Today's Standard

• July 25, 2017

On This Date

Hosted by Eric Felten.
4:27 PM, Jul 24, 2017
Today on the Daily Standard podcast, RealClearPolitics Washington editor Carl Cannon comes by to talk about his new book "On This Date," a calendar of significant events in American history. Read more

Charlie Gard's Parents Announce 'It's Too Late' for Treatment

Chris Gard and Connie Yates withdraw their application to bring him to the United States for treatment.
2:45 PM, Jul 24, 2017
This announcement marks the end of a five-month legal battle between Charlie’s parents and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where the infant was being treated. Charlie suffers from a rare mitochondrial disease which renders him unable to breathe on his own. Read more

Planned Parenthood to Toddlers: 'Your Genitals Don't Make You a Boy or a Girl'

The organization's website goes all in on gender as a social construct.
1:31 PM, Jul 24, 2017
Planned Parenthood has long been known for its frank, scientific, and matter-of-fact advice on how parents should talk to their kids about their bodies and sex. But the organization's recently revamped website has scrapped biological explanations for male-female distinctions in favor of a non-binary view of sexuality and gender, even for the very young. Read more

Hail to the 'King and I'

Can the Rodgers and Hammerstein paean to Western values thrive in 2017?
11:35 AM, Jul 24, 2017
The King and I contains a number of what would today surely be described as Orientalist tropes. Mongkut is a polygamist, with dozens of children. He speaks English with a heavy accent, and drops his articles and confuses his verb tenses. And, crucially, the Welsh-born Miss Anna partially civilizes the man, by promoting what the show refers to as “Western” values. In other words, The King and I hits a whole lot of the boxes on 2017’s bingo card of social justice grievances. Read more

Prufrock: Surfing and Spirituality, Isaac Bashevis Singer's Religion, and Revisiting the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

9:30 AM, Jul 24, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: Everyone loves Dunkirk, Salvador Dalí’s mustache, pursuing the beautiful soul, and more. Read more

The Other Russia: Poisonings, 'Accidents,' and Assassinations

Part 1 of an interview with Russian journalist, politician, and filmmaker Vladimir Kara-Murza.
8:40 AM, Jul 24, 2017
Vladimir Kara-Murza: "If you look at the past 17 years, there’s been an unusually high mortality rate among people who have crossed the Kremlin’s path: opposition activists, opposition leaders, independent journalists, anti-corruption investigators, and so on and so forth. It’s a mortality rate that defies any normal statistical model." Read more

Hipsters Go Home

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
5:55 AM, Jul 24, 2017

Readers of The Scrapbook will recall the recent item about L.A.’s Boyle Heights neighborhood, where some locals mounted a campaign against an art gallery, claiming it represented an intrusion of gringo culture into the predominantly Hispanic community (see “White Out,” March 6, 2017). The activists are back at it, this time doing their best to drive out a coffeehouse that poses a gentrification threat.

The Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement led the effort against the small and short-lived nonprofit art gallery PSSST, confronting the gallery’s patrons, yelling at the artsy interlopers to go away, spray-painting the building with racist slogans such as “F— White Art.

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All in the (Presidential) Family

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
5:30 AM, Jul 24, 2017
Opinions may vary about Donald Trump Jr., but nearly all can agree that his meeting with the mysterious Natalia Veselnitskaya—and two or four or seven other people in Trump Tower last summer—has done his father no good. Read more

Scaramucci Reaches for a 'Cultural Reset Button'

White House Watch: But can the new communications director fix a problem that the president himself contributes to?
5:30 AM, Jul 24, 2017
Anthony Scaramucci spoke extensively with Fox News host Chris Wallace about his plans as White House communications director. Scaramucci listed three actions he and his team would take to bridge what described as a “disconnect” between how the White House views President Donald Trump’s job performance and how the press report it to the public. Read more

Big Sur's Big Slide

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
12:00 AM, Jul 24, 2017
California is used to mudslides in predictable areas, chiefly where major highways run along cliffs or hillsides, most notoriously Malibu, Ventura, Big Sur, and the far northern coast. Most slides are cleared within hours, a few days at most. The main exception is Highway 1 through Big Sur, just north of where I live. This legendary stretch has been closed more than 60 times by slides in its 80-year history and is presently closed for an undetermined length of time after a recent round of landslides cut the road in three places. Read more

Soup and Fishy

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
9:30 AM, Jul 23, 2017

Harvard is banishing the off-campus “final clubs” that have functioned for generations as the school’s equivalent of fraternities and sororities, as Naomi Schaefer Riley reports elsewhere in this issue. The university has its reasons, most notably a contentious claim that the clubs foster a culture of sexual assault. But laughably, the school’s justification for impinging on students’ freedom of association includes the complaint that the clubbable crowd has the nerve to dress up on occasion.

