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Appeasing dictators not a problem

It may not be too early for President Obama to start job-hunting given his lame duck status, and I have a suggestion for the perfect fit. He should look into a job at Sony Pictures. The president and the company are on the same page when it comes to appeasing dictators.This week the president ...

Price of raising political money high

Mark A. Hanna was a wealthy Cleveland businessman who shrewdly laid out the winning strategy and personally, out of pocket, paid all the costs required to secure the 1896 Republican presidential nomination for his fellow Ohioan William McKinley. Sometime after McKinley's election and ...

Jeb and Hillary: Is it the start of dynastic politics in America?

Earlier this week, Jeb Bush announced he was setting up a political committee to explore a presidential candidacy.Hillary Clinton has been exploring a presidential candidacy for months and perhaps years. Polls show Clinton with a wide lead for the Democratic nomination and Bush as a leading ...

Chris Christie vetoed ban on type of animal torture

As the weather turns colder in this month of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice, our hearts grow warmer and our thoughts turn to kindness and goodwill toward all.Unless, of course, you're Chris Christie.The governor of New Jersey is a mighty big man, both politically and ...

On torture, Obama leaves dispute rooted in past

WASHINGTON - Upon release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the George W. Bush administration's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on captured al-Qaida suspects, two prominent American figures stoutly defended the practice - former Vice President Dick Cheney and current CIA ...

Cold War replay: Only this time we lose conflict

Has there ever been a president more eager to make concessions to vicious regimes than Barack Obama? The opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba is the latest and, one fears, not the last in a string of preemptive concessions.Obama, with his blend of hard-left prejudices and vaulting ...

Mona Charen

Rates of auto theft in Detroit are dropping. That's good news for residents and businesses in a city with the highest auto insurance rates in the country.If auto thefts were the only determinant of auto insurance rates, premiums for Detroit residents would decrease substantially based on the ...

Keep talking, Andrew Hawkins

Last Sunday, before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland wide receiver Andrew Hawkins walked out on the pregame field wearing a T-shirt to challenge our nation's conscience.The front of his shirt read, "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford III." On the ...

Fracking may harm public health

What do public health advocates like me tell people all the time? Get tested. Use protection.In practice, that means we're always explaining how everything from cancer screenings to immunizations to bike helmets can save lives.The same logic ought to apply to natural gas drilling. Take what's ...

Talk about a California wildfire

WASHINGTON - First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie.Call it "Moonlight Fire," and prepare to suspend disbelief.The story is a doozy - a tale of corruption, prosecutorial abuse, alleged fraud upon the court, and possible government ...

Left’s lawless shock troops on display

Anti-police protesters have found their enemy, and it is commuters and shoppers.The protest movement that has sprung up in the wake of grand-jury decisions not to indict police officers in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases is the anti-police version of Occupy Wall Street. It represents ...

Is national government the nation?

INDIANAPOLIS - If success at the state level were enough to recommend someone for president of the United States, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana would be among the frontrunners for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.According to the governor's office, Pence has "signed into law $643 million in ...

An overdue fix to overtime laws needed

There are a lot of ways that businesses are squeezing worker pay. Here's a big one.On the one hand, millions of Americans are stuck in low-paying part-time jobs that don't offer them enough hours.On the other, millions more are now routinely forced to work over 40 hours a week without getting a ...

‘Tis season for mindless consumerism

I love giving gifts when they're from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they're things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation.Here's a story that illustrates what I mean. Back in college, a friend of mine approached me and said, "I just want to give you a heads up, ...

Should profiling be banned?

Last week, the Obama administration announced new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement. Before deciding whether this is good or bad policy, we might try to develop a description/definition of racial profiling or any other kind of profiling.A good definition of profiling in ...

Did you vote what you drink?

Did you know that Democrats drink more than Republicans? Or that they are likelier to choose clear liquors, whereas Republicans tend toward the darker ones? That voters who skew most Republican favor Jim Beam? That those who skew most Democratic go for Seagram's gin?I didn't. And frankly, I'd ...

To despair is to surrender

This is how a Dec. 8 editorial of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board began:"For the next two months, we are turning off the comment function on all editorials, columns and letters in the opinion section."Why?"Ferguson."Isn't it something how we know immediately what the writer meant? ...

For retail workers, time is money

In late November, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a Retail Workers' Bill of Rights - the first law of its kind in the nation.The focus of the new law might surprise you. A bill of rights for workers is probably about wages, right?Think again. This new law is about fair ...

Feminism must see right course

WASHINGTON - It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope. Hold it, sirs, don't stop reading yet. I realize that seeing the F-word in the first paragraph is like discovering that your bride is wearing pantyhose, but bear with me.This ...

America drilling way to prosperity

The old Republican rallying cry "drill, baby, drill" was supposed to be simplistic sloganeering masquerading as policy.It turns out that it represented transformative wisdom. The fall in the price of oil - about 40 percent in the past several months, down to less than $70 a barrel - is largely ...