I was eight the year the Dodgers signed Koufax, a Jewish flamethrower from Bensonhurst, and my father, a strictly secular Jew, became a strictly observant one in the baseball department.
Bill KristolThis charming Sandy Koufax-themed memoir of his father by @dsipress is marred only by a minor factual error (but in @NewYorker!). The piece says Koufax "refused to pitch Game Five of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur." It was Game One.
Michael Ondaatje, whose most recent novel is “Warlight,” loves characters “on the periphery”: “Convicts, abandoned lovers, the dog that pulled someone out of quicksand.”
Bill KristolMichael Ondaatje: "Richard Stark was only one of Donald Westlake’s pseudonyms, and my favorite story is that he blurbed one of his own books written under another name, saying, "I wish I had written this book.'"
Inside the Trump administration, there is unease about the policy, but immigration hard-liners like Stephen Miller never gave up on it after the idea was dropped early in Mr. Trump’s term.
Bill KristolA helpful article on the complexities of immigration laws and policies—none of which seem to me to justify family separation, and none of which prevent President Trump from stopping it.
Bill Kristol“It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry."
--White House aide Stephen Miller.
The buck stops with Trump. His embarrassed defenders and sophistic enablers might stop pretending otherwise.
Bill Kristol"These are a few of the names we know. What we don’t know are the names of the more than 25 million souls who are somehow managing to survive in this hell on earth ruled over by your new favorite tough guy."
@bariweiss on what being "tough" really means.
The wording of Donald Trump and Neville Chamberlain is a bit too close for comfort.
Bill KristolLulling the citizens of free countries to sleep.
Chamberlain, after Munich: “I believe it is peace for our time....Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.”
Trump, after Singapore: “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea...sleep well tonight!”
President Trump’s historic summit with Kim Jong Un could be the first step to the Hermit Kingdom dismantling its country’s nuclear program – but Bitter Bettys throughout the mainstream media found ways to slam the event.
Bill KristolHonored to be chatting (and drinking) with Bitter Betty Boot at this very moment.
President Obama spoke to Chinese college students on Monday, as President Ronald Reagan spoke to Moscow State University students in 1988. There were a lot of similarities -- both men are great communicators, convinced of the rightness of their...
In a nod to Trump, Republicans who’ve long deferred to the special counsel have adopted a new mantra: "Wrap it up."
Bill Kristol"The historical roots of Republican impatience with the Mueller probe run deep. President Richard Nixon used his 1974 State of the Union address to declare that 'one year of Watergate is enough.'”
Republicans in Congress are desperately trying to talk President Donald Trump down from his proposed tariffs, lest they have to consider a legislative check on the White House instead—a move that some lawmakers say isn’t feasible.