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Groveland Four get a little justice

The Groveland Four finally received a little justice last week. Nearly seven decades after a white woman in Central Florida leveled a false charge of rape, the state legislature apologized for what was done to four young African-American men as a result. For 16-year-old Charles Greenlee ...

Yates sheds disturbing light on Trump and Flynn

WASHINGTON — The long-awaited testimony of former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn offered valuable insight on President Trump’s failure to dismiss the compromised former general until forced to do so by embarrassing press reports, and on ...

His name was Jordan Edwards

Another black boy was killed by police, this time in Texas. His name was Jordan Edwards. Jordan was 15, a “model student,” a “popular football player” and “a kid that did everything right.” He was a freshman at Mesquite High School, in a suburb east of Dallas. In a recorded ...

Trump’s soft spot for strongmen

WASHINGTON — It should have been obvious, but I missed it: Steve Bannon has been banished and Dennis Rodman is whispering in the president’s ear. OK, maybe not, but it could explain Donald Trump’s sudden admiration for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he recently identified as a ...

Kate O’Beirne was about making friends, not contacts

My adopted hometown of Washington has been accused, not always unfairly, of being a city full of scheming climbers who are frantically courting the company and the favor of the powerful. In this and so many respects, Kate O’Beirne — the conservative leader and writer who died too soon, at ...

Break the Chains: Let free markets work

My head spins. Before President Trump was elected, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai came on my TV show, upset because President Obama ordered his agency to regulate the internet. For the first time, “Decisions about how the internet works are going to be made by bureaucrats and politicians ...

Populism is continuation of democratic revolution

If a political pollster asked whether I consider myself a conservative or a liberal, I’d answer, “No.” Not to be cute — I have a bit of both in me — but because, like most Americans, my beliefs can’t be squeezed into either of the tidy little boxes that the establishment ...

Coulter right: Sad day for free speech

Look, I’m the guy who once called her a “viperous harridan,” OK? That was 11 years ago in this space. I described her as such after she savaged four widows whose husbands died in the Sept. 11 attacks, denouncing them as “witches” and “broads” who were “enjoying their ...

Trump’s first report card: Incomplete

WASHINGTON — Whether Donald Trump likes it or not, the 100-day measurement of early success or failure in the Oval Office leaves him distinctly on the defensive. Comparisons with Franklin Roosevelt’s energetic kickoff of his presidency in 1933 have set a very high mark for Trump’s chaotic ...

Berkeley trying to kill free speech

Demosthenes, the Athenian rhetorician and champion of liberty, pointed out around 355 B.C. that residents of Athens were free to praise Sparta’s regime, but Spartans were banned from praising Athens. In 1689, the British passed a law guaranteeing freedom of speech in Parliament. A century ...

Road Map for Dealing With Campus Radicals

Jonathan Haidt is a member of one of America’s smallest fraternities — those who attempt to see beyond their own prejudices. In the left-leaning Chronicle of Higher Education, he notes that “intimidation is the new normal” on college campuses. The examples are well-known: The ...

Legalize political gambling

Will Donald Trump be re-elected in 2020? Probably not, say people who bet. They give Trump only a 23 percent chance. They do pick him over all other politicians, but the favorite is “other.” I know this because I follow the betting odds at ElectionBettingOdds.com. Yes, bettors were wrong ...

How To Keep ‘Public’ And ‘Service’ In Our Public Postal Service

Journalism, which is supposed to help make sense of our turbulent world, can’t seem to make sense of itself. In addition to “news” (which involves reporting on stuff that’s real) we’re now getting “fake news” (stuff that’s completely made up). But wait — the barons of ...

The day Bill O’Reilly got fired

On the day Bill O’Reilly was fired, Serena Williams announced she was 20 weeks pregnant. Fans did the math and concluded Williams must have had a baby on board in January when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in dominating fashion. That, said TV tennis analyst Pam Shriver, made ...

Bill O’Reilly: Fall of so-called ‘news’ icon

WASHINGTON — The firing of Fox News provocateur Bill O’Reilly has been covered by the general news business as if he was the cable fraternity’s equivalent of Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite. He was neither, although he did take on some major liberal organizations like the American ...

O’Reilly’s ouster no victory for women

Bill O’Reilly is finally out at Fox. But let’s not kid ourselves about the reason. Last summer, 21st Century Fox and the Murdoch family that controls it forced out Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Soon after, the company settled two sexual harassment complaints ...

Real police vs. politically correct police

As is almost always the case, signs of trouble preceded the latest shooting in Paris, which left one police officer dead and wounded two bystanders before police killed the gunman, later identified as French national Karim Cheurfi, a known criminal with a long, violent record. ISIS claimed to ...

Progressives ignore science in conflict with their worldview

Do you have march fatigue yet? The left, apparently, does not, performing street theater on Saturday, Earth Day, with the so-called March for Science. It’s hard to think of a better way to undermine the public’s faith in science than to stage demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and ...

Some death-penalty opponents intellectually dishonest

The debate over the death penalty can be infuriatingly dishonest. Consider the April 17 broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” (a show on which I am an occasional commentator). Casey Stegall reported on the legal battle in Arkansas, where officials want to ...

Murder while you watch

WASHINGTON — The Facebook video of a homicide was surely inevitable. This isn’t the same as saying that video murders soon will become all the rage, but it was more likely to happen eventually than not. Forget the suspected killer Steve Stephens, who took his own life Tuesday after a ...