• Our Ex-Presidents’ Insincere Praise of ‘American Generosity’

    All five living former Presidents recently came together at a benefit concert for victims of this year's devastating hurricanes. A month earlier, they broadcast an appeal for Americans to donate for hurricane relief efforts. Former President Jimmy Carter praised the generosity of Americans: “Across this great country, Americans have answered…

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  • My Own Harvey Weinstein Experience

    I knew of Harvey Weinstein, and I'd heard that he possessed the power to make or break careers, that he was bombastic and that he pushed people around. But that pretty much was the extent of it. After all, this is Hollywood, where only a small percent of would-be actors…

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  • Mr. President: Ignore the Barking Dogs

    Mr. President: Ignore the Barking Dogs

    President Trump should install a new sign on his Oval Office desk, one that would remind him of the timeless wisdom in an old Arabic proverb: “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.” Ideally, that message might discourage the leader of the free world from damaging his presidency by…

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  • A Vile Attempt to Tarnish Lincoln

    A Vile Attempt to Tarnish Lincoln

    A group of students at University of Wisconsin used the recent Indigenous People's Day to try to discredit Abraham Lincoln. They covered a monumental statue of the 16th President with derisive signs and staged a “Die-In” in front of it. “Let's be real,” said a protest leader. “He owned slaves,…

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  • “The Dogs Bark, the Caravan Moves On”

    “The Dogs Bark, the Caravan Moves On”

    As a candidate, Donald Trump used a nifty slogan—”Make America Great Again”—to connect the different themes of his agenda. Approaching the end of his first year in office, he needs another slogan to focus on important goals while avoiding destructive distractions. Perhaps we need a sign on the president's desk,…

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  • Appropriate Praise for the Trump-McConnell Team

    Appropriate Praise for the Trump-McConnell Team

    Some conservatives expressed dismay, and even a sense of betrayal, over the President's recent press conference with Mitch McConnell, in which Trump praised the Senate Majority Leader for his loyalty and effectiveness. What did Trump have in mind, McConnell's many right-wing critics seemed to wonder? Very likely, he appreciated the…

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  • Winning the War of Ideas?

    Winning the War of Ideas?

    The liberal author of a recent book praising “The Naughty Nineties” and the influence of the Clintons, came to a surprising conclusion about our ongoing battle of ideas. “I thought the left had triumphed,” David Friend told the New York Times. “I was wrong. The more research I did, I…

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  • Underrated Presidents, Good Times

    Underrated Presidents, Good Times

    Beyond his legislative failures, despite his futile feuds with professional athletes, GOP senators and members of his own Cabinet, in the face of feeble poll numbers and relentless condemnation from prestigious commentators, President Trump could yet preside over four dynamic years of peace, prosperity and progress. Those who dismiss this…

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