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A new Republican women’s group who is “fed up with Trump” and pouring cash into toss-up congressional districts is bankrolled solely by a male billionaire venture capitalist who is a major donor to Democratic campaigns and causes, Federal Election Commission filings show.

President of Palestinian Authority Thanks J Street for Lobbying Efforts

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, met with leaders of the liberal advocacy group J Street, and thanked them for their lobbying efforts, citing his “appreciation for their efforts to support the peace process within American society.”

US Pledges $300 Million in Aid to Iraqi Christians

Programs to rebuild Iraqi Christian communities destroyed by Islamic State are being implemented with the support of $300 million from the United States.

The Ghost of Russell Kirk

Russell Kirk and Ronald Reagan

Recently I’ve been haunted by the memory of Russell Kirk. October 19 is the centenary of the author of The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot (1953). No doubt Kirk, who died in 1994, would appreciate the spectral metaphor: He was as celebrated for his Gothic horror fiction as for his dozens of books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of columns on philosophy, history, academe, politics, and what he liked to call “humane letters.” He made some money from his ghost stories, too, which helped Kirk and his wife Annette raise four daughters and host countless guests, students, and refugees at their home in rural Mecosta, Michigan. This almost-forgotten father of American conservatism gave the movement a name and an intellectual ancestry. How would he respond to the world of 2018?

Permanent Offense

Something about Tom Brady was different. New England sports diehard Jerry Thornton realized this when the cover of the February 18, 2002, edition of People magazine caught his eye. “Why I Had Plastic Surgery” blared the big-blocked letters. But it wasn’t Greta Van Susteren featuring her new “talk of TV” look that grabbed his attention. Thornton was fixated by the top right corner: a space occupied by a visor-wearing quarterback who until now had been a pop-culture anonymous. “Those lips, that chin, that Super Bowl win!” read the accompanying tease with Brady’s photo. If Celtics icon Larry Bird had gotten a “That wispy mustache, those tiny shorts—the best in sports” treatment, Thornton couldn’t recall.

Not Our Kind

So, here’s a story. You probably saw it in the news, in the dueling op-eds, in the outrage that swirled around it. But the story is still worth revisiting as a microcosm, a little diorama, of our cultural situation. This past July, The Nation published a poem by Anders Carlson-Wee called “How-To,” narrated by a panhandler offering advice to other panhandlers, explaining how to gin up sympathy among the passers-by.

GOP Increasingly Confident in Closely Contested Iowa Congressional District

The House election in Iowa’s First Congressional District pits Republican congressman Rod Blum against Democrat Abby Finkenauer, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives. The closely contested race will prove crucial for determining which party will control the lower chamber of Congress next year.

Trump, Pompeo Deny Report Pompeo Listened to Audio of Khashoggi’s Death

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are forcefully denying an ABC News report that cites an anonymous Turkish official claiming Pompeo has listened to an audio recording or viewed a transcript of the recording of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

‘Halloween’ Review

Halloween

The Shape flits about the edge of my vision, darting hither and yon. The music swells and a silhouette streaks by. The movements are surprisingly quick and agile, the shadows on the floor seemingly independent from the lights on the screen projecting David Gordon Green’s sequel/soft-reboot of Halloween. The Shape remains obscured—we’ve yet to get a good look at him, at his face. And then, a flash of light! The Shape is illuminated. It stares right at me, piercing my soul with his eyes, black as night.

The Ghost of Russell Kirk

Russell Kirk and Ronald Reagan

Recently I’ve been haunted by the memory of Russell Kirk. October 19 is the centenary of the author of The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot (1953). No doubt Kirk, who died in 1994, would appreciate the spectral metaphor: He was as celebrated for his Gothic horror fiction as for his dozens of books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of columns on philosophy, history, academe, politics, and what he liked to call “humane letters.” He made some money from his ghost stories, too, which helped Kirk and his wife Annette raise four daughters and host countless guests, students, and refugees at their home in rural Mecosta, Michigan. This almost-forgotten father of American conservatism gave the movement a name and an intellectual ancestry. How would he respond to the world of 2018?

Permanent Offense

Something about Tom Brady was different. New England sports diehard Jerry Thornton realized this when the cover of the February 18, 2002, edition of People magazine caught his eye. “Why I Had Plastic Surgery” blared the big-blocked letters. But it wasn’t Greta Van Susteren featuring her new “talk of TV” look that grabbed his attention. Thornton was fixated by the top right corner: a space occupied by a visor-wearing quarterback who until now had been a pop-culture anonymous. “Those lips, that chin, that Super Bowl win!” read the accompanying tease with Brady’s photo. If Celtics icon Larry Bird had gotten a “That wispy mustache, those tiny shorts—the best in sports” treatment, Thornton couldn’t recall.

Not Our Kind

So, here’s a story. You probably saw it in the news, in the dueling op-eds, in the outrage that swirled around it. But the story is still worth revisiting as a microcosm, a little diorama, of our cultural situation. This past July, The Nation published a poem by Anders Carlson-Wee called “How-To,” narrated by a panhandler offering advice to other panhandlers, explaining how to gin up sympathy among the passers-by.

GOP Increasingly Confident in Closely Contested Iowa Congressional District

The House election in Iowa’s First Congressional District pits Republican congressman Rod Blum against Democrat Abby Finkenauer, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives. The closely contested race will prove crucial for determining which party will control the lower chamber of Congress next year.

President of Palestinian Authority Thanks J Street for Lobbying Efforts

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, met with leaders of the liberal advocacy group J Street, and thanked them for their lobbying efforts, citing his “appreciation for their efforts to support the peace process within American society.”