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The Winchester Bible, Writing Advice, and a Short History of the Fotonovela

The Winchester Bible will go on display next week. If you happen to be in England, you should visit the exhibit: Using a goose feather quill, a solitary scribe spent four years writing the words in Latin on the skins of 250 calves, before six artists began su…

Why Baltimore Abandoned Johns Hopkins’ Humane Vision

The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins: The Life and Legacy That Shaped An American City, Antero Pietila, Rowman and Littlefield, 336 pages. There are more than a few ghosts left behind by Johns Hopkins, the 19th-century Baltimore businessman; the man himself remains a…

Who Wants This War With Iran?

Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea. “There won’t be any war. …We don’t seek a war, and [the Americans] don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.” The ayat…

McMaster is Wrong That Americans Are ‘Defeatist’ on Afghanistan

Former national security advisor H.R. McMaster lamented the lack of public support for the war in Afghanistan last week. The American public, he complained, has succumbed to this defeatist narrative of war weariness. This view, which evokes a familiar Vietna…

China Has Already Lost the Trade War

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are caught in a growing dispute over trade and, more broadly, the significant differences between their two very different political economies. Tough as it is to predict the future, there are some signs …

The Judicial Resistance Rescues DACA, Again

DACA supporters outside the White House, September 2017. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Lawless Obama and Clinton appointees have blocked Trumps lawful acts.The judicial resistance has struck again, this time at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, where two judge…

House Dems Vote Unanimously to Pass ‘Equality Act’

Democratic leaders including Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D, N.Y.) cheer as they gather to announce the introduction of the Equality Act at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters) House Democrats voted unani…

A Law Professor Explains Why the Equality Act Would ‘Crush’ Religious Dissenters

Douglas Laycock(University of Virginia Law School) Religious schools and nonprofits would be affected.Douglas Laycock, a law professor at the University of Virginia, has been a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage. Whats made him unusual is that in recent…

Trump Delays Auto Tariffs for 180 Days

Ford cars roll off the assembly line in Flat Rock, Mich., in 2015. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters) The Trump administration has announced that it will delay new tariffs on cars and auto parts for up to six months to allow more time to reach trade deals with the Europ…

Pro-Life Incrementalism, Continued

Pro-life marchers rally at the Supreme Court during the 46th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., January 18, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters ) Our moral obligation is to combat abortion insistently, but also as effectively and intelligently as we know h…