Andrew Cuomo Puts a 'Catholics Need Not Reside' Sign Up in New York

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368829/andrew-cuomo-puts-catholics-need-not-reside-sign-new-york-kathryn-jean-lopez

Thank God for Andrew Cuomo. His rant Friday night, insisting that people who seek to defend the dignity of human life of the unborn and the sick and elderly are extremists, and are not fit to live in the state of New York is telling. This banishment fantasy, of course, includes anyone who believes Catholic Church teaching on human life. A few things to observe about what he said: Look how far we have come since 1984. On Sept. 13 of that year, another Governor Cuomo, Andrew’s father, Mario, famously laid out his contention that being personally opposed to abortion
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Ukraine goes Belarus?

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368831/ukraine-goes-belarus-andrew-stuttaford

Writing in the New York Review of Books, historian Tim Snyder takes a look at where things stand in Ukraine:On paper, Ukraine is now a dictatorship. President Viktor Yanukovych, in having the deputies of his Party of Regions endorse an extraordinary packet of legislation, has arrogated decisive political power to himself. After hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians spent weeks in the cold demonstrating for basic human rights and a stronger association with Europe, the president has responded with a violation of human rights and a rather sad imitation of Russia.In procedure and in content the laws “passed” by the Ukrainian
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My Funny Valentine

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368828/my-funny-valentine-charles-c-w-cooke

Over at Salon, Matt Valentine feels hard done by. After he "dared to critique gun activists’ agenda," he writes, mean conservatives picked on him. Those conservatives included yours truly, who, Valentine records, accused himof making several improbable “predictions” about what will happen in Texas if the state legislature removes current restrictions on open carry. Actually I made no predictions whatsoever. I described some real-life incidents involving open carry, and discussed the way people generally behave when they see or hold a weapon (These aren’t predictions, but rather observations documented through 40 years of empirical research, conducted by social scientists at
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'Extreme' ‘Right-to-Life’ Citizens of the State of New York React to Governor Cuomo's Banishment Fan

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368825/extreme-right-life-citizens-state-new-york-react-governor-cuomos-banishment-fantasy

I emailed some pro-life leaders and friends in New York for their reactions to Gov. Cuomo’s remarks insisting there is no room in the Empire State for those who seek to defend the most innocent of human lives. Not knowing the criminal penalties to come, I’m protecting their names. One friend says:The governor has an unfortunate tendency towards this kind of absolutist rhetoric. Just a few years ago, he declared that anyone who opposed redefining marriage was un-American. If this is a prelude to his re-election campaign, then it's going to be an ugly year, and maybe
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Krauthammer's Take: Obama's NSA Reform '90 Percent Smoke and Mirrors,' Which is Good

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368818/krauthammers-take-obamas-nsa-reform-90-percent-smoke-and-mirrors-which-good-nro-staff

Charles Krauthammer praised the president's NSA speech as the "best use of Obama's rhetorical powers of dazzling with very little content since the '08 campaign."On Friday night's Special Report, Krauthammer characterized President Obama's reforms to the United States' surveillance as "90 percent smoke and mirrors, and very little substantive change, which is what we need." Due to the programs' importance, the president recognized that any major changes would have risked American security, despite a big push from Democrats to do so."Overall, I give him an A-minus, and if I were a leftie, I'd be upset," Krauthammer concluded.

American Exceptionalism in Rome

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368798/american-exceptionalism-rome-nicholas-frankovich

Funding for the relocation of the U.S. embassy to the Holy See, from its present site near the Circus Maximus to the compound of the U.S embassy to Italy, is included in the spending bill passed by the Senate yesterday. It’s stipulated there that the secretary of state must confirm in writing to the Appropriations Committee that the ambassador and staff of Embassy Vatican will “retain their independence from other United States missions located in Rome, including by maintaining a separate building with a discrete address and entrance.”Plans for the move do entail the observance of the law’s letter —
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MTV's Teen Mom 2 to Feature Abortion

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368783/mtvs-teen-mom-2-feature-abortion-andrew-johnson

Days after a study tying one MTV show to a drop in teen birth rates was released, the network revealed that another one of its shows will prominently feature one of its stars undergoing an abortion.Jenelle Evans told the Stir that she let Teen Mom 2 film the termination of her pregnancy, and accepted that there would be backlash to the decision. As featured on an earlier iteration of the show, 16 & Pregnant, the 22-year-old had previously given birth to a child, but said she "needed to do what I needed to do" at the time of the abortion,
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Letterman: We're Already Tired of Christie Story

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368784/letterman-were-already-tired-christie-story-andrew-johnson

The media's obsessive coverage of the Bridgegate controversy surrounding Chris Christie is getting to be a bit too much for David Letterman. Contrasted with Rod Blagojevich's bribery convictions, the bridge closure amounts to "Justin Bieber-level stuff," the late-night host said on Thursday night."We're already tired of it -- I don't know how you are in the news business, but we're getting tired of it," Letterman told NBC News's anchor Brian Williams on Thursday night. "We'll continue to beat it to death, of course, but we're getting tired of it."Letterman doubted that people outside of New Jersey care about the story,
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Frozen Out of the Oscars

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368788/frozen-out-oscars-benjamin-shapiro

On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released its list of Oscar nominees (see NRO's slideshow here). As usual, the list was a mélange of little-seen, heavily political prestige pictures; entertaining but cold big-budget critical favorites; and precisely one movie that was both a commercial and critical success.This has been a mediocre year for movies. There is no standout film that should clearly take Best Picture, and the only film that the masses and critics both enjoyed was Gravity, the visually astounding (if physics-defying) Sandra Bullock–George Clooney blockbuster (spoiler alert: Clooney’s character did not need to die,
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