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Playtime over for Obamacare foes

Friends of Obamacare, horrified that the Supreme Court has taken a case that could blow up the federal health insurance exchanges, should recalibrate their dread. While the health reforms were safely humming along, there was little political price for demanding their demise. Thanks to the ...

Media cowards and cartoon jihad

I have never laughed so bitterly as I did while reading Thursday's lead editorial by the great pretender-defenders of free speech at The New York Times.Paying obligatory lip service to the 10 cartoonists and staffers of the Paris satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo who were slaughtered for offending ...

Terror strikes at free speech’s heart

This terrible thing happened. Three hooded men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles seized a magazine newsroom in Paris and murdered many of the journalists meeting there.At least 12 people are dead; at least 11 others are injured. A detail I can't shake: One of the gunmen reportedly began the ...

Al Sharpton on magical mystery tour

During the Christmas season, the national media hoped to once again dip the entire Republican Party in the mire of David Duke and other racists, to spread that taint across the political landscape. Republicans fought back with Obama's long association with his racist Reverend Jeremiah Wright, ...

Sharpton often does little good

WASHINGTON - Recent events from Ferguson, Missouri, to Staten Island, New York, might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.One might also conclude that America has a hearty appetite for ...

When Obamacare came to Harvard

Obamacare has come to Harvard and the faculty is in a state of shock and dismay.In what has to be considered an early contender for the most hilarious and enjoyable news story of the year, The New York Times recounts the tumult over Obamacare in Cambridge."For years," the Times writes, ...

Torture doesn’t save lives, it costs them

Thanks to the Senate's report on CIA torture, Americans should now realize that there was nothing "enhanced" about the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."These tactics were more than just cruel and degrading - they were also harmful. Far from providing ...

Cuomo record vs. rhetoric

How precious in the sight of progressives was one of their saints, Mario Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who died last week at age 82. He was a model of progressivism and a gifted rhetorician.In most media accounts, references were made to two speeches Cuomo delivered in 1984, one at ...

Liberal’s use of black people, part II

Last week's column focused on the ways liberals use blacks in pursuit of their leftist agenda, plus their demeaning attitudes toward black people. Most demeaning are their double standards.It was recently reported that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House majority whip, spoke at a 2002 ...

Port strike mirrors organized labor’s roots

Port truckers in California walked off the job in November to protest their dismal working conditions. Required to lease trucks while paying insurance and maintenance costs, drivers often earn less than minimum wage.The strike came just days after big box retailers, manufacturers, and other ...

Sneering at the sniper movie

At this point in George W. Bush's presidency, Hollywood uncorked a barrel of anti-Iraq-war movies, all of them in their varying styles trashing the American military or intelligence agencies as vicious murderers, rapists and all-around freedom-tramplers. Most were duds because the public wanted ...

David Koch in love with Manhattan

One may start the day at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. On the way in, you'll pass through the new David H. Koch Plaza - the result of a $65 million gift from David H. Koch.After lunch, cross Central Park to the American Museum of Natural History, and marvel at the giant stegosaurus of ...

Let’s compare two most GOP Houses in past seven decades

Before Christmas, Arizona finished its 2nd Congressional District recount, showing Republican Martha McSally beating incumbent Democrat Ron Barber by 167 votes.This means there will be 247 Republicans in the House in the 114th Congress - one more than was elected to the House in the 80th ...

President Obama bids good riddance to 2014

WASHINGTON - Despite a late-year appearance of hopeful economic indicators and an 11th-hour boost in his Gallup Poll approval, 2014 bowed out as a distinct disappointment for President Obama as he faces the last two lame-duck years in his presidency.The temporary uplift from his 2012 ...

Who had the worst year of all? Jonathan Gruber

Jonathan Gruber, sage of MIT and proud champion of the Affordable Care Act, may well have had the worst year in American public life.His repeated demonstrations of arrogance, contempt for the American people and smug self-satisfaction brought mortification to his party and president.His glib ...

Even with a deal, state lawmakers swing and miss on road program

If you like your potholes, you can keep them.For at least another season, and that's if we're lucky.After nearly a year of wrangling over a way to raise more money for Michigan's roads, the Legislature has finally come to something like consensus around a deal that should ultimately make for ...

Iran remains biggest threat to US

The agreement this week between the governments of Iraq and Iran to enter a formal relationship to fight the Islamic State group should be deeply troubling to the United States.The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is a grave threat to the region and is responsible for the horrifying beheading ...

2014 was year of the fainting couch

The fainting couch doesn't have the same cachet it did in the 19th century, which is a shame, because it should be more in demand than at any time since the age of corsets and delicate sensibilities.To put it in Victorian terms, 2014 had a case of the vapors. It was all aflutter. It needed ...

Let’s call it America interrupted

In the film, "Girl Interrupted," Winona Ryder plays an 18-year-old who enters a mental institution for what is diagnosed as borderline personality disorder. The year is 1967 and the country is in turmoil over Vietnam and civil rights.While lying on her bed one night and watching TV, she sees a ...

End embargo of Cuba for good

What did President Barack Obama mean when he declared that Washington will normalize relations with Cuba?Will they become the same as U.S. relations with any other country? Will all Americans be free to travel there? To do business with Cuba?Or will the strict restrictions in place for more ...