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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 ...

Americans vote for president based on character, values

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. - who, according to polls of Republican voters nationally, wins higher favorable and lower unfavorable ratings than any of the potential 2016 presidential candidates - has shown some real nerve and more than a little brass. After The New York Times reported on Rubio's ...

Hillary’s history rules her out

There are no sure things in politics, but Hillary Clinton is the closest thing to a sure thing to become the Democrats' candidate for president in 2016.This is one of the painful but inescapable signs of our time. There is nothing in her history that would qualify her for the presidency, and ...

Cleveland will champion our Cavaliers

For most of my life, I could not understand why anyone would hitch his or her identity to the win-loss record of a professional sports team.Sports fans, you'd call them.Fanatics, I'd say. Lunatics, I'd say after a glass of wine, but only if my dad wasn't within earshot."Those players don't care ...

China’s hack attack threatens national security

Upon hearing of the massive data breach of employee information from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) - allegedly by hackers working for the Chinese government - Kay Coles James, the former director of OPM under George W. Bush, told me she was "aghast," adding, "I can't think about the ...

We’re ignoring a cyber Pearl Harbor

What if a team of Chinese agents had broken into the Pentagon or - less box office but just as bad - the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and carted out classified documents?The next day, the newspapers and morning TV shows would show pictures of the broken locks and rummaged filing ...

Hands off Hamilton, who beats Jackson hands down

They're coming for our money. OK, that's nothing new, but this time, the Obama administration is coming for our $10 bills - the notes graced by the image of Alexander Hamilton. True to the identity politics of the Democratic Party, the Obama Treasury Department has announced that some worthy ...

It’s time for an end to mass incarceration

Imprisoning a staggering number of our people is wrong. The way our nation does it is even worse. We must end mass incarceration, now.If I'm walking down the street with a Black or Latino friend, my friend is way more likely to be stopped by the police, questioned, and even arrested. Even if ...

Foreign policy downplayed in Jeb, Hillary announcements

American presidents have greater leeway on foreign policy than on domestic issues. Just see how President Obama is forging ahead to an agreement with Iran opposed by large majorities in Congress and among voters.A president's personal predilections and core assumptions can have much more of an ...

Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounters’ reaches classic status

It happened with "Citizen Kane," "Anatomy of a Murder," Bridge on the River Kwai" and a few other movies that rose above other fine films to the realm of classics - all given their due in the media and on screens as their renewed glowing moments in the sun. And all nostalgically remembered by ...

Left’s bad ideas about science do more harm

This year is the 10th anniversary of a book called "The Republican War on Science." I could just as easily write a book called "The Democratic War on Science."The conflict conservatives have with science is mostly caused by religion. Some religious conservatives reject evolution, and some ...