Columns

Declining media credibility results in bad leaders

In her 1985 speech after receiving the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Places in the Heart," actress Sally Field famously gushed, "You like me; you really, really like me."The latest in a long history of surveys examining the public's level of trust in the news media might paraphrase ...

Clinton problem: truth estrangement

Hillary Clinton lies.This is a widely acknowledged fact among people who pay attention and aren't on her payroll. Nearly 20 years ago, New York Times columnist William Safire wrote: "Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady - a woman of ...

Preening Trump card blocks serious political discourse

President Obama seems on the verge of the most abject diplomatic capitulation in American history - to Iran, our bitterest enemy - and Republicans are arguing about Donald Trump? The prospect of a deal with Iran is dumbfounding and infuriating, as the U.S. held all the cards in the protracted ...

Military-industrial-Congressional complex

President Obama is said to be considering an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. He should sign it immediately.But he should go further and ban all political spending by federal contractors that receive more than half their revenues from ...

What (little) you see of Clinton is what you’ll get

It says something about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign that it was big news that she submitted herself to an interview with a cable news journalist. It also says something that the journalist selected for this honor, Brianna Keilar of CNN, was recently a guest at the wedding of the ...

Deploying the 7 Cs to build resilience in children

One of the best ways to help our children become a successful, capable, happy human being is to teach resilience. Parents are role models for their children. People who can cope with the stress of everyday life, the occasional crisis, competently handle an emergency or natural disaster have ...

Sanders, socialists ignore how government oppresses poor

Nearly 10,000 people turned out to hear Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. Why? Apparently, many Democrats want socialism.Sanders is the Vermont senator who is running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.Sanders calls himself a "democratic socialist," not to be confused with New York ...

Kids locked up for failing to meet with dad released

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A judge on Friday released three siblings who have spent two weeks in juvenile detention for refusing to meet with their estranged father.Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca said she's sending the children to a summer camp, at the request of the father.She held a hearing ...

Beware, voters: Thrill rides also scary

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes.And I don't mean Miss Universes.Both men are holding second place in some polls behind Hillary Clinton and ...

Trump’s candidacy trumps conventional wisdom

Lately, blows have been dealt to the conventional wisdom surrounding billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. First, the smart money told us that Mr. Trump just enjoyed all the media attention a potential White House run brought his way, that he would never actually ...

Treatment might be affecting mental health

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been happily married for 24 years. It is a second marriage for both of us. I am 68, and he is 71. We are still working. Fortunately, we enjoy our professions, but my husband will not be able to retire because his former wife receives alimony for the rest of her ...

Nearly all adults have been affected by mono

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can exposure to infectious mononucleosis trigger or cause rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and become active? I would appreciate your comments. Thank you. - J.C.ANSWER: The Epstein-Barr virus - the cause of infectious mononucleosis (although there are other germs that can cause ...

Legacy of cliches distorts racial history

Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliche of "a legacy of slavery." But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about - whether fatherless children, crime or whatever - is in fact a ...

Grace turns history toward freedom

"This whole week," said President Obama, "I've been reflecting on this idea of grace."That was the turning point of Friday's eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the Charleston, S.C., minister who was, with eight of his congregants, murdered by a racist terrorist two weeks ago. It was the moment a ...

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 ...