• Learning from Disaster

    The GOP suffered a disastrous defeat in Louisiana's 2015 gubernatorial election and it's crucial that Republicans learn from the catastrophe. Governor Bobby Jindal won the Bayou State with 66% in 2011, and Mitt Romney crushed Obama in Louisiana by 17 points in 2012. But this year, Republican David Vitter lost…

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  • Dems Silent on Campus Madness

    The hysteria spreading across university campuses presents a huge political problem for Democrats. Few Americans sympathize with pampered, privileged students at Yale, who want to punish a professor for defending “transgressive” Halloween costumes, or—at Princeton—those who seized the president's office to demand removal of the name Woodrow Wilson, former president…

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  • Looking to the Next Election

    According to an old saying, a politician looks to the next election, but a statesman concentrates on the next generation. Unfortunately, several Republican presidential candidates seem as though they don't even consider the next election—the November contest in which the party must unite to beat Hillary Clinton. John Kasich's campaign…

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  • Terror Reshapes the Race

    The terrorist attacks in Paris have reshaped the race for the White House, diminishing the prospects of several leading candidates. Hillary Clinton suffered the most serious damage because the global reach of ISIS demonstrates the failure of administration policies she helped put in place. Just hours before the explosion of…

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  • Exploiting the Immigration Issue

    Some GOP presidential candidates have recently tried to exploit the immigration issue by accusing their opponents of supporting “amnesty.” As a matter of fact, none of the Republicans backs amnesty the way Reagan did in 1986—granting quick legal status to those who had entered the country illegally, inevitably encouraging more…

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  • Many Winners and One Big Loser in the GOP Debate

    Many Winners and One Big Loser in the GOP Debate

    Everyone will select the Fox Business panel as the most conspicuous winner in the whole night of debates: the contrast with CNBC worked entirely to FBN's favor. The questions were often tough, but never unfair, insulting or irrelevant. The biggest gainer among the candidates was, of course, Marco Rubio. As…

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  • A Proud Parade of Political Pros

    Widespread public disgust with petty bickering and corruption in Washington has led to popular preference for an “outsider candidate” for president, not a professional politician. Americans long for another Lincoln—someone who's wise and idealistic—and untainted by political machinations. The only problem is that the real Lincoln was a proud professional…

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  • The Presidency