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Chris Christie channels man who set own hair on fire

History, just by what it selects to remember, can indeed be cruel. Consider, for example, Republican Ralph Perk, who, during the 1970s in heavily Democratic … Full story    
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Jeb defends Iraq War on basis of regime change

Jeb Bush’s recent effort at damage control by reversing his statement on the Iraq War isn’t likely to get him out of the woods. First … Full story    
Updated yesterday

What if we didn’t have a Constitution?

What if we didn’t have a Constitution? What if the government were elected by custom and tradition, but not by law? What if election procedures … Full story    
Published:  May 24, 2015

Krauthammer: It if’s hypotheticals you want, try this one

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, … Full story    
Published:  May 24, 2015

Withering death penalty

Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away. It is difficult to imagine … Full story    
Published:  May 23, 2015

Harrop: Who are these outlaw bikers?

By FROMA HARROP

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas – a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing … Full story    
Published:  May 22, 2015

Donations raise credibility issues for journalists

By JULES WITCOVER

While much of the political community frets over the influence of billionaire money in presidential campaigns, the much smaller world of journalism occasionally worries over … Full story    
Published:  May 21, 2015

Democrats get a taste of Obama’s arrogance

These are not good times for the Republic (and if you laughed or scratched your head at me calling America a republic, I rest my … Full story    
Published:  May 19, 2015

GoFundMe worse than Obamacare

Luis Lang would like you to send him some money. He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. Lang, who … Full story    
Published:  May 19, 2015

Save Obama (on trade)

That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions – provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The … Full story    
Published:  May 18, 2015

William Zinsser believed in your story, too

By CONNIE SCHULTZ

If you’re one of the millions of readers who cherish William Zinsser’s book “On Writing Well,” then you may feel this week that you’ve lost … Full story    
Published:  May 16, 2015

Defining religion downward

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians – inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican … Full story    
Published:  May 16, 2015

Marsden: Kerry playing dumb on your dime

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Sochi, Russia, this week, apparently to play dumb with the Russians on the taxpayer’s dime. In advance … Full story    
Published:  May 15, 2015

Nice nails and cheap labor

Manicures and pedicures aren’t usually news or fodder for commentary, but a blockbuster report in The New York Times has made them a compelling issue. … Full story    
Published:  May 14, 2015

Online dignity: Give it up

By FROMA HARROP

Three female professors at Eastern Michigan University were shocked to learn that some young scholars in their lecture hall had been on their cellphones attacking … Full story    
Published:  May 13, 2015

Krauthammer: Caging beautiful creatures

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

We often wonder how people of the past, including the most revered and refined, could have universally engaged in conduct now considered unconscionable. Such as … Full story    
Published:  May 11, 2015

One question unnerves Democrats

Hillary Clinton, according to the reliable Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released earlier this month, defines the 2016 presidential race. A plurality of voters now … Full story    
Published:  May 11, 2015