Your Morning Cup of Links

Roman antiquity missing since World War II found in Russia

How Bugs Bunny and ‘Kill the Wabbit’ inspired a generation of opera stars

A brief history of the GRU

A bird identification app

Buckley, the master obituarist

The hard-edged vision of Carmen Herrera

Why the CIA won’t go public with evidence of Russia’s hacking. (This should be obvious, but just in case it’s not…)

Obama has been an utter failure. He is LBJ without the expertise.

O come, let us adore this little-known Spanish painter

Murals saved by Shakespeare’s father restored

The parochial progressive obsession with Ayn Rand:

Bring up your undying love of Atlas Shrugged at the typical conservative gathering and people will smile at you and try very hard not to roll their eyes. Some people think of her novels as a kind of guilty adolescent enthusiasm now grown out-of-date, an intellectual mullet, a stage one goes through between the ages of 14 and 20. Some people use Atlas Shrugged as a totem — it had a moment at the cresting of the Tea Party phenomenon. But it is rare to meet actual adult human beings who organize their politics views (or, for pity’s sake, their lives) around Ayn Rand and her views. I don’t think National Review has a single Randian in the house; I’d be surprised if the Weekly Standard did, and if one showed up at Commentary then John Podhoretz would simply mock him out of existence. Strangely, our progressive friends insist that the Right is entirely in thrall to the ideas of Ayn Rand.

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