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When Harry Met Hillary

A Steyn classic from a couple of Hillary memoirs back

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The Dishonored Dead

The fifth anniversary of Benghazi

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Acts of God, and Man

Getting Katrina wrong, and Harvey right

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The Man Who Invented Elvis

All this week at SteynOnline, we'll be marking the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley

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Hugs for Jihadists, Legal Hell for Those who Oppose Them

A former Mark Steyn Show guest finds himself sued by jihadists

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The Democrats' Bet Pays Off

A Steyn I-told-you-so moment comes true in the US Senate seven years later...

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Insufficiently Independent to Hold an Independence Day Parade

Liberty requires eternal vigilance - as this cautionary tale of an inglorious Fourth reminds us...

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Camelot

On the centenary of the birth of John F Kennedy, Mark tells the story of how a Broadway musical became a key part of the President's posthumous mythology

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The Larger Imagination of a "Despoiler of Women"

On the centenary of John F Kennedy's birth, Steyn looks at young Jack, the pre-mythological Jack, out in the Pacific and at dinner with Lord Halifax...

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Memorial Day, and Decoration Day

Mark on war and sacrifice, then and now

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Le Pen is Mightier Than the Fraud

The final round of the French presidential election all rings a faint bell for Steyn...

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Facing Up to It

Steyn marks the centenary of Valerie Hobson - from Bride of Frankenstein to bride of Profumo

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Flash Bang

Steyn on a prodigious swinger of Swinging London, and the sad princess he married...

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Bog Standards

from The Face Of The Tiger July 6th 2002 Pop star George Michael's controversial music video, which portrays Tony Blair as a poodle to Mr Bush, was being premiered today. – The South Wales Echo So I was in the gents at Regents Park, when I suddenly noticed a foot had slid under the wall of the cubicle on my right and was twirling daintily at me. "Psst!" hissed a familiar voice. "It's me. George Michael." "Are you insane, man?" I gasped. "You want to go through this again? You're already notorious the world over for your criminal record." "That's unfair," he snapped. "It got to Number 78 in Norway and was given a rave review from the rock critic of The Bournemouth Echo." "Look, I'm in a hurry," I said. "I'm not narrow-minded or anything but ...

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The Abandoned Frontier

The only giants we have are old and stooped and wizened

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Clinton Dynasty Massive Storewide Clearances!

This week, almost two decades after the Starr Report, the Clintons finally reached what Ken called "completion"...

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The Questions That Were Never Put (in Public)

A Clinton campaign official poses the same question Steyn asked

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How Does It Feeeeeeeelllll?

This week Bob Dylan became the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize for Literature - to general acclamation. But not from me, and I'd feel the same way if they'd given it to Cole Porter or Oscar Hammerstein or W S Gilbert...

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Man and Identity

Francis Crick, the man who gave us DNA, was born a century ago today...

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The Humiliation

So much for the dawn of a new era. For Iran, it's business as usual...

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Celebrating a Deserter in the Rose Garden

Obama's all-American hero faces a general court martial

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Back to What Future?

October 21st 2015 is the actual date of the fictional future into which the stars of Back to the Future II were propelled, thirty years ago. So what went wrong?

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The Uncowardly Lioness

Ninety years ago today - October 13th 1925 - Margaret Hilda Roberts was born in Grantham, an English market town in the East Midlands. Raised in a flat above her father's grocery shop, she grew up to become a research chemist, a barrister, and finally a politician - and one of the rare consequential ones, those who shape events as opposed just to stringing along with them...

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Happy Birthday to You

The birth of a brand new out-of-copyright song

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

This column comes by way of request from several readers, ever since the demise of Cecil the Lion hit the front pages. Here is the story of the biggest hit ever to come out of Africa - and why its author never reaped the benefits: In the jungle, the mighty jungle The Lion Sleeps Tonight... A third of a century ago, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" got to Number One in Britain for Tight Fit. Can't quite place Tight Fit? It sounds like a vaguely parodic name for a boy band, but in fact they were a coed combo - one boy, two girls, a male model and two female dancers, hired as a photogenic front after the record had already been made. The girls had failed to make the cut at an audition for the more successfully contrived group, Bucks Fizz, and were ...

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Queer Theory meets African Studies

President Obama has wrapped up his tour of Africa. It was notable, insofar as that word can be applied to the trip, for his somewhat condescending and neo-colonial lecture to his hosts on the need to ease up on the old homophobia...

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Home Is Where the Part Is

The effusions of the US media's court eunuchs over Mrs Clinton's ability to pass as an "everyday American" and actually visit a Chipotle suggest this is going to be a very long 18 months...

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Git Along, L'il Harry

The news that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will not contest the next election and has decided to ride that lonesome trail into the sunset of lobbying and consulting naturally reminded me of the great man's finest hour...

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Bowe Jest

A year later, officialdom catches up with Steyn's assessment of an American deserter

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Taking a Joke

Mark continues to be clobbered by ill health. So we thought readers might enjoy this column from 2008, arising from a Dutch novelist's plaintive plea that "Islam must learn to laugh at itself". Seven years later, on the streets of Paris and elsewhere, we're seeing how well that's worked out...

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A Judenrein Europe

The Continent seems to have developed a certain psychological ease with the routine murder of Jews

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Grope ...and Change!

Here's what I wrote when the Cartagena hooker scandal broke back in 2012...

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The Varispeed UK: All Exceptions and No Rule

It has taken a mere 17 years for Tony Blair's devolution proposals to bring Scotland to the brink of secession. Here's what I wrote at the time in The Sunday Telegraph on July 27th 1997...

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The Face of the Tiger

The severed head is the message

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The Spirit of Independence

To all our American readers, Happy Independence Day!

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Boots on the Ground

I mentioned this 2002 column of mine last week in connection with the Saudi Ambassador's idiosyncratic response to it. But it seems appropriate to give it a full-blown rerun...

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Finding Yourself in the Hindu Kush

Bowe Bergdahl and John Walker Lindh bookend a war

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The Lower Regions of Upper Volta

The penises go missing in Burkina Faso...

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Mannzilla, Globzilla, Metaphozilla...

Is Godzilla a metaphor for a world without metaphor?

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The Lois Lerner Defense

The IRS advances to "pre-auditing"

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Warmtroopers at the Super Bowl

"You picked the wrong day to mess with the ecosystem..."

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The State of the State of the Union

Strange how the monarchical urge persists even in a republic two-and-a-third centuries old...

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Steyn I-Told-You-So Moment

From Jeremy Irons to Phil Robertson

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Motown's Biggest Hit!

From 2011: Steyn vs Detroit

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