• 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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  • AN IMPEACHMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR TED CRUZ

    AN IMPEACHMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR TED CRUZ

    The irresponsible talk about impeachment provides Senator Ted Cruz with a wonderful opportunity: by speaking out strongly against any self-destructive scheme to impeach President Obama, the Texas Senator can show he's a sane, constructive conservative, not a show-boating demagogue. Sarah Palin recently called in to my radio show and we…

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  • THREE POSSIBLE OUTCOMES IN GAZA

    THREE POSSIBLE OUTCOMES IN GAZA

    There are only three possible outcomes in the Gaza War: a decisive Israeli victory, which dismantles the terror tunnels and reduces the capacity to launch rockets; another inconclusive cease fire, with no preconditions or resolution of key issues; or a deal dictated by the international community, where Hamas stops rockets…

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  • Gaza, Liberals, and Moral Equivalence

    Gaza, Liberals, and Moral Equivalence

    A big majority of Americans say Israel is justified in its response to Hamas, but a CNN/ORC poll shows revealing ideological differences in attitudes toward the Middle East. Among Republicans, 73% stand with Israel, and among Independents that support remains strong at 56%. But among Democrats, only a minority –…

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