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Editorials

Feeling the Bern, Clinton wraps herself in Obama

The once-inevitable Hillary Clinton is feeling the Bern in Iowa and New Hampshire.It's gotten so that if President Obama were bath oil, Hillary would bathe in him.She'd cut a TV spot for the South Carolina Democratic primary, her face framed by soothing suds, announcing the Obama bath oil beads ...

The Republican race heats up while Hillary Clinton falters

The race for president is accelerating in high gear, or, rather, the races for president - in the Republican and Democratic parties, in the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and primaries and caucuses to come. How's it going? Let's look at these separate races.The Iowa Republican ...

Nightmares for many Americans and companies

Like shady used-car salespeople who need to meet quotas, federal officials in charge of the Obamacare program are far more concerned with numbers than quality care for customers. That attitude has created nightmares for many Americans and sometimes, their companies.Billing errors, missing ...

Can Congress get its swagger back?

According to the Constitution, the legislature is the first and most powerful branch of government. And yet, many believe - on the left and the right - that the institution has atrophied.By all accounts, House Speaker Paul Ryan is eager to change that. He has his work cut out for him.At the ...

Republicans Need Their Own Bernie Sanders in 2016

As the political landscape started to crystallize at the onset of the 2012 election, I wrote a column making a comparison to the election of 1860, when Abraham Lincoln was elected.My point then was that the common ground of these two elections was the fracturing of Americans' most basic sense ...

China’s flawed ascent

WASHINGTON - China produces an astonishing number of astonishing numbers, including this: In the 20th century, America made automobiles mass-consumption items, requiring prodigious road building. China, however, poured more concrete for roads and other construction between 2011 and 2013 than ...

Disagree with kicking the can again

Obviously, it would be better for all involved if Rep. Paul Ryan takes office as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives with the cleanest slate possible before him. Ryan, R-Wis., should not be burdened with unnecessary controversies and confrontations.But that does not mean House ...

Melissa Harris-Perry needs a trip to Hard Work U

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry is the cable TV pioneer who broke the tastelessness barrier for feminists by wearing tampons as earrings on air in 2013. This week, she made ignominious history again - as the race-baiting fool in an ivory tower bubble who believes the words "hard worker" are a slur ...

Fear

This Halloween, what do you fear?I fear fear itself because when we are afraid, we willingly give away our freedoms.Global warning? More power to the EPA!9/11? Vote 100 to 0 to create a TSA!Kids don't learn? Common Core!Crime up? Spend on police! (Or for leftists: increase welfare!)Immigrants? ...

Does Iran’s anti-Semitism run too deep for deterrence?

WASHINGTON - Yale historian Timothy Snyder is indebted to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who recently made Snyder's new book even more newsworthy than his extraordinary scholarship deserves to be. And Netanyahu is indebted to Snyder, whose theory of Hitler's anti-Semitism is germane ...

Why is no one held accountable?

Look under "accountability" in the dictionary and who knows whose pictures you may see? What will not accompany the text is a portrayal of a federal bureaucrat.Never ever does anything serious seem to happen to government officials who fail to do their jobs properly, waste massive amounts of ...

Who’s responsible?

Hillary Clinton told a mixed audience, "I mean, if we're honest, for a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear." Before we get into the nuts and bolts of that observation, I'd like to ask a question. Would ...

Hillary escapes again

A special House committee investigating the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans may have helped Hillary Clinton become president of the United States.The former secretary of state refused an invitation to ...

Is the pope toying with heresy?

Are Catholic truths immutable? Or can they change with the changing times?This is the deeper question behind the issues that convulsed the three-week synod on the family of the 250 Catholic bishops in Rome that ended Saturday.A year ago, German Cardinal Walter Kasper called on the church to ...

Hillary’s ‘victory lap’ of lies

To hear the media tell it, Hillary Clinton came to Capitol Hill as a bullfighter and easily killed the angry bulls of the House Benghazi committee. The "mainstream" media wondered why these crazy Republicans would "walk into the trap" of trying to scrutinize and question a media darling.She was ...

Adults the bottom line on safety

Youngsters decked out as everything from princesses to zombies will be ringing doorbells throughout the our area during the next few evenings, primed to yell "trick or treat" when someone opens the door. After collecting a dietician's nightmare of candy and other sweet goodies, they will go ...

Hillary: It’s the sexism, stupid

It was inevitable that Bernie Sanders would be accused of sexism sooner or later.His day came over the weekend. At the signature Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa, Hillary Clinton hit the Vermont senator for saying in the first Democratic debate that "all the shouting in the world" wouldn't keep ...

Why family structure is so important

It's been a good month for champions of the traditional family, but don't expect the family wars to be ending any time soon.In recent weeks, a barrage of new evidence has come to light demonstrating what was once common sense. "Family structure matters" (in the words of my American Enterprise ...

The political reality of fantasy sports

WASHINGTON - Americans have been betting on sports since the first time a Puritan pilgrim boasted that his horse was the fastest in Massachusetts Bay Colony and another said, "Wanna bet?" But fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly and government gotta fret about gambling on fantasy sports. Torrential ...

Separate wheat from chaff

The tried-and-failed liberal approach of throwing money at the nation's challenges has never worked - and never will. Still, President Barack Obama wants to continue doing just that, at the expense of higher taxes and continuing to increase the national debt.Conservatives in Congress are right ...