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Editorials

Redeeming the remainder of a life

GRAFTON, Ohio - The man at the front of the room in the prison here is talking about the institution's culinary and hospitality training that will help some of his fellow inmates "give back to the community." He will never get back to any community; he is serving a "double life" sentence. But ...

Republican suicide

Nine years ago, aboard a National Review cruise, I debated immigration policy with my colleagues and the cruisers. It was a good discussion that touched all the familiar bases. Are there really jobs Americans won't do? Are big business and big agriculture enmeshed in a corrupt bargain with ...

Health, but at what cost?

Environmental Protection Agency officials are fond of rationalizing new schemes for draconian regulations by claiming they will save lives and protect millions of people from health problems such as asthma. Seldom are Americans prompted to think about the adverse health effects of EPA rules, ...

Parents, not gadgets, should teach kids how to eat

It had to be a joke, a parody, I thought while reading of a new electronic gadget claiming to entice children to eat vegetables by rewarding them with video games. I've been taken in by less. But there was the Yumit being touted with a straight face on the website of the reputable Wired ...

Rebranded Hillary is just more of the same

What if this is as good as it gets?You have to wonder if that's what Hillary Clinton's handlers are saying to each other right about now.Of course, that's not what they're saying in public - or on background to the press.The New York Times reported this week that Clinton plans to be spontaneous ...

Cutting red tape

I'm upset that the presidential candidates, all of them, rarely mention a huge problem: the quiet cancer that kills opportunity - regulation. The accumulated burden of it is the reason that America is stuck in the slowest economic recovery since the Depression.I understand why candidates don't ...

New assessments are tests worth taking

This spring, thousands of North Dakota students took a new test that will do a better job of measuring how well they are learning what they need to know and be able to do. These new assessments are, for the first time, aligned with current state academic standards in English and math. They ...

The right person for the job

An announcement from Secretary of State?John Kerry this week was at once startingly cynical and depressingly typical of Washington.Kerry, reportedly in an attempt to deflect criticism of his agency's slow, incomplete responses to requests for public records, appointed a "transparency ...

The past and future of the refugee crisis

The refugee crisis in Europe is one of those human tragedies for which there are no real solutions, despite how many shrill voices in the media may denounce those who fail to come up with a solution.Some options may be better than others, but there is nothing that can honestly be called a ...

Islam’s conquest of Europe

"Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide," wrote James Burnham in his 1964 "Suicide of the West."Burnham predicted that the mindless magnanimity of liberals, who subordinate the interests of their own people and nations to utopian and altruistic impulses, would bring about an end to ...

Science is still not settled

Heedless of the facts, President Barack Obama and environmental radicals who want to destroy the coal industry and drive up electricity bills have claimed for years that global warming was causing more and more severe hurricanes. The truth is that hurricane seasons have been milder during ...

Two kingdoms in conflict over same-sex marriage

Let's get something straight. America has never been a "Christian nation." Those who believe otherwise have an obligation to say what part of our history was uniquely Christian. Was it when slavery was legal? How about when women were denied the vote? The Gilded Age? The Roaring '20s?America is ...

Democrats, Republicans and mushroom clouds

The Democratic Party has been weak-minded on defense for decades, but with the Iran capitulation, they've achieved a new threshold of cowardice and treachery.While it's true that an honorable handful of Democrats have resisted the president's pressure, the overwhelming majority have chosen to ...

Meet Candy Carson: the anti-Michelle Obama

After nearly eight years of the East Wing's politics of mope and complain, it's refreshing to see a presidential candidate's spouse who is always smiling.Candy Carson - wife of GOP 2016 hopeful Dr. Ben Carson, mother of three sons, and grandmother of two - is the anti-Michelle Obama. She's a ...

Get our own house in order

Reports of tens of thousands of people from Syria, Libya and other countries flooding into Europe as they attempt to escape strife at home have been all over the news for several days. Their stories tug at Americans' heartstrings. Especially wrenching were pictures of the body of a 3-year-old ...

Lamenting Mitt

You're Mitt Romney, and today you have to be upset with yourself. Eight months ago - when you, a non-candidate, were leading in all the polls for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination - you paid too much attention to a Wall Street Journal editorial that began, "If Mitt Romney is the ...

Wasn’t always this way

Academics and public intellectuals, who should know better, attempt to explain the highly visible and publicized pathology witnessed in cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Ferguson and others as a legacy of slavery. The argument is made that the problems encountered by many black ...

Religious belief and the rule of law

Shortly before the Labor Day weekend, a federal judge in Kentucky ordered the Rowan County clerk incarcerated for violating his orders. Five days later, he released her.The judge found that the clerk, Kim Davis, interfered with the ability of same-sex couples in her county to marry by refusing ...

More doom and gloom predictions

Alaska was an excellent selection for President Barack Obama's scare campaign on climate change, during which he has warned entire countries could be submerged by rising oceans if global warming is not halted.Obama has not mentioned, of course, that the draconian plan he has in mind will do ...

A NPL requiem on its 100th birthday

The Nonpartisan League is dead.The Nonpartisan League died some years ago but it was not announced officially before. So, as secretary of the organization, I am reporting that I have been on cemetery patrol for several decades and herewith certify its demise.The secretary's position has been ...