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  • Purists Kill Whatever They Believe In

    Purists Kill Whatever They Believe In

    According to The New York Times, 10 moderates, 15 conservatives, and eight other Republicans would have voted against the Republican repeal and replace Obamacare bill. So, then, 15 or so conservatives made it impossible to pass the bill favored by nearly every other Republican and by President Donald Trump. If…

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  • Losing Ground in the “Happiness Rankings”

    Losing Ground in the “Happiness Rankings”

    The Sustainable Development Solutions network, an initiative of the UN, is out with its yearly “World Happiness Report,” in which respondents around the globe were asked how close their current circumstances came to their “best possible life.” The United States placed 14th of the 155 surveyed nations—well ahead of Germany,…

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  • Exaggerating Bad News on Anti-Semitism and Racism

    Exaggerating Bad News on Anti-Semitism and Racism

    Bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and desecration of Jewish cemeteries make the news and produce fears of surging Jew hatred, even though scientific studies show anti-Semitism at historic lows. A survey from Pew Research Center in February of 2017 showed Jews to be the most popular religious group in…

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  • Obamacare Can’t Be ‘Fixed’

    The moment Republicans bought into the notion that Obamacare must not just be repealed but “replaced,” Democrats won. Democrats argue that health care is a “right.” Republicans claim they disagree, that nowhere in the Constitution does the federal government guarantee health care treatment or health care insurance. But Republicans' behavior…

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  • Commitment Over Feeling Can Save, Enhance Marriage

    Commitment Over Feeling Can Save, Enhance Marriage

    Profound changes in the institution of matrimony go far beyond the push for same-sex marriage. After many years as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Diane Medved notes a shift in marital priorities from commitment to feelings. ”Do your duty” has been replaced with “follow your heart.” In response, my wife has…

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