• An Empty Museum for an Empty “Nationality”

    An Empty Museum for an Empty “Nationality”

    Leaders of the Palestinian Authority recently dedicated the Palestinian Museum: a $24 million building meant as “a space to celebrate and redefine Palestinian art, history and culture.” The only problem: the sprawling museum opened with no exhibitions at all—highlighting the troubled nature of Palestinian identity. What is “Palestinian art, history…

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  • “Body Art” and Conservative Values

    “Body Art” and Conservative Values

    New York Times Magazine recently praised the current craze for “artistic” self-mutilation, declaring that “the danger, the fear, the foolishness and the pain of getting a tattoo contribute to the thrill.” A new Harris survey suggests that more than one-in-four Americans have now pursued that “thrill,” with 47% of adults…

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  • Election is Crucial, Beyond Presidential Choice

    Election is Crucial, Beyond Presidential Choice

    Many conservatives feel discouraged at the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for president of the United States but that doesn't mean we should lose interest in the crucial election this November. Important Senate races in ten different states will impact our future security and prosperity, no matter who…

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  • Keep Uncle Sam Out of Student Bathrooms

    Keep Uncle Sam Out of Student Bathrooms

    Of all Barack Obama's reckless policy initiatives, none has shown more contempt for common sense and rule of law than the new bullying on transgender bathrooms. Department of Education “guidelines” threaten to cut off federal funds to school districts that don't allow children to enter washrooms, showers or changing rooms…

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  • The “Self-Funding Billionaire” Scam

    The “Self-Funding Billionaire” Scam

    The “outsider” appeal of Donald Trump's campaign has been based on two assertions he has repeated in every public appearance: that he's a peerless entrepreneur worth more than $10 billion, and that he was funding his own campaign while taking no contributions from moneyed special interests. New developments put both…

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  • Trade War Threat Means Hidden Tax Hikes

    Trade War Threat Means Hidden Tax Hikes

    Both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have broken with the 70-year consensus on free trade, with Trump threatening a 45 % tariff on imports from China, Mexico, and other countries on his enemies list. The problem is that tariffs don't really tax foreign countries and companies; it's a…

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  • The Superhero Substitution

    The Superhero Substitution

    Comic book superheroes have come to dominate popular culture as never before: of the ten top opening weekends in Hollywood history, seven of them featured superheroes from Marvel or DC comics. Most recently, Iron Man and other luminaries from the Marvel galaxy co-starred with Captain America in CIVIL WAR, which…

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  • How Trump Became an American Idol

    To understand the Trump phenomenon, consider the world of reality TV where he first forged his bond with the public. THE APPRENTICE ran for 14 years, and at its height averaged 11,000,000 weekly viewers–the same number of voters Trump's received in the combined GOP primaries. Another popular reality show, AMERICAN…

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  • Most Important Racial Gap Closing, Not Growing

    Most Important Racial Gap Closing, Not Growing

    Recent figures on life expectancy bring good news for all those who care about racial justice and equal opportunity. A hundred years ago white people averaged fifteen more years of life than black people in the United States – an appalling gap that reflected oppression and poverty among African-Americans. More…

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