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  • If Jeb Bush fears 'mudfight,' he's not ready for 2016

    Does Jeb Bush sound like a man who wants to run for president? In an extended interview with Fox News' Shannon Bream, the former Florida governor gave the impression of someone who would like to be president but has been out of the game for a while and isn't particularly eager to jump in the...

  • Republican leaders should be consistent on 'Imperial Presidency'

    “ ‘Imperial Presidency' Becomes a Rallying Cry for Republicans,” the New York Times headline blared in a story in the April 1 print edition. But the Grey Lady wasn't fooling: it's the GOP's “unified anthem” for 2014, reflecting “conservative philosophy about the appropriate role of...

  • Time for a national commission to reduce the size of government

    The Fiscal Times reported last week that the State Department has missing files or incomplete files for more than $6 billion in State Department contracts.

  • Leftist thought gangsters strike again in Mozilla CEO firing

    Let me see whether I have this right. Brendan Eich was forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla because it became public that he opposed same-sex marriage, the same position that President Obama, darling of the LGBT community, held prior to his phony conversion. Why didn't the left demand that...

  • Press gets it wrong again on Fort Hood mass shooting

    In the aftermath of the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo.; Newtown, Conn.; Tucson, Ariz.; Virginia Tech; the Washington Navy Yard; and sadly, other locales, conventional wisdom held that the epidemic of mass shootings was a problem of gun control.

  • Lifting the lid on campaign contributions

    The Supreme Court decision killing limits on total donations to political candidates means billionaires will be running amok. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson can lay out astronomical sums to help Republicans. Oilmen Charles and David Koch can see him and raise him. Former New York Mayor Michael...

  • Evil leaders like Adolf Hitler don't reach positions of power without help

    "Engineering Evil" is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It's a story of Nazi Germany's murder campaign before and during World War II. According to some estimates, 16 million Jews and other people died at the hands of Nazis.

  • Charles Koch fights back with Big Government critique

    Is it too farfetched to connect the dots between a brilliant Wall Street Journal op-ed by Charles Koch, the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, and the continued sluggish recovery in jobs, business investment and the overall economy? I don't think so. In his piece, Koch seems to make a plea...

  • Lab tests pet DNA to help solve crimes

    As far as crime laboratories go, it is not very impressive-looking. And it is not very big, with a permanent staff of just three forensic scientists and a few interns. But the work product that comes out of the Veterinarian Forensic Lab at the University of California, Davis is important, and it...

  • Five of the Obama Doctrine's stealth foreign policy failures

    On a Moscow train platform, two men smoke and swap rumors in the frozen evening air. “I hear they've raised the Russian flag in Donetsk?” one says. “I hear Crimea, too.” So reports freelance journalist Noah Sneider in Slate. As Russian troops hoisted their flag over Crimea,...

  • Two interviews, big contrasts: Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton

    Two interviews this week with two potential GOP candidates for president in 2016. Two very different reactions from Beltway media, and those differences tell us much about the GOP problems and opportunities ahead, especially when combined with the reaction to New York Times' columnist Thomas...

  • Ukrainians, and Americans, are the children of history

    If you've been following events in Ukraine closely, you may have seen maps, available at electoralgeography.com, showing how the ethnic Russian areas voted heavily for one candidate and the ethnic Ukrainian areas for another. However, as the eminent historians of Eastern Europe Timothy Snyder...

  • Lifting campaign spending limits helps democracy

    The Supreme Court's decision last week in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, eliminating the total limit that an individual can contribute in an election cycle to candidates and party committees, amounts to a shot of adrenalin to American democracy.

  • Lobbyist bundlers, not rich donors, soil political money

    Rich people can now donate more money politicians, thanks to the First Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court. The court’s ruling in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission won’t change politics much. But it ought to spur Congress to clean up our cluttered and counterproductive campaign...

  • Untangling Common Core groups from lobbyists is impossible

    Attention, class: A Common Core mouthpiece wants to rap my knuckles with his Gates Foundation-funded ruler. In response to my column two weeks ago about the marketing overlords pushing the Fed Ed racket, Chad Colby of Achieve Inc. demanded corrections. Let's go to school. "I wanted to take a...



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