Taping Would Only Hurt Him, People

Podcast: Circumspection isn't in the left's vocabulary these days.

The first Commentary podcast of the week finds me, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman puzzling out the idea that Trump taping people in the Oval Office represents the rise of American totalitarianism rather than an insanely self-destructive act that (if it’s happening) would only hasten Trump’s own demise. We also point out that mainstream media types and liberals (but I repeat myself) are so eager to attach Trump to Republicans that they now deny Trump-resistant Republicans exist. Give a listen.

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Taping Would Only Hurt Him, People

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A Miracle in Liverpool

A witness against the culture of death.

Alfie Evans was supposed to die. On Monday evening, doctors at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, England, removed the 23-month-old toddler’s respirator following an effective death sentence handed down by Britain’s High Court of Justice. The court ruled that “continued ventilatory support is no longer in Alfie’s best interest” and prohibited his parents from flying their baby to Rome’s Bambino Gesù hospital for additional treatment at the Italian government’s expense. An international outcry led by Pope Francis failed to move British authorities.

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Going full Bernie.

Conservatives who criticize socialist schemes are often met with a particularly droll challenge from of our friends on the left. “You don’t like socialism?” they say. “Then I guess you want to get rid of the police force, paved roads, and NASA.” Or, as Bernie Sanders once put it: “When you go to your public library, when you call your fire department or the police department, what do you think you’re calling? These are socialist institutions.”

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Natalie Portman Is No Prize

Toddler-esque petulance.

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