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Bols on Parade

Peace, Bread, Canned.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Party’s newest rock star, appears to believe that the negative attention she has received from people on the right is a function of the threat she represents to their political preeminence. As Charles C.W. Cooke ably demonstrated in National Review, nothing could be further from the truth. Republicans surely hope that she keeps talking without interruption between now and Election Day.

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Taking Trump Seriously on Iran

End the global diplomatic offensive.

It wasn’t long ago that the president’s supporters justified their commitment to selectively hearing what Trump had to say, dismissing his more intemperate outbursts and mocking those who declined to follow their lead. But from trade wars to draconian border-security policies, Trump has recently demonstrated that he meant much of what he promised on the campaign trail. Therefore, we are best served by taking the most powerful man on earth both literally and seriously, even if that is sometimes politically inconvenient. And it is hard to envision a more inconvenient set of circumstances than those around Donald Trump’s proposed summit with the theocrats in Iran.

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PODCAST LIVE: What’s a Little Collusion?

PODCAST: Collusion and wish casting on the left.

The COMMENTARY Podcast recorded live before a studio audience at The Comedy Cellar’s The Village Underground this week. The gang discussed how the Donald Trump and his allies reacted to the revelation that the president might have known about the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin cutout. Also, how vibrant is the intellectual right when compared to its ideological opponents on the left.

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How the Church Hoodwinked Its Anti-Abuse Experts

“They haven’t done enough penance."

In 2003, an American Catholic prelate shared his diagnosis of the roots of the Church’s abuse crisis with a group of lay experts. The problem, he said, traced back to the “psychological immaturity” of many young seminarians, which meant that they couldn’t cope with the rigors of priestly life and acted out sexually as a result. The solution, per this powerful churchman, was to institute better “psychological testing” to sift the wheat from the chaff among would-be priests.

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