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Editorials

Further slowing deportations

Not since 2006 has the federal government deported more illegal aliens. But then, not since then have Democrat hopes for the presidency been so low.With the presidential election campaign in full swing, it was revealed this week the government deported just 231,000 illegal immigrants during the ...

Escaping tyranny

North Korea is called the "worst place on earth" for good reason. Thousands of people are tortured. Some North Koreans eat rodents to try to survive, and many starve anyway. In winter, they freeze. No one but the dictator has any true freedom, and no one is allowed to leave.One person who ...

Gitmo Extended Stay America Suites? In Colorado? Hell no!

Liberal readers have scoffed at my repeated warnings about the dangerous prospect of an enemy combatant dump on American soil. Over the years, I've flagged the Obama administration's scouting forays in Illinois, Kansas and South Carolina. Now, the White House is considering my adopted home, ...

Why Obama prefers politicizing to actual politics

President Obama was right. He was right when, just a few hours after the horrible shooting in Oregon, he decried the fact that such slaughters have become "routine." He was even right, in a sense, when he defended politicizing the tragedy."Of course," Obama said Thursday night, "what's also ...

A first pitch with meaning

Brian Keaton made history Oct. 3 in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a professional baseball game. He and his brothers-in-arms have made much more important history on other fields, however.Prior to a game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants, Keaton delivered ...

Spreading the ugly truth

Political Washington just got a welcome dose of refreshing candor. Democrat Fred Yang, one of the bipartisan team that conducts the respected Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, took a look at the most recent numbers - showing Democratic favorite for 2016, Hillary Clinton, in a statistical tie ...

Charlatans and Sheep: Part III

The prevailing social dogma of our time - that economic and other disparities among groups are strange, if not sinister - has set off bitter disputes between those who blame genetic differences and those who blame discrimination.Both sides ignore the possibility that groups themselves may ...

War Party targets Putin and Assad

Having established a base on the Syrian coast, Vladimir Putin last week began air strikes on ISIS and other rebel forces seeking to overthrow Bashar Assad.A longtime ally of Syria, Russia wants to preserve its toehold on the Mediterranean, help Assad repel the threat, and keep the Islamic ...

Service to those who have served

After allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to go for months without a permanent inspector general, President Barack Obama finally is nominating someone for the post. He is Michael J. Missal, a Washington lawyer in private practice.Clearly, the VA needs a no-holds-barred inspector general ...

Hillary’s gun-control non sequiturs

Hillary Clinton has a new gun agenda that is the same as the old gun agenda.We all are appalled and heartsick over the country's mass shootings, which aren't any less shocking for their routine occurrence. But that doesn't mean we know how to stop them. The Pavlovian Democratic reaction is to ...

When Dad is the devil

The bride, Edda, was 20, glamorous and well connected. The groom came from a prominent family. Their wedding was Italy's social event of the year in 1930. If the occasion was marred in any way, it was through the inability of the bride's father to part gracefully with his first-born daughter. ...

A Rose for racial reconciliation

OXFORD, Md. - Long before there was a "Black Lives Matter" movement, there was Ruth Starr Rose - an activist artist whose paintings nearly a century ago captured the dignity and spirit of America's black families at a time when stereotype and caricature prevailed.It is fitting that an ...

It’s about abusing power

This is the United States of America, where the government is not supposed to attempt to intimidate members of the press, use the Internal Revenue Service to harass opponents of the White House, retaliate against public employees who try to protect sick veterans or go out of its way to ...

Why the teacher shortage is here to stay

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Kristin Baesler moved quickly to deal with the 200-teacher shortage with school opening just weeks away.An 11-member Educator Recruitment and Retention Task Force was formed to assess the problem and propose solutions. As a ...

Putin cutting Obama down to size

If the humiliation of the Obama administration continues at this rate, by this time next week you should expect to see Secretary of State John Kerry on all fours at the United Nations, getting paddled by the Russian foreign minister and shouting, "Thank you, comrade! May I have another?"On ...

The GOP (new) McCarthyism

WASHINGTON - The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.How do you spell hmmmgrrrungh?What else is there to say about House Republicans' inability to get something right? And I say this ...

Taliban already advancing

Early in his presidency, Barack Obama made it clear to the Taliban that to re-conquer Afghanistan, wrenched from them at the cost of many American lives, all they had to do was wait out the United States. By January 2017, no more than 1,000 U.S. troops would be stationed there, Obama ...

Twisted social media and mass murder

The first details about the mass killer at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, were that he was a young man, lonely and full of hate. Of course he was. They all are.Lonely young men full of hate have been with us since there were lonely young men. The modern phenomenon of their acting ...

We need to stop talking about gun control

We got horrible news out of Oregon last week where another group of people were shot down by a murderer who ignored the prohibitions of a "gun free zone."Within hours, and before anyone knew the facts of the shooter's identity, motives and methods, President Barack Obama positioned himself in ...

A look into the mind of Mr. Putin

"Do you realize now what you have done?"So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us.Fourteen years after we invaded Afghanistan, ...