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Editorials

North Dakota loves boards, councils and commissions

According to the Boston Globe, Massachusetts is beset with an excess number of unnecessary state boards and legislators are considering creating a sunset advisory board to abolish boards that have outlived their usefulness.Harboring over 100 boards, commissions and committees, many North ...

A closetful of Hillary Clinton’s immigration costumes

When it comes to immigration policy, Hillary Clinton's had more career costume changes than her new BFF Katy Perry.This week, Clinton donned her militant, pro-illegal immigration mask and vowed to out-executive amnesty her old pals at the White House. "I will go as far as I can, even beyond ...

Government spending too high

The government needs more of our money, liberal politicians insist.Really? During the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Americans paid 6 percent more income and Social Security taxes than during the previous 12 months.Corporations dodge their obligations, the tax-and-spend crowd assures us. ...

Mad dads making the lawyers move

The proponents of family law reform in North Dakota are having an impact. After ballot measure efforts in 2006 and 2014 aimed at changing divorce and custody laws managed to get around 40 percent of the vote, the state's lawyers are taking action to get ahead of the curve.A task force created ...

About a boy

"It's about what these women will let guys get away with." You may not expect to hear commentary like that at your garden-variety think tank panel discussion, but it got pretty lively at the American Enterprise Institute discussion on the topic "Do Healthy Families Affect the Wealth of ...

America in search of a cause?

"If the Cold War is over, what's the point of being an American?" said Rabbit Angstrom, the protagonist of the John Updike novels.A haunting remark, since, for 40 years, America was largely united on the proposition that our survival depended upon our victory over communism in the Cold War.We ...

Prepare for nuclear arms race

Leaders in several Middle Eastern countries have seen the handwriting all the wall regarding U.S. acquiescence in a "deal" over Iran's nuclear weapons program. Clearly, they recognize, it will mean atomic warheads on Iranian missiles within just a few years.Some are not waiting to be subjected ...

Rupert Murdoch’s Houses of Horror

When James Carville rants that Rep. Trey Gowdy is a super-villain spawned by Rupert Murdoch, conservatives could reply by noting that Murdoch has much less of a financial connection to Gowdy than he does to gay leftist TV producer Ryan Murphy, who had one hit with "Glee" and an ugly garbage ...

Doctors agree: Obama’s electronic medical records mandate fails!

Hey, who's up for a stiff dose of "See, I told you so?"For the past several years, medical professionals have warned that the federal electronic medical records mandate - buried in the trillion-dollar Obama stimulus of 2009 - would do more harm than good. Their diagnosis, unfortunately, is on ...

Candidates should choose their judicial muse

WASHINGTON - A supremely important presidential issue is being generally neglected because Democrats have nothing interesting to say about it and Republicans differ among themselves about it. Four Supreme Court justices are into the fourth quarters of their potential centuries - Stephen Breyer ...

Not the right kind of trust

President Barack Obama and champions of his nuclear weapons "deal" with Iran continue to insist, in effect, that if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it isn't necessarily a duck.Despite ongoing evidence Iran is engaged in an all-out military hardware buildup, the ...

Doing for yourself

A recent New York Times headline read, "Raising Taxes on the Wealthiest Would Pay for Bold Plans." The story says that by soaking the rich "the government could raise large amounts of revenue ... while still allowing them to take home a majority of their income."Nowhere in the story, nor in the ...

Forced silence

In a democracy, citizens must be able to criticize their leaders. It's a reason America's founders put free speech in the Bill of Rights. I assumed that right is safe in the United States. So I was shocked to learn what happened in Wisconsin.Before dawn, Deborah Jordahl was awakened by the ...

Fix the criminal justice system

WASHINGTON - The Republican Party, like Sisyphus, is again putting its shoulder to a boulder, hoping to make modest but significant changes in the Electoral College arithmetic by winning perhaps 12 percent of the African- American vote. To this end, they need to hone a rhetoric of skepticism ...

Examine any plan on North Korea

U.S. officials are eager to conclude an Iran-style deal to prompt North Korea to scrap its nuclear arsenal, President Barack Obama said last Friday. He added, however, that Pyongyang would have to "be prepared to have a serious conversation," including ways of verifying compliance.That is ...

Hollywood can’t handle the truth

There are many things that real people do to become the subject of sympathetic movies. Make a flawless emergency landing in the Hudson River with a disabled passenger jet full of passengers. Survive a devastating storm atop Mount Everest. Become the most lethal sniper in the history of the U.S. ...

Liberal and Progressive vision

Here's my question to you: If an evil person is guaranteed that he can inflict physical pain upon others and guaranteed to never suffer pain himself, what happens to his willingness to inflict pain? You say, "What do you mean, Williams?" OK, I will make my question more concrete. Suppose a ...

Questions for Hillary Clinton

At long last, Hillary Clinton testifies on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and her emails as secretary of state. Here are some suggested questions. Although these suggestions are based on the public record, we need to assume that the members of the House Benghazi Committee have ...

A simple Nobel to understand

For most of us, the work Nobel Prize winners do in fields such as science and economics is impenetrable. They write about exotic reactions among various chemicals, models to predict how economies will react to certain stimuli, etc.But Frenchman Jean Tirole's Nobel Prize in economics is easy to ...

Benghazi and ‘Untrustable’ Hillary

Kevin McCarthy was factually right - if grammatically and politically wrong - when he told Sean Hannity that the House's Benghazi committee demonstrated Hillary Clinton was "untrustable." The Clinton-pleasers in the media like NBC's Andrea Mitchell almost glowed as they proclaimed McCarthy had ...