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The beauty queen that China is desperate to stifle

November 29, 2015  •  The Boston Globe

RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY comes in many forms, but Anastasia Lin may be first activist to take the fight against dictatorship to the glittery ranks of a beauty pageant.

Lin, a 25-year-old actress and model, was crowned Miss World Canada in May. By rights, she should have been in the Chinese resort city of Sanya for the welcoming ceremony of the 2015 Miss World competition last Monday.

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Palestinian terror kills another American

November 25, 2015  •  The Boston Globe

AT LAST Friday's State Department press briefing, spokesman John Kirby was asked about the murder of Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year-old from Sharon, Mass., slain in Israel a day earlier by a Palestinian gunman who opened fire on the van in which he and several other students were riding.

"I don't have anything additional to say," Kirby began, noting vaguely that "obviously, the Secretary [John Kerry] was deeply saddened to hear of the death and we're obviously concerned by it." AP reporter Matthew Lee pressed for clarification.

"You do think that he was killed in what was a terrorist attack, right?"

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At 60, National Review's battle of ideas is as spirited as ever

November 22, 2015  •  The Boston Globe

IF GRATITUDE is the quintessential conservative virtue, then Thanksgiving must be the quintessential conservative holiday. And with Thanksgiving 2015 comes an additional reason for gratefulness on the right: National Review has turned 60 and is marking the occasion with a grand anniversary issue.

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Obama can't rewrite immigration law, even for the better

November 15, 2015  •  The Boston Globe

DURING A speech about immigration in Chicago last November, President Obama was interrupted by hecklers demanding that he stop deporting illegal aliens.

"You're absolutely right that there have been significant numbers of deportations," Obama replied. "But what you're not paying attention to is the fact that I just took action to change the law."

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Another TSA debacle. Is anyone surprised?

November 11, 2015  •  The Boston Globe

WHEN THE the Transportation Security Administration dispatched undercover investigators last spring to test the effectiveness of airport checkpoints, the results were deplorable. Agents posing as passengers were able to smuggle weapons and mock explosives through 67 out of 70 TSA checkpoints — a failure rate of 95 percent.

Following that debacle, the TSA's acting administrator was given the boot, and the Department of Homeland Security announced that it had "immediately directed TSA to implement a series of actions, several of which are now in place, to address the issues raised in the report."

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