• Terror Reshapes the Race

    The terrorist attacks in Paris have reshaped the race for the White House, diminishing the prospects of several leading candidates. Hillary Clinton suffered the most serious damage because the global reach of ISIS demonstrates the failure of administration policies she helped put in place. Just hours before the explosion of…

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  • Exploiting the Immigration Issue

    Some GOP presidential candidates have recently tried to exploit the immigration issue by accusing their opponents of supporting “amnesty.” As a matter of fact, none of the Republicans backs amnesty the way Reagan did in 1986—granting quick legal status to those who had entered the country illegally, inevitably encouraging more…

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  • Many Winners and One Big Loser in the GOP Debate

    Many Winners and One Big Loser in the GOP Debate

    Everyone will select the Fox Business panel as the most conspicuous winner in the whole night of debates: the contrast with CNBC worked entirely to FBN's favor. The questions were often tough, but never unfair, insulting or irrelevant. The biggest gainer among the candidates was, of course, Marco Rubio. As…

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  • A Proud Parade of Political Pros

    Widespread public disgust with petty bickering and corruption in Washington has led to popular preference for an “outsider candidate” for president, not a professional politician. Americans long for another Lincoln—someone who's wise and idealistic—and untainted by political machinations. The only problem is that the real Lincoln was a proud professional…

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  • The Presidency: No Laughing Matter

    Donald Trump's appearance as host of Saturday Night Live generated big ratings, but did it help his pursuit of the presidency? If you believe his top priority must be to convince the public that he's serious about the world's biggest job, the answer is that SNL probably hurt more than…

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  • Too Late for President Paul D. Ryan?

    Too Late for President Paul D. Ryan?

    With just three months till the Iowa Caucuses, experts cite the real possibility that the GOP convention in Cleveland won't be decided on the first ballot, creating a fluid, unpredictable situation. Most of the delegates—60 percent—will be selected proportionally; only 40 percent will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis. That…

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  • Guest Review of SPECTRE by Danny Medved

    Guest Review of SPECTRE by Danny Medved

    As a guest reviewer, it's never good to give a movie four stars. You risk looking like a fan rather than an objective reviewer – but I don't care. Up front, I think this Bond film deserves four stars. But with 007 offerings, are stars really appropriate? I've always viewed…

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  • 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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