• To Win Young People, Face Forward, Not Backward

    Republicans must do better among voters under thirty if they hope to capture the White House. In 2012, these young people comprised just 19% of the electorate, but provided Obama with his entire margin of victory. Among the 81% of voters over thirty, Mitt Romney won a majority, but with…

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  • “Bridge of Spies” Provides Missing Context

    Steven Spielberg's remarkable, refreshing historical epic BRIDGE OF SPIES provides crucial context missing from most movies about the Cold War era. Those prior films emphasize anti-Communist hysteria in America, without showing the tyrannical excesses of the Soviet system that inspired our fears. BRIDGE OF SPIES is different: Tom Hanks plays…

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  • Speaker Ryan’s Great Start

    Speaker Ryan’s Great Start

    Paul Ryan began his speakership with a significant achievement: beating the odds to unite a fractious GOP caucus on behalf of a fresh start and clean slate for his party in Congress. On the final vote to select a new speaker, even the Tea Party-oriented Freedom Caucus gave a solid…

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  • Embrace of “Socialism” Reflects Dangerous Ignorance

    Embrace of “Socialism” Reflects Dangerous Ignorance

    A new poll about public attitudes toward socialism and capitalism helps explain the surprising popularity of Senator Bernie Sanders—despite his proud identification as a “democratic socialist.” The YouGov survey showed 49% of Democrats said they looked favorably on socialism, while only 37% had a favorable opinion of capitalism—the system that…

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  • Disregarding Decency, Liberty and Sanity in Jerusalem

    Disregarding Decency, Liberty and Sanity in Jerusalem

    The Palestinian Authority has honored those who perpetrate stabbing attacks against Jews as “heroes” and “martyrs”—despite the fact that victims of those attacks are almost always small children, old women, and other innocent civilians. Even worse, the justification for these terrorist atrocities is suppression of religious liberty—not its defense. On…

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  • The Democrats’ Preoccupation with Inequality

    The Democrats’ Preoccupation with Inequality

    If you want to understand today's Democratic Party, a word search of the Democrats' debate last week provides a pretty clear picture. Here is how many times key words were spoken: Wall Street: 23 Tax: 20 Inequality: 9 Wealthy: 7 Now, compare the number of times other national concerns were…

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  • Ben Carson’s Inept and Inaccurate Analogy

    Ben Carson’s Inept and Inaccurate Analogy

    Dr. Ben Carson is a wonderful human being and a worthy presidential candidate, but he's created unnecessary problems for his campaign with careless remarks about Nazi Germany. On six occasions he's declared that “most Germans didn't support what Hitler was doing, but they kept silent, and let it happen anyway.”…

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  • An Outrageous Assault on Biblical History

    An Outrageous Assault on Biblical History

    The New York Times has earned a well-deserved reputation for anti-Israel bias in its reporting on the Middle East, but a report contesting the universally accepted history of Jerusalem's Temple Mount marks a new low. The headline declares “Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem's Holiest Place” and questions whether either…

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  • The Media Myth of “GOP Civil War”

    The Media Myth of “GOP Civil War”

    Mainstream media focus obsessive and misleading attention on what they call “The Republican Civil War.” First, Republicans aren't battling over substance or policy: the Tea Party and the Congressional leadership agree on long-term goals and quarrel only over strategies to get there. Second, it's not much of a “Civil War”…

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  • Addicted to Magical Thinking

    Addicted to Magical Thinking

    The same Republicans who express appropriate outrage over President Obama's shameless demagoguery on gun control should reconsider their own exploitative oversimplification of the similarly tortured question of illegal immigration. In reacting to the horrifying shootings in Oregon, the president declared: “This is a political choice that we make, to allow…

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