• TROUBLE WITH A “TRUMP-AND-TED” TICKET

    With Donald Trump and Ted Cruz topping most polls, some imaginative activists have already contacted my radio show to suggest that the two leading candidates join forces to run together as a team. After all, “Trump and Ted” has a nice ring to it, and they appeal to the same…

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  • The Moral Bankruptcy of a Pro-Abortion Stunt

    The Moral Bankruptcy of a Pro-Abortion Stunt

    A tasteless political stunt by a South Carolina Democrat highlights the moral bankruptcy of pro-abortion extremists. State representative Mia McLeod wants to “send a message to Republicans in the General Assembly about laws governing the bodies of South Carolinians.” Her legislation would restrict access to medication like Viagra by requiring…

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  • An Uphill, Narrow Path to November Victory

    An Uphill, Narrow Path to November Victory

    As voters prepare at last to choose their presidential nominees, Republicans face an uncomfortable question: can any GOP candidate conceivably win an Electoral College majority this November? The answer is “yes,” but it will be an uphill struggle. Wall Street Journal analysis shows that genuine “swing states” have all but…

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  • Best and Worst Movies of 2015

    Best and Worst Movies of 2015

    Click on the posters to listen to Michael's reviews. BEST MOVIES OF 2015: 1.Brooklyn 2. The Revenant 3. Bridge of Spies 4. The Martian 5. The Big Short 6. Macbeth 7. The Peanuts Movie 8. Captive 9. Ricki and the Flash 10. Spotlight WORST MOVIES OF 2015: 1. The Night…

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  • The Advantage of Impractical Ideas

    The Advantage of Impractical Ideas

    Raging controversy over Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States ignores the most obvious fact about his suggestion: there's no chance it would ever take effect. Even in the unlikely event of a Trump presidency, courts or congress would promptly block any “Muslim ban.” That's also true…

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  • Can G.O.P. Win by Rallying Christian Conservatives?

    Ted Cruz promises to win the presidency by rallying disillusioned conservatives–particularly Christian conservatives. According to Cruz, these voters didn't turn out for McCain or Romney, but they'd come out for him just as they did for the last successful GOP candidate–his fellow Texan, George W. Bush. The problem is that…

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  • Victory Lessons from George W. Bush

    Victory Lessons from George W. Bush

    To win the White House in 2016, Republicans must follow the example of the last GOP candidate to win a solid majority: George W. Bush. Exit polls show the basis for his success in 2004, and for Mitt Romney's failure in 2012. Both Republicans drew similar turnouts of conservatives and…

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  • In Praise of Political Pros

    In Praise of Political Pros

    Widespread disgust with a dirty, dysfunctional political establishment has produced a powerful yearning for an “outsider candidate” who can cleanse and repair the fetid mess in Washington. But before the mobilized masses rush to support presidential contenders with no electoral experience, it's crucial to consider the lessons of history and…

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  • “Radicalization” Doesn’t Just Happen

    “Radicalization” Doesn’t Just Happen

    In discussions of the San Bernardino massacre, investigators want to determine at what point, exactly, the killers became “radicalized.” This inappropriate word makes it sound as if the perpetrators developed a disease, or fell under some evil spell – minimizing the extent to which their hideous crimes constituted a series…

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