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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Recent blog posts by this author

My Kindergartner Was Told Trump Was Going to Kill ‘All the Girls in the U.S.’

Yesterday afternoon I received an email from the dean of my 5-year-old daughter’s school. When I saw my little girl’s name in the subject line, my first thought was that she had said something naughty. (She’s a goofball and recently discovered...

What Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees Does (And What it Doesn’t)

Before I even had my Saturday morning coffee I received a text from a friend linking to a New York Times op-ed with the headline, “Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Illegal.” As I ground beans, the wife of a prominent conservative friend posted on Facebook...

America’s Demise: Trump’s a Sign, not the Cause

In a recent Atlantic article, former Time magazine editor Richard Stengel writes that the American Century is dead. The cause of death? Donald Trump. “Trump’s administration is the death knell of the American Century,” Stengel writes. He explains...

The State Department's Entire Senior Level of Management Just Resigned

Via The Hill: The State Department's entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, The Washington Post reported. Patrick Kennedy, the agency's undersecretary for management who had served in the role for nine years,...

Fact Check: Do 74% of Californians Really Oppose Sanctuary Cities?

This morning, a friend sent me a story from a right-wing news site. It claimed that “74 percent of Californians want to end sanctuary cities.” The statistic didn’t seem to smell right. Seventy-four percent of Californians? The state in...

Love or Hate the Term ‘Snowflake’? Thank 'Fight Club'

I’ve probably seen Fight Club 40 times. A friend whom I lived with in college had a sort of obsession with the film. Yet I somehow failed to make the connection between Fight Club and the term “snowflake.” Here it is: “You are not special. You...

Carl Sagan's Prediction of America’s Future Goes Viral

Carl Sagan died more than 20 years ago, but a prediction the American scientist and writer made shortly before his death could lead one to believe he caught a glimpse of a 2017 newspaper. While Sagan’s most famous work was the science fiction...

Edward Snowden Welcomes Trump Press Secretary with Blistering Tweet

If you thought Edward Snowden was going to play nice with the Trump White House in hopes of receiving a pardon, you were sorely mistaken. In case you missed it, the new White House is finding itself on the losing end of a petty squabble with the...

On Ben Franklin's Letter to an Atheist

Benjamin Franklin's feelings on God and religion were complicated. While it's true that Franklin believed in God and saw great benefit in religion, he himself (as I've written before) had an aversion to church services (or at least services led by...

Why Americans Need to Give Trump a Shot

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as America’s 45th president on Friday. Tens of millions of people watched the ceremony, which took place on the National Mall amid a sprinkling rain. Many no doubt watched the event with excitement, others with fear....

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