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GOP’s Supreme Court blues has it looking for cover

WASHINGTON - The sudden breakdown of the conservative majority bloc on the Supreme Court in its two critical rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage has thrown the large field of 2016 Republican presidential aspirants for a loop.The votes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice ...

Opposing gay marriage is intolerant at best

This column is in response to my fellow Christians who insist they're not bigots just because they oppose marriage equality. I've been hearing from them a lot after writing a short essay and posting it on Facebook in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-gender ...

Alternative-lifestyle ‘marriage’ only the beginning

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North Africa might also be said about Friday's narrow 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court legalizing ...

Pundit’s death marks end of an era

Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81.He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years ago, my office just a few doors down from where Ben used to work).Ben was one ...

Hidden message of alternative-lifestyle ‘marriage’

The four dissenters in Obergefell v. Hodges lucidly expressed the profound offense against constitutional law and representative democracy the ruling represents. In short, five lawyers, accountable to no one, chose to legislate on a profoundly consequential matter that the people were just ...

Blueprint for changing talk about race

CHARLESTON, S.C. - By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.For ...

Politics, religion tango in an uneasy coexistence

Regular readers may remember the "Shields rule," about the tension between organized religion and politics. It goes like this: With but one exception, ministers, priests, rabbis and imams - men and women of the cloth - should stay out of all partisan American politics. The one exception, of ...

Supreme Court hands down disasters

Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about ObamaCare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them.But there is a deeper and ...

You can’t compromise with culture warriors

I loved reading the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" books to my daughter.The somewhat Aesopian theme is that if you give the mouse what it wants -- a cookie -- it will just want more: a glass of milk, a straw, etc.The story came to mind last week, a week that began with many vowing to inter the ...

No confusion about shooter’s motivation

This is for Elisabeth Hasselbeck of "Fox & Friends," who described last Thursday's act of white extremist terrorism at Emanuel AME church in Charleston as an "attack on faith."It's for Rick Perry, who said maybe the shooting happened because of prescription drugs. It's for Jeb Bush, who ...

Republicans still beating dead horse of Obamacare

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's decisive 6-3 vote confirming the right of all Americans to federally supported health-care insurance should end the Republican Party's losing war on Obamacare - but it probably won't.The party tried and failed in 2012 to win back the White House behind Mitt ...

Hatemongers’ fears of irrelevance justified

On the evening of June 17, nine black Americans were killed in their Charleston, South Carolina, church by a white supremacist - but only after he'd spent an hour with them praying and studying the Bible.Three days after the slaying of these nine innocent black Americans, a number of photos of ...

Pope has joined disciples of environmental cult

The media and the secular left have a love-hate relationship with the Roman Catholic Church and its popes. When the pope takes positions with which they agree, they applaud him, but when he takes positions with which they disagree, they either ignore or criticize him.Such is the case with Pope ...

Southern grace after church shootings

"Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don't know us," the Rev. Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific ...

Democrats whitewash race history to foment hatred

Here's what the former president of the United States had to say when he eulogized his mentor, an Arkansas senator:"We come to celebrate and give thanks for the remarkable life of J. William Fulbright, a life that changed our country and our world forever and for the better. ... In the work he ...

Get big moneyed interests out of politics

Over the past two months, I've detailed several ways to make the economy work for the many, not the few: raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, making public higher education free, busting up the big banks, expanding Social Security, making polluters pay, raising the estate tax, strengthening ...

Facing changing world, Obama makes odd choices

Is the world back to where it was around the year 1800? One could come to that conclusion after reading British historian John Darwin's recent book "After Tamerlane," which assesses the rises and falls of empires after the death in 1405 of the famously bloodthirsty Muslim Mongol monarch.From ...

Summer road safety reminders for driving, biking, walking

It's summer time again, and with that there are not only more cars on the road, but also bicyclists and people walking. I'd like to remind everyone on the road about several motor vehicle laws to keep everyone safe.Now that the snowbanks are gone and we have the full shoulder of the roads ...

Removal of Hamilton from $10 bill is poetic justice

A woman will be on the new $10 bill, bumping Alexander Hamilton aside. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says he will choose the woman by year's end, based on "input from the public."In one survey of the "public," the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller, placed fourth. I ...

Reconstructed city of diversity is wounded

The horrific murders of nine African Americans as they prayed in a Charleston, S.C., church, allegedly shot by a hate-filled racist on a genocidal purge, have left me searching for words.How does one comment upon an event that is beyond comprehension? How could the shooter sit for an hour of ...