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  • The Real Battle Between Good and Evil

    The Real Battle Between Good and Evil

    On Sabbath eve of July 21st, the Salomon family in the Israeli community of Halamish prepared a “Shalom Zachor” celebration to welcome their new-born baby grandson. As they set out sweets and refreshments for their expected guests, a 19-year-old Palestinian stranger burst into the home and stabbed four members of…

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  • Necessary Allies, Not Implacable Enemies

    Necessary Allies, Not Implacable Enemies

    To place our polarized politics in proper perspective, conservatives need to look back at the nearly half-century struggle known as “the Cold War.” The Soviet Union and its satellites really did amount to an “Evil Empire” and the US and our allies constituted the necessary counterweight of goodness and decency.…

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  • It’s High Noon on the GOP’s Promise to ‘Repeal and Replace’

    The reason Republicans can't “come together” on a repeal-and-replacement plan for Obamacare is that the American people haven't come together on what they want. True, polls show Obamacare remains unpopular. But the various Republican replacement proposals have polled even worse. And when you break down the answers, Obamacare is unpopular-ish.…

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  • Taking Encouragement from Under-Rated Presidents

    Taking Encouragement from Under-Rated Presidents

    Can a new president with a tenuous mandate and a balky Congress, held in contempt by “enlightened” opinion, nonetheless preside over dynamic years of peace and prosperity? History answers with a ringing “yes!” and Donald Trump should feel encouraged by that record. Between 1868 and 1896, six presidents occupied the…

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  • Positive Results Trump Political Disappointments

    Positive Results Trump Political Disappointments

    In President Trump's first six months, illegal immigration dropped dramatically, reaching its lowest point in at least 16 years—despite the fact that the administration hasn't built its border wall, or conducted mass deportations that many feared, or enforced the promised Muslim ban. At the same time, the stock market boomed…

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  • My Response to Bret Stephens

    Bret Stephens devoted his New York Times column last week to admonishing me for my tweet from two weeks ago and critiquing my follow-up column last week explaining the tweet. The tweet reads, “The news media in the West pose a far greater danger to Western civilization than Russia does.”…

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  • Messages from “DUNKIRK”

    Messages from “DUNKIRK”

    The superb new movie “Dunkirk” conveys important messages about a fateful episode of World War II. In May, 1940, the rapid Nazi advance through France trapped a huge British army on the coast, offering easy targets for Luftwaffe bombers. The Royal Navy couldn't rescue the troops from the beaches, so…

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  • Not So Polarized, After All

    Not So Polarized, After All

    Despite the partisan polarization that characterizes both politics and media at the moment, the public seems surprisingly united when it comes to defining Americanism. A new Voter Study Group survey associated with George Washington University, showed a full 93% agreeing that “respect for American institutions and laws” is important for…

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  • Nukes Threaten People; Ideas Threaten Civilizations

    Last week, I tweeted, “The news media in the West pose a far greater danger to Western civilization than Russia does.” To my surprise, the tweet went viral. And while there were more likes than dislikes, 99 percent of the written reactions were negative. Typical reactions were: –“F— you.” –“Move…

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