• New “Birthers” Attack Cruz, Rubio and Jindal

    New “Birthers” Attack Cruz, Rubio and Jindal

    It looks like the birthers are back: The same misguided or unscrupulous activists who insisted that Barack Obama wasn't eligible for the presidency because he was secretly born in Kenya, now claim that conservative champions Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz are also disqualified from the nation's highest office.…

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  • Insecure Parents and Ivy League Degrees

    Insecure Parents and Ivy League Degrees

    In this season of grads and dads, I'll admit that if any of my three children had followed their father's example and chosen to study at Yale, I would have somehow scraped together the money to pay for it. As it happens, they made other plans: graduating from a distinguished…

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  • Israel and “White Privilege”

    Israel and “White Privilege”

    In college campuses across the country, student activists for the “BDS” campaign demand that universities “boycott, divest, and sanction” to punish Israel. When defenders of the Jewish state resist this pressure, leftists often respond with the slogan “Check Your Privilege!”—insisting that Israel's existence relies on discrimination by wealthy white people…

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  • Do White Lives Matter?

    Do White Lives Matter?

    All decent Americans should agree with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” but new reports on killings by police raise questions on whether white lives matter too. According to authoritative statistics from 2013 to the present, cited approvingly by the New York Times, far more white people than black people die…

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  • No Basis for “Third Party Envy”

    No Basis for “Third Party Envy”

    Many Americans watched recent elections in Britain with envy because so many parties competed for power. The Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, UK Independence Party and the Greens all competed for seats in Parliament. But the results meant an inconclusive election with no clear mandate, producing a shaky…

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  • Why “The Income Gap” is a Losing Issue

    Democrats plan to focus on income inequality in the upcoming presidential election but a former advisor to Bill Clinton says they're making a mistake. William Galston notes recent polls by CBS News and Gallup showing less than 4% who list the income gap as their main concern. Distance between rich…

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  • The Wrong Candidate to Reform Big-Money Politics

    The Wrong Candidate to Reform Big-Money Politics

    In the rocky roll-out of her campaign, Hillary Clinton has listed four goals for her presidency: expanding opportunity for the middle class, strengthening families and communities, confronting foreign threats, and somehow breaking the connection between money and politics. “We can fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out…

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  • A Phony “Crisis” that Harms America

    A Phony “Crisis” that Harms America

    In eight tumultuous years of the Bush presidency, it's tough to think of even one famous case of an unarmed African-American killed by police. This doesn't reflect some uncelebrated triumph for George W. Bush, but it does provide needed perspective on the current hysteria over black victimization by law enforcement.…

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  • For California, Gay Astronaut Beats Sainthood

    For California, Gay Astronaut Beats Sainthood

    Which Californian represents the state's splendor and greatness most appropriately; the Catholic saint who founded nine settlements that grew into major cities or a recently deceased astronaut who completed two missions on the space shuttle? Does the answer change because the astronaut in question – Sally Ride– happened to be…

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