Literary Apes Anonymous

Now that his plagiarized spy thriller Assassin of Secrets has been yanked from the bookstores and turned into pulp, Quentin Rowan has gone public with his “confession” in 2,500 words at The Fix. As befits someone known for plagiarism, Rowan apes Rousseau’s Confessions in dwelling on incidents of humiliation and shame.

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Terror, Race, and Abject Absurdity

Calling Islamist terrorism by its name.

Today, three people are dead—killed in an act of discriminate violence. Their memories are done a disservice by the failure on the part of law enforcement to call the act of terroristic brutality by its name. By appearing to evade the obvious conclusion about the killer’s motives, authorities confirm some of the worst suspicions of an already suspicious nation.

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Trump’s ‘Truthful Hyperbole’ in Korea

Pulling the rug out from under your allies is terrible foreign policy.

Just when the Trump administration was starting to get some positive reviews for the cruise missile strike on Syria, the president’s endorsement of NATO, and his disavowal of his earlier claim that China was a currency manipulator, it tripped over its own shoelaces again.

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Democrats’ Peaking Anxiety

The left's existential desperation should be familiar to Republicans who recall 2009 and 2010.

After nearly 100 days in office, Democrats in Congress appear to have come no closer to accepting President Donald Trump’s legitimacy. If you need evidence, look no further than a bill introduced by Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer that would allow a committee of former presidents and vice presidents—as opposed to voters—the right to determine whether a prospective U.S. president was fit for the Oval Office.

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Trump Abandons America’s Freedom Agenda

Trump abandons the American mission to promote liberty abroad.

The occasion of an American president congratulating Turkey’s Islamist autocrat on a plebiscite that failed to meet international election standards and that yielded to him near absolute powers is a shameful moment in U.S. history. Donald Trump ran on an agenda of American retrenchment and introversion, and he doesn’t have much use for a “freedom agenda.” Nor, however, is Trump cut in precisely the same mold as his reactionary, paleo-realist core supporters who see the world in purely transactional terms. It’s hard to say what Trump’s vision for the United States is, but it is surely not one that encourages the aspirations of those who strive to live free.

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Decline Porn

A value or a fetish?

In the nation’s elite political media, an initially well-meaning effort to understand the voters who handed the president the keys to the White House has morphed into something closely resembling exploitation.