The Problem

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly—and Which One Trumps the Rest

What can you say about a week that included Donald Trump naming the brilliant jurist Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and ended with Donald Trump drawing for Bill O’Reilly a historical moral equivalence between the conduct of the United States and the behavior of Vladimir Putin? Even liberal legal types who do not like Gorsuch’s views and his jurisprudential frame cannot but recognize he is a very serious man and this is a very serious selection. For those conservatives who made their peace with voting for Trump because of the Supreme Court, their unsentimental long view must have seemed confirmed by the Gorsuch choice.

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The World Dawns on Trump

Trump's evolution is frustrating his allies.

The most surprising criticisms of Donald Trump this week may well have come from John Bolton, the former U.N. ambassador who has been a stalwart Trump supporter. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bolton took Trump to task for, essentially, not being as revolutionary in his approach to foreign policy as his campaign rhetoric would have suggested.

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Manchester, Montana, and Hands

Podcast: On Terrorism in Manchester and hot-headed violence in Montana.

On the final podcast before Memorial Day, the COMMENTARY crew takes on the horror in Manchester and what it means about security, terrorism, and cultural integration. We move on to the assault perpetrated on a reporter by an out-of-control special-election candidate in Montana before concluding with the most important issue we’ve ever covered: Did Melania swat Donald’s hand away? Give a listen.

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Just How High Was Iran’s Voter Turnout?

Go to the provinces.

The Islamic Republic of Iran may not be a democracy, but Iran’s leadership does take voter turnout seriously. The Supreme Leader regularly beseeches Iranians to vote, and various regime officials and even Iran’s de facto lobbyists in the United States do cite voter participation as a sign of legitimacy.

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The False Backlash Over Anonymous Sources

Rational skepticism or partisan angst?

To hear Donald Trump’s supporters tell it, the story these days isn’t the story, but how the story is sourced.

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The Next Lebanon War Will be Different

Iran and Hezbollah are calling the shots.

It’s now been more than a decade since Hezbollah launched a cross-border attack on Israel and precipitated a war that devastated south Lebanon and parts of Beirut. That war ended with the acceptance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the “disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon,” including Lebanese Hezbollah and the assertion of full control over Lebanese territory by the government of Lebanon.

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