• A Celebration of Everyday Heroism

    A Celebration of Everyday Heroism

    Last weekend, as America observed the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Hollywood released a film about an aviation disaster with a very different outcome. SULLY, directed by Clint Eastwood, tells the true story of the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson” in 2009 with the superb Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger,…

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  • In the Debates: Who Needs Moderators?

    In the Debates: Who Needs Moderators?

    With moderators now designated for the upcoming presidential debates, candidates and organizers should rethink the out-sized role these journalists usually play. Yes, you need someone to enforce time limits and to announce periodic breaks, but a potentially biased broadcaster shouldn't get to pose all questions and steer the discussion. Why…

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  • Local GOP Should Embrace “Law & Order” Theme

    Local GOP Should Embrace “Law & Order” Theme

    The emphasis on “Law and Order” may or may not work in national politics but Republicans on the local level should embrace this theme with enthusiasm. The upsurge in transients who spend the night in parks, under freeway overpasses, or sleeping on sidewalks afflicts cities in every corner of the…

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  • Change the System so Every Vote Matters

    Change the System so Every Vote Matters

    One simple question highlights the dysfunction of our current system of choosing a president: which state in 2012 gave Mitt Romney the most votes? The answer, surprisingly, is California, where the Republican nominee drew nearly 5 million ballots. But he won no California votes in the Electoral College, which actually…

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  • GOP Can’t Win by Exaggerating Misery

    GOP Can’t Win by Exaggerating Misery

    Americans feel frustrated by the state of our government, economy and culture, but conservatives can't gain ground by exaggerating the extent of the misery. It's ill-advised to ask African-Americans, “What do you have to lose?”—thereby ignoring dramatic black progress over the last two generations. The poverty rate's still higher for…

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  • Why Ban the “Burkini”?

    Why Ban the “Burkini”?

    The raging debate about the “Burkini Ban” that's been applied to Islamic beach-wear in France should make us grateful for America's distinctive values. First, we don't make a fetish of secularism as the French do, nor do we treat religious traditions as a threat to some higher order. Second, we…

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  • A Lesson from “The Most Dangerous Cities”

    A Lesson from “The Most Dangerous Cities”

    New FBI statistics reveal the worst cities in the country in terms of violent crime. St. Louis tops the list as the most dangerous metropolis of them all, perhaps showing the impact of the “Ferguson Effect” that has crippled policing in Missouri. Runners up on this dishonor roll are Memphis,…

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  • Trouble with the Youth Vote

    Trouble with the Youth Vote

    Republicans have begun to pay serious attention to the party's problems with black, Latino and Asian voters, but the GOP also performs miserably with young Americans. Recent polling shows Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by nearly three-to-one among voters under 35, but this youth vote preference for Democrats is nothing…

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  • Unfair to Stay-at-Home Moms (and Dads)

    Unfair to Stay-at-Home Moms (and Dads)

    In a rare area of agreement, both presidential candidates want to help working families with childcare expenses. Trump recently proposed a tax deduction for parents who place their kids in daycare; Clinton backs an even more costly plan, providing a refundable tax credit that would send daycare reimbursement checks even…

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  • When Politics Trumps Faith, Marriage Suffers

    When Politics Trumps Faith, Marriage Suffers

    The New York Times Style Section recently ran a report called “UNEASY BEDFELLOWS,” describing marriages that reached the point of dissolution because of arguments concerning Donald Trump. When I discussed the subject on the air, one astute caller noted that none of the couples featured in the story seemed to…

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