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  • Trade War Threat Means Hidden Tax Hikes

    Trade War Threat Means Hidden Tax Hikes

    Both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have broken with the 70-year consensus on free trade, with Trump threatening a 45 % tariff on imports from China, Mexico, and other countries on his enemies list. The problem is that tariffs don't really tax foreign countries and companies; it's a…

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  • Why Don’t Republicans Name the Enemy?

    Why Don’t Republicans Name the Enemy?

    In The Wall Street Journal last week, two influential billionaires — former New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a very moderate Republican, and Charles G. Koch, the libertarian chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. — wrote an op-ed piece decrying the suppression of free speech taking place at universities…

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  • Will you find a new voice?

    The following is a condensed version of the commencement address I delivered on May 14 at Ashland University. It is a high honor to be invited to your big day. My belief is that almost everyone who has walked across a stage and received a degree, whether high school, college…

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  • The Superhero Substitution

    The Superhero Substitution

    Comic book superheroes have come to dominate popular culture as never before: of the ten top opening weekends in Hollywood history, seven of them featured superheroes from Marvel or DC comics. Most recently, Iron Man and other luminaries from the Marvel galaxy co-starred with Captain America in CIVIL WAR, which…

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  • How Trump Became an American Idol

    To understand the Trump phenomenon, consider the world of reality TV where he first forged his bond with the public. THE APPRENTICE ran for 14 years, and at its height averaged 11,000,000 weekly viewers–the same number of voters Trump's received in the combined GOP primaries. Another popular reality show, AMERICAN…

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  • Most Important Racial Gap Closing, Not Growing

    Most Important Racial Gap Closing, Not Growing

    Recent figures on life expectancy bring good news for all those who care about racial justice and equal opportunity. A hundred years ago white people averaged fifteen more years of life than black people in the United States – an appalling gap that reflected oppression and poverty among African-Americans. More…

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  • The Scariest Reason Trump Won

    The Scariest Reason Trump Won

    There are many reasons why Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. The four most-often cited reasons are the frustrations of white working-class Americans, a widespread revulsion against political correctness, disenchantment with the Republican establishment, and the unprecedented and unrivaled amount of time the media afforded Trump. They are…

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  • Three paths forward for the GOP

    In early 2015 I scheduled our annual listener cruise for the first two weeks of May 2016. I assumed the GOP nomination process would be over by then. When the pre-primary debate season seemed to point to an open convention, I told myself I would only be away for the…

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  • The Cost of Bashing the GOP

    The Cost of Bashing the GOP

    Approval ratings for the Republican Party recently sank to their lowest levels in a quarter century. According to Pew Research Center, an appalling 62% of registered voters view the GOP unfavorably. This is not just because the American people don't like the leading candidates – Trump and Cruz – but…

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