• The New Deal with Israel

    The New Deal with Israel

    The United States and Israel recently agreed on a foreign aid package providing $3.8 billion in military aid for each of the next ten years. This marks a sharp increase in the level of aid, but that's still less than one-tenth-of-one percent – less than one-one-thousandth – of the money…

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  • Children, “Very Important”; Marriage, Not So Much

    Children, “Very Important”; Marriage, Not So Much

    A September poll by CBS News and the New York Times revealed troubling contradictions in attitudes toward marriage and children. Nearly 2,000 adults of all ages were asked: “For you personally, is being married either now or in the future very important, somewhat important, not very important or not at…

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  • Hillary’s Hellish Weekend

    Hillary’s Hellish Weekend

    By every measure, Hillary Clinton suffered a disastrous weekend surrounding the 9/11 anniversary. Her near collapse on Sunday morning hurt her badly not just because it left the impression of frailty and ill-health, but due to foolish attempts to conceal her pneumonia from a public that deserves candor. Even worse,…

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  • A Celebration of Everyday Heroism

    A Celebration of Everyday Heroism

    Last weekend, as America observed the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Hollywood released a film about an aviation disaster with a very different outcome. SULLY, directed by Clint Eastwood, tells the true story of the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson” in 2009 with the superb Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger,…

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  • In the Debates: Who Needs Moderators?

    In the Debates: Who Needs Moderators?

    With moderators now designated for the upcoming presidential debates, candidates and organizers should rethink the out-sized role these journalists usually play. Yes, you need someone to enforce time limits and to announce periodic breaks, but a potentially biased broadcaster shouldn't get to pose all questions and steer the discussion. Why…

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  • Local GOP Should Embrace “Law & Order” Theme

    Local GOP Should Embrace “Law & Order” Theme

    The emphasis on “Law and Order” may or may not work in national politics but Republicans on the local level should embrace this theme with enthusiasm. The upsurge in transients who spend the night in parks, under freeway overpasses, or sleeping on sidewalks afflicts cities in every corner of the…

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  • Change the System so Every Vote Matters

    Change the System so Every Vote Matters

    One simple question highlights the dysfunction of our current system of choosing a president: which state in 2012 gave Mitt Romney the most votes? The answer, surprisingly, is California, where the Republican nominee drew nearly 5 million ballots. But he won no California votes in the Electoral College, which actually…

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  • GOP Can’t Win by Exaggerating Misery

    GOP Can’t Win by Exaggerating Misery

    Americans feel frustrated by the state of our government, economy and culture, but conservatives can't gain ground by exaggerating the extent of the misery. It's ill-advised to ask African-Americans, “What do you have to lose?”—thereby ignoring dramatic black progress over the last two generations. The poverty rate's still higher for…

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  • Why Ban the “Burkini”?

    Why Ban the “Burkini”?

    The raging debate about the “Burkini Ban” that's been applied to Islamic beach-wear in France should make us grateful for America's distinctive values. First, we don't make a fetish of secularism as the French do, nor do we treat religious traditions as a threat to some higher order. Second, we…

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  • A Lesson from “The Most Dangerous Cities”

    A Lesson from “The Most Dangerous Cities”

    New FBI statistics reveal the worst cities in the country in terms of violent crime. St. Louis tops the list as the most dangerous metropolis of them all, perhaps showing the impact of the “Ferguson Effect” that has crippled policing in Missouri. Runners up on this dishonor roll are Memphis,…

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