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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Steve Chapman

Why Young Americans Are Drawn To Socialism

A survey last year found that only 26 percent of baby boomers would prefer to live in a socialist country. Among young people, the figure was 44 percent.

May 21, 2018
gamble poker

Sports Betting Will Complete The Gambling Revolution

Over the past generation, the United States has undergone a gambling revolution. A pastime once seen as the sordid province of mobsters, grifters and wastrels has become an all-American form of fun.

May 18, 2018
Infrastructure, Solar Power, Energy, Oil, Coal, Mitch McConnnell, Koch brothers, politics, environment, Renewable Energy, Froma Harrop

California’s Boneheaded Solar Remedy For Climate Change

“We don’t want to do nothing and just sit there and let the climate get worse,” Gov. Jerry Brown said last year. California is at particular risk from global warming, which will inundate low-lying areas of its 840-mile coastline with rising salt water while fostering more droughts and wildfires inland.

May 14, 2018
Immigration, Deported

Undocumented Immigrants Make Us Safer

From the beginning of his campaign for president, Donald Trump portrayed illegal immigration as a forest fire that threatens to spread rapidly and engulf us all. Mexicans, he charged, are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” He thought Americans should be afraid.

May 11, 2018
Trump, ethics

A Nobel Peace Prize For Trump?

Appearing before foreign service officers and other employees at the State Department on Wednesday, Donald Trump commended them for faithfully performing their most important task — applauding him.

May 7, 2018

The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Still A Good Bargain

The case against the nuclear deal with Iran is reminiscent of what Woody Allen once said: “Life is full of misery, loneliness and suffering — and it’s all over much too soon.” The agreement, critics insist, is terrible and doesn’t last long enough. Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, said on NPR Tuesday, […]

May 4, 2018

I Don’t Think Abortion Is Murder, And Neither Do You

If abortion is morally indistinguishable from killing a newborn, why shouldn’t those who procure abortions be severely punished? It’s the clear logical implication of the pro-life argument.

April 29, 2018
steak raw meat fat

The Losing Fight Against Fake Meat

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, however, is appalled that new forms of protein are being sold under names such as Beyond Beef and Impossible Burger. Vegetarian and vegan substitutes for meat have gained a significant share of the market, partly because of health considerations and partly because of aversion to killing harmless animals for food. But the livestock group fears that consumers are being cruelly misled.

April 27, 2018

Expect The North Korea Talks To Be Fruitless

Anytime two enemies sit down to resolve their differences peacefully rather than through war, hopes rise that reason will prevail and compromise will emerge. On Twitter, Trump assured everyone, “Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!” It’s tempting to think that his combination of insults, threats and economic pressure has caused the North Koreans to see the error of their ways.

April 23, 2018
Trump, Putin

Trump’s Strange Appeasement Of Putin

In a TV interview Sunday, she said the administration would shortly impose additional sanctions on Moscow for its role in Syria’s chemical weapons program. The president was watching and “yelled at the television,” reports The New York Times. The next day, the White House said it would not add to the sanctions because the president would “like to have a good relationship” with Russia.

April 20, 2018

Why Trump Shouldn’t Attack Syria

Donald Trump shares those preferences, but he finds them colliding with each other in Syria, where the United States has 2,000 troops fighting the Islamic State. On March 29, he promised that our men and women will “be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now.”

April 16, 2018

Overdose Deaths Are The Product Of Drug Prohibition

So it was a tragedy but not a total surprise when three deaths were reported in Illinois from synthetic marijuana laced with an ingredient (possibly rat poison) that caused severe bleeding. Nationally, in 2015, says the Drug Policy Alliance, “poison control centers received just under 10,000 calls reporting adverse reactions to synthetic cannabinoids, and emergency rooms received tens of thousands of patients.”

April 15, 2018

Trump Succeeds At Preserving His Ignorance

Presidents can tap a fount of information unlike any in the world. A corps of foreign service officers, multiple intelligence agencies and thousands of federal bureaucrats exist to learn all they can about crucial matters and convey it upward. The White House can also call on professors, think tanks, advocacy groups and corporations. If the president can’t find the answer to a question, it’s probably because no one can.

