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Editorials

Encrusted with subsidies

WASHINGTON - You probably never knew of the federal funding of museums commemorating America's long-gone whaling industry. The funding existed for 10 years, until 2011, because almost no one knew about it. A mohair subsidy continues six decades after it was deemed a military necessity in the ...

Shoe’s on the other foot now

A coal company guilty of releasing 3 million gallons of mine wastewater into a river would be in deep trouble with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A small- to medium-size firm probably would find its survival threatened.But the culprit behind such a release affecting New Mexico and ...

Academic fascism

George Orwell said, "There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them." If one wants to discover the truth of Orwell's statement, he need only step upon most college campuses.Faculty leaders of the University of California consider certain statements racism and feel ...

The core dishonesty of abortion defenders

For decades, I believed that displaying grisly photographs of aborted babies was the wrong way to make the pro-life case. Disturbing images, I thought, would only repel viewers, not persuade them. I now think I was wrong.There are many ways to make an argument. The Center for Medical Progress ...

Chris Christie vs. Rand Paul

The dust-up between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over presidential fidelity to the Constitution - particularly the Fourth Amendment - was the most illuminating two minutes of the Republican debate last week.It is a well-regarded historical truism that the Fourth ...

Facing harsher justice

An Islamic State terrorist who helped create the horror of American Kayla Mueller's last months probably will be held accountable for her crimes, even though U.S. officials have announced they will not charge her in this country.They could have done so. Umm Sayyaf, the wife of an Islamic State ...

Voter suppression hides in the gray areas

The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the city government they want if only they voted in greater numbers. After all, they are a clear majority of the ...

Donald the whiner

Donald Trump is given to superlatives, so let's do him the honor of pronouncing him the most fabulous whiner in all of American politics.By Trump's own account, he's the baddest, smartest thing going, except if you ask him a challenging question, in which case he kicks and screams and demands ...

Fox debate: Unfair and unbalanced?

Twenty-four million people tuned in to watch the first primetime debate among 10 Republican presidential candidates. What were they expecting, a love-in?Some conservative critics dumped on Fox News with a vitriol usually reserved for liberal media.David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting ...

Continuation of policies is not needed

Vice President Joe Biden may know something the rest of us do not about investigations into Hillary Clinton's misbehavior while she was secretary of state. Knowledge he does share with many others is that Clinton is not enjoying the unconditional support she had hoped for as a candidate for ...

The GOP Right provided Trump’s warmup act

There's this great scene from "Law & Order" where Detective Briscoe shows a victim's picture to a prostitute. He asks whether she knew of anyone who had "dated" him."I didn't, but he's cute," she says."You've been at this too long, honey." Briscoe replies. "He's dead."The political ...

Taking down The Donald

If his Republican opponents will not take down Donald Trump, Fox News will not only show them how it is done. Fox News will do the job for them.That is the message that came out loud and clear from last Thursday's debate in Cleveland, which was viewed by the largest cable audience ever to watch ...

Trump, the counterfeit Republican

WASHINGTON - In every town large enough to have two traffic lights there is a bar at the back of which sits the local Donald Trump, nursing his fifth beer and innumerable delusions. Because the actual Donald Trump is wealthy, he can turn himself into an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar ...

Attempts becoming transparent

If it was not obvious previously that President Barack Obama's administration has been attempting to protect Democrat candidate for president Hillary Clinton, it became very clear last week.On Friday, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon gave the State Department deadlines - before most primary ...

Schumer’s fortitude under fire

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has been a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama on most matters. But even Schumer has a limit - whether Obama is endangering this nation and one of our strongest allies, Israel.Schumer revealed last week he will oppose Obama's proposed pact with Iran ...

Let’s get more teachers by cutting through red tape

North Dakota has a teaching shortage, and state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler thinks we can address it by slashing through some of the red tape surrounding the process by which one becomes a teacher.She has asked the state's teaching licensing officials to allow "community experts" to fill ...

Debatable ‘debate’

The so-called "debates," among too many Republicans to have a debate, are yet another painful sign of how much words and ideas have degenerated in our times.No one expects these televised sound bites and "gotcha" questions to be anything like the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates on the ...

Obama v. Bibi: Fight to the finish

In his desperation to sink the Iran nuclear deal, Bibi Netanyahu is taking a hellish gamble.Israel depends upon the United States for $3 billion a year in military aid and diplomatic cover in forums where she is often treated like a pariah state. Israel has also been the beneficiary of almost ...

Bombs the lesser of evils

No human being with an ounce of compassion in his or her soul would deny that what happened 70 years ago this week - the only hostile use of atomic bombs in history - was a horrible event. At least 129,000 people and as many as 246,000 perished when the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima, Aug. 6, ...

Missing Richard Nixon

John P. Sears, before he was manager of Ronald Reagan's 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns, had spent the years from 1965 through 1970 working as a top political aide to Richard M. Nixon. Sears, a bright and witty man who found Nixon both complicated and fascinating, spoke about accompanying ...