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Editorials

Hollywood can’t handle the truth

There are many things that real people do to become the subject of sympathetic movies. Make a flawless emergency landing in the Hudson River with a disabled passenger jet full of passengers. Survive a devastating storm atop Mount Everest. Become the most lethal sniper in the history of the U.S. ...

Liberal and Progressive vision

Here's my question to you: If an evil person is guaranteed that he can inflict physical pain upon others and guaranteed to never suffer pain himself, what happens to his willingness to inflict pain? You say, "What do you mean, Williams?" OK, I will make my question more concrete. Suppose a ...

Questions for Hillary Clinton

At long last, Hillary Clinton testifies on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and her emails as secretary of state. Here are some suggested questions. Although these suggestions are based on the public record, we need to assume that the members of the House Benghazi Committee have ...

A simple Nobel to understand

For most of us, the work Nobel Prize winners do in fields such as science and economics is impenetrable. They write about exotic reactions among various chemicals, models to predict how economies will react to certain stimuli, etc.But Frenchman Jean Tirole's Nobel Prize in economics is easy to ...

Benghazi and ‘Untrustable’ Hillary

Kevin McCarthy was factually right - if grammatically and politically wrong - when he told Sean Hannity that the House's Benghazi committee demonstrated Hillary Clinton was "untrustable." The Clinton-pleasers in the media like NBC's Andrea Mitchell almost glowed as they proclaimed McCarthy had ...

What happened to Jeb Bush? Too much money

Jeb Bush has dropped into single digits in the polls - and that's just among Republicans in his home state of Florida. What happened to the man with all the money, top name recognition and, according to last year's political sages, a clear shot at his party's presidential nomination?The problem ...

Hillary Clinton’s enabler-in-chief

It's an ancient story: An innocent idealist sets out to change the world and in the process becomes what he hates most. "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster," Friedrich Nietzsche advised.That's probably the best spin one can put on Sidney ...

Time to clean out the VBA

Allison Hickey may have resigned as head of the Veterans Benefits Administration just in time to avoid being caught in the middle of a scandal.After she revealed plans to leave, Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Robert McDonald praised her for reducing a backlog of veterans' claims for ...

Another meeting of unlike minds

When President Obama meets in Washington November 9 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I would imagine Netanyahu's main concern will be to find out exactly what the U.S. means by "infringement" as it applies to the Iran nuclear agreement. What exactly will the U.S. do when, not if, ...

Jeb, Jeb, Jeb

WASHINGTON - It might be time for Katie Couric to ask Jeb Bush what he reads.Not this column, obviously, where last May I sagely, if humbly, urged him to hug and then walk away from his brother, to whom he should refer to as President George W. Bush.Alas.He can't seem to stop talking about the ...

Stop Obama’s war on watchdogs

In the sadistic era of fraudulent Hope and Change, inspectors general inside the federal government have been kicked, neutered and starved of the authority and information they need to do their jobs.It's transparently clear: President Obama loathes and fears independent watchdogs.Accountability ...

Pakistan’s two-faced betrayals

A Pakistani official's admission a few days ago does not exactly fall into the category of surprise of the century. Leaders in his country's spy and espionage service knew al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was in their country for some time before a U.S. SEAL team killed him there, the former ...

Nickname debate exposes ‘North Dakota Mean’

"North Dakota Nice" has become a common expression for characterizing the mannerly behavior of folks in North Dakota. Well, the University of North Dakota nickname debate has exposed a "North Dakota Mean."In the struggle over a new sports logo, we have seen so much mean-spiritedness that I, for ...

Open season on the police

In recent months there have been a series of cases reported in the media, where some teenage thug - white, black or Hispanic in different cases - has been stopped by a policeman for some routine violation of the law and, instead of complying with lawful instructions, such as "show me your ...

Can Trump be stopped?

Three months ago, this writer sent out a column entitled, "Could Trump Win?" meaning the Republican nomination.Today even the Trump deniers concede the possibility.And the emerging question has become: "Can Trump be stopped? And if so, where, and by whom?"Consider the catbird seat in which The ...

No more spending on propaganda

In about a week, the 2016 signup season for Obamacare insurance will begin. Federal officials say they expect new enrollments to lag behind hopes, though millions of people eligible for government-subsidized insurance have not signed up for it.Lots of people just don't understand they can get ...

Football and gaming, what could possibly go wrong?

They worship at the high altar of football. They're everywhere. I don't give a fig about football, but the cult surrounds me. In the offseason, the devotees were stomping the floor over Tom Brady and a football's air pressure. They demanded to know my opinion on the matter. That I had none ...

Don’t be angry, be thoughtful

HBO comedian John Oliver aimed his considerable polemical skills at North Dakota recently much to the delight of the state's critics."Be angry," was Oliver's advice, even going so far as to put up a billboard with that message on the eastern edge of the Bakken oil fields.It's an interesting ...

A woman in full

WASHINGTON - With the latest poll numbers tallied and political pundits having spoken, a consensus has emerged: Hillary Clinton won the first Democratic debate and, barring a Benghazi pinata exploding with revelations, has cinched the nomination.Reasons cited for Clinton's superior performance ...

Whatever force is necessary

President Barack Obama may have begun doing the right thing in Afghanistan - but time will tell whether he will follow through.Pursuant to a promise he made while campaigning for the presidency in 2008, Obama quickly began withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan after he was sworn in. His goal ...