Your Morning Cup of Links

The forgotten brothers Le Nain

War and Peace for Dummies”

The new politicized Tate Modern

Why should axing due process stop with the Second Amendment?

“Men did greater things when it was harder to see boobs”

The jacket that still smells of Einstein

What modern printmakers can learn from Rembrandt

Chicago teacher skips strike to coach national championship chess team, union tries to garnish his wages

Pleaded the Fifth 125 times

The Kerry-Zarif bromance has become too much for the US Treasury Department

Imagine my surprise: A former top Clinton official pushed for the Iran deal, without disclosing that he was being paid by Boeing, which stood to profit from the deal.

The sins of the elite don’t excuse the sins of the people

“The mainstream Right has never claimed that the murder of military members at Fort Hood by a jihadist required Democrats to support more military spending. We never claimed that the jihadist had been motivated by an anti-military culture generated by the Left. When Donald Trump idiotically suggested that Barack Obama might be a secret Muslim in league with ISIS, Republicans nearly universally condemned him. The same isn’t true of the Left…To the Left, failure to support their agenda is tantamount to support for murder. There are no shades of gray in the Left’s view of the Right — we disagree, and thus we are evil…That’s because the Left doesn’t believe in the basic concept of rights. The Left believes that you have a right to behave as they say you should behave — no more, no less.”

This is what Democrats did a sit-in in favor of:

In 2005, Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian architecture professor and doctoral candidate at Stanford University, went to San Francisco International Airport where she was told that she couldn’t board an airplane. Her name was on a government no-fly list of suspected terrorists. Eight years of court battles later, a federal judge agreed that Ibrahim didn’t belong on the list. The FBI ultimately acknowledged that she ended up on there because an agent investigating her had checked the wrong box on a form, said her attorney, Elizabeth Pipkin.

The FBI has sole authority to add people to the list — without going to court. People can contest their inclusion, but secrecy makes appeals difficult. The government doesn’t have to say why it suspects someone of being a potential terrorist. Ibrahim became the first and only person to be removed from the no-fly list by the courts, but Pipkin said it took “eight years and $4 million of pro bono attorney work to accomplish that feat.”

A book for teaching children (and Greekless grown-ups) Greek

Herman Melville, known in his day as a sexual adventurer, had an attractive, literary neighbor, Sarah Morewood. Was she the muse of Moby-Dick?

So proud of you, Britain. So proud. Your laws should be made in Parliament, not Brussels. You made the right decision. But never forget, the greatest Brexit of all time already happened…


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