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Fannie and Freddie must go

November 1, 2014 Say we didn’t hear that. Say we didn’t hear that rules for mortgages guaranteed by the taxpayers are going lax once again. Oh, but we did. more »»

Denial risks full-blown epidemic

October 31, 2014 A disease that kills roughly half the people who contract it is nothing with which to trifle — or to use as a political football. more »»

Heed the Round Mound of Rebound

October 31, 2014 No one to this point had doubted that Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is black. His great-great-grandfather was a slave emancipated after the Civil War. more »»

The people and the pendulum

October 31, 2014 WASHINGTON — To paraphrase Roger Miller — and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia — America swings like a pendulum do. more »»

Voter ID myth comes crashing down

October 31, 2014 Democrats want everyone to vote: old, young, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, citizen, non-citizen. Wait, what was that last one again? We’ll get to that. more »»

Last straw for Secret Service

October 30, 2014 A newly reported Secret Service fiasco should result in President Barack Obama losing his patience with the agency — for his good, that of his family and the safety of future presidents. more »»

Why Not Minot — The Magic City

October 30, 2014 When I lived in Bismarck, I had an acquaintance who, knowing that I had lived in Minot, asked me why Minot called itself the “Magic City” and appears to think it is special. more »»

Approve Measure 5 for North Dakota

October 30, 2014 There is greatness in the way America debates and decides its issues, even when it goes to the ballot box and a campaign is fought hard or even bitterly. more »»

Terrorism and ‘The True Believer’

October 30, 2014 “A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in “The True Believer,” “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. more »»

Planning to deal with ‘lone wolf’

October 29, 2014 In a speech about a month ago, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned of the growing threat of “lone wolf” terrorists. more »»

Africa: A tragic continent

October 29, 2014 Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. more »»

Random thoughts on the passing scene

October 29, 2014 The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide. more »»

Obama administration chilling free speech

October 29, 2014 Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and... more »»

Preparing to battle the weather?

October 28, 2014 Many serious challenges face the U.S. armed forces. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, no doubt acting at the behest of his boss, President Barack Obama, thinks climate change is a top concern. more »»

Michael Brown and race hoaxes

October 28, 2014 Back in August, when news first broke of a shooting in Ferguson, Mo., the media world, perpetually tingling with eagerness for white-on-black violence stories, plunged into delirium. more »»

Why narratives are more powerful than ideas

October 28, 2014 There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. more »»

Wisconsin: Done in by ‘John Doe’

October 28, 2014 WASHINGTON — The early morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on... more »»

All for one, one for all

October 27, 2014 A poll released last week showed half of North Dakotans believe the state Legislature needs to send more money to communities in western North Dakota impacted by the Bakken oil boom. more »»

CBS drives away ‘anti-gay’ Catholics

October 27, 2014 While the cultural commissars keep throwing praise and awards at raunchy shows on trendy Internet streaming channels, CBS has a series of highly-rated traditional police or military shows that get... more »»

Ferguson protests self-indulgent and trivial

October 27, 2014 It wasn’t so long ago that Ferguson, Mo., was supposed to be an American morality tale of racism, the militarization of police and all manner of other evil. more »»



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