• WHY JEWISH WEDDINGS INSPIRE FRENZY

    On the last day of August, my wife Diane and I celebrated the wedding of our son, Danny, to our new daughter-in-law, Richelle. We welcomed far-flung members from both families and more than 200 guests to a scenic location at the edge of the woods and even the Seattle weather…

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  • WHY IT’S NOT SAFE TO “JUST COME HOME”

    Former Congressman Ron Paul, the eccentric and embarrassing father of a prospective presidential candidate, actually commends President Obama for offering no strategy on combating ISIS. “A lack of strategy is a glimmer of hope,” Ron Paul says. “Here's a strategy: just come home.” It sounds appealingly simple, but our troubled…

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  • Hamas Chief Asks: Gaza, Holocaust, What’s The Difference?

    In several interviews with a variety of international news agencies, the political chieftain of the Hamas terror organization accused Israel of perpetrating “the real Holocaust” in Gaza, charging the Jewish state with “genocide” and comparing Netanyahu to Hitler. Most sane, fair-minded people instinctively recognize the absurdity of those charges but…

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  • Open Up That Golden Gate

    Open Up That Golden Gate

    Republican candidates have lost the popular vote for president in five of the past six elections, going back to 1992. In each of those contests, the Democratic nominee swept California, mostly by blowout margins; Barack Obama, for instance, crushed Mitt Romney and won the state's 55 electoral votes with a…

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  • DEMS, GOP SPLIT ON HANDLING MONEY

    A recent report on campaign fundraising reveals an important distinction between the two major parties when it comes to handling money. In the last nineteen months, the Democratic National Committee raised a bit more than Republican National Committee—$ 61 million, compared to $60 million for the GOP. At the same…

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  • HAMAS AND THE HOLOCAUST

    Leaders of Hamas repeatedly describe the situation in Gaza as “genocide” and compare Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Hitler. These inflammatory charges ignore both dictionary and legal definitions of “genocide,” which international law describes as brutal acts “with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial…

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  • 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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