September 25, 2012

How the Federal Government is Killing Community Policing
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If you’ve ever watched a television series, like “Hill Street Blues” or “NYPD Blue,” you are probably well acquainted with the mutual disdain between local and federal law enforcement. While the script for these shows was predictable, it was engrossing nonetheless. Cops were local bumpkins who policed on gut instinct, and whose ties to locals made corruption an ever-present danger. Feds were arrogant ‘suits’ who used wiretaps and hi-tech devices to drag in dozens at a time—cops included.

September 24, 2012

When Romney Was Anti-Anti-China, Not So Long Ago
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I found an '09 video clip that shows Mitt Romney speaking out against anti-China trade protectionism -- the exact opposite of his current line.

Romney’s New Health Plan: Go to the ER
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Romney defends health plan by saying ERs provide care to all. He should know better.

What I Will (and Won't) Miss About Living in Moscow
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Reminiscing about gypsy cabs, drinking, and overused emoticons as a writer prepares to move home from Russia.

September 21, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Poetic Soul
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Maybe he's a Romantic visionary, not a soulless technocrat.

Muslim Protesters Think Locally, Rage Globally
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 “When someone says something derogatory against our religion Islam or against our Prophet,” said a mild mannered religious scholar on a Pakistani TV channel recently, “even an ant becomes a lion.” There was a brief delay here after the latest deliberate provocation—last Friday, expectant foreign correspondents gathered outside the usual mosques to watch only a few dozen protestors turned out to burn American flags—but eventually the ants did their duty.  As I write these lines, violent protests have broken out across Pakistan on the occasion of a newly-declared national holiday, the Day of

September 20, 2012

Richard Posner Responds to Antonin Scalia’s Accusation of Lying

In the September 13 issue of TNR, Richard Posner reviewed Reading Law, a new book by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner. Soon afterwards, TNR published an exchange between Garner and Posner about the review. Here, Posner responds to the latest critical response by Antonin Scalia: Reuters invited me to respond to a statement made by Justice Scalia in an interview of him by Stephen Adler on September 17. The statement comments on a purported statement of mine in a review in the New Republic of Reading Law by Justice Scalia and Bryan Garner.

How the Arab Spring Killed Hezbollah

Hezbollah's journey from militant resistance movement to flailing establishment power center.

September 19, 2012

Why the British Press Can’t Figure Out What It Wants From Kate Middleton

The long and complicated relationship between the British royal family and the press.