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Don’t expect social issues to dominate 2016 debate

In an earlier column, I looked at the role the abortion issue would play in the 2016 election – not very much, I concluded – … Full story    
Updated 23 hours ago

Promote peace with food

The U.S. military took part in a special mission during the holidays of 1953. It was called “Operation Reindeer.” CARE packages of food were delivered … Full story    
Updated 23 hours ago

CIA report was a travesty

The report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding CIA interrogation essentially accuses the agency under George W. Bush of war criminality. Committee Chair … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Consider source of the criticism

On election night in 1986, when John McCain won the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona long held by Republican incumbent and 1964 GOP presidential nominee … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Marsden: Is America headed for a Soviet-style collapse?

Hey, did you see U.S. President Barack Obama yukking it up on “The Colbert Report” this week, reminding Americans how much fun he’d be to … Full story    
Published:  December 13, 2014

Schultz: To despair is to surrender

This is how a Dec. 8 editorial of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board began: “For the next two months, we are turning off the … Full story    
Published:  December 13, 2014

Bush, Obama and the CIA

The Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, released a report Tuesday condemning the use of torture on detainees, claiming it entailed far more … Full story    
Published:  December 12, 2014

Democrats love the money that flows from Wall Street, too

In Washington’s coming budget battles, sacred cows like the tax deductions for home mortgage interest and charitable donations are likely to be on the table … Full story    
Published:  December 12, 2014

George Will: The plague of overcriminalization

By history’s frequently brutal dialectic, the good that we call progress often comes spasmodically, in lurches propelled by tragedies caused by callousness, folly or ignorance. … Full story    
Published:  December 11, 2014

Charen: A reply to Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh is a savvy guy who thinks Republican leaders are wrong to shun the idea of another government shutdown. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” … Full story    
Published:  December 10, 2014

2016 Nominees: Truly Unconventional

Since 1952, nearly every battle for an open Republican presidential nomination when there has been no Republican incumbent running for re-election has followed two dependable … Full story    
Published:  December 9, 2014

Are Americans turning into a post-materialistic society?

By FROMA HARROP

In 1916, Wanamaker’s department store in Philadelphia sponsored a children’s parade with heralds, a brass band, Jack the Giant Killer, clowns, girls as snowflakes, boys … Full story    
Published:  December 8, 2014

Krauthammer: The real civil war

Old habits die hard. The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail … Full story    
Published:  December 8, 2014

Ferguson represents failure on a systemic scale

The city of Ferguson, Mo., is now burned into our consciousness in a way that few other places are. In my youth, the race riots … Full story    
Published:  December 7, 2014

Understanding white privilege

What follows is for the benefit of one William James O’Reilly Jr. – “Bill” to his fans. Last summer, Mr. O’Reilly, a pundit for Fox … Full story    
Published:  December 6, 2014

Reforming spy machinery

There’s no doubt that we are now well into a time when wars are won and lost on intelligence efforts. In an era of budgetary … Full story    
Published:  December 5, 2014

Our in-migration issues

America is embroiled in an immigration debate that goes far beyond President Obama’s executive order on undocumented immigrants. It goes to the heart of who … Full story    
Published:  December 4, 2014