• A New Addiction that Menaces Teenagers

    A New Addiction that Menaces Teenagers

    The World Health Organization has now recognized video game addiction as a serious threat to public health. The 11th International Classification of Diseases defines “gaming disorder” as playing games so obsessively “that it takes precedence over other life interests.” Up to 6 percent of adolescents reportedly suffer from this condition,…

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  • Political Comeback of the Year

    Political Comeback of the Year

    Major League Baseball offers an award for Comeback Player of the Year, and if major league politics handed out a similar prize, Texas Senator Ted Cruz would deserve it. After the embarrassment of a failed presidential campaign and his hostile relationship with the victorious Donald Trump​,​ he's emerged as a…

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  • The Key to November: Turnout

    The key factor that will decide control of Congress in November's election isn't President Trump's approval rating or the results of the Mueller investigation. It's election day turnout, where results vary widely from year to year. In the last midterm election in 2014, voting participation dropped to its lowest level…

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  • Why Do Americans Prefer Sports to Politics?

    Why Do Americans Prefer Sports to Politics?

    During a visit to Washington DC in June, I saw an estimated 200,000 revelers in the street to celebrate what some called “the greatest day of my life.” The cause for jubilation wasn't some political victory; it was the clinching game that enabled the Washington Capitals to win hockey's Stanley…

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  • An American Victim of Terror

    An American Victim of Terror

    Fifty years ago, supporters of Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign gathered for a victory party after a hard-fought California Primary. For those of us who were there at LA's Ambassador Hotel that fatal night, it became one of the most searing experiences of our lives. In retrospect, it's surprising that media…

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  • Misleading Headline Displays Bias

    Misleading Headline Displays Bias

    A front-page headline in the New York Times distorted a bold new initiative of the Trump administration and displayed that paper's long-standing grudge. Beneath a dramatic photo of a suspect being led away in handcuffs, the headline proclaimed: TRUMP TARGETS FEDERAL WORKERS IN ORDERS CURBING PROTECTIONS. First of all, the…

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  • Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom from Consequences

    Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom from Consequences

    When ABC canceled its top-rated Roseanne revival because of vile racist comments by its star, Americans received another reminder that freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences. No, the government can't stop you from saying stupid things but a private business can terminate your employment if your offensive words…

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  • Message from the Royal Wedding

    Message from the Royal Wedding

    Media coverage of Britain's royal wedding focused mostly on breaks with tradition—with a biracial, divorced, American bride and a couple that lived together before marriage. But the ceremony itself also sent some more traditional messages: in a nation with church attendance half what it is in America, the Christian themes…

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  • The Miraculous Truth About Jerusalem

    The Miraculous Truth About Jerusalem

    Jerusalem is now the home of the United States Embassy in Israel, as it should be. But our first diplomatic presence in Jerusalem began in 1844, when we established a one-man consulate in the holy city. Why a mere consulate, and not an embassy? Because Jerusalem at the time wasn't…

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