• How to Handle a Problematic Father

    How to Handle a Problematic Father

    In his recent announcement of candidacy, Rand Paul faced a dilemma in how to acknowledge the presence of his father, former Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul. The family patriarch has compiled a long history of isolationism, support for crackpot conspiracy theories, expressions of sympathy for Iran and hostility…

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  • Stay Out of Our Beds and Pews

    In order to find the proper perspective for controversies in Indiana and other states over “religious liberty” legislation, it's worth looking back at the long history of sodomy laws in the United States. That's not because the rules to protect religious believers compare in outrageousness with the criminalizing of gay…

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  • For Her Campaign, Hillary Selects Contradictory Goals

    For Her Campaign, Hillary Selects Contradictory Goals

    The Democratic frontrunner has reportedly selected the two themes she plans to emphasize in her presidential campaign but seems unconcerned that the twin goals contradict one another. The March 23 headline in the New York Times proclaimed “Hillary Clinton Tests Two Themes for 2016: Working Together and Inequality.” Laura Meckler…

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  • Why Big Companies Claim a Race Crisis

    Why Big Companies Claim a Race Crisis

    Is America in 2015 facing a major crisis in race relations? Some significant players in the corporate world have invested money and prestige in a major effort to get you to think so. How do major companies, or the nation at large, benefit from persuading the public that the United…

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  • Good New on Soda – In Spite of Government

    Occasionally, an item of good news has nothing to do with government or politics. New figures from Beverage Digest show that per-person consumption of carbonated soft drinks fell last year to their lowest level in 28 years. Soda consumption overall has now decreased ten years in a row, indicating that…

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  • “Moral Equivalence” Argument Sinks to New Depths

    “Moral equivalence” has long been a favorite liberal argument – noting that America isn't perfect so we have no right to condemn evil. Premiering a new violin concerto with the New York Philharmonic, acclaimed composer John Adams explained it was inspired by an exhibition he saw in Paris exposing the…

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  • A GOP Rising Star Victimized by Lavish Decor

    A GOP Rising Star Victimized by Lavish Decor

    Aaron Schock has always been considered something of a prodigy. At age 19, he became the youngest elected school board member in Illinois history. At age 23, he set another record when he won election to the legislature as the youngest member ever of the Illinois General Assembly. Four years…

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  • Hillary and Jeb Could Both Lose “The Story Primary”

    Hillary and Jeb Could Both Lose “The Story Primary”

    Ted Cruz got one thing right when he became the first officially announced presidential candidate: He launched his speech by telling his story, describing his parents and their struggles. This might not win a nomination for the Republican senator from Texas, but history strongly suggests that voters will select the…

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  • Conservative Lessons for 2016 from Israel Elections 2015

    Conservative Lessons for 2016 from Israel Elections 2015

    The Israeli elections look confusing and almost indescribably complicated to most Americans but conservatives eager to put an end to the Obama era can still learn some important lessons from the results. First, those results from Israel will remain opaque and indecisive for days, even for weeks, after the ballots…

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