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Monday, July 16, 2018
Steve Chapman

Kavanaugh And The Myth Of Strict Construction

When it says the president must be at least 35 years old or that the Senate consists of two members from each state, there is no room for misunderstanding.

July 13, 2018

Democrats Should Nominate A Woman In 2020

In House and Senate races, the number of female candidates has jumped by 60 percent since 2016.

July 2, 2018
Supreme Court

Liberals Can’t Expect The Courts To Save Them

Donald Trump had more appeals court judges confirmed in his first year in office than any previous president.

June 29, 2018

In Afghanistan, We Persist In Futility

Seventeen years after the U.S. invaded, there is still not much reason to pay attention to Afghanistan, because nothing ever changes much.

June 25, 2018
Wall, Drug cartels

The Needless Cruelty Of Trump’s Border Policy

In 2015, Trump said he favored waterboarding regardless of its efficacy in extracting information from suspected terrorists.

June 22, 2018

How Republicans Went Soft On Communism

For decades, the Russians and Chinese dispatched spies and enlisted American sympathizers to try to harm the United States and tilt its policies in their favor.

June 19, 2018

Trump And Rudy Stumble Toward Singapore

The Pyongyang government, which had candidly expressed its “repugnance” for Bolton, called the vice president “a political dummy” whose comments were “ignorant and stupid.”

June 11, 2018

Trump’s Lies Betray His Desperation

But we already have evidence there was — in the form of guilty pleas by Trump aides Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos for lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russians.

June 8, 2018
national security

Tariffs Don’t Enhance National Security — They Harm It

The only way Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can treat auto imports as a national security matter is to claim that they damage our economy. “Without a strong economy,” he claims, “you can’t have a strong national security.”

June 4, 2018

Roseanne Barr And The Persistence Of Prejudice

It has been more than half a century since Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act, which Americans of that era assumed would set the nation on the road to confronting and eliminating the blight of discrimination and prejudice.

June 2, 2018

The Long Nightmare Of The Dreamers

That was the day the Dream Act, to protect young immigrants brought here illegally as children, was first introduced in Congress. Seventeen years later, they are still waiting for protection.

May 28, 2018

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
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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