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When President Obama keeps talking about "violent extremists" in the abstract, you might wonder whether Presbyterians are running amok.The mainstream media seem desperate to try to find something to undermine Republican governor Scott Walker's rise in the polls. The worst they have come up with ...

Boehner on the hot seat

WASHINGTON - One of this city's current mysteries is why Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner wants to hold onto the job. His roughly four years in the post have been a nonstop struggle not only with the Democrat in the Oval Office but also with his fractious GOP membership.Since taking ...

No sense of decency

Amazing. Just amazing.Here we are, six years later, six years of mom jeans and golf dates and taking the girls for ice cream. And yet, some of us are still hung up on the perceived "otherness," the "not like us"-ness, of Barack Obama.The latest is Rudy Giuliani, speaking last month in New York ...

A racial slur and second chances

Let's start at the beginning.A very good place to start.Last Sunday, Lady Gaga brought the Oscar crowd to its feet and ignited social media after belting out a medley of songs from "The Sound of Music" - and without a hint of irony. It was quite a moment, especially for those us who, admittedly ...

Bibi at the barricade

The White House opposes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to Congress, but not because the speech has political implications, coming as it does just two weeks before Israel's March 17 election. If the administration truly had political concerns it would not have dispatched a ...

Is Liberalism exhausted

Canaries are not very formidable birds, but they have their uses. For instance, coal miners learned over a century ago that when canaries gag and drop dead at the bottom of the cage, it's a sign that maybe there's something wrong with the air in the mine.MSNBC is not a very formidable network, ...

Questions the press doesn’t ask Democrats

Gov. Scott Walker has leapt to the top of polls in Iowa. As day follows night, he has moved to the center of the liberal press's crosshairs. This is the world we inhabit: When a Democrat is perceived as popular, the press discovers layers of humor and elan we never suspected. When a Republican ...

A year in a heartbeat

My normal February column would talk about Valentine's Day; the Hallmark holiday where we spend three times the amount on flowers and gorge on candy, all in the name of love. This year is different. This February marks a year since my brother Dennis's death; a lost fight with cancer. I parked ...

Costner pitch-perfect in ‘McFarland, USA’

"McFarland, USA" could so easily have been yet another mushy, feel-good, by-the-numbers sports underdog movie. And in beginning, it seems like it's heading there.But soon, thanks to the genuine heart in its (true) story and a pitch-perfect, beautifully lived-in performance by Kevin Costner, it ...

Book Review: Lippman deals with parenthood in ‘Hush Hush’

Laura Lippman's novels about Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan have never followed the predictable mode. Instead, the series about this sometimes cranky, perceptive young woman has afforded Lippman a way of looking at what motivates people and how each person's actions touch us in ...

Measles spotted in the United States

Measles has been all over the news the last few weeks. This is remarkable because in the year 2000, measles was declared 'eliminated' in the United States. This meant that it was no longer continuously circulating in our population. This achievement was the result of a very effective vaccine ...

Giuliani versus Obama

The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark - especially at a time when there are much bigger issues, including wars raging, terrorist atrocities ...

Family legacy looms over Jeb

WASHINGTON - The sure-footed start of Jeb Bush's bid for the Oval Office began with a money blitzkrieg that helped drive Mitt Romney out of the running for 2016. It may well claim other casualties among the large crowd of other Republican presidential hopefuls before the first party caucuses ...

Adios Jon, and thanks for keeping us sane

I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank.Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a front-row seat on the express train to Crazy Town. That, you will recall, is when the wheels began to come off the Bush administration's argument for invading Iraq, i.e., to find the weapons of ...

28 hurt in truck-train collision

OXNARD, Calif. - A commuter train slammed into a truck abandoned on the tracks early Tuesday, sending three rail cars tumbling onto their sides and injuring 28 people in the fiery crash in California.The accident occurred around 5:45 a.m. about 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Four people, ...

US automakers improve in rankings

DETROIT (AP) - Buick is the first U.S.-based automotive brand to crack the top 10 in Consumer Reports magazine's annual brand report cards.U.S. automakers also placed three vehicles on the magazine's list of "top picks" for vehicles, the first time that's happened in 17 years. The rankings were ...

Hit the road, Hillary

In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas.For a while, I've thought it best to keep my thoughts to myself, but that was before I started seeing all kinds of advice coming from people who never wait to ...

Where rights come from

"the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God."- John F. Kennedy,Inaugural Address,January 20, 1961It isn't often that a member of the media reveals the philosophy behind his political ideology, but last week, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo outed himself. In an ...

Silver lining of Islamic terrorism denials

'Could this argument be any dumber?'That's how I began a column over a month ago in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. My point was that by making it an ideological priority to deny the Islamic nature of Islamic terrorism, the White House was in fact encouraging people to talk more about ...

Islam as a victim civilization

President Obama's scolding of Western civilization at the National Prayer Breakfast ('Lest we get on our high horse...') may go down in history as the emblematic moment of his presidency. It was atrociously ill timed and characteristically sophomoric. My colleague Jay Nordlinger observed that ...