The “Jerusalem, Israel” Controversy: Neither the Beginning Nor the End

Presidents generally love to visit Jerusalem, but hate talking about it. Not the city per se—they’ll happily gush over the beauty, history and intensity of the city. But ask them to identify where they are when they’re in Jerusalem, and you won’t be impressed.

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The “Jerusalem, Israel” Controversy: Neither the Beginning Nor the End

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A Nuclear Disaster at the Pentagon

The worst kind of "Resistance."

NBC News reported on Wednesday that Donald Trump called for the ten-fold augmentation of America’s nuclear arsenal at a meeting in a secure room in the Pentagon in July. Contrary to the president’s protestations and a denial by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the report is compelling and thoroughly sourced. That’s the problem.

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The Associated Press and the Pronoun Wars

Begun, the pronoun wars have.

The transgender movement is at war with the English language. With a new set of style guidelines, the Associated Press has joined the trenches—on the transgender side.

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Why Trump Wins

Pick your battles.

In the last week of September, North Korea exploded a nuclear device that was no ordinary atomic bomb. The gadget’s yield indicated that it was, at the very least, a boosted weapon or even a crude hydrogen bomb. In short, it was a city-killer. That same week saw the second of two terrible storms make landfall in Puerto Rico, resulting in what observers knew would be a humanitarian crisis no matter how adept the federal response was. And the federal response was anything but adept.

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Harvey Weinstein Is Finished, But Nukes Aren’t

Podcast: The backlash against Hollywood and nuclear weapons.

The COMMENTARY crew digs deeply into the horror of Harvey Weinstein, now journeying, perhaps, into a land beyond extradition, and ask whether his monstrousness is specifically related to show business or whether it reflects something baser in general. Then we talk about the story that Donald Trump said he wanted more nuclear weapons and wonder at the outrage expressed about it. Give a listen.

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The Embittering Effect of Dumbed-Down Politics

A confused, resentful people.

Today, the Washington Post’s Michael Gerson offers a bleak assessment of the speed at which America’s fragile social compact is fraying. Gerson proffers that, to the extent anything unites right and left, it is a passionate loathing for America’s perceived shortcomings.

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