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If we go to war with ISIS

We appear to be moving ever closer toward a world war against the Islamic State. No sane person welcomes war. Yet if we do go … Full story    
Updated 13 hours ago

Holding Trump accountable

A lot of Americans grow up believing that politics has no place at the dinner table. If a relative or friend attempts to bring up … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Are Republicans, Democrats determined to change places?

Since 1952, there have been 10 national elections in which there was no incumbent Republican president seeking a second White House term. In nine of … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Cry havoc and follow that with milk and cookies

It would be easy to call protesting college students crybabies and brats for pitching hissy fits over hurt feelings, but this likely would lead to … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Freedom is a two-way street

Recent events at the University of Missouri, Yale University and some other colleges demonstrate an ongoing ignorance and/or contempt for the principles of free speech. … Full story    
Published:  November 26, 2015

Are you happy, and how would you know?

Like many others, I can't resist academic studies on happiness. They often come up with persuasive reasons some seem to be happier than others. I'm … Full story    
Published:  November 26, 2015

Crazy is as crazy does

One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next? The pace and threat of terror seem to have picked … Full story    
Published:  November 25, 2015

Which party will emerge from its gathering storm?

Each of our two political parties, ancient by world standards, seems to be facing a gathering storm. Part of the gathering storm for Republicans is … Full story    
Published:  November 25, 2015

Freedom of speech includes talking about our pets

"Never has American freedom of speech been attacked so flagrantly, promiscuously and on so many fronts. The most egregious examples come from campuses and Congress. … Full story    
Published:  November 24, 2015

The president gets angry 

Three days after the Islamic State terrorist attacks in Paris, Americans were primed to hear their president express heartfelt anger, which he did in his … Full story    
Published:  November 23, 2015

Paris attacks, health care losses will go beyond 2015

Two items in the news this week highlighted a reality that politicians hate to admit. While they pretend to lead the nation, they are not … Full story    
Published:  November 22, 2015

And what about this notion of a universal set of Judeo-Christian values?

This is Republican Gov. John Kasich explaining in March why he expanded coverage for Ohio's Medicaid recipients: "The conservative movement - a big chunk of … Full story    
Published:  November 21, 2015

Refusing to sacrifice security for the sake of humanitarianism

I'm getting tired of living in a guerrilla terrorist war zone and having friends ask me if I'm all right. If you think that I'm … Full story    
Published:  November 21, 2015

Fear and loathing in America

We shouldn't be surprised that many Americans fear the fresh arrival of Syrian refugees in the wake of last week's Paris slaughter by jihadists, including … Full story    
Published:  November 20, 2015

Paris attacks demand answers, lay bare candidates’ inexperience 

The major terrorist attacks on Paris have cast a particularly dark shadow over the next American presidential campaign. Both parties suddenly find foreign policy crowding … Full story    
Published:  November 20, 2015

Many conservatives, Reich found out, agree with him

I've just returned from three weeks in "red" America. It was ostensibly a book tour, but I wanted to talk with conservative Republicans and tea … Full story    
Published:  November 16, 2015

Immigration ruling keeps president in confines of Constitution

Earlier this week, a federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld an injunction issued by a federal district court in Texas against the federal government, … Full story    
Published:  November 15, 2015