Feature

Power and Responsibility

Feature: Jordan Peterson live at the Warner Theater, June 8

Reuben drove six hours to see Jordan Peterson. He brought his mother. It's his birthday present. Reuben, "like the sandwich"—"or the patriarch," I say, prompting a laugh of agreement—just finished his freshman year at a small Christian college. He's maybe a bit above average height, thin, with an open, intelligent face. He has a mop of curly hair and is wearing a sensible plaid shirt. He's studying something combining bits of business and engineering.

Why is Fortnite Taking Over the World?

Feature: I played the game all the kids are playing

Fortnite is the latest video game craze to sweep the nation. The battle-royale third-person shooter is one of the most popular and fastest growing games on the planet. It's the most played game on Xbox. It's the most downloaded free game on PlayStation. The mobile version debuted at number 1 on the iTunes charts in 13 countries when it dropped in March. It's still at number 4 on the iTunes charts, ahead of apps like Gmail, Facebook, Snapchat, Spotify, and Netflix.

Politicos In Cars Getting Coffee

Feature: The race for the most luxurious sports car in The Swamp

Nic Rowan carsIt's early Saturday morning outside Katie's Coffee House in Great Falls, Virginia, where about 400 car enthusiasts from Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., have rolled out to the parking lot for Cars and Coffee — their weekly chance to gawk at the metro area's finest classic and exotic cars.

The Gun Industry Gathers Their Latest and Greatest in the Nevada Desert

A space-pirate blunderbuss, subcompact 9mms, modern-day Tommy Guns, reflections on tragedy, and the lights of Las Vegas

Each year 60,000 members of the gun industry gather in the Nevada desert to show off their latest and greatest in hopes of impressing media while selling stock to gun dealers across the world. The highlight of this event is, by far, industry day at the range. It's a full day of shooting every gun imaginable from every gun company imaginable—a gun enthusiast's paradise.

Death with Dignity

The final days of anti-euthanasia activist J.J. Hanson

There are 26 pews in St. Anthony of Padua's in Yulan, New York, a deserted resort town in the Catskills. The Christmas lights are still up, the Poinsettias still alive, but J.J. Hanson is dead at 36, which is why the pews are packed with firefighters, United States Marines, and young children. Funerals for the young are always loud—the sniffling is more frequent, the weeping more consuming—but the most conspicuous noise comes from the deceased's peers: young parents trying to control noisy toddlers. A woman cradles a four-year-old boy in blue flannel at the Church entrance.

Gizzi’s Honor

Feature: The life and times of a veteran White House correspondent

John Gizzi"Come with me to the men's room!" I'd never had an interview subject say that to me until I met John Gizzi. It was in the D.C. office of NewsMax Media that the longtime White House correspondent invited me to the washroom so he could continue telling me a colorful anecdote. Why not, I thought. So I followed him in—the stories were just pouring out of Gizzi that day.

Wawa’s New D.C. Store is Spectacular

Big, clean, and filled with delicious food

The nation's capital is a better place as of Thursday morning. That's because D.C.'s first Wawa opened at 1111 19th Street NW to great fanfare at 8 a.m. In my capacity as the official Free Beacon Wawa correspondent, I was invited to check out the store the day before. Of the many Wawas I've been to in my life—from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to Delaware to Maryland to Florida—this was easily the most impressive.

A Whole Tapestry of Mess

Feature: Time is running out to save the Eisenhower Memorial

There is a part of me that would like to be able to laugh about the—legally speaking probably imminent but temporally speaking still a ways off—proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. It is, after all, to be built between the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education building and the John F. Kennedy-venerating Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, in earshot of the carousel on the National Mall that plays ice cream truck music forever. Designed by Frank Gehry with an estimated cost of some $150 million, it is supposed to include 8 enormous columns, 10 feet in diameter and 80 feet tall, standing about huge and erect, clad in limestone, like some sort of over-enthusiastic temple complex for Osiris or—as others have described them more delicately—missile silos, or smokestacks, or bad jokes about Ike's interstate highway system.

Shooting a Chrome .50 Cal Machine Gun on the Vegas Strip

Feature: The Strip Gun Club

Not long ago, on a summer afternoon, I found myself in Las Vegas with nothing much to do. My flight back home wasn't until the next day. The $20 I was willing to throw away on gambling didn't last as long, so I needed something to do. Luckily, over the last decade or so, Las Vegas has become the machine gun capital of the world. A Mecca of hot lead unloaded at a blistering pace. There's at least half a dozen places where you can rent some full-auto fun. There's no other town I'm aware of that has more than one. There's only one place, however, located right on the strip. It’s tucked nicely into the shadow of the Stratosphere: The Strip Gun Club.