• Yearning for Quiet Competence?

    Yearning for Quiet Competence?

    On President's Day, C-SPAN released a new poll of leading historians ranking America's chief executives, from the greatest, to the greatest disappointments. The top four on the list should come as no surprise—Lincoln, Washington, FDR and Theodore Roosevelt have been classified among the greats ever since such polls began in…

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  • False Charges of Anti-Semitism

    False Charges of Anti-Semitism

    The bitter divisions in American life currently stem from politics as much as from differences in race, religion or economic status. Even tightly connected subgroups endure internal conflicts over President Trump and his policies. Jewish Americans, for instance, represent less than 2 percent of the national population but that community…

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  • American Miracles and President’s Day

    American Miracles and President’s Day

    On the eve of Civil War, Abraham Lincoln concluded his First Inaugural Address with two sentences of incandescent eloquence: “Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone…

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  • Democrats: Doomed by Internal Contradictions

    Democrats: Doomed by Internal Contradictions

    To understand why they lost the election to Trump and the Republicans, stunned Democrats must come to terms with the internal contradictions in their party's policies and personalities. On a policy level, Democrats tell the voters that the government is corrupt, and slanted toward the rich and powerful, even while…

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  • Whatever Happened to “The Party of the Little Guy”?

    Whatever Happened to “The Party of the Little Guy”?

    Democrats have always identified themselves as “the party of the little guy,” but in 2016 they lost tens-of-millions of aggrieved, out-of-luck voters to a boisterous billionaire named Donald Trump. Why? Because of the party's self-destructive obsession with race and gender. The real dividing line between families that are forging ahead…

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  • Trump’s Best Move…So Far

    Trump’s Best Move…So Far

    During his first two weeks, President Donald Trump has been moving ahead like an unstoppable express train, even though he hasn't always stayed on track. (Did we really need diplomatic blow-ups with Australia and Mexico, or the mishandling of an incoherent and ineffective “travel ban”?) But with all the storm…

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  • No, the Embassy Won’t Move to Disputed East Jersulem

    No, the Embassy Won’t Move to Disputed East Jersulem

    Ongoing debate about moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is surrounded by misinformation. One common mistake suggests that the whole city is historically disputed territory between Israelis and Palestinians. That's not true of Western Jerusalem, built up by returning Jews over the last 150 years, where the…

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  • Government Waste, Soaked in Soda

    Government Waste, Soaked in Soda

    A new Department of Agriculture report offers shocking revelations about food stamp recipients – those 45 million Americans enrolled in Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP. It turns out they spend more of their government money on sugary soda drinks than on any other food group – wasting a much…

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  • Trump’s Habit: Turning Obstacles into Advantages

    Trump’s Habit: Turning Obstacles into Advantages

    Even his harshest critics recognize President Trump's habit of turning obstacles into advantages. In the primary campaign, the fact that 17 well-qualified Republicans ran against him was supposed to make his victory impossible. But in fact it divided the more cautious, mainstream voters while giving Trump an unbeatable edge among…

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