• Elie Wiesel’s Less-Celebrated Role

    When Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel died at age 87, the whole world honored him for his noble work in building Holocaust awareness through his novels and personal testimony, for his political activism in fighting genocide in around the world, and for his efforts to support a secure, humane state…

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  • Beyond Gripes and Gloom

    Beyond Gripes and Gloom

    Is American greatness a relic of the past or a reality of the present? If Republicans fumble this fundamental question and become the party of gripes and gloom, they will blow their chance of 2016 victory and imperil the party's long-term survival. The American people might feel deeply dissatisfied with…

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  • A Representative Republic Beats Pure Democracy

    A Representative Republic Beats Pure Democracy

    The UK's Brexit vote should remind Americans of the advantages of a representative republic over a pure democracy. The close vote to leave the European Union has already damaged the life savings and pension plans of millions who didn't vote for it—while a switch of just 2 percent of the…

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  • Brexit: Deferred Benefits, Immediate Damage

    Brexit: Deferred Benefits, Immediate Damage

    Within days after the close “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union, there's evidence of second thoughts among portions of the British public, with demonstrations to protest the decision, petitions to reconsider it, and efforts by leaders of Scotland and Northern Ireland to overturn it, or else to separate from…

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  • 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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