• How Oil Drilling Saved the Whales

    How Oil Drilling Saved the Whales

    Watching a parade of migrating whales as they leap and frolic in the warm waters off Honolulu, it's worth remembering that these creatures owe their very survival to a much-derided 19th century Pennsylvania oil driller named Edwin Drake. His story should reassure present-day pessimists of the near miraculous power of…

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  • Shady Operations Hurt Conservative Cause

    Shady Operations Hurt Conservative Cause

    Dr. Ben Carson has inspired millions with his idealism and common sense, but those of us who respect him most should shun dubious operators who are raising big money for the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. Dr. Carson insists he has no plans to run for office and no…

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  • Freezing Spending, Assuring a Surplus

    Freezing Spending, Assuring a Surplus

    Amazingly enough, the federal government announced in February a freeze on new spending, with credible plans for a budget surplus by 2015! Unfortunately, the federal government I'm referring to isn't in the U.S.; it's north of the border in Canada. Under the admirable leadership of the Conservative Party's Stephen Harper,…

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  • White House Protection for Black-Out Drunks

    White House Protection for Black-Out Drunks

    Do American young women deserve a sacred, federally-protected right to engage in reckless, irresponsible and even illegal behavior with no fear of consequences? Vice President Biden seems to think so. After a White House meeting in January to announce a new task force to curb sexual assaults on campus, the…

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  • Obama’s Jarring “Morning in America” Dud

    Obama’s Jarring “Morning in America” Dud

    The president offered a tone of cheerful nationalism, celebrating everything that's great about America, with no hint of the “fundamental transformation” he once promised. The substance of the speech was almost non-existent other than a series of rehashes and meaningless gestures. But the good news was that vacuousness isn't scary.…

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  • Unbalanced Hatred in the Middle East

    Unbalanced Hatred in the Middle East

    President Obama's interview with New Yorker magazine generated controversy with its insistence that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. But he's been pushing another false equivalence that is even more outrageous—and dangerous. Noting that Sunni nations like Saudi Arabia share Israel's interest in restraining Iran, the president speculated that…

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  • Feds Fight Drunken Sex on Campus

    Feds Fight Drunken Sex on Campus

    In late January, the president convened a task force of “senior administration officials” to stop drunken sex on college campuses. He endorsed a new report from the White House Council on Women and Girls showing that many female victims are “abused while they're drunk, under the influence of drugs or…

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  • Explaining Poverty

    Explaining Poverty

    With President Obama stressing economic inequality in his State of the Union Address, a new poll seemed to support the idea that the nation's distribution of wealth is fundamentally unfair. According to the Pew Research Center, more people say an individual's poverty comes from “circumstances beyond his or her control”…

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  • Obama’s “Dream” and the Abortion Nightmare

    Obama’s “Dream” and the Abortion Nightmare

    Barack Obama won the presidency in large part through promises to unify America and close painful gaps in our society. Unfortunately, he missed an important chance to advance that process on the recent 41st anniversary of the Roe Vs. Wade decision on abortion. The president could have acknowledged the thousands…

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  • Next GOP Nominee: Conservative Record, Moderate Tone

    Next GOP Nominee: Conservative Record, Moderate Tone

    With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enmeshed in scandal, the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination suddenly looks wide open. But before the GOP coalesces around a new front-runner, they need to drop dangerous delusions about what went wrong in 2008 and 2012. For Republicans, that means abandoning the…

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