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  • The First Assassin | John J. Miller

    The First Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Miller
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    Washington, D.C., 1861: As the United States teeters on the brink of civil war, Colonel Charles P. Rook organizes security in the nation’s capital and monitors the death threats pouring into the White House. He surrounds Abraham Lincoln with bodyguards, covers rooftops with sharpshooters, and investigates rumors of conspiracy fomented by secessionists. Yet amid the chaos and confusion, a mysterious killer slips into the teeming city.

  • Gary Johnson Asks You to Google Him | John J. Miller

    Gary Johnson Asks You to Google Him

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    • By John J. Miller
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
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    Gary Johnson likes to talk about the day Ted Cruz quit the Republican presidential race. “My Google hits went up 5,000 percent,” says the former GOP governor of New Mexico, now a Libertarian candidate for president. He’s speaking to nearly a hundred supporters in a packed room on the second floor of the Radisson Hotel, at a meet-and-greet on the evening of May 13. An activist from the Libertarian party’s Michigan wing passes out forms, seeking membership dues of $25 apiece.

  • The CRISPR Conundrum | John J. Miller

    The CRISPR Conundrum

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    • By John J. Miller
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    CRISPR, a new gene-editing technique whose acronym could become its own word, as familiar in the future as “radar” and “laser” are today. Its full name is gibberish to most people: “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.” Its possible effects, though, are easy to understand.

  • Jalen Rose's Charter School | John J. Miller

    Jalen Rose's Charter School

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    • By John J. Miller
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    Kids have it easy these days, goes the familiar complaint - and it’s wrong, says Jalen Rose, the retired basketball star. Rose knows about growing up tough. Born and raised in Detroit, he never met his father. Rose found his salvation through basketball, becoming famous as a player. He now works as a basketball analyst on TV. Yet he also keeps an office beside a small auditorium at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a high school that he opened in his hometown four years ago.

  • Modern Pollster | John J. Miller

    Modern Pollster

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    • By John J. Miller
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    The profession must adapt to cell phones and the Internet.

  • California’s Bilingual-Ed Mistake | John J. Miller

    California’s Bilingual-Ed Mistake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By John J. Miller
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    Voters replaced a program that was working with one that didn’t.

  • Introducing Jim Banks | John J. Miller

    Introducing Jim Banks

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    • By John J. Miller
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    Indiana’s impressive new representative.

  • The Right's Venture Capitalist | John J. Miller

    The Right's Venture Capitalist

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    • By John J. Miller
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    Michael Grebe just quit his job as the head of an $840 million venture-capital firm. That's one way of looking at his retirement this summer as president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the country's largest and possibly most influential conservative philanthropic foundation, where he has spent the last 14 years leading an investment strategy whose goal is to promote limited government and free enterprise.

  • Toomey's Travails | John J. Miller

    Toomey's Travails

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    • By John J. Miller
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    "Toomey's Travails" is from the September 12, 2016 issue of National Review.

  • Home Economics | John J. Miller

    Home Economics

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    • By John J. Miller
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    "It's a discouraging time to be a social conservative," says Jennifer Roback Morse. "We’ve been marginalized everywhere: the media, the academy, the legal system, and now even in politics." Many of her brethren know exactly what Morse means. Everywhere they look, it seems, they’re on the defensive. The Supreme Court just overturned abortion restrictions in the states and has mandated gay marriage everywhere.

  • Doug Ducey's Blooming, Booming Desert | John J. Miller

    Doug Ducey's Blooming, Booming Desert

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    • By John J. Miller
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    When Doug Ducey arrived at the campaign headquarters of Proposition 123 on the night of May 17, he hoped to celebrate. By ten o’clock, however, the Republican governor of Arizona knew that nearly a year’s worth of negotiation and politicking lay in jeopardy. The polls had closed a few hours earlier and election returns showed voters evenly divided on the ballot initiative, which sought to change how the state funds schools. “We were winning,” says Ducey, “but we needed more information.”

  • Wordsmiths without Words | John J. Miller

    Wordsmiths without Words

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    • By John J. Miller
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    "The first point about writer’s block is that relatively little has been written about it." That’s the second sentence of the introduction to a 1991 book by Zachary Leader called - wait for it - Writer’s Block. The claim makes sense: The writers who might say the most about block are the ones who have the hardest time saying anything at all. They’re like singers without voices. The rest of us have no idea what we’re missing in the silence.

  • School of Rock | John J. Miller

    School of Rock

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    • By John J. Miller
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    The heavy-metal band Iron Maiden often starts its concerts or encores with a short lesson in history and rhetoric. As fans watch jumbo screens fill with black-and white images of aerial combat from World War II, they hear an excerpt from one of Winston Churchill’s best-known speeches - the one that climaxes with “We shall never surrender!” Then the group’s six musicians burst onto the stage and perform “Aces High,” their loud-and-fast song about the Battle of Britain.

  • Nevada's Bet on School Choice | John J. Miller

    Nevada's Bet on School Choice

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    • By John J. Miller
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    On the campaign trail with Dr. Ben Carson.

  • To a Planet Unknown | John J. Miller

    To a Planet Unknown

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    When the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930, the writer H. P. Lovecraft recognized that this piece of late-breaking news could give one of his far-fetched tales a hint of ripped-from-the-headlines authenticity.

  • Another Win for Right-To-Work | John J. Miller

    Another Win for Right-To-Work

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    Now, in half the states, you cannot be forced to join a union.

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