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The Republican Party Working To Repeal The 20th Century
The Republican Party's appeal, it has occasionally been argued in this space, stems largely from an implicit promise: Vote for us and we will repeal the 20th century. This was meant as truth wrapped in snarky hyperbole. But, as has become distressing
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De Blasio Is The Ferris Bueller Of Democratic Presidential Candidates
The most rational response to the news that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to be president is to ask, "Of what?" When informed that he wants to be president of the United States and not of, say, the local organic hemp co-op, perhaps the nex
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Immigration For The 'Best People'? For Trump Family, That's Relative
For a man who presents himself as a champion of ordinary people, President Donald Trump's new immigration plan sounds not just elitist but aggressively elitist. That's not all bad, of course. At first blush, the president's wish for an immigration po
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A Kill-shot On Roe V. Wade Will Unleash A Whirlwind
What would an America without Roe v. Wade look like? It's a prospect never considered by many women of the generation currently entering menopause. Women of childbearing age have never known the nation not to have legalized abortion. Believe me, we'r
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War's Unanswered Questions
"Over these last few years, given the wars it has waged and the international treaties it has arbitrarily reneged on, the U.S. government perfectly fits its own definition of a rogue state." -- Arundhati Roy You have the world's largest military; you
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My Sentimental Journey With Doris Day
It was Oscar Levant who uttered the famous line: "I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin." In a way it was a backhanded compliment to a woman who represented in most of her film roles an image of chastity and virtue that was once mostly promoted in
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Wanted: Leading Democrat Who's Not Running For President
And then there were 24. In the Middle Ages, it was the classic theological debate: How many angels could dance on the head of a pin? Today, in preparing for the first debates of the 2020 Democratic primary, June 26 and 27, the DNC faces a similar cha
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Mike Pence Was Right, Inadvertently
Mike Pence was right. At least, inadvertently, he was. In a commencement address Saturday at Liberty University, the Christian evangelical college in Virginia, the vice president warned graduates that they should expect to be "shunned or ridiculed fo
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Holding Barr In Contempt Is A Case Of Dirty Politics
Ever since Donald Trump came down that Trump Tower escalator to announce his candidacy for president, we've heard a great deal about the abuse of norms -- constitutional norms, democratic norms, norms of decency, all kinds of norms. For Trump support
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Alyssa Milano's #SexStrike Won't Work, But We Need To Talk About Abortion
Alyssa Milano's new call for a "sex strike" to protest anti-abortion laws may not have nearly as much success as her early push for the #MeToo movement did. But, I must admit, she has my attention. Fired up by Georgia's new "fetal heartbeat" law, whi
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Back To The Past With Joe Biden
Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part o
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People Are Dying For Nothing
"You don't have to be the hero." That, John Castillo told NBC News Wednesday, is something he had advised his 18-year-old son, Kendrick. If ever a shooter invades your school, son, don't try to confront him, don't take the risk. But Castillo said Ken
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Gun Violence Is Political, And Politics Must End It
Remarkably, the 5-year-old girl and the infant boy didn't make a sound. Not for 45 minutes while Kalissa Braga desperately tried to keep them hidden between the toilet and the sink of a small bathroom inside STEM School Highlands Ranch, in a suburb o
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Washington's Dirty Little Secret: No One Is Running The Show
One of the hardest lessons for young, idealistic and educated people to learn when they come to Washington -- and some never learn it -- is that nobody is running things. Sure, they know how to hold a press conference or write a law or conduct a stud
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What's Next: War With Venezuela?
Mix a little socialism in with the oil and war may be unavoidable. Thus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, talking about Venezuela: "The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent. Military action is possible. If that's what's required,
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A Solution To College Debt
Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007 in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law. College graduates would be forgiven their student loans if they pursued a career in
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If Democrats Crave Return To 'Normalcy,' Why Are Their Candidates So Radical?
In the 1920 presidential election, Warren Harding won in a landslide by promising a "Return to Normalcy." Today's Democrats would be wise to make that same pledge for 2020. They probably won't, however, which is why President Trump might get re-elect
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Some People Just Don't Matter Much
There are people who do not matter much. That's a painful truth, starkly at odds with our Jeffersonian creed and national mythology. But it is a truth, nevertheless, one frequently proven in actions if denied in words. In this country, by dint of rac
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What If President Trump Loses In 2020, But Doesn't Leave?
In a historic change of mind, President Donald Trump has found a reason to support reparations -- for President Donald Trump. The president retweeted this bright and, oh, yes, unconstitutional idea on Sunday after Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Libe
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Remembering The Pioneers
In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America's greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. It's called "The Pioneers" and the subtitle is it
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Teachers With Guns Only Makes Sense To Lawmakers Who Have Lost Their Minds
From the What-Could-Possibly-Go-Wrong? Department: A bill allowing Florida teachers to carry guns in public schools passed the Legislature last week and is expected to be signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Teachers will soon be able to volunteer as "armed
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'Dying Of Whiteness'
This is a column about saving whiteness. It's precipitated by an incident last Saturday at a bookstore in Washington. Seems that author Jonathan M. Metzl was giving a presentation when a group of white nationalists barged in. They formed a phalanx be
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Economic Nationalism Is Just Socialism On The Right
It has "invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing," the philosopher and economist Friedrich Hayek famously wrote. Hayek's larger point was that while conservatism plays an important role in pumping th
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Facebook Is Right To Boot Abusers Such As Farrakhan, Jones And Yiannopoulos
Facebook has permanently banned several hate-spewing firebrands, including Chicago-based Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, Infowars host Alex Jones and former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, for being extremist and "dangerous.
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Nonviolence Or Nonexistence
The day before he died, Martin Luther King said these words at a packed church in Memphis: "Men for years now have been talking about war and peace. Now no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence
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Signs Of The Times
It took a few days, but the New York Times finally got around to apologizing for publishing in its international edition a grossly anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a blind President Trump wearing a yarmulke and being led by a dog resembling Israeli Pri
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Bill Barr Sells His Soul To The Devil
What a difference five months makes. Until last December, when Donald Trump nominated him for attorney general, Bill Barr was one of Washington's most highly respected attorneys. A conservative Republican, for sure, but one who'd served with distinct
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The Man Of 10,000 Lies
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the referees." Admittedly, that is not quite how the famous line from Shakespeare's "Henry VI" goes. As you may recall, it was actually the lawyers whose demise was proposed. But though no one is known to have u
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In Gun Debate, Some Democrats Are Letting Politics Turn Too Personal
Even before Saturday's mass shooting at a California synagogue added a new mind-numbing tragedy to the gun safety debate, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have been showing a historically high level of agreement about what needs to be done
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Will NRA Become A Casualty Of The Culture War?
The National Rifle Association has big troubles. It's wildly in debt. The attorney general of New York -- where the NRA was founded in 1871 and where it remains incorporated -- is investigating the tax-exempt status of what she has called a "terroris
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