• Politicians and the Season of Repentance

    Politicians and the Season of Repentance

    Autumn is the season for repentance in the ancient Jewish calendar. Celebration of the New Year on Thursday and Friday of this week brings the chance to review the twelve months just passed, considering where we fell short and how to do better in the year ahead. Prominent politicians need…

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  • Real Life Losses, Abstract Gains

    Real Life Losses, Abstract Gains

    To understand why right-wing activists make a mistake in pushing deportation of so-called “Dreamers” we should consider the reasons for our consistent victories in defending gun rights. For gun-owners, this is a personal issue—restrictive regulations are an interference, or an annoyance, with real-world impact. For those who choose not to…

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  • No Rational Explanation for “It”

    No Rational Explanation for “It”

    After a miserable summer for movies, with box-office down some 15 percent across the board, September brought a big surprise: a modestly budgeted fright-fest with no big names smashed all records for horror films or for September releases in general. It, based on a 1986 Stephen King novel and a…

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  • Evangelicals for Trump: A Matter of Self-Defense

    Evangelicals for Trump: A Matter of Self-Defense

    The sharpest divisions in politics today aren't based on race or economic status, but on religion. Last year's exit polls showed 26 percent who described themselves as Evangelical Christians, and they preferred Donald Trump by a crushing margin of 80 to 16 percent. Among the rest of the electorate—the 74…

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  • Big Events Demand a Big—and Cooperative—Response

    Big Events Demand a Big—and Cooperative—Response

    At key turning points in history, dramatic events seem to come together to force cooperation between even the most reluctant partisans. In the face of devastation from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, for instance, even a brief government shutdown becomes unthinkable, so Republicans and Democrats must work together to provide…

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  • Four Hopeful Messages from an Epic Catastrophe

    Four Hopeful Messages from an Epic Catastrophe

    As Texas begins the long process of recovery from the catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey, Americans across the country should embrace four important lessons: * First, let's acknowledge that government isn't always the enemy and, in emergencies like this one, government at the local, state and federal levels has a crucial,…

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  • Unexpected Praise for Trump’s Turnaround

    Unexpected Praise for Trump’s Turnaround

    One of history's worst natural disasters produced one of the best weeks of Donald Trump's presidency. The chief executive and his administration rose to the challenge of responding to Hurricane Harvey and even his implacable media critics praised his change in attitude. The normally hostile New York Times featured TWO…

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  • Why Not to “Follow Your Heart”

    Why Not to “Follow Your Heart”

    By Diane Medved, Ph.D. It could be that “follow your heart” is the most destructive piece of advice parents, rom-coms and love songs ever dispensed. “Follow your heart” can be blamed for the divorce skyrocket in the late 1970s that now leaves adult children of split families skittish to commit.…

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  • Trump’s Media Strategy Could be Working as Planned

    Why does President Trump continue his ferocious attacks on media as “fake news” and “really bad people” who “don't love our country”? Surely, he understands that relentless assaults won't win him more favorable, or even more balanced coverage. Trump defenders say the President rips the press because they deserve it;…

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