President Donald Trump announced Friday that he is nominating Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to lead the agency. Trump told reporters about the nomination during remarks at the summit on prison reform but Trump said that he had not yet informed Wilkie – who was in the room at the time. “Joining us
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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, senior writer John McCormack joins host Charlie Sykes from The Weekly Standard Broadmoor Summit to discuss his recent article about efforts by President Trump’s administration to restrict funding to Planned Parenthood, the latest with the Mueller investigation, and other topics. This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to The
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A new report “Global Connected Living Outlook: Expanding IoT Momentum” reports 27% of U.S. broadband households reported owning at least one smart speaker. The research firm will host CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conferenceon May 22-24 in San Francisco to examine the impact of voice and AI innovations on consumer experiences in the smart home. “Smart speakers with personal assistants represent
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PROJECT GRANTS AND CONTRACTS FOR FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES SEC. 1001 [300] (a)The Secretary is authorized to make grants to and enter into contracts with public or nonprofitprivate entities to assist in the establishment and operation of voluntary family planning projects which shalloffer a broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods and services
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On Sunday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro will face his country’s hungry, impoverished voters. The election will be neither free nor fair, so another win for the corrupt Socialist party is almost guaranteed. Already, Western countries are rightly rejecting the outcome. But those nations, especially the United States, have an interest in the outcome’s consequences, as
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Severe mental illness has received considerable attention lately, owing largely to recent tragedies, including mass shootings involving the mentally ill. The issue also has emerged in discussions about fighting poverty, because an estimated 1 in 5 homeless people suffer from severe mental illness. It also has arisen in the context of criminal justice and prison
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Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Robert Mueller’s appointment as a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Russian government coordinated its activities with associates of candidate Donald Trump. Over the past year Mueller has managed to spend $10 million in taxpayer funds, taken up enormous amounts of time
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The reboot is the latest example of Hollywood’s desperate hunger to mine “intellectual property.” It’s so difficult and expensive to make potential audiences aware of something entirely new that anything with cultural provenance is immediately thought to have a leg up. And what has easier cultural provenance than something that was universally known not so
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In his fine survey of the last half-millennium of Irish history, Dublin writer John Gibney makes the enormously complicated—and usually quite tragic—story of Ireland’s past understandable. A Short History of Ireland is a concise and highly readable account that starts with the Protestant Reformation and ends more or less in our own day. The book
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I share with President Trump a mild germophobia, mostly triggered by the ritual of shaking hands. I often wish we could revert to the quaint Mad Men-era tradition of ladies wearing gloves in social settings, so I could avoid having to douse my palms with antibacterial goop every time I engage in this most civilized
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In 1983 Richard Hough published The Great War at Sea, a classic of military history that managed to pull together the disparate naval events and battles of World War I into a single scholarly but readable volume. Writing a comparable World War II at Sea is a much bigger task. The naval history of World
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When English lyric poetry is the subject, one thinks first of the Romantics. To many readers for whom poetry is not a life-sustaining staple, and even to some for whom it is, the Romantics have come to define poetry’s very essence: the eruption of exorbitant feeling too rich for the heart to contain in silence.
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Last month, after two men were asked to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks on the grounds that they were loitering, the Starbucks Corporation announced that it would close more than 8,000 stores for a day in order to impose “unconscious bias training” on its employees. (Readers contemplating the wisdom or scientific soundness of this “training” will
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Longtime readers of the Washington Post, among whom The Scrapbook numbers itself, will be familiar with the Post’s quaint custom of observing anniversaries and holidays with what might be called counterintuitive stories. For example, on the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (2,403 American dead), the Post will run an article on the
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Can special counsel Robert Mueller require President Trump to testify before a grand jury? It would be unprecedented, and his effort to do so could lead to a major constitutional confrontation. The president could, of course, resist a grand jury subpoena by asserting his right under the Fifth Amendment not to be a witness against
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This week we learned, via BuzzFeed, about a new trend in weddings: bouncy castles. A wedding company has opened an initially successful line of wedding-themed inflatable trampolines. Photos depict shoeless groomsmen and bridesmaids bouncing and giggling like first-graders at a birthday bash. The Scrapbook is not opposed to any novelty in weddings. In men’s attire,
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My mother was fond of a story about the little boy, miffed at his parents, who informs them he is planning to run away from home. His mother tells him she won’t stop him from doing so and packs a small suitcase for him. “Run away if you like,” she says, “but remember you’re not
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On May 25, the people of Ireland are set to vote on repealing the eighth amendment of their constitution, which recognizes that children in the womb have a right to life. As you can imagine, this has sent a country long riven by passionate disputes over religion into a frenzied debate. Naturally, Ireland’s largest cultural
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What will Jeff Bezos do with his fortune? The Amazon chief has amassed around $130 billion, and there’s really no practical way to spend more than a fraction of it. “The only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel,” Bezos said in
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On May 15, Facebook released its first-ever “Community Standards Enforcement Report.” Despite its numbingly bureaucratic title, the report contains startling details about the scope of the challenge facing the company as it tries to monitor violent, extremist, and false content on its platform; Facebook has tagged and taken down millions of instances of such content
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The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organization that licenses EU television broadcasts and hosts the annual Eurovision Song Contest, has terminated its contract with a Chinese broadcasting company. The company, Mango TV, cut one of the songs from the contest’s broadcast—the gay-themed “Together,” by the Irish songster Ryan O’Shaughnessy, featuring two male singers holding hands.
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