• 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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  • New Voters Mean New Hope for Embattled GOP Senators

    New Voters Mean New Hope for Embattled GOP Senators

    There's good reason that even conservatives who harbor grave doubts about Donald Trump's candidacy – as I do – should hope that he runs the most vigorous possible campaign. The ferocious energy of Mr. Trump's campaign will no doubt bring many angry Americans to the polls, some of them for…

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  • Trump’s Path to Victory: Tough, Not Impossible

    Trump’s Path to Victory: Tough, Not Impossible

    Commentators in the mainstream media want to suggest that the presidential race is already over – with a lopsided Clinton win all but assured. If Trump supporters believe their cause is lost, they may stay home–damaging Republicans up and down the ticket. But the truth is that Trump still has…

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  • Troubled Parties, Divided by Race

    Troubled Parties, Divided by Race

    Republicans draw frequent criticism for their weak performance among blacks, Latinos and Asians, with Donald Trump, like Mitt Romney before him, losing non-white voters by a crushing margin of three to one. But few observers note that Democrats also perform poorly among the majority of voters who define themselves as…

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  • Does More Porn Mean Less Sex?

    Does More Porn Mean Less Sex?

    Research in the Archives of Sexual Behavior brings surprising news: younger Millennials—those below age 26—engage in less sex than their counterparts among Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers, with fewer partners and less frequent instances of intimacy. Among high school students, a substantial majority have no sexual experience, while 25 years ago…

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  • Running Mate Resemblances

    Running Mate Resemblances

    Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's choice for Vice President, bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump's running mate, Governor Mike Pence. Both are deeply religious—Kaine is a committed Catholic, Pence an Evangelical Christian. Both have sons currently serving on active duty in the Marine Corps. Both have served in Congress,…

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  • Wasting Money, Ignoring Issues

    Wasting Money, Ignoring Issues

    Political conventions waste vast sums of money that could be used more effectively to promote desperately needed reform. Donors provided at least $65 million for the GOP convention I recently attended in Cleveland, but four nights of repetitive, partisan speeches did little to inspire voters with hopeful conservative strategies for…

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  • Michael’s New Book: The American Miracle

    AT KEY TURNING POINTS IN HISTORY, AMERICA CATCHES EVERY BREAK The history of the United States displays an uncanny pattern: at moments of crisis, when odds against success seem overwhelming and disaster looks imminent, fate intervenes to provide deliverance and progress. Historians may categorize these incidents as happy accidents, callous…

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  • Character Still Counts

    Character Still Counts

    In choosing the next President, character matters more than ideology. An individual of low character and troubled temperament won't keep campaign promises, no matter how appealing, and won't be able to work with others to achieve those goals, even if he tried. What's more, a president with a tendency toward…

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