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  • In the Debates: Who Needs Moderators?

    In the Debates: Who Needs Moderators?

    With moderators now designated for the upcoming presidential debates, candidates and organizers should rethink the out-sized role these journalists usually play. Yes, you need someone to enforce time limits and to announce periodic breaks, but a potentially biased broadcaster shouldn't get to pose all questions and steer the discussion. Why…

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  • Local GOP Should Embrace “Law & Order” Theme

    Local GOP Should Embrace “Law & Order” Theme

    The emphasis on “Law and Order” may or may not work in national politics but Republicans on the local level should embrace this theme with enthusiasm. The upsurge in transients who spend the night in parks, under freeway overpasses, or sleeping on sidewalks afflicts cities in every corner of the…

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  • Change the System so Every Vote Matters

    Change the System so Every Vote Matters

    One simple question highlights the dysfunction of our current system of choosing a president: which state in 2012 gave Mitt Romney the most votes? The answer, surprisingly, is California, where the Republican nominee drew nearly 5 million ballots. But he won no California votes in the Electoral College, which actually…

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  • Trump, Republicans and the ‘Principles’ Question

    Trump, Republicans and the ‘Principles’ Question

    All #NeverTrump conservatives maintain that their decision to never vote for Donald Trump is guided by their principles. I have no doubt that this is true. But some of them seem to imply, or at least might think, that conservatives who vote for Trump have abandoned their principles. Indeed, the…

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  • GOP Can’t Win by Exaggerating Misery

    GOP Can’t Win by Exaggerating Misery

    Americans feel frustrated by the state of our government, economy and culture, but conservatives can't gain ground by exaggerating the extent of the misery. It's ill-advised to ask African-Americans, “What do you have to lose?”—thereby ignoring dramatic black progress over the last two generations. The poverty rate's still higher for…

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  • Why Ban the “Burkini”?

    Why Ban the “Burkini”?

    The raging debate about the “Burkini Ban” that's been applied to Islamic beach-wear in France should make us grateful for America's distinctive values. First, we don't make a fetish of secularism as the French do, nor do we treat religious traditions as a threat to some higher order. Second, we…

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  • On Hillary Clinton as a Model for Young Girls

    On Hillary Clinton as a Model for Young Girls

    One of the most oft-heard claims made by supporters of Hillary Clinton is what a positive role model she would be for young girls as president. They say: “Then, my daughters will know that nothing is to too great for them to aspire to. A woman can indeed be president…

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  • The resentment election

    Some presidential elections are fueled by fear. Ronald Reagan won in 1980 because the country was afraid of developments at home and abroad. Some contests run on gratitude and hope, including Reagan's re-election and President Obama's first win. Some, as with the election of George H.W. Bush and President Clinton's…

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