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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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  • A Lesson from “The Most Dangerous Cities”

    A Lesson from “The Most Dangerous Cities”

    New FBI statistics reveal the worst cities in the country in terms of violent crime. St. Louis tops the list as the most dangerous metropolis of them all, perhaps showing the impact of the “Ferguson Effect” that has crippled policing in Missouri. Runners up on this dishonor roll are Memphis,…

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  • Trouble with the Youth Vote

    Trouble with the Youth Vote

    Republicans have begun to pay serious attention to the party's problems with black, Latino and Asian voters, but the GOP also performs miserably with young Americans. Recent polling shows Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by nearly three-to-one among voters under 35, but this youth vote preference for Democrats is nothing…

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  • Unfair to Stay-at-Home Moms (and Dads)

    Unfair to Stay-at-Home Moms (and Dads)

    In a rare area of agreement, both presidential candidates want to help working families with childcare expenses. Trump recently proposed a tax deduction for parents who place their kids in daycare; Clinton backs an even more costly plan, providing a refundable tax credit that would send daycare reimbursement checks even…

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  • When Politics Trumps Faith, Marriage Suffers

    When Politics Trumps Faith, Marriage Suffers

    The New York Times Style Section recently ran a report called “UNEASY BEDFELLOWS,” describing marriages that reached the point of dissolution because of arguments concerning Donald Trump. When I discussed the subject on the air, one astute caller noted that none of the couples featured in the story seemed to…

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