Editorials

In the South, grace and dignity after Charleston church shootings

"Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don't know us," the Rev. Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific ...

The mourning after

CHARLESTON, S.C. - By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.For ...

Where failure is rewarded

Federal bureaucrats' reaction to warnings something bad will happen without preventive action sometimes seems comparable to a man standing on railroad tracks, spotting an approaching locomotive, hearing the engineer's frantic blasts of the air horn ... and just standing there.When it was ...

The anti-science left

This year is the 10th anniversary of a book called "The Republican War on Science." I could just as easily write a book called "The Democratic War on Science."The conflict conservatives have with science is mostly caused by religion. Some religious conservatives reject evolution, and some ...

Here’s Jeb!

WASHINGTON - If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.Frankly, I've been covering Bushes for so long, I feel like I ought to be parachuting out of airplanes. In fact, the arc of my career parallels the so-called Bush Dynasty, ...

McDonald’s, the ‘progressive burger company’

WASHINGTON - In January, McDonald's, leaning against the winds of fashion, said kale would never replace lettuce on its burgers. In May, however, it said it will test kale in a breakfast meal (breakfast is about 25 percent of McDonald's sales). Kale might or might not cause construction workers ...

700 million convincing reasons

Members of Congress fed up with Barack Obama's imperial presidency finally have decided to use the one tool they have to compel his administration to at least cooperate with Congress. It is the power of the purse - the spending appropriations process Obama cannot overcome through his infamous ...

Every breath she takes

Fifteen years ago this week, my beautiful daughter Veronica entered the world. She didn't make a sound. As I stretched out my arms to hold her in the delivery room, furrow-browed doctors and nurses instead whisked her away. I shouted after them in panic:"Is she all right? Is she going to be ...

Why are we ignoring a cyber Pearl Harbor?

What if a team of Chinese agents had broken into the Pentagon or - less box office but just as bad - the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and carted out classified documents?The next day, the newspapers and morning TV shows would show pictures of the broken locks and rummaged filing ...

Is Third World America inevitable?

Thousands of U.S. troops safeguard the border of South Korea. U.S. warships patrol the South China Sea to stand witness to the territorial claims of Asian allies against China.U.S. troops move in and out of the Baltic States to signal our willingness to defend the frontiers of these tiny NATO ...

Jake Tapper vs. sputtering Bill Clinton

CNN's Jake Tapper kicked off his new hosting gig on the Sunday news show "State of the Union" featuring an interview with Bill Clinton, arranged through his Clinton Global Initiative. It's a big name, but a tough start for a serious journalist. With the exception of his infamous snorting, ...

Horrible breach of security

No wonder it took government officials so long to admit the gravity of a computer security breach a few weeks ago. It may be the most significant intelligence failure of all time.Though hackers gained access to personal information about hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of federal ...

China’s big hack attack

Upon hearing of the massive data breach of employee information from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) - allegedly by hackers working for the Chinese government - Kay Cole James, the former director of OPM under George W. Bush, told me she was "aghast," adding, "I can't think about the ...

Micro-totalitarianism

The political left has come up with a new buzzword: "micro-aggression."Professors at the University of California at Berkeley have been officially warned against saying such things as "America is the land of opportunity." Why? Because this is considered to be an act of "micro-aggression" ...

Culture and social pathology

A civilized society's first line of defense is not the law, police and courts but customs, traditions, rules of etiquette and moral values. These behavioral norms - mostly transmitted by example, word of mouth and religious teachings - represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through ...

Keep the meaning of our laws

A critical case involving the national health care law "probably shouldn't even have been taken up" by the Supreme Court, President Barack Obama said this week. Why, it is so obvious what Congress meant in Obamacare that justices should leave the flawed statute alone, he believes.No. A basic ...

What makes a heavy drinker?

There's been a significant rise in "heavy drinking" among Americans, according to a new study out of the University of Washington.But what do these researchers mean by "heavy drinking"? wine lovers must ask. For a woman, heavy drinking is defined as more than one glass of wine a day. For men, ...

Front-runner in name only

The last time Jeb Bush ran for office, it was 13 years ago. Barack Obama was serving in the Illinois state Senate. No one had heard of Obamacare or the tea party, and wouldn't for years. It was before the invasion of Iraq, before Hurricane Katrina, before the financial meltdown. We had just ...

Clinton deploys ‘They Hate You’ strategy

Hillary Clinton had one of the worst campaign rollouts in living memory. Her low-key (to the point of inaudibility) announcement video came in the midst of a months-long period of deeply damaging stories about her mania for secrecy (the private email server), which she indulged even at the ...

At the mercy of hackers

Lock your front door and a determined burglar will merely climb through a window. Lock it and he may just break the glass to enter. As homeowners know, it can be very difficult to keep thieves out.Now imagine a "house" with hundreds, perhaps thousands of doors and windows - some of which even ...