Jon Miltimore

Jon Miltimore

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Jon is the Senior Editor of Intellectual Takeout. He previously was the Senior Editor of The History Channel Magazine, Managing Editor at Scout.com, and a reporter for the Panama City News Herald. He served as a White House intern in the speech writing department of George W. Bush. He received degrees from the University of South Dakota (M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (B.A.), where he studied history and literature.

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Do Republicans have any Credibility on Spending?

I recently had dinner with two friends, both of whom are successful attorneys involved in Republican politics. Conversation turned to the presidency of George W. Bush. When I mildly pooh-poohed the president’s record on spending, I was brought...

Australia’s Gun Control 'Success' Story

Australia’s gun control law is a great success, if you haven’t heard. I learned this from a dozen memes that appeared in my Facebook news feed, a conversation with my neighbor, and a slew of media stories. This NBC story, for example, was...

Birth Rates Increased in Schools That Gave Out Condoms

When I was an undergraduate, I recall a few of my roommates going to the campus health department and returning with (literally) a garbage bag full of condoms. (No one in our house was exactly a Casanova, but hey – they were free.) That was...

Does reactance theory explain the rise of Donald Trump?

Psychological reactance, a theory pioneered by the late Jack Brehm,  is based on the idea that humans tend to respond negatively to restrictions on their autonomy or freedom of choice.​ Brehm summed up the theory as follows: ...

Poll Shows Support for 'Temporary Ban' on Immigration

A Morning Consult poll released Wednesday shows that a majority of Americans support a temporary ban on immigration from many countries in the Middle East. Via Morning Consult: Following the Orlando shooting, [...

Can You Pass 5th Grade English?

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Research Implies the Gender Pay Gap Might be a Fiction

It’s become conventional wisdom that women make just 79 percent of what men do for the same work. But is this actually true? The most recent evidence suggests that the gender wage gap is much smaller than researchers have suggested and may have...

Journalist Explains Why Media Fails on Gun Control

Slate senior editor Rachael Larimore last week offered one of the smarter takes I’ve seen on why the media can never get the “healthy conversation” it wants on gun control: Gun-control advocates and their allies in the media will attack the gun...

10 Facts on Motherhood and Children in the Middle Ages

Jeffrey L. Singman is a historian who writes about everyday life in history. Over the weekend, I finally got to cracking his book The Middle Ages: Everyday Life in Medieval Europe.    The book offers a great glimpse into life in the...

Mateen Transcript: Why are References to ISIS Being Scrubbed?

The Department of Justice today released a transcript of the calls Omar Mateen made during the shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub a week ago.  The transcript is incomplete, however. During a conversation with NBC's Chuck Todd on...

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