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R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and a New York Times best-selling author. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, National Review, Harper's, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris) and elsewhere.

Articles by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

Smokin': Cannabis lovers revel in the freedom to smoke marijuana during the 4/20 festival this weekend in Denver. It was the first time the annual celebration was held since Colorado legalized pot for recreational use. On Monday, however, state lawmakers moved to tighten rules on marijuana products in the wake of two tragic deaths thought to be related to the drug. Story, A5. (Associated Press photographs)

The growing acceptance of weed

Turning once again to what the sociologists call "coping mechanisms": There is marijuana, and then there is alcohol. They are increasingly the civilized options. Published August 20, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds her memoir "Hard Choices" at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, during a book signing event for her memoir "Hard Choices."  Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's looking forward to hugging out her differences with President Barack Obama. Obama's former secretary of state told reporters Wednesday that she's proud to have served with him despite some differences of opinion. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Hillary Clinton’s neocon moment

Is it not a thing of wonderment that the two leading families of the Party of the Poor and Down-and-Out are ending the summer in Martha's Vineyard? Published August 13, 2014

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (seen here) and ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson met Monday in Baghdad, possibly signaling a resolution of the country's dispute with America's largest oil company. (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: Iraq, the perfect ingrate

Maybe Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq should not have been in such a hurry to bid American troops adieu as he was back in 2007. Published August 22, 2013

Ariel Castro

TYRRELL: Sociopaths and Democrats

As Ariel Castro, the convicted kidnapper, rapist and baby killer, shuffled off in chains to the hoosegow, I thought, why was there so little reportage or commentary about his idiotic statement made in an Ohio courtroom? Published August 8, 2013

Paul Tong

TYRRELL: The economics of no growth

On Sunday, The New York Times released a picture of President Obama giving an interview to its reporters in Galesburg, Ill. Published August 1, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Mr. President, let us move on

The reaction to President Obama's highly personal speech Friday, ostensibly on race but actually on himself, has been surprisingly subdued. Published July 25, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama speaks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: Six months of blunders

The other day another pundit came to my side. I have been watching this steady trickle of sages joining the cause ever since the spring of 2012 when I pronounced, at book-length, complete with footnotes, "The Death of Liberalism." Published July 18, 2013

Edward Snowden

TYRRELL: Edward Snowden's just rewards

Dante Alighieri was the 13th-century Florentine author whose "Inferno" apportioned his sinners' suffering in hell to their vices committed on Earth with delightful affect. For instance, flatterers are mired in human excrement. Published July 11, 2013

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: Ted Kennedy's reform school

I am immersed in research on the life of he who was called the Lion of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy, known by one and all as Teddy. Readers of this column will be surprised to hear that I do not think his life was totally devoted to mischief. Published July 4, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Colorblind justice

For four decades, the American people have been perplexed by affirmative action, quotas, and all the circumlocutions that have accumulated around them. Reading about them is painful. Living with them is worse. Published June 27, 2013

Mark Weber

TYRRELL: Exit the IRS

Who is Gary Muthert? He is the Internal Revenue Service officer in Cincinnati who gathered applications in 2010 - presumably from the Tea Party and other conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Published June 20, 2013

** FILE ** This Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong. Snowden has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and entered Russia his lawyer said on Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

TYRRELL: Throw the book at Snowden

I depart America for two blissful weeks in Italy and return to find that my country has been transformed, rather rudely, into a totalitarian state on the order of Iran, possibly even North Korea. Published June 13, 2013

The Washington Times

TYRRELL: A deadline decision at the Newseum

Recently in Washington, the Newseum was saved from what could have been a very embarrassing event. Or maybe the people who run the Newseum would not have been embarrassed, but the institution was saved anyway. Published May 30, 2013

Kal

TYRRELL: The beauty of confusion in officialdom

Where are we now in this morass of Obama administration scandals? We have The Associated Press imbroglio. We have the Benghazi imbroglio. We have the Internal Revenue Service imbroglio. Published May 23, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Strange encounters of the Windy City kind

How odd. There I was Saturday evening in the Windy City at a fundraising event for the Chicago Rowing Foundation, and who do I encounter but the mayor of Chicago, His Honor Rahm Emanuel. Published May 16, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Why the left really, really hates us

Though it pains me to say it, I have made my final judgment about the left. They do not like conservatives very much. In fact, they come to an immediate boil when we enter their admittedly limited range of perception. Published May 9, 2013

The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Is it 2016 yet?

It has happened again. Our gaffe-prone president has filed another blunder on his presidential record. At the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library, he invoked history with his usual mastery of detail. He placed President John F. Kennedy in Air Force One, "on the flight back from Russia, after negotiating with Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War." Published May 2, 2013