census Shouldn’t Count Gays — Or Jews, Or Blacks

4:36 PM 04/12/2017

Many LGBT Americans are outraged that the 2020 census won’t ask Americans if they’re gay. Of course, it never has – America’s decennial survey is silent on sexual orientation and gender identity. But census officials recently considered and dismissed adding such questions. The controversy is a good opportunity to question why the government should care about identity in the first place. It’s time to literally stop asking Americans to check boxes about themselves.

Spicer’s Right: German Jews Weren’t German

10:05 PM 04/11/2017

Sean Spicer’s bumbling, incoherent attempt today to present recent gas attacks in Syria as worse than the crimes of Nazi Germany (with its “Holocaust centers”) has been rightly denounced for its inaccuracy, imprecision, and general historical befuddlement.

Republican Racism Is Evaporating

5:21 PM 04/03/2017

A Friday Washington Post article decried a growing gap in racial attitudes between white members of the Republican and Democratic parties. Liberal media lambasted this supposed evidence of growing Republican racism. But numbers the Post’s report ignored show the opposite – racism among Republicans has been plummeting for years. What the Post calls “never bigger” is far less significant and not all that interesting – the margin between attitudes in each party.

Will Democrats Steal A Seat From The American People?

4:43 PM 03/28/2017

Vengeful Democrats, bemoaning that Republicans “stole” the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia, are promising to settle the score. Outraged at Republican inaction on President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, they’re ready to filibuster and, if possible, defeat President Trump’s nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Trump Won The Health Care Battle

6:32 PM 03/27/2017

After the failure of Trumpcare in Congress, journalists and politicians on the Left haven't stopped crowing about the president’s supposed defeat. From Lawrence O’Donnell ("His presidency effectively ended today") to Charles Blow ("a crushing blow to Trump's brand") they seem to have no clue Trump’s opponents have been played.

Today’s Arrest Debunks The ‘Trump Fosters Antisemitism’ Dreck

1:54 PM 03/23/2017

Today’s arrest in Israel of a Jewish teenager suspected of making dozens of bomb threats to Jewish centers means neither of the only two people yet accused of perpetrating the recent antisemitism is a white supremacist, Trump-loving Jew-hater. Combined with the March 3 arrest of the African-American, socialist, Trump-hating Juan Thompson in some of the hoaxes, all the evidence now points the other way. The president’s detractors who have been sounding the hollow “Trump Fosters Antisemitism” drumbeat should just hang up their sticks.

The Bizarre Politics Of “Beauty And The Beast”

10:49 AM 03/17/2017

The brouhaha around today’s release of the live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast has focused on a supposed gay character, whose inclusion has led some theaters and countries to eschew its exhibition. But there’s so much material that’s “strange, no question” in Disney’s retelling of this tale as old as time that anyone can find something to object to – in fact, given the film’s bizarre politics, a bit of chaste homosexuality seems rather tame.

Repeal And Replace Planned Parenthood

1:41 PM 03/13/2017

Memo to Planned Parenthood: there are consequences for having declared war on the party that won the election. After spending millions to defeat Republicans, the group is nonetheless demanding the GOP keep sending it billions. Dream on.

Jared And Ivanka Can Give Shabbat A Rest – Or Not

5:17 PM 03/10/2017

This Sunday, Jews everywhere read the Purim tale of Mordecai and Esther’s heroism through their proximity to the king. The Biblical story will have new resonance now that America’s First Family includes Orthodox Jews. The religious observance of First Daughter Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner has drawn both fascination and scorn. For example, their attendance at inaugural events on Shabbat, depending on whom you ask, was anything from a beautiful example of Jewish law meeting extraordinary circumstances to what one liberal feminist called “a perversion of Jewish values.”

Stop Celebrating Muslim Decency

4:21 PM 03/06/2017

Since the recent wave of anti-Semitic bomb threats, vandalism, and cemetery desecrations, journalistic and social media have vocally celebrated condemnations, fund-raising, and volunteer efforts by Muslim groups in an attempt to bolster interfaith cooperation and rehabilitate the reputation of the Islamic community precisely when its very welcome in America is being questioned like never before.

Liberals Play Petty Potty Politics – And Trump Laughs

6:14 PM 02/27/2017

The very day the Trump Administration barred The New York Times from a press briefing and the president said reporters “shouldn’t be allowed” to use unnamed sources (“we’re going to do something about it”), much of the Left couldn’t be bothered to protest. They were too busy howling about a minor change to federal transgender bathroom policy. Once again, President Donald J. Trump’s opponents have been pursuing something shiny and gossamer while barely noticing unprecedented threats to the Constitution.

Trump Will Never Jump The Shark

6:46 PM 02/23/2017

Ever since Donald Trump transitioned from reality television to reality reality, with each outrageous step his detractors have erroneously proclaimed his career’s demise. As a candidate, he said American POWs aren’t “real heroes” and was revealed to have crudely bragged of sexually assaulting women. As president, he has cozied up to a notorious foreign dictator and told blatant whoppers about his popularity. Political opponents and media voices – Democrats but also Republican dissenters like me – seem baffled at his invincibility.

Transgender Dignity Is A Conservative Value – But So Is Privacy

10:09 PM 02/22/2017

Behind-the-scenes reports have suggested the Trump Administration is agonizing whether to repeal an Obama-era order requiring schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. Despite traditionalist suspicions of transgenderism, conservative values actually favor a permissive policy. The problem with the Obama order, though, is that it militantly nationalized a complex problem and privileged dignity for transgender students over the equally legitimate value of privacy for everyone else.