“As many have noted, final clubs reinforce existing campus inequities,” proclaimed the university’s Committee on the Unrecognized Single-Gender Social Organizations.

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The Spiritualist Convictions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
7:30 AM, Jul 23, 2017
Even the most devoted Baker Street Irregular or Baker Street Babe must have trouble keeping up with the frenetic celebration of Sherlock Holmes and his creator Arthur Conan Doyle—the movies and TV series, the volumes of letters and diaries, the special editions of the canonical stories, the multiple collections of “new” cases, and the biographical and critical studies galore. Read more

The Ghosts in Our Midst

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
6:20 AM, Jul 23, 2017
Evidently the state of American moviemaking has regressed to the point where all low- to mid-budget movies made at the periphery of the mainstream must be either triumphs or failures, as though all it takes to make an artistically significant film is merely an artistic vision. A Ghost Story, written and directed by David Lowery, is our latest case in point, a movie that has left critics and casual viewers alike searching for a word to express their enjoyment of a movie being marketed as an art film and deciding on “masterpiece” or something in its vicinity. Would that more moviegoers were as unafraid of calling an odd duck an odd duck as David Lowery is of making one. Read more

Can the Senate Defund Planned Parenthood?

The Senate parliamentarian now says no. But two years ago she had a different answer.
3:50 PM, Jul 22, 2017
The Senate parliamentarian now says that the BCRA provision defunding Planned Parenthood runs afoul of what is known as the Byrd Rule. But in 2015 the same parliamentarian permitted an identical provision in a budget reconciliation bill that passed the Senate and was vetoed by President Obama. Read more

Regrets: I've Had a Few...

Hosted by Eric Felten.
11:00 AM, Jul 22, 2017
President Trump regrets having chosen Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Michael Warren joins Eric Felten to talk about what the White House thinks it can do about it. John McCormack looks at the ever-changing prospects that the Senate will do something about Obamacare. A​​nd Steve Hayward reports from California's mudslide-ravaged coastal Highway 1. Read more

Prufrock: George Strait's Long Ride, the Honest Cocktail, and Virginia Woolf on Jane Austen

9:30 AM, Jul 22, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: The drawings of the Old Masters, the problems with CRISPR, the resilience of democratic republicanism, and more. Read more

Republicans Have Overlooked Reagan's Origin Story

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
8:00 AM, Jul 22, 2017
For the longest time, Reagan was dismissed as an intellectual lightweight—in part because he was a conservative and thus did not have the “proper” views. But Reagan also had a disarmingly folksy way of communicating ideas, which gave the false impression that he had not put a lot of thought into politics. This notion was dealt a heavy blow in 2001, with the publication of Reagan, In His Own Hand, an edited volume of Reagan’s writings that demonstrated the depth of his political views. Read more

Top of His Game

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
7:30 AM, Jul 22, 2017
In July 2016, Roger Federer looked like he might be calling time on his illustrious career. He was 34, old for an athlete and especially so for tennis, a game in which Federer was at his best in his mid- to late 20s. His knee gave out on him in the semifinals of Wimbledon, and he announced that he would take off the rest of the year to heal. Federer was doing what he had to do, but like everyone else, he worried that the outlook was grim. Read more

Time to Break Up Amazon?

Americans have a schizophrenic attitude toward successful big businesses.
6:00 AM, Jul 22, 2017
Bigness alone has never been considered by the courts to be an evil. In the language of the Supreme Court, monopoly power that is the result of “a superior product, business acumen, or historic accident” is unobjectionable. So why are so many people calling out disruptive and innovative companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Netflix. Read more

The Little Sick

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
5:30 AM, Jul 22, 2017
The Big Sick is a movie about a struggling comedian from a Pakistani family and his graduate-student waif of a girlfriend. They break up. She gets a mysterious infection and is put in a medically induced coma. He must deal with her parents, who are angry with him for the way he treated her, and his own parents, who are angry that he won’t accept a Pakistani girl of their choosing. Read more