• Congratulations to the Kovners


    “I look for the institutions that can support independent thinkers.”– Bruce Kovner

    My AEI colleagues and I were delighted to learn this morning that Bruce and Suzie Kovner were selected to receive the Philanthropy Roundtable’s 2016 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

    The Kovners have been part of the AEI family since 1987. Bruce served as chairman of our Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2008, which included my selection and transition into the presidency. His creative, dynamic leadership taught me a great deal about running a complicated organization. Bruce pairs a deep faith in AEI’s mission principles with an intense intellectual curiosity. We count ourselves lucky that he continues to serve as a trustee of AEI. The transformative effect that Bruce has had on AEI reflects the talents and experience that he brings to bear on all his projects, from business to philanthropy. READ MORE...

  • What Is the Proper Catholic Way For Marriage To Fail?


    I’m even less of a Catholic than Alan Jacobs is – I’m not even a Christian, and I’m a pretty poor excuse for a Jew these days. Nonetheless, I want to say something about the debate about Amoris Laetitia apropos of Jacobs’s piece in these pages and Ross Douthat’s response.

    I understand Pope Francis’s argument in pretty much the way Jacobs does: that nothing has changed about doctrine regarding the indissolubility of marriage, but that individual priests can exercise prudential judgment about how and when best to apply discipline (such as withholding communion) as a means of teaching that doctrine. READ MORE...

  • Former Senator: 9/11 Hijackers Had “Support from Within the US”


    Former Florida Senator appeared on 60 Minutes recently and dropped a bombshell concerning the Islamic jihad attacks on 9/11. He said what many of us have said all along and that is that the 19 Saudi hijackers had “support from within the US.”

    Former Florida Senator Bob Graham, who was also chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence appeared on 60 Minutes and dropped this bombshell on the American people:

    I think it’s implausible to believe that 19 people, most of whom didn’t speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many didn’t have a high school education, could have carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States,” said Graham. READ MORE...

  • Former Senator: 9/11 Hijackers Had “Support from Within the US”


    Former Florida Senator appeared on 60 Minutes recently and dropped a bombshell concerning the Islamic jihad attacks on 9/11. He said what many of us have said all along and that is that the 19 Saudi hijackers had “support from within the US.”

    Former Florida Senator Bob Graham, who was also chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence appeared on 60 Minutes and dropped this bombshell on the American people:

    I think it’s implausible to believe that 19 people, most of whom didn’t speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many didn’t have a high school education, could have carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States,” said Graham. READ MORE...

  • Studies used to promote Pre-K actually make the case for a different approach


    To learn more, read “Does Pre-K Work? The Research on Ten Early Childhood Programs – And What it Tells Us” by Katharine B. Stevens and Elizabeth English.





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  • Gangs of New York


    Meanwhile, it has been brought to my attention that the best way to build an audience isn’t to write detailed ruminations on issues of the day, but to re-post stuff that other people report that you think your readers will want to read about.

    A Borough Park businessman at the heart of a police bribery probe leaned on his police buddies to squash two assault raps involving his nephew, according to the victims of a pair of attacks.

    Borough Park business honcho Jeremy Reichberg is being investigated by the feds for allegedly plying NYPD brass and at least one officer in the 66th Precinct with gifts in return for favors, according to multiple sources. READ MORE...

  • As Ukraine Collapses, Europeans Tire of US Interventions


    On Sunday Ukrainian prime minister Yatsenyuk resigned, just four days after the Dutch voted against Ukraine joining the European Union. Taken together, these two events are clear signals that the US-backed coup in Ukraine has not given that country freedom and democracy. They also suggest a deeper dissatisfaction among Europeans over Washington’s addiction to interventionism.

    According to US and EU governments – and repeated without question by the mainstream media – the Ukrainian people stood up on their own in 2014 to throw off the chains of a corrupt government in the back pocket of Moscow and finally plant themselves in the pro-west camp. According to these people, US government personnel who handed out cookies and even took the stage in Kiev to urge the people to overthrow their government had nothing at all to do with the coup. READ MORE...