What Anti-Semitism Is

Many of the seemingly authoritative takes of the last few days on the heinous shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue show a fundamental misunderstanding of what anti-Semitism actually is and what causes its slimy tentacles to take hold of people and societies.

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Why Did NBC News Sit on Evidence Discrediting a Kavanaugh Accuser for Weeks?

The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee recommended anti-Trump attorney Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for possible criminal charges on Thursday. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley noted that in multiple public statements, Swetnick and Avenatti contradicted the sworn statement they provided claiming that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ran a gang-rape-party ring in high school.

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Mattis-Bezos 2024?

An interesting tidbit on levels of institutional trust in the United States: For Democrats, the most trusted institution in the country is Amazon. For Republicans, it is the military (Amazon is #3).https://t.co/FWwtxr0s6Y pic.twitter.com/HPJ42ino7D — John Robb (@johnrobb) October 24, 2018 As John Robb notes, the GOP’s most-trusted institutions are the military (1) and Amazon (3). …

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10 Terrible Politics-Themed Halloween Costumes

It’s that time of year again, when journalists and other miserable souls incapable of enjoying themselves without injecting politics into every social interaction celebrate Halloween by dressing up in terrible politics-themed costumes. There’s no point trying to talk them out of it, so here are 10 terrible suggestions: 1) The Devil’s Triangle 2) Elizabeth Warren …

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ROLLING STONE EXCLUSIVE! GOP Candidate Doesn’t Want People to Vote for His Opponent

“Exclusive: In Leaked Audio, Brian Kemp Expresses Concern Over Georgians Exercising Their Right to Vote,” reported Rolling Stone Tuesday. Wow, the Republican candidate for governor secretly attacking the right to vote in undercover audio? I bet this is really juicy, and not at all misleading clickbait garbage! Here’s the actual meat of the quote from …

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Rainmakers in the Streets, Moral Victors in the Sheets: The Democratic Party’s Deadbeat Dreamboats

White Man, Dark Horse Democrats keep getting their hearts broken by youngish, charismatic white guys running for national office. By now, the pattern is familiar. The liberal establishment falls head over heels for a dreamboat candidate who just might win a challenging race, usually in a part of the country that does not resemble the …

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Jeff Bezos: King of the Tech Lords

It’s kind of impressive how easy our fabulously wealthy tech overlords make it for us to dislike them.

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Elle Tried to Trick People Into Registering to Vote, Which Is Horrible Since Fewer People Should Vote

This is just outrageous. I, for one, am shocked and appalled. Can you believe that Elle magazine would trivialize the concerns of voters by tweeting out a link to a voting registration site under the headline “Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are breaking up [stupid emoji] [idiotic emoji]”? Truly awful. I won’t embed the tweet so as not to reward such terrible behavior, but here’s a screenshot:

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A Democratic Senator Just Demanded A Government Investigation of Journalists For Doing Journalism, and the Media Barely Noticed

I was disappointed to read a press release from Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill calling on her Republican opponent Josh Hawley, also the state’s Attorney General, to investigate an undercover sting video of her campaign. In the video from the conservative, pro-Trump Project Veritas, several McCaskill staffers can be seen contradicting the campaign’s official platform, …

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What Is The Point of The Washington Post Opinion Section?

Donald Trump doesn’t like the media. At least that’s what he says publicly. He is obsessed with the media, much like a gambling addict is obsessed with casinos. To the extent that Trump really does hate the media, it’s only because the media (apart from Fox News) hates Donald Trump. This is not surprising. The …

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NPR: How Do We Talk to the Dangerous Idiots Who Disagree With Us?

I listened to a remarkable bit of self-parody on National Public Radio on Tuesday: a moderator, a pair of experts and some very earnest listeners trying to figure out how to most politely tell climate change skeptics they are dangerous idiots.

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The Real Villain in the Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ Saga Is Higher Education

It was only a matter of time before the “2018” writers room decided to throw a race-science plot-line into the mix. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) — aka “Pocahontas (bad version)” — is running for president in 2020, so she has decided to make headlines this week by releasing the results of a DNA analysis into …

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Elizabeth Warren Is Not Vindicated Because She’s Maybe 1/1024th Native-American

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

As far as some media outlets and reporters were concerned, Senator Elizabeth Warren scored a major win against her critics Monday. “A DNA analysis done on Sen. Elizabeth Warren provides strong evidence she has Native American heritage, a claim her critics have long mocked,” the AP tweeted. “BREAKING: Elizabeth Warren releases her DNA test: Yes, …

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More Anti-American Moments from ‘First Man’

First Man

Over the weekend, First Man (which is good!) opened to a disappointing $16.5 million, modestly underperforming expectations. Perhaps it’s because the film was fending off challenges from all quadrants, with Venom soaking up younger audiences and A Star Is Born captivating older viewers looking for a little melodrama. Perhaps it’s because it’s a 2.5 hour historical drama, and films …

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Daily Beast Reports GOP Wants to Jail Liberal Women, Forgets to Provide Evidence GOP Wants to Jail Liberal Women

Mitch McConnell

One of the lead stories on the front page of the Daily Beast yesterday was headlined “It’s Not Just Antifa: Now GOP Wants to Lock Up Liberal Women.” This immediately confused me, and not just because the awkward phrasing initially made me think Antifa wants to lock up liberal women. I was mostly confused because …

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