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Muga-bye

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Though former Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe has been out of office for about nine months now, there seems to be a bit more closure today as the first post-Mugabe poll in the country--and indeed, the first vote of any substance there in generations--elected a new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Now, that isn't to say it's been a seamless process. The loser has rejected the vote...

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The Amalgamated Union of Known Wolves

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The latest apparent member of The Amalgamated Union of Known Wolves struck in Mark's hometown of Toronto on Sunday night. Like so many of these incidents (we won't use the T word), the attacker was reportedly "well known to Toronto Police" for investigations into past crimes "involving weapons and violence". This lone wolf "was also known to hang out behind his building...with a group of 20 friends". Mark is still overseas "on assignment" so we thought we'd share Mark's thoughts on a previous attack on Canadian soil by another so-called lone wolf. This, from October 22, 2015: The photograph at right shows Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (the Princess Louise's) on the last weekend of his life. Megan ...

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Battle Hymns of the Non-Republics

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Despite denunciations from the mayor of London and Houses of Parliament, and every English activist group imaginable, Donald and Melania Trump have arrived in the United Kingdom for a two-day working visit. It's almost as though visiting heads of state take precedence over the petty virtue signaling so ubiquitous among politicians as of late. Trump will be meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and have tea with Her Majesty before heading off to his golf course in Scotland. As with anywhere an American president goes, the security bill will be rather obscene. Though it's only when Trump is the protectee that lawmakers take issue with the security state. One Labour representative is concerned that police will not have enough time to rest ...

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George III Wouldn't Have Done This To You

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Tonight President Trump will announce his pick to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy - or as Mark likes to call him - Supreme Intergalactic Arbiter Anthony Kennedy. With Mark away "on assignment", we wanted to share a few of his thoughts that are particularly topical today. In August of 2015, Mark responded to a SteynOnline reader's critique of Trump that he's "not a conservative" and "our only recent Conservative President, Reagan, was the one who appointed Kennedy, who is far more Conservative than anyone Trump would appoint...." Here's a bit of what Mark had to say: As Michael sees it, every single leading Republican of the last quarter-century has merely been "pretending to be a conservative" - which kind of ...

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These pretzels are making me frisky

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First, they came for the water. Then, they came for the shoes. Then, they came for the pretzels. Pretty soon, the TSA won't have anything left to come for.

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The Return of Fauxcahontas

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At a rally in Great Falls, Montana Thursday evening, President Donald Trump threw down the gauntlet to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren: $1 million in exchange for proof of the aboriginal heritage she claimed to get special standing at Harvard. Trump even offered to do the cheek swab himself for one of those online DNA tests. With Mark away, we here at SteynOnline thought it would be a good time to share this piece about the potential Democratic presidential nominee for 2020 from page 27 of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available at the SteynOnline bookstore. The Massachusetts Democrat is Indian in the sense of checking the "Are you Native American?" box on the Association of ...

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The Changing Face of Anti-Globalists

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International summitry in Quebec, then and now

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The Land of the Middle-Aged Child

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Eternal adolescence and its consequences

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The Interrogator

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With waterboarding and "torture" back in the news, Mark talks to the enhanced interrogator himself, James Mitchell:

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Scouts' Honor?

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Two nights ago with Tucker Carlson, I discussed the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to drop the "Boy" bit. The ruination of a great civilizing institution has been accomplished in a mere two decades...

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A Tale of Two Bills

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Steyn on the contrasting treatment of Cosby and Clinton

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An Englishman's Home is His Proportionately Responsive Castle

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One mo' time: "In Britain everything is policed except crime"

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The Federally Regulated Family Man

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Campaign finance for the philandering man

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Nuts and Bolton

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Steyn on a lively end to the week in Washington

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Loopy Lou

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The Nation of Islam's space oddity

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Diversity: Useless in Adversity

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Steyn on an old alliance

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Cold War On Ice

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The Winter Olympics continue, and here at SteynOnline we're taking all my two-man luge gags from decades past out of mothballs. Today it's double axels...

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Romancing the Stone

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Steyn on curling - and the day Britain gave Canada the brush

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Seeking Meaning in the Void

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Mark and Tucker Carlson on the Florida school slaughter

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Desperately Seeking Completion

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Steyn revisits a memorable State of the Union address

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The Dawning of the Age of Incompletion

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The twentieth anniversary of Bill Clinton's little black dress

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Weaponizing the Shutdown

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Another round of high-stakes shutdown theater

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**** ***, ******!

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An asterisk-studded night at the Riskies!

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Bundy Morning Quarterbacking

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Steyn on an extraordinary court order and the ongoing corruption of federal justice

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A Guide to Pants-Dropping for the New Man

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Steyn on the consequences of enabling Bill Clinton

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Washington's Redskin

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Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Law School's "first woman of color"

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Uranium & Diarrhea, Inc

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The big story this week is that the FBI uncovered a Moscow bribery plot just before the Obama Administration approved the transfer of 20 per cent of American uranium into the hands of the Russians. And who precisely were the Russkies trying to bribe? They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill. The racketeering scheme was conducted "with the consent of higher level officials" in Russia who "shared the proceeds" from the ...

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The Deserter Honored in the Rose Garden

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On Monday Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He will be sentenced next week. To all but a mendacious Administration and its accomplices among the court eunuchs of the Obama media, the truth about this man was obvious from the day of his release by the Taliban three-and-a-half years ago. Me on June 3rd 2014: In years to come...

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Do as the Romans Do

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Harvey Weinstein, the star of Hollywood's longest-running superhero franchise, Pig-Man

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When Harry Met Hillary

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A Steyn classic from a couple of Hillary memoirs back

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The Dishonored Dead

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The fifth anniversary of Benghazi

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Acts of God, and Man

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Getting Katrina wrong, and Harvey right

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The Man Who Invented Elvis

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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

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A former Mark Steyn Show guest finds himself sued by jihadists

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The Democrats' Bet Pays Off

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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

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

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Camelot

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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"

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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

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War and sacrifice, then and now

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Le Pen is Mightier Than the Fraud

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

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Facing Up to It

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

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Flash Bang

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

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Bog Standards

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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

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The only giants we have are old and stooped and wizened

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Clinton Dynasty Massive Storewide Clearances!

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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)

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A Clinton campaign official poses the same question Steyn asked

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How Does It Feeeeeeeelllll?

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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

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

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The Humiliation

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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

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

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Back to What Future?

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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

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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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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Taking a Joke

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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

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

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Grope ...and Change!

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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

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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

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The severed head is the message

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The Spirit of Independence

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To all our American readers, Happy Independence Day!

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Boots on the Ground

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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

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Bowe Bergdahl and John Walker Lindh bookend a war

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The Lower Regions of Upper Volta

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The penises go missing in Burkina Faso...

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The Lois Lerner Defense

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The IRS advances to "pre-auditing"

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Warmtroopers at the Super Bowl

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

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The State of the State of the Union

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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

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From Jeremy Irons to Phil Robertson

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Motown's Biggest Hit!

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From 2011: Steyn vs Detroit

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