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Trump’s humiliating Obamacare loss could prove to be a watershed moment

Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for that. Before the American Health Care Act, aka “Ryancare,” was pulled off the House floor Friday, it enjoyed the support – of 17 percent of Americans. Had it ...

Time for more policy, less of Trump’s personality

In the aftermath of the debacle over the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump can learn a valuable lesson that will serve him well in the next battle over tax reform and other issues. The president was elected largely on the force of his strong personality and ...

The perils of Old Hickory

Upon taking office, President Donald Trump dusted off a portrait of Andrew Jackson and hung it above his desk in the Oval Office. He chose better than he knew. The most jaw-dropping furor of the early Trump administration – the Obama wiretapping allegation – was presaged in broad outline ...

Not much to show from America’s poverty war

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $1.4 billion of New York’s resources to solve the persistent problem of poverty in central Brooklyn. If he wins legislative approval, Cuomo, a Democrat, intends to spend the money on affordable housing, job training, anti-violence programs, recreational space, ...

Our liberty is not for wimps

Most Americans, whether liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican, do not show much understanding or respect for the principles of personal liberty. We criticize our political leaders, but we must recognize that their behavior simply reflects the values of people who elected them to ...

Can mankind survive the onslaught of the robots?

It’s often by listening for the vibrations in the muck that one can pick up on the big moral conflicts looming ahead. And this one’s a doozy, involving nothing less than the next industrial revolution. Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai last month, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon ...

When Congress created a monster in Washington

Those of us who believe that the Constitution means what it says have been arguing since the late 1970s that congressional efforts to strengthen national security by weakening personal liberty are unconstitutional, un-American and ineffective. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which ...

What comes next for us?

International Women’s Day is a once-a-year acknowledgment of what women do every day of the year, which is to keep the world afloat with our labor – paid and unpaid. March 8 fell on a Wednesday this year. Here in the U.S., some of the organizers of January’s Women’s March encouraged ...

Killing Big Bird not so bad

Next week, Donald Trump releases his new budget. It’s expected to cut spending on things like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Good! Government has no business funding art. When politicians decide which ...

The Battle of Middlebury College

At Middlebury College last week, Charles Murray needed a safe space – literally. In a significant escalation of the campus speech wars, protesters hooted down the conservative scholar in a lecture hall and then roughed up a Middlebury faculty member escorting him to a car. The Middlebury ...

The Beltway Conspiracy to break President Trump

At Mar-a-Lago this weekend President Donald Trump was filled “with fury” says The Washington Post, “mad – steaming, raging, mad.” Early Saturday the fuming president exploded with this tweet: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before ...

Trump’s ongoing demolition derby with the press

The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump's insults lying down. After what may be the strongest - and to his supporters - most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: "Newspapers Aim to Ride 'Trump ...

The White House bubble

Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail. The White House may be in chaos; Congress may be struggling to deliver on a promised rewrite of Obamacare; our NATO allies may be wondering whether they can still count on the U.S. to defend them; the Russians may be so emboldened they've parked a ...

Where in the world are all the liberal Democrats?

What happened to liberal Democrats, and their concerns about civil liberties and government surveillance of American citizens? Liberals once hated the CIA. And they loved the Russians. Yeah, you can look it up. And their liberal friends in liberal Hollywood made movie after movie about the ...

Is the left playing with fire?

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it is starting to look like “deja vu all over again.” And as Adlai Stevenson, Bobby Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey did then, Democrats today like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are ...

New direction is needed with public schools system

American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The New York Times ...

The problem we all live with

Ruby Bridges was 6 years old when federal marshals escorted her through a screaming crowd of angry white adults so that she could be the first black child to attend an all-white school in the South. On the morning of Nov. 14, 1960, the marshals drove Ruby and her mother to her new school, ...

We’re three weeks in and the countdown continues

Good news: In two years, we'll have a new president. Bad news: If we make it that long. My "good" prediction is based on the Law of the Pendulum. Enough Americans, including most independent voters, will be so ready to shed Donald Trump and his little shop of horrors that ...

When minorities are pawns

Ordinary black people cannot afford to go along with the liberal agenda that calls for undermining police authority. That agenda makes for more black crime victims. Let's look at what works and what doesn't work. In 1990, New York City adopted the practice in which its police officers might ...

Trump doesn’t take kindly to limits on his power

As President Trump is faced with unconstitutionally defying the rulings of the federal judiciary that has blocked his temporary immigration ban, he is being educated on the realities of the rule of law in our American democracy. The three members of the Ninth Circuit Court panel who rejected ...