November 27, 2017
Vol. 23, No. 12
Books & Arts
The big play of the 2011 Saints’ Super Bowl victory was a surprise onside kick. The big play of the 2016 Alabama college national title win was a surprise onside kick. These weren’t just plays that worked in ho-hum contests—they were plays that won championships. Yet the surprise onside remains among football’s rarest tactics, at least at the professional and big-college levels. What gives?
If Virginia is now simply a blue state no Republican can ever win, Republicans might feel a bit less panicked about their chances in the wider 2018 midterm elections. And if Democrats misunderstand why they won in Virginia, they make incorrect choices about how to allocate resources next year.
China has announced that it will soon be marketing its cars in the United States. The People’s Republic is the largest manufacturer of cars in the world, selling more vehicles than Japan and the United States combined. And not because they make such great vehicles.
For nearly two weeks, the White House has been tiptoeing around the sexual assault allegations against Roy Moore, neither condemning nor defending the embattled Senate candidate, who has been accused of pursuing teenage girls for dates as a grown man and even touching a 14-year-old girl sexually when he was 32.
But on Monday, White House officials had a new message—one not quite endorsing Moore, but making it clear they’re rooting for him. The shift began on Fox & Friends Monday morning, when senior advisor Kellyanne Conway veered from a discussion of tax reform to slam Moore’s Democratic opponent.
“Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled,” Conway said. “He will be a
A crisp, autumnal morning in the Vale of Malmesbury, 80 miles west of London. Watery skies, clay soil, and gentle hills quilted with the ancient pattern of cows and sheep, hedges and coppices, stone farmhouses and industrial barns. At Sunday Hill Farm in Brinkworth, the range was fired up early, and the kitchen is busy. Half a dozen apple pies are cooling on the table, a partially carved leg of cold lamb waits on the sideboard, and a dog dances under everyone’s feet. The annual Apple Festival begins in just over an hour’s time. “It’s a rather strange event,” Sir Roger Scruton reflects. “Like all traditions, it’s an invented one.
The Islamic State's smattering of remaining strongholds in Iraq and Syria are under siege. At the height of the self-declared caliphate’s power in mid-2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s men controlled large swaths of both countries. Today, the jihadists hold only a few towns straddling the Iraqi-Syrian border. The U.S. military announced this week that Iraqi forces are advancing on the group’s positions in western Anbar Province, where Baghdadi’s loyalists are clinging to the rump of their once-expansive “nation.” Two competing coalitions—one backed by the United States, the other sponsored by Russia and Iran—have encircled what’s left of the gang’s forces just across the border in
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