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Why are Politico pros employing the passive voice all of a sudden?

In May I had a piece appear in The Federalist that was headlined “How Journalists Manipulate You Into Favoring Big Government.” The gist was that through selective word choice, emphasis, framing and narrative, reporters who appear to be writing balanced … Continue reading

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Note to Cub fans from a Red Sox fan: Your world will never be the same

Cubs fans awoke this morning sleepy, hungover and deliriously happy. Little do they realize that while they slept (or didn’t), the moral universe in which they exist shifted. It will never be the same again. For 108 years you spake … Continue reading

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In response to David Post

I am not a Donald Trump supporter. About the furthest thing one can get from being such a thing, actually. But I have now read a number of these “why are you supporting Trump” pieces, and with each variation I … Continue reading

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Making baseball better than Buster Olney thinks it can be

Buster Olney’s recommendations for Nine Ways to Make Baseball Better includes some good ideas, some meh ideas and a couple of really bad ideas. Here’s a a rundown of his suggestions, with some commentary for each. 1. Reduce the games … Continue reading

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The Peace That Thankfully Wasn’t

Mark Tooley’s The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War is one of those books just begging to be written. It has been more than … Continue reading

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Bush, Polk and the ‘Met His Every Goal’ Myth

Jeb Bush’s pronouncement that one of his favorite presidents – non-family division – is James K. Polk stirred some controversy among the politically correct crowd. Polk, after all, was a slave owner, led the United States into the Mexican War … Continue reading

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Prelude to Lincoln

Every year in July, the town of Fremont, Neb., hosts John C. Fremont Days, a weekend festival that seems to involve most of the citizens of the small city of 25,000 about 30 miles west of Omaha. Festivities are held … Continue reading

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