Editor's Blog

Expert: Humanities Scholars are ‘Alienating’ Students

AP

Humanities scholars are alienating students and the public, causing them to turn away from studying the humanities and resulting in a decline in enrollment among programs nationwide, according to one expert.

State Department Investigators Subpoena Clinton Foundation

AP

The State Department inspector general reportedly subpoenaed the Clinton Foundation in the fall of last year to obtain documents about foundation projects that may have needed to gain approval from the federal government when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.

New Hampshire and the End of History

Sanders and Trump

Maybe nothing’s going to change. Maybe both Sanders and Trump will lose their bids for the nomination, and we’ll all be back where we started. Maybe that time after the New Hampshire results came in, leaving journalists and political operatives to nervously trot out stale jokes like Mencken’s crack about democracy being about the people getting what they want, good and hard—well, maybe that will all one day be nothing more than a memory.

‘Deadpool’ Review

Deadpool

Hollywood is perhaps best understood as a fancier version of professional wrestling. And in Hollywood, like in professional wrestling, there’s a whole coterie of relatively bland guys that the industry is trying to “put over”—that is, make audiences care about and cheer for them to succeed. Sam Worthington and Jai Courtney, for instance, are actors without anything resembling star power or charisma. Hollywood, for years, has tried to make them “a thing.”

Looking for Le Carré

john le carre

For sheer entertainment, there is no better postwar English novelist than John le Carré. When Adam Sisman tells us in his intriguing biography that the brilliant Karla trilogy of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honorable Schoolboy; and Smiley’s People was planned as a loose, extended novel cycle after the manner of Balzac’s Comédie humaine, the tease is almost too mean, especially for those of us who think that le Carré’s work has suffered since the end of the Cold War and would like nothing better than to know what poor shabby Toby Esterhase did with himself in the “Cool Britannia” ’90s.

White House Rejects New Trade Bill Because It Is Too Pro-Israel

BDS Israel

The White House has announced its partial opposition to a new bipartisan trade bill because of a portion of the legislation that would strengthen the U.S.-Israel economic relationship, according to a statement issued late Thursday.

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which the White House says it mostly supports, overwhelmingly passed on a bipartisan vote.

New Hampshire and the End of History

Sanders and Trump

Maybe nothing’s going to change. Maybe both Sanders and Trump will lose their bids for the nomination, and we’ll all be back where we started. Maybe that time after the New Hampshire results came in, leaving journalists and political operatives to nervously trot out stale jokes like Mencken’s crack about democracy being about the people getting what they want, good and hard—well, maybe that will all one day be nothing more than a memory.

‘Deadpool’ Review

Deadpool

Hollywood is perhaps best understood as a fancier version of professional wrestling. And in Hollywood, like in professional wrestling, there’s a whole coterie of relatively bland guys that the industry is trying to “put over”—that is, make audiences care about and cheer for them to succeed. Sam Worthington and Jai Courtney, for instance, are actors without anything resembling star power or charisma. Hollywood, for years, has tried to make them “a thing.”

Looking for Le Carré

john le carre

For sheer entertainment, there is no better postwar English novelist than John le Carré. When Adam Sisman tells us in his intriguing biography that the brilliant Karla trilogy of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honorable Schoolboy; and Smiley’s People was planned as a loose, extended novel cycle after the manner of Balzac’s Comédie humaine, the tease is almost too mean, especially for those of us who think that le Carré’s work has suffered since the end of the Cold War and would like nothing better than to know what poor shabby Toby Esterhase did with himself in the “Cool Britannia” ’90s.

White House Rejects New Trade Bill Because It Is Too Pro-Israel

BDS Israel

The White House has announced its partial opposition to a new bipartisan trade bill because of a portion of the legislation that would strengthen the U.S.-Israel economic relationship, according to a statement issued late Thursday.

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which the White House says it mostly supports, overwhelmingly passed on a bipartisan vote.