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  • Commitment Over Feeling Can Save, Enhance Marriage

    Commitment Over Feeling Can Save, Enhance Marriage

    Profound changes in the institution of matrimony go far beyond the push for same-sex marriage. After many years as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Diane Medved notes a shift in marital priorities from commitment to feelings. ”Do your duty” has been replaced with “follow your heart.” In response, my wife has…

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  • Still the Core of the Conflict

    Still the Core of the Conflict

    Palestinian leaders claim that Israeli settlements in disputed territory constitute the chief obstacle to peace, but their arguments actually expose the nature of their extremist agenda. At CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, representatives of Israeli settler communities expressed their willingness to live under governance of a new Palestinian state,…

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  • Pointless Distractions Undermine Worthy Goals

    Pointless Distractions Undermine Worthy Goals

    President Trump is committed to pursuing so many worthy goals – tax reform, border security, economic growth, choice in education, strengthening the military – that it's a shame that he allows himself to be distracted by dubious concerns and trivial issues. Four days after his well-received speech to Congress, he…

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  • Need for an Upgrade in the White House Staff

    Need for an Upgrade in the White House Staff

    President Trump has received well-deserved praise for outstanding cabinet appointments, after installing well-qualified figures at major federal departments. His White House staff selections, however, have been far less appropriate, contributing to a lack of focus in the administration's early days. Thirty years ago, my comprehensive history of key presidential aides,…

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  • The Oscars: The Activism They Left on the Cutting Room Floor

    Imagine the result, with hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide, if Hollywood turned its creative firepower on real problems. Instead, viewers watched wall-to-wall Trump-bashing. They should have spent less time bashing Trump and more time making the sure presenters got the correct envelopes. If so, the Oscar gaffe of…

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  • Conspiracy Theories Can’t Account for Anti-Semitic Surge

    Conspiracy Theories Can’t Account for Anti-Semitic Surge

    Vandalism against Jewish cemeteries and a hundred bomb threats against Jewish community centers look so puzzling that some observers spin conspiracy theories. This logic argues that cunning activists staged the attacks to smear the president. After all, a church burning during the campaign was initially blamed on Trump backers, but…

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  • A Nation of Immigrants — Only If They Assimilate

    A Nation of Immigrants — Only If They Assimilate

    I am writing this column in Japan, a country whose crime rate is the lowest among countries with large populations. I asked my Japanese translator, a middle-aged woman, what she thought. “Why is there is so little crime in Japan?” I asked. Without taking a moment to reflect, she responded,…

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  • Trump Eviscerates the Liberal Media – What Took So Long?

    It was riveting. In his first solo press conference, President Donald Trump spent much of the hour berating the media for what Trump called anti-Republican bias and its relentlessly negative “tone.” It's about time. The liberal media has long been sticking it to Republicans. In October 1992, during the presidential…

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  • Yearning for Quiet Competence?

    Yearning for Quiet Competence?

    On President's Day, C-SPAN released a new poll of leading historians ranking America's chief executives, from the greatest, to the greatest disappointments. The top four on the list should come as no surprise—Lincoln, Washington, FDR and Theodore Roosevelt have been classified among the greats ever since such polls began in…

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