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New survey: Bad politics worse than bad sex

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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]

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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.

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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 […]

Why we shouldn’t stereotype ‘millennials’


By JERRY POWLAS, Weekly Standard For much of my life we didn’t divide people into age groups. Today, some of the millennials are making a bad showing and taking a beating for it. As Dr. King would suggest, let’s judge them by the content of their character. Eric used to live next door. He’s got his […]

UVA Professor Emeritus responds to students protesting Jefferson


By STEVEN E. RHOADS, Weekly Standard I began teaching at the University of Virginia at the height of the turmoil over the Vietnam War. Dissent was everywhere: There were marches on Washington and on campus. But there was always something different about the angry UVA students. For instance, upon returning from one march on Washington, the […]

Bernie Sanders slams DNC, gets supporters cheering Trump

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By ALICE B. LLOYD, Weekly Standard Bernie Sanders had teased supporters via email, “This is something you’ll want to watch”—referring to his Wednesday night speech and book talk with columnist E.J. Dionne at George Washington University. Less predictably, Sanders tore into the Democratic National Committee with a fire he’d held back while supporting the Clinton campaign—concluding, […]

Woman Cards: Now half-price at

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By JERYL BIER, Weekly Standard An unadvertised (so far) sale is underway at the Hillary Clinton campaign store, including the “Woman Card” the campaign issued in April to tweak Donald Trump. When the card was introduced, the campaign wrote: If you’ve been searching for the “woman card” that Donald Trump says is the only reason Hillary […]

George Mason U. reaffirms commitment to Free Speech in all-student email


By JENNA LIFHITS, Weekly Standard Students at George Mason University awoke Monday morning to a three-paragraph message warning them that they will not be coddled on campus. After a year of flare-ups at universities around the country that featured undergrads demanding cover from opposing or offensive opinions via ‘trigger warnings’ or ‘safe spaces,’ GMU told its […]

Obamacare Architect: ‘We Need a Larger Mandate Penalty’ [VIDEO]

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By CHRIS DEATON, Weekly Standard One of Obamacare’s key architects said Wednesday morning that Americans weren’t being penalized enough for forgoing health insurance coverage, which he characterized as “probably the most important thing experts would agree on” as it relates to improving the law. CNN’s Carol Costello asked Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who previously aided […]