• 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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  • 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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