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National Columnists

Don’t smile for the camera

A trial in Great Britain has just concluded with potentially dangerous implications for personal freedom here. Great Britain is currently the most watched country in the Western world -- watched, that is, by its own police forces. In London alone, the police have erected more than 420,000 ...

Good news

I rarely watch cable news anymore. It's all hysteria, all the time. CNN: "We are destroying the planet." MSNBC: "The middle class is disappearing!" President Donald Trump says drug trafficking "is worse than ever!" I'm glad my favorite magazine, Reason, cuts through the gloom ...

Facebook incites violent war on ICE

Abolish ICE thugs in Colorado want to see the homes and families of immigration enforcement officials set aflame. Denver communists want alien detention facility employees dead, swinging from nooses with broken necks. Both groups are brazenly using Facebook to spread their inflammatory and ...

Non-debate ‘debates’

By definition, what 14 million viewers watched on TV last Thursday night was not a debate — not even close. Here's how dictionary.com defines "debate": "A discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints ... a formal contest in which the affirmative and ...

Racist exam questions?

The U.S. Department of Justice has recently sued the Baltimore County government alleging that its written test for police officer recruits was unfairly biased against black applicants. It turns out that black applicants failed the written test at a rate much greater than white applicants. That ...

Hong Kong is a ‘hair’s breadth from destruction’

Physically diminutive, intellectually acerbic and with an eye for the ironic, Margaret Ng -- lawyer, writer and former legislator -- is, at 71, a member of the generation for which this city's youthful protesters have scant patience. They say the elders have been too patient about Hong Kong's ...

Pope calls out foreign aid farce

Year after year, Congress votes to spend tens of billions of dollars on foreign aid. It's money down a rat hole. Congress should take a page from Pope Francis. On Friday, Pope Francis blamed foreign aid for corruption and destitution in Mozambique, a sub-Saharan country where he was ...

Online baby pics do not always amuse

My Facebook feed often carries pictures of children whom I don't know and, in the case of sonograms, who aren't even born yet. They are strangers to me, albeit cute strangers. If I'm very close to the sender, I'll respond in a private message, "That's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen," ...

A theory on why Trump’s GOP approval rating (the real one) is so high

Early Monday morning, Donald Trump tweeted: "94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, a record. Thank you!" Where the president got this specific number remains a mystery. Recent polls by YouGov put his GOP approval roughly 10 points lower, and Gallup, which has tracked Trump's popularity ...

Better schools

With most services, you get to shop around, but rarely can you do that with government-run schools. Philadelphia mom Elaine Wells was upset to learn that there were fights every day in the school her son attended. So she walked him over to another school. "We went to go enroll and we ...

7 Dem debate questions Jorge Ramos won’t ask

These are the rules of the militant open borders media: If you are a self-declared Donald Trump-hating "activist journalist" who works for an ethnic separatist TV network that unapologetically elevates illegal immigrants over American citizens, you get to be a "moderator" at the next ...

Academic stupidity and brainwashing

Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their "labor" rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that ...

Dealing with the Taliban devil

President Trump was right to cancel a "secret" meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in heavily fortified Kabul. The president is eager to ...

Walmart’s ‘woke’ capitalism

Walmart — the world's largest retailer — has announced it's taking a side in the gun debate. The company will no longer sell handgun ammunition at its stores, nor will it sell rifle rounds that can be "also used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons." Then, Doug McMillon, ...

Prescription for danger: Risky Chinese meds

When you pick up your prescription at the pharmacy, it isn't labeled "made in China," but odds are that's where many of your medications come from. President Donald Trump is calling on U.S. industries to manufacture here at home instead of outsourcing to China. Drug companies should be the ...

White liberals have moved to the left of black voters

"No Democrat is going to win the nomination for president of the United States without African American support. Nor should they," Kate Bedingfield, Joe Biden's deputy campaign manager, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell last week. Bedingfield was pushing back on a single bad poll for Biden (from ...

Senate Democrats’ unprecedented threat against the Supreme Court

In 2017, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., accused President Trump of showing "a disdain for an independent judiciary that doesn't always bend to his wishes" after Trump criticized a federal judge who ruled against his administration. Senate Democrats, by contrast, have launched ...

Recovering from labor

On Labor Day, did you celebrate workers? More likely, you made it a day of rest. Fine. It's good to have a choice. I didn't have a choice about joining a union when I was hired by CBS and then ABC. They told me that if I wanted to work, I had to pay dues to AFTRA (the American Federation ...

Stop mental health data mining of our kids

No, no, no. Hell, no! That's my response to the latest trial balloon floated by the White House to join with Silicon Valley on a creepy program monitoring Americans' "neurobehavioral signs" to (purportedly) prevent gun violence. President Donald Trump's old friend, former NBC head Bob ...

Criminologists mislead us

John Paul Wright, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Matthew DeLisi professor at Iowa State University have penned a powerful article titled "What Criminologists Don't Say, and Why," in City Journal, Summer 2017. There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that bias ...