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National columns


This nation can learn a lot about faith from Jimmy Carter

"To want what I have, to take what I'm given with grace ... for this, I pray." - From "For My Wedding," by Don Henley … Full story    
Updated 12 hours ago

Unsung trait of train heroes

When a heavily armed man emerged from the bathroom of a European train and began what was clearly intended as a massacre of innocent, unsuspecting … Full story    
Updated 12 hours ago

Our improvisational heroes

Every country has its heroes, but something in America's cultural sauce makes for a unique and unusually effective variety. The ingredient would be improvisation - … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Enough with the China envy

A funny thing happened on the way to China's inevitable global dominance - the country's economic tumult rocked markets around the world. China long ago … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Taxi drivers and the struggle for economic liberty

Here's my taxi question. If a person is law-abiding, has a driver's license, has a car or van that has passed safety inspection, and has … Full story    
Published:  August 25, 2015

The climate-change threat

There can be no more debate. There can be no more hesitation. Our country must combat the climate change crisis head on - because the … Full story    
Published:  August 25, 2015

Donald Trump’s half-serious, half-fantasy immigration plan

Donald Trump's six-page platform on immigration may not be, as Ann Coulter wrote, "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta." But given the issue's … Full story    
Published:  August 24, 2015

GOP should be wary on birthright

It has come to this: The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by … Full story    
Published:  August 24, 2015

Immigration and the GOP political swamp

"This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement." - Donald Trump, on immigration, Republican debate, … Full story    
Published:  August 23, 2015

Three words of moral cowardice that serve to obscure

This is a column about three words of moral cowardice: "All lives matter." Those words have risen as a kind of counter to "Black lives … Full story    
Published:  August 22, 2015

Peter Schramm’s America

Peter Schramm has died. I knew it was coming. He'd been struggling with cancer. But it felt particularly poignant given that I was in Europe, … Full story    
Published:  August 22, 2015

Family-friendly hypocrisy

The hypocrisy of the new 'family-friendly' workplace. Netflix just announced it's offering paid leave for new mothers and fathers for the first year after the … Full story    
Published:  August 21, 2015

The long game in Iran is diplomatic, economic influence

In the wake of the Iranian nuclear agreement, Gen. Mohammad Reza Naghdi, a commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, expressed concern that the United States would … Full story    
Published:  August 20, 2015

Encrusted with subsidies

You probably never knew of the federal funding of museums commemorating America's long-gone whaling industry. The funding existed for 10 years, until 2011, because almost … Full story    
Published:  August 17, 2015

Handicapping the  ’16 presidential field

Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events - the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton's private email server and a raucous, roiling … Full story    
Published:  August 16, 2015

A few thoughts as we near the back-to-school season

It's the onset of fall and that means, as it does every year, that school is about to start. This is a process we take … Full story    
Published:  August 15, 2015

Where suppression hides

The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up … Full story    
Published:  August 15, 2015