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Massacre in Paris: ISIS will not be defeated with guns, bombs alone

Just hours before the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, "Good Morning America" broadcast an interview with President Obama. In it, the president told host George Stephanopoulos, "I don't think they're gaining strength. What is true is that from the ...

Henry Hyde and the 2016 Republican race

Yes, it is true that, as a political reporter, you do find yourself liking some people you cover a lot more than you like others. For example, in my 50 years in Washington, of all the House members I have met, the late Henry Hyde - a conservative Illinois Republican probably most widely ...

Must baby boomers take the rap for Medicare costs?

In the course of human events, many things need fixing. One of them is the cost of Medicare, climbing rapidly as baby boomers enroll in large numbers.We can argue over how to contain this major federal expense, and we should. But assigning blame for the problem on anyone born between 1946 and ...

Rubio, Cruz look like top contenders in debate

Tuesday night's Fox Business/Wall Street Journal debate in Milwaukee provided clues as to why Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have been climbing, not by wide margins but perceptibly, into the top-polling positions of the candidates behind the two poll leaders, Donald Trump and Ben Carson.The ...

Candidates tar legitimate press coverage with ‘gotcha’ epithet

WASHINGTON - As the presidential campaign season intensifies, managers for the various competitors and some of the candidates themselves have angrily turned on the moderators and the television networks that host the debates.Predictable whining has come from the GOP front-runners, Donald Trump ...

The job of academics is to instill respect for freedom of thought and expression

There was a much-beloved quote circulated among leftists, often attributed to Sinclair Lewis, that "when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." In light of recent episodes of mob action on American campuses, the quote needs updating: When fascism comes to ...

Road deal not great but good enough

The road bill passed by the Legislature this week is the least possible deal they could have crafted, but at least, after four years of struggle, they finally found a majority.Make no mistake, it is worth celebrating that this package should eventually raise up to $1.2 billion to fix Michigan's ...

Bill restores fairness to tax assessing

How much are your teeth worth to you? How much would they be worth to the random stranger idling next to you on Pine Grove Avenue waiting for the signal to turn green?Weird question; let's try a different one.How much is your car worth? That's easier. It has a Blue Book value and a relatively ...

The myth of H-1B job creation

Every day brings new headlines, ignored by the Washington press corps, of U.S. workers losing their livelihoods to cheap H1-B visa replacements.Just this week, Computerworld reported: "Fury and fear in Ohio as IT jobs go to India."Yet, it remains an article of faith among Big Business flacks ...

Why is Trump still talking, and why is anyone still listening?

When the Republican presidential debate began Tuesday evening in Milwaukee, I was still in my car heading home, so I listened to the first part on satellite radio.As Richard Nixon learned after his 1960 televised debate with Jack Kennedy, listening to a debate without the distraction of ...

Ben Carson apparently trying hard to be someone other than himself

WASHINGTON - In the annals of presidential politics, it's hard to recall anyone who has tried so hard to be so ordinary.The fascinating story of Dr. Ben Carson's attempts to ungild his lily by telling awful stories about himself - he tried to stab a classmate, later identified as a "close ...

Keystone pipeline is kaput for now but only for now

President Obama's unilateral rejection of the proposed KeystoneXL oil pipeline that would have brought petroleum and jobs to the U.S. is another in a long list of issues dominated by politics rather than common sense, economics and science.After seven years of dithering on Keystone, the ...

Proper care of our veterans must be a national priority

Every Veterans Day, we honor the sacrifices of the brave servicemen and women who put their lives on the line in defense of our nation and our values.Since our country's founding, the United States has been a beacon of hope and freedom throughout the world, thanks in large part to the ...

National columnist – Mark Shields

By wide consensus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the two breakout stars in the last Republican presidential debate (Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the other). Cruz is clearly a very smart man who is capable of saying some really stupid things.The GOP griped about the CNBC debate format and ...

American workers frustrated when facing robot tsunami

Robots make the perfect employee. They don't complain, they don't get sick, and, as of this writing, they don't have babies. When robots can do the job in today's economy, they get the job.When they can't, a human must suffice. You still need a human to make the perfect latte, ask security ...

Liberals’ response to dissent is: shut up

"'Shut up,' he explained." That's a sentence from Ring Lardner's short story "The Young Immigrunts." It's an exasperated father's response from the driver's seat to his child's question, "Are you lost, Daddy?"They also can be taken as the emblematic response of today's liberals to anyone ...

Surrogate shows some chutzpah that Hillary would do well to quell

WASHINGTON - In this era of outsiders seeking the presidency, a notorious huckster has taken self-aggrandizement to a new level, challenging a bona fide Republican candidate to a debate - not with his favored candidate, Hillary Clinton, but with himself.David Brock - a confessed character ...

Chris Christie’s pro-life comment was shot at sincere believers

"My mother was a smoker," Chris Christie told a New Hampshire audience in a video that has gone viral.Though she tried everything - gum, patches, hypnosis - nothing worked.When she was diagnosed with cancer, he continued, "No one came to me and said, 'Don't treat her, (because) she got what she ...

Why are lawmakers balking at outright ban?

With looming issues like. ... the future of energy production in Michigan still unsolved, you'd hope that a clear-cut, seemingly obvious solution to one problem would be adopted and lawmakers would move on to the next.Except, for an unknown reason, the Republican-led legislature is pushing ...

Letters to the Editor

Loose pup rescuedTo the Journal editor:I want to thank the man in the white Eagle Mine truck for stopping to help with the dog rescue on Wednesday evening. We did not have time to exchange names but I want him to know there is a happy ending to the rescue of Bella, the 3-year-old, long-haired ...