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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 ...

What I learned from covering the Bushes

If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.Frankly, I've been covering Bushes for so long, I feel like I ought to be parachuting out of airplanes. In fact, the arc of my career parallels the so-called Bush Dynasty, beginning in 1980 ...

George H.W.: The Bush who got it right in Iraq

Long before he, as President George W. Bush's first secretary of state, gave the world a detailed description of Saddam Hussein's weapons program, which did not exist, and made a persuasive case for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who had served two combat ...

Latest tactic to stifle free speech

The political left has come up with a new buzzword: "micro-aggression."Professors at the University of California at Berkeley have been officially warned against saying such things as "America is the land of opportunity." Why? Because this is considered to be an act of "micro-aggression" ...

What do you think now, Justice Scalia?

To the Honorable Antonin G. Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:Dear Sir:Twenty-one years ago, your then-colleague, the late Justice Harry Blackmun, wrote what became a famous dissent to a Supreme Court decision not to review a Texas death penalty conviction. In ...

Journalist lets Internet supply her ‘facts’

WASHINGTON -- Sooner or later it was bound to happen. A highly regarded talk show host, widely considered nonpartisan and scrupulously fair, picked up an unverified report from the Internet and used it as fact. When the subject of the report flatly and justifiably denied it, she had to ...

Big-league hack

ST. LOUIS - Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on players, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday in an unusual case involving two former division ...