• The Most Depressing Number about the 2016 Election

    What's the most depressing number concerning the upcoming presidential election? I nominate 11 – why? No – that's not the number of Republicans running for the nomination – actually, we have even more – and it's not the number of hundreds of millions that people will spend in campaigns that…

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  • Lessons from Israel’s Confusing Election

    Lessons from Israel’s Confusing Election

    The Israeli elections look confusing to most Americans, but conservatives should learn important lessons from their results. One of the big questions involves the real chance that the Left-Center coalition challenging Prime Minister Netanyahu could come out a winner, even though all polls show the electorate leaning to the right…

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  • Hebrew Names and Popular Misconceptions

    Hebrew Names and Popular Misconceptions

    According to popular misconceptions, traditional Judaism treats women like chattel (property) if not outright like cattle (beasts, obviously). That's not true, of course, and it's why people are asking for my mother's Hebrew name for prayer, not my dad's. Whenever you pray for mercy, for a special kindness from God,…

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  • Two Bad Habits in Talking about Immigration

    Two Bad Habits in Talking about Immigration

    Republicans of all stripes tend to display two bad habits whenever they talk about immigration and those ticks damage the GOP and cripple our credibility. First, we almost inevitably discuss illegal immigration in the context of winning Hispanic votes, as if it were a political problem, rather than a profound…

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  • TWO BAD HABITS IN TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION

    TWO BAD HABITS IN TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION

    Republicans of all stripes tend to display two credibility crippling bad habits when they talk about immigration. First, they discuss illegal immigration in the context of Hispanic votes, as if it were a political problem, rather than a profound policy and ethical problem for millions. Additionally, Republicans should stay away…

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  • ALL LANDS “WERE MADE FOR YOU AND ME”?

    ALL LANDS “WERE MADE FOR YOU AND ME”?

    Super Bowl ads are sometimes memorable and original but one of the oddest this year came from Chrysler's Jeep Renegade. It used “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land,” with the original lyrics, but from the second verse on they dropped familiar American imagery and substituted gauzy…

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  • A PERSONAL NOTE TO MY RADIO FAMILY

    A PERSONAL NOTE TO MY RADIO FAMILY

    All those who listen regularly to my radio show know how much I value the privilege of speaking to this eager, enlightened audience every weekday, year-round. I have been unapologetically fanatical about broadcasting whenever, however I can; in eighteen years of national syndication, I've never missed more than four days…

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  • INSULTING MODERATES: NO FORMULA FOR G.O.P. MAJORITY

    INSULTING MODERATES: NO FORMULA FOR G.O.P. MAJORITY

    With John Boehner safely installed for another term as Speaker and Jeb Bush emerging as apparent frontrunner in the presidential race, Republicans activists must break the bad habit of demonizing moderates. Insults to the crucial swing voters who decide every election inevitably undermine GOP hopes for a durable governing majority.…

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