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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 ...

Trump’s foreign policy doctrine

What’s the “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy? At first glance, foreign policy under Trump seems inconsistent, arbitrary and devoid of principle. A few weeks ago, even before the airstrike on Syria, White House communications director Mike Dubke told Trump’s assembled aides that ...

One (restrained) cheer for Washington

We’ve all heard the tiresome and discouraging refrain: Washington, our beautiful capital city, is broken. Dysfunctional D.C. does not work. Even with majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans could not pass a resolution commending Mother’s Day. But wait. We do ...

Reading Tea Leaves in Kansas 4 and Georgia 6

What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has ...

Be safe during senior prom/graduation season

This spring, the schools will be sending their graduating seniors out into the real world. Some may be sad to see them go, some may be glad. The students probably look at it in the same way. Whatever the case, it can be an exciting and emotional time for school staff, families, and of course, ...

North Korea, Kim Jong Un and the Chicago way

There are many complicated theories on what to do about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. He’s that crazy little fat guy with nukes and daddy issues who wants to strap his thermonuclear devices to long-range missiles that just might start World War III. Thermonuclear war tends to bother ...

Earth Day is religion for alarmists

Expect more craziness this weekend. Earth Day is Saturday. This year’s theme: Government must “do more” about climate change because “consequences of inaction are too high to risk.” They make it sound so simple: 1) Man causes global warming. 2) Warming is obviously harmful. 3) ...

For people’s government, we the people must build it

In high school, I had a girlfriend who was involved in student government and all sorts of good works. While she paid attention to all that was happening in those years of the early ‘60s, she essentially was a moderate — certainly not some movement rebel. Or so we thought... until one ...

America’s well worth fighting for

BP has not been pleased. Indeed, BP, who is one of my readers, has been downright disappointed with what she’s seen in this space since last year’s election. She wrote me about it a few days ago. Her email said, in part: “I had hoped for your articles to be the beacon of light to show ...

Is Trump flip-flopping or showing flexibility?

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s sudden foreign-policy pivot, from “America First” to international engagement through military action and re-embracing NATO, may have reduced fears about him within the Republican Party establishment. But many voters may now see him flip-flopping from ...

Sean Spicer’s regret not enough

It started in 1939. Nazi Germany launched its euthanasia program, using poison gas to kill people whose only crime was to be mentally ill or physically disabled. They were unworthy of life, the Nazis had determined. After Adolf Hitler’s Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, in June 1941, they ...

Reform the tax code now!

Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans have until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s too bad filing taxes wasn’t an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, currently reads ...

Must supporters let Trump be Trump?

Like a passenger on a sinking ship, the president has been throwing one longstanding position after another overboard like so much dead weight. His closest advisors, biggest boosters and some members of his family are at war with one another, in a pitch battle to steer the president in their ...

Why doesn’t college work for blacks?

The headline was numbingly familiar: “For Blacks, College Is Not An Equalizer.” The op-ed in The Washington Post by Ray Boshara explored what he called a “troubling paradox,” namely that so many well-educated black Americans “feel so economically insecure.” It’s a startling ...

Power struggle in Trump presidency

The White House war between Stephen Bannon and Jared Kushner wouldn’t matter in a normal administration with a normal president. But there’s nothing normal about the Trump White House, whose major occupant exists in a giant narcissistic bubble impenetrable by anyone but close relatives and ...

Historical First: 3 Presidents Born in Same Year

With the inauguration of Donald Trump this year, we have now had, for the first time in our history, three American presidents who were born in the same year. There have been three pairs of presidents born in the same year — the very dissimilar John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, in 1767; ...

In Plain Sight: Good, bad things we take for granted

OK, let’s get serious about something. There are some things that are perfectly obvious, so readily seen but taken for granted, that we make the mistake of ignoring them. Take restaurants, for example. We enjoy dining out so we search for the obvious places that offer fine foods, pleasant ...

As drums pound for regime change, questions arise

With the drumbeats pounding about Syria, drums demanding the toppling of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, you might want to ask yourself some hard questions. Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. And President Donald Trump acted quickly, decisively and properly in sending missile ...