• Cinematic Enchantment, For a Change

    Cinematic Enchantment, For a Change

    Occasionally, Hollywood releases diverting fare for kids but only rarely do family films qualify as dazzling works of art. But Steven Spielberg's The BFG—“The Big Friendly Giant”—is a gorgeous, touching enchantment, destined to become a classic. Based on Roald Dahl's 1982 best-seller, the movie follows an orphan girl into Giant…

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  • Focus Attacks on the Most Vulnerable Democrat

    Focus Attacks on the Most Vulnerable Democrat

    Hillary Clinton is one of the most unpopular politicians in America – with a negative rating of 55% according to a recent poll. If Republicans hope to win the presidency, Donald Trump should focus all criticism on this vulnerable opponent, rather than attacking more popular figures like President Bill Clinton…

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  • Student Loans Amount to a Disastrous Investment

    Student Loans Amount to a Disastrous Investment

    Student loan debt has quadrupled since 2000 and stands at a staggering $1.2 trillion today—a situation comparable to the housing crisis that wrecked the economy nearly 10 years ago. Already, 7 million student-borrowers are in default—with millions more likely to follow suit. Most of these troubled loans involve young people…

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  • Can We Count on Trump to Pick the Right Judges?

    Can We Count on Trump to Pick the Right Judges?

    Despite Donald Trump's obvious shortcomings as a candidate, his enthusiastic supporters argue that his commitment to appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court should persuade all Republicans to unite behind him. His racially-tinged assault on federal judge Gonazlo Curiel, however, and his repeated promises to use the justice department and…

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  • Transgender Awareness in Kindergarten?

    Transgender Awareness in Kindergarten?

    Public school officials in Washington State recently revealed an appalling new program to teach transgender awareness beginning in kindergarten as part of a new curriculum that will leave children even more confused and troubled as they approach puberty. Kindergartners are in Washington are now supposed learn that “there are many…

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  • Fourth Party Prospects for Victory

    Fourth Party Prospects for Victory

    Third party candidacies are generally a waste of time, but this year a fourth party candidacy could capture the White House. Here's how it might work: with Democrats deeply divided, the Bernie brigades might walk out of the convention, with Senator Sanders or someone from his camp running as the…

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  • An Empty Museum for an Empty “Nationality”

    An Empty Museum for an Empty “Nationality”

    Leaders of the Palestinian Authority recently dedicated the Palestinian Museum: a $24 million building meant as “a space to celebrate and redefine Palestinian art, history and culture.” The only problem: the sprawling museum opened with no exhibitions at all—highlighting the troubled nature of Palestinian identity. What is “Palestinian art, history…

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  • “Body Art” and Conservative Values

    “Body Art” and Conservative Values

    New York Times Magazine recently praised the current craze for “artistic” self-mutilation, declaring that “the danger, the fear, the foolishness and the pain of getting a tattoo contribute to the thrill.” A new Harris survey suggests that more than one-in-four Americans have now pursued that “thrill,” with 47% of adults…

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