Editorials

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 ...

The separation of campaign and state

WASHINGTON - A simple apology would suffice. Instead, campaign finance reformers, horrified by the predictable results of their handiwork, aspire to yet more regulatory wrinkles to limit political speech. These, too, would have consequences unintended and undesired by reformers, "requiring" a ...

Virginia’s false ‘centrist’ advertising

The latest scorecard from the American Conservative Union is out, and the voters of Virginia might want to file a complaint about truth in advertising with the press corps. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have routinely been portrayed in news reports as "moderates" and "centrists." But after ...

Liberals just being liberals

Mark this one down in your amazing-but-true book: Liberals in Congress admit they made a mistake on Obamacare.But you had to know what comes next: The mistake was in not making it expensive enough for tens of millions of people.As critics of Obamacare pointed out, it was far from a panacea for ...

Liberals just being liberals

Mark this one down in your amazing-but-true book: Liberals in Congress admit they made a mistake on Obamacare.But you had to know what comes next: The mistake was in not making it expensive enough for tens of millions of people.As critics of Obamacare pointed out, it was far from a panacea for ...

The anti-NSA bumper sticker

If the National Security Agency's bulk-data program expires, the coroner should conclude that it was "Death by Bumper Sticker."Rarely has a controversial government program been so fiercely debated and so poorly understood. Authorized by soon-to-expire Section 215 of the Patriot Act, it has ...

Bernie Sanders’ foul Socialist odor

Socialist genius Bernie Sanders has figured out what's really ailing America.Our store shelves have too many different brands of deodorant and sneakers. Just look at all those horrible, fully stocked aisles at Target and Walgreens and Wal-Mart and Payless and DSW and Dick's Sporting Goods. It's ...

Saving the Fourth Amendment

The Patriot Act has a bad pedigree and an evil history. In the fearful days immediately following 9/11, the Department of Justice quickly sent draft legislation to Congress that, if enacted, would have permitted federal agents to violate their oaths to uphold the Constitution by writing their ...

One-stop shopping for crooks

Thieves stole about $5.8 billion from the Internal Revenue Service in 2013, by taking tax refunds due to people whose personal information they used to make the claims. The haul for this year (the IRS has not released 2014 numbers yet) will be substantial, too - because IRS officials did not ...

Serve in any way you can

Bill and Mary Gietzen raised their 15 children on a farm outside of Glen Ullin. It was on that farm that their children learned the importance of hard work, dedication, and service. Of the 15 children, seven of them joined the military at some point in their lives, answering the call of duty ...