April 9, 2018

Trump, The Anti-Business President

White House economist Peter Navarro, whose boss claimed credit when the stock market was rising, now thinks it should be ignored. After Monday’s plunge, he said, “The market is reacting in a way which does not comport with the … unbelievable strength in President Trump’s economy.” Rest easy, Navarro advised. “The economy is as strong as an ox.”

April 7, 2018
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the media regarding donations to veterans foundations at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

For The Department Of Veterans Affairs, A Trump Toady

Jackson came to national attention in January, when he appeared in the White House press room to give a report on the president’s physical exam. The briefing quickly turned into a festival of idolatry. Trump’s health is “excellent,” Jackson declared over and over, attesting that the president has “incredible cardiac fitness” and “incredible genes.”

April 2, 2018
DNC, Democratic Party

Will The Democrats Throw Away Their Shot In 2020?

But potholes abound on the road to the White House. Looking at the field of possible candidates and the direction the party is leaning, there are clear and plausible ways things could go wrong. The Democrats could nominate someone who will squander their advantages and lose. Or they could nominate someone who can win but will not make a good president (as the Republicans recently did). Neither is an outcome to welcome.

March 26, 2018
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

Trump Is A Wimp

There are all sorts of possible reasons to admire Donald Trump, but none more imaginative than one offered by a fan attending his Pennsylvania rally before Tuesday’s congressional election. Trump’s planned meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, said retiree Paul Ambrose, was the product of his unflinching toughness.

March 18, 2018
Wall, Drug cartels

Trump’s Wall Is Performance Art, Not Border Security

Donald Trump loves the ceremonial parts of his job, and his trip to California to inspect prototypes for a border wall was pure theater. He got to project toughness, point to something tangible, make big promises and take credit — without actually accomplishing anything. He’s not a president; he’s a performance artist.

March 16, 2018

Trump’s North Korea Gambit Could Be A Big Deal, For Good Or Ill

It’s not Richard Nixon’s opening to China. It’s not Neville Chamberlain’s journey to Munich. But President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is one of those decisions that could produce important results, good or bad. The administration portrays this as a triumph for Trump’s tough approach, which has allegedly forced the enemy to the negotiating table.

March 12, 2018

Trump’s Tariffs Are Self-Impoverishing

The official White House justification is that slapping new duties on these foreign metals is essential for our national security. Steel and aluminum are needed for military hardware, it argues, and we don’t want to be dependent on our potential enemies or other unreliable nations to supply them.

March 10, 2018
Supreme Court

The Irrelevant 2nd Amendment

At Wednesday’s CNN town hall on guns, a teacher from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School brought it up, asking an NRA official to define the “well regulated Militia” the amendment cites and to explain how the accused killer was part of it. Conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens called for repealing the amendment.

February 27, 2018
Scott Pruitt, EPA

First-Class Travel Is The Least Of Scott Pruitt’s Sins

Under Pruitt, the agency’s funds would be cut by $2.5 billion, or 23 percent — a contrast from the roughly $300 billion in new spending in other areas that Congress and the president recently approved. Given that the president is content to allow the budget deficit to rise to $1 trillion, it’s hard to argue the federal government can’t afford to adequately fund the EPA. Pruitt and Trump just don’t want to.

February 25, 2018

The Trump Economy Is No Great Success (And He Didn’t Build It)

Amid all the uncertainty about Donald Trump’s presidency, his admirers are sure of one thing: The economy is booming, and it’s because of him. We are riding a mighty wave of prosperity driven by his tax cuts, deregulation and business savvy. The enthusiasm is contagious. “I’ve really liked what he’s done for the economy,” marveled […]

January 28, 2018

With Solar Panel Tariff, Trump Repeats the Folly of Protectionism

Next month, thanks to the tax bill signed by Donald Trump, many Americans will see more money showing up in their paychecks. They should contain their enthusiasm. It won’t be long before his trade policy starts removing that money from their wallets. On Monday, the president imposed hefty tariffs — taxes, that is — on […]

January 25, 2018

The Trouble With Medicaid Work Requirements

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, acting out of an abundance of compassion, is doing a favor to people on Medicaid: forcing them to work or lose their coverage. “Human beings want to be treated with dignity and respect,” he says. “And we’re going to give them that opportunity.” Now all he has to do is stand back […]

January 21, 2018