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“Too Stoned to Riot”: How to restore free speech on campus

By ELLIOTT ABRAMS, Weekly Standard The recent campus rioting against unpopular or conservative political views is awful, but I have discovered the solution—by accident. We have all seen numerous campuses riven by violence and a refusal to permit speech that does not comport with the current lefty line. This has happened recently at Middlebury, the […]

Gowdy on Nunes: Even ‘Jesus Would Not Be a Satisfactory Chairperson’ to Democrats

By JENNA LIFHITS Top Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee spurned a request from the panel’s Democratic ranking member Monday night to have chairman Devin Nunes recuse himself from an investigation into Russia and intelligence gathering related to the Trump transition. In making his recommendation, Rep. Adam Schiff cited Nunes’s meeting with a source on […]

Shakespeare too white? College students malign cast of ‘The Tempest’

By CHARLOTTE ALLEN #ShakespeareSoWhite! Stanford University’s theater department has come under fire for neglecting to turn the Bard’s The Tempest into a social justice-warring morality play about racism, colonialism, Eurocentrism, cultural appropriation, victimization of Native Americans, and white supremacy. The student production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy about Italian nobles washed up on a mysterious island […]

Yes, There is such a thing as professional left-wing protesters

Nebraska senator Ben Sasse has come under fire for this tweet: Why don't we have more reporting on paid rioting?Who pays for it?How much?Why?Through what orgs?Who are the "workers"?Who recruits?— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) November 17, 2016 He later clarified that he accepts there’s a difference between riots and protests, but his point is that it’s […]

White Out: Hispanic activists purge neighborhood of white artists

Who knew that in the age of America First, the greatest threat to Hispanic communities in the United States wasn’t marauding bands of ICE agents wielding mass deportation orders or the construction of a border wall? No, the scourge is Art. That’s The Scrapbook’s takeaway from the news this week that a small art gallery […]

Microaggression and Macrononsense: Another social science failure

By ANDREW FERGUSON, Weekly Standard Every few weeks, it seems, a new crack appears in the seemingly impenetrable wall of social-science dogma. The latest appeared last month with the publication of a paper by the well-known research psychologist Scott Lilienfeld, a professor at Emory University and coauthor of the indispensable primer 50 Great Myths of Popular […]

New survey: Bad politics worse than bad sex

By Andrew Ferguson, The Weekly Standard Singles Awareness Day is fast approaching, which will probably be news to those of you who are already dragging the old ball and chain. On February 14—though some authorities cite February 15—single people across the globe will pause to contemplate their sorry, pathetic lives or to celebrate their liberation, […]

Obama’s past mandates empower Trump against campus protests

By ALICE B. LLOYD The new administration’s uncertain higher education policy took two strides into the light this week. First came the announcement of Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr.’s appointment to lead Trump’s White House task force on higher education reform. And then, responding to fiery, riotous protests at UC Berkeley that night, President […]

The First Twitter Transition: Why is Badlands Park trending?

By JIM SWIFT The first Twitter transition, it seems, while seamless at the top-level @POTUS account, isn’t so among the many hundreds, if not thousands, of Twitter-verified executive branch accounts.   … Then, Tuesday, the internet—as it often does—rallied around a new hero: @BadlandsNPS, a Twitter-verified account for Badlands National Park maintained, presumably, by federal […]

Rob Schneider’s Spanish cooking roasted for being culturally offensive

By CHARLOTTE ALLEN Comedian Rob Schneider decided to make paella, and got himself into a paella pan of hot water thanks to the culinary-correctness police. For it seems that if you don’t make paella just right—that is, according to Spanish chefs’ notion of auténtico—you’ve committed the crime of “cultural appropriation.” Cultural appropriation means eating a […]

How a trusting liberal professor got hosed by her own kind

By CHARLOTTE ALLEN Nothing rings my Schadenfreude chimes louder than a tale of a trendy-liberal professor teaching at a fancy college getting…royally hosed by another trendy-liberal professor teaching at a fancy college. Especially when the scene of the liberal-on-liberal hosing is California, home of likely the most trendy-liberal legal system in the country. Here is […]

Obama admin’s witch hunt threatens 320,000 students’ success

By ALICE B. LLOYD The largest accrediting agency of for-profit educational institutions—some of which, like ITT and Corinthian Colleges have shut down, displacing thousands of students—now faces its own undoing by a vengeful administration. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools had its federal recognition officially revoked on December 12, after a five-month tug-of-war […]

Asking PolitiFact to police ‘fake news’ on Facebook is a terrible idea

By MARK HEMINGWAY It’s come to this. Facebook has been so bullied over the “fake news” narrative since the election that they’re actively appointing a panel of censors to police speech on Facebook: To combat fake news, Facebook has partnered with a shortlist of media organizations … that are part of an international fact-checking network […]

The Case for the Empire

By JONATHAN V. LAST, Weekly Standard STAR WARS RETURNS… There will be talk of the Force and the Dark Side and the epic morality of George Lucas’s series. But the truth is that from the beginning, Lucas confused the good guys with the bad. The deep lesson of Star Wars is that the Empire is good. […]

Not “Inclusive”: Students remove Shakespeare portrait

By ALICE B. LLOYD, Weekly Standard After a town hall meeting to process their post-election pain, students discard the Bard. University of Pennsylvania students took down a large, centrally-located portrait of Shakespeare from the English Department to send a message of inclusivity, according to the department’s chair. According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, a small but determined […]

Parody: Kanye and Trump discuss power at Trump Tower

BY CHRIS DEATON, Weekly Standard  President-elect Trump lifted his eyes from the phone long enough to notice the man standing in his doorway. “Kanye, Kanye, come on in!” he exclaimed. “I’ve just been fighting all these—the media, they’re so biased. Rex Tillerson, widely respected, and they’re spreading lies about him. It’s unfair.” Kanye West sauntered toward […]

White House uses Shaq to target millennial gamers to sign up for Obamacare [VIDEO]

The White House Monday is going directly after the couch-sitting, video-game-playing consumer in an effort to boost Obamacare sign-ups before an enrollment deadline later this week. The Obama administration recruited Shaquille O’Neal, retired NBA center, to play point for the first-ever “White House Competitive Gaming Event.” Its message: “Gamers, like everyone, deserve high-quality health care […]

The Ivory Tower: A ‘safe space’ for everyone but conservatives

By FRANCES TILNEY BURKE, Excepts from The Weekly Standard   When I arrived at school on Wednesday morning after the big Clinton crash, it was like I was entering a funeral home. People were huddled in groups, whispering, comforting each other, crying. (There was even a cuddly dog to pat.) Others were angrily plotting revenge: How […]

Cost of Obama’s student loan bailout blows away initial estimate

By ALICE B. LLOYD, Weekly Standard  The Obama administration’s income-driven repayment program will cost more than twice as much as the Department of Education initially thought it would, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. From its rollout in 2009, during the depths of the recession, the optional income-driven repayment (IDR) program intended to […]

Defund: ‘Sanctuary campuses’ invite a federal standoff with Trump admin.

By ALICE B. LLOYD, Weekly Standard In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, many colleges and universities vowed to become “sanctuary campuses” for students in the country illegally. The matter will take on a special urgency in the event that soon-to-be President Trump repeals the executive-ordered Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which “deferred” the enforcement […]