Editorials

Bernie Sanders’ socialist charade

WASHINGTON - Does any stricture of journalistic propriety or social etiquette require us to participate in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' charade? Is it obligatory to take seriously his pose of being an "independent" and a "socialist"? It gives excitable Democratic activists a frisson of ...

Time to stand up for coal

Not a single ton of coal is mined in Wisconsin. Complaints about President Barack Obama's war on coal may not resonate with many Badger State, where mining provides no jobs,But Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is vowing his state will not comply with proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules ...

Why must Americans clean up a foreign sport?

The competent Loretta Lynch can no doubt handle the job of cleansing professional soccer of widespread corruption. But why is that the U.S. attorney general's job? One must ask.The World Cup does attract a large U.S. audience every four years, but largely because it's played when the basketball ...

O’Malley factor

Martin O'Malley, former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor, announced his presidential candidacy on Saturday, and said some things that could be taken as criticism of President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."Today, the American dream seems for so many of us to be ...

Neither freedom nor safety

In their continuous efforts to create the impression that the government is doing something to keep Americans safe, politicians in Washington have misled and lied to the public. They have violated their oaths to uphold the Constitution. They have created a false sense of security. And they have ...

Another black eye for IRS

Hopefully, the Internal Revenue Service official in charge of transparency has nothing to hide. We use the qualifier because, well, this is the federal government.But if the IRS is squeaky clean, why did it refuse to send that functionary to testify before members of the House of ...

The College Board’s sabotage of American history

A stellar group of American historians and academics released a milestone open letter yesterday in protest of deleterious changes to the advanced placement U.S. history (APUSH) exam. The signatories are bold intellectual bulwarks against increasing progressive attacks in the classroom on ...

Absence of a smoking gun doesn’t equate to innocence

Let's say, just for kicks, you murdered your husband (or wife). Your neighbors have been suspicious ever since your nightly arguments suddenly stopped, right around the time you put something large in your trunk and drove off in the middle of the night. Now they see you driving his car and ...

Change energy policy

Oil and natural gas are being used as geopolitical weapons like never before in history. Russia's Vladimir Putin has become perhaps the world's most skillful, effective practitioner. His strategy, already far advanced, is to bend Europe to his will by threatening to cut off the oil and gas ...

Ann Coulter takes on pro-amnesty media

Ann Coulter has another best-selling book coming out, provocatively titled "Adios, America: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole." One major target of Coulter's barbs is our "objective" media.Lord knows Coulter understands they deserve the hectoring. News reports are ...

Parenting trumps ethnicity in school suspensions

Statistics on disciplinary action collected by schools in the Fargo metropolitan area revealed that Hispanic, African-American and Native American children were suspended five or six times more than are white children.While the data comes from only one area of the state, it is safe to assume ...

A summer break from campus muzzling

WASHINGTON - Commencement season brings a respite from the sinister childishness rampant on campuses. Attacks on freedom of speech come from the professoriate, that herd of independent minds, and from the ever-thickening layer of university administrators who keep busy constricting freedom in ...

The VA construction boondoggle

There are several possible reasons why a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital being built in Aurora, Colo., is being termed the biggest construction boondoggle in the agency's history. None of them should be acceptable to members of Congress.Already, the hospital, begun in late 2011, is a ...

Liberals respect me

During the early years of the Reagan administration, a Washington news conference was held for me for my first book, "The State Against Blacks." Before making summary statements about the book, I offered the reporters assembled that they could treat me like a white person. They could ask me ...

Obama not offended enough by anti-Semitism

What to make of President Obama's interpretation of the Iranian leadership? Challenged by The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg to account for the seeming inconsistency of relying on the rationality of a regime that holds a profoundly anti-Semitic worldview, the president denied that the "venomous ...

Reality show jumps 19 sharks

WASHINGTON - Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory:Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received.I feel the same way about reality shows.Whatever was given to the millions who ...

Time to rethink strategy

U.S. officials should rethink how military assets are being used in the fight against Islamic State terrorists, President Barack Obama said Monday. A first step in being more effective that way will be giving Iraq more powerful anti-tank weapons, the White House revealed.Really? Iraqi forces ...

Throwing money at the college bubble

It's graduation time! Have we learned much? No.College has become a scam.Some students benefit: those with full scholarships and/or rich parents so they don't go deep into debt, those who love learning for its own sake and land jobs in academia and those who get jobs that require a college ...

Holy warriors of the left and right

Mike Huckabee doesn't have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job.Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious - and by all accounts decent - man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed almost ...