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Rigoletto at the Met

Rigoletto at the Met

Nadine Sierra as Gilda and Vittorio Grigolo as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto. (Marty Sohl/Met Opera) New York's premier opera house doesn't do justice to Verdi's political tragedy. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The head of state is corrupt and venal. Instead of attending to the needs of the people,…
How to Fix Federal Arts Funding

How to Fix Federal Arts Funding

After the Fire Architecture (1211 Southwest First Avenue at Madison), ca. 1939, by Minor White. Gelatin silver print. (Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects, public domain) We’re not getting rid of it, so conservatives and libertarians need to focus on making…
Stay-Puft Socialism, Luxurious Infanticide

Stay-Puft Socialism, Luxurious Infanticide

(Carlos Garcia Rawlins/REUTERS) Old evils continue to reinvent themselves. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Including the Amy Klobuchar intern kept in a crate in the back office), One of my favorite Twitter accounts is the…
Takeaways from the House Democrats’ Cohen Hearing

Takeaways from the House Democrats’ Cohen Hearing

Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Elijah Cummings (D, Md.) during Michael Cohen’s testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) It was cinéma not so vérité. ‘Lanny Davis Productions.” That should have been the credit on this week’s big Michael Cohen drama. It’s a better fit than…
Kamala Harris breaks silence on Jussie Smollett: ‘Sad, frustrated, and disappointed’

Kamala Harris breaks silence on Jussie Smollett: 'Sad, frustrated, and disappointed'

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Democratic presidential contender Kamala D. Harris broker her silence Thursday on the Jussie Smollett case, calling the apparent hoax disappointing and a distraction from fighting racism and homophobia.
Osundairo brothers in Jussie Smollett case not charged so far

Osundairo brothers in Jussie Smollett case not charged so far

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Two brothers who played central roles in what Chicago police say was a staged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett are, compared to the "Empire" actor, so far walking away legally unscathed.
New York Times labels William Happer, Princeton physicist, a ‘climate denialist,’ faces backlash

New York Times labels William Happer, Princeton physicist, a 'climate denialist,' faces backlash

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Princeton professor emeritus William Happer's role in forming a White House climate security committee didn't sit well with a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, which called the eminent physicist a "denialist."
Peter Tork of The Monkees dies at 77

Peter Tork of The Monkees dies at 77

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Peter Tork, who rose to teen-idol fame in 1966 playing the lovably clueless bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, has died. He was 77.
Will the courts let Donald Trump build his wall?

Will the courts let Donald Trump build his wall?

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A FEW HOURS after Donald Trump tweeted about “the attempted Invasion of Illegals, through large Caravans, into our Country”, Carmen sat in a church office in suburban Maryland, quietly sobbing. Five years ago she and her son, who was then three, fled from El Salvador and her violent husband. “It’s difficult to leave your country,” she says.…
How far will Pope Francis go in rooting out sexual abuse?

How far will Pope Francis go in rooting out sexual abuse?

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“WE HEAR THE cry of the little ones asking for justice,” said Pope Francis on February 21st to 100 bishops from around the world and other leading members of the Catholic hierarchy who had gathered in the Vatican for a four-day meeting on clerical sex abuse. The conference is the most conspicuous effort yet to…