• Yes, Police Are the Good Guys

    Yes, Police Are the Good Guys

    If an American institution inspires public confidence through conspicuous, consistent progress over the course of many years, why seek to change or challenge its direction? That's the question for politicians and activists who denounce alleged “militarization” of local police departments despite their recent achievements in slashing rates of violent crime.…

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  • Rand Paul’s Losing Bet

    On “Police Militarization”: Bad Policy, Worse Politics Rand Paul's criticism of the “militarization” of local police departments may represent a sincere initiative by one of the Senate's more thoughtful members but it also amounts to bad policy and worse politics. As with his calls for defense cuts and a pullback…

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  • RAND PAUL PICKS WRONG TARGETS

    RAND PAUL PICKS WRONG TARGETS

    Senator Rand Paul passionately decries the “militarization” of American police departments, but this initiative won't work in terms of either policy or politics. Changes in policing since 2001, including more sophisticated equipment and better body armor, have occurred at the same time that crime rates continue to plummet: violent incidents…

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  • NPR’S BLINDNESS TO RELIGION’S ROLE

    NPR’S BLINDNESS TO RELIGION’S ROLE

    A new study from a Canadian university shows a sense of purpose producing better health and longer lives. But what does it mean to have a “sense of purpose”? Researchers from Carlton University concluded that even in old age those with “purpose and direction” reduced their risk of death in…

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  • MARTINEZ CANDIDACY CAN ONLY HELP THE GOP

    MARTINEZ CANDIDACY CAN ONLY HELP THE GOP

    Conservative Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico seems to be cruising to victory in her race for a second term, and if she wins the expected landslide she should consider a race for the presidency. As a veteran prosecutor with an admirable tough-on-crime record, and as the wife and daughter…

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  • THE BIBLE: WORSE THAN “MEIN KAMPF”?

    THE BIBLE: WORSE THAN “MEIN KAMPF”?

    Dan Barker, co-president of The Freedom from Religion Foundation, believes the Bible is a worse guide for human behavior than Hitler's “Mein Kampf.” He took that position on my radio show, when asked about a new effort by a conservative Congressman to give Bibles to all his colleagues as a…

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  • “NO RED LINES” INVITES WAR IN UKRAINE

    “NO RED LINES” INVITES WAR IN UKRAINE

    While American media focus attention on the ongoing war in Gaza, Europe faces the prospect of a far more devastating conflict in Ukraine. The effort to organize more costly sanctions against Russian aggression deserves support but it represents too little, too late. Putin's regime doesn't even hide its open backing…

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