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US automakers improve in rankings

DETROIT (AP) - Buick is the first U.S.-based automotive brand to crack the top 10 in Consumer Reports magazine's annual brand report cards.U.S. automakers also placed three vehicles on the magazine's list of "top picks" for vehicles, the first time that's happened in 17 years. The rankings were ...

Hit the road, Hillary

In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas.For a while, I've thought it best to keep my thoughts to myself, but that was before I started seeing all kinds of advice coming from people who never wait to ...

Where rights come from

"the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God."- John F. Kennedy,Inaugural Address,January 20, 1961It isn't often that a member of the media reveals the philosophy behind his political ideology, but last week, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo outed himself. In an ...

Silver lining of Islamic terrorism denials

'Could this argument be any dumber?'That's how I began a column over a month ago in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. My point was that by making it an ideological priority to deny the Islamic nature of Islamic terrorism, the White House was in fact encouraging people to talk more about ...

Islam as a victim civilization

President Obama's scolding of Western civilization at the National Prayer Breakfast ('Lest we get on our high horse...') may go down in history as the emblematic moment of his presidency. It was atrociously ill timed and characteristically sophomoric. My colleague Jay Nordlinger observed that ...

Trade deals bust the 99 percent

Suppose that by enacting a particular law we'd increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product. But almost all that growth would go to the richest 1percent.The rest of us could buy some products cheaper than before. But those gains would be offset by losses of jobs and wages.This is pretty much what ...

Democrats ‘Blue Wall’ not impregnable to Republicans

Do Republicans have a realistic chance to win the next presidential election? Some analysts suggest the answer is no. They argue that there is a 240-electoral-vote "blue wall" of 18 states and D.C. that have gone Democratic in the last six presidential elections.A Democratic nominee needs only ...

A potpourri of musings

After your kind comments and questions during the past month:JUNK MAIL: Aptly described, coming all too frequently and in every possible size, with envelope art cleverly designed by experts to lure you into opening them up. Many are crammed with useless gifts nail files, return address ...

No gatekeepers

For years, people assumed encyclopedias had to be created by professionals. Then Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attempted to create an encyclopedia without central planners.That sounded like a terrible idea to the old gatekeepers - people who hired experts to carefully fact-check and edit every ...

Answering atrocities of ISIS

There's a very 2001 feel to President Obama's request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we'll be at war indefinitely.Although we haven't suffered a catastrophic hit as we did on 9/11, we've been witness to atrocities - vicious promissory notes on debts to be ...

Sleaze in a $5,000 suit

When he was secretary of state, Henry Kissinger was often - and deliberately - seen in the company of attractive actresses, including Jill St. John and Candice Bergen. Kissinger, whom nobody ever accused of being a matinee idol physically, offered this explanation for his seeming appeal to ...

‘Kingsman’ a fun twist on spy genre

Matthew Vaughn, director of "Kick-Ass," adapts another one of Mark Millar's twisted comic book worlds in "Kingsman: The Secret Service," and riffs the spy genre with the same violent aplomb.Loosely based off Millar's "Secret Service," "Kingsman" follows street punk Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron ...

Glib ‘Happy Talk’

When Alfred E. Neuman said "What me worry?" on the cover of Mad magazine, it was funny. But this message was not nearly as funny coming from President Barack Obama and his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice.In a musical comedy, it would be hilarious to have the president send out his "happy ...

Why think about advanced care planning?

Often times when we visit our doctor's office or are admitted to the hospital we are asked the question "do you have an advanced directive?" Many of us may or may not even know what is meant by an advanced directive. End-of-life care is not a topic we tend to discuss with family or friends ...

Another reluctant warrior

WASHINGTON - President Obama's latest war strategy makes one wonder: Is another Woodrow Wilson in the Oval Office debating with himself about how to meet the existential threat that faces him?In laying out his call to Congress for a new authorization for use of military force in the Middle ...

Judge’s ruling on gay marriage ban is about bigotry

In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door.It happened at the University of Alabama, where two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, were attempting to register. In facing down three federal officials demanding that he stand aside and ...

Why I’m pulling for Brian Williams

Newsrooms are snake pits. I say this with great affection.Newsrooms are tribal and competitive, fueling pettiness in the most honorable people. Editors cling to turfs like dictators policing their borders, and sometimes they mistake intimidation for management. As for reporters, they make their ...

Bobby Jindal for president?

Gov. Bobby Jindal's name is not first on most people's list of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but maybe we should at least start paying attention to him. If one's political enemies are any indication of potential strength, Jindal of Louisiana may be a more ...

Facing bad-faith questions of faith

At an event in London on trade policy, Scott Walker was asked about evolution. "It's almost a tradition now," the moderator said, to ask "senior Republicans" if they are "comfortable with the idea of evolution.""I'm going to punt on that one as well," the Wisconsin governor replied. "That's a ...

Cui Bono?

"Cui bono?" Who benefits? It was the question ancient Romans asked when hoping to cut through a fog of possible causes for a problem.As of this morning, U.S. Marines were evacuating Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. We've seen this movie before: the bonfires of documents, the hammer blows to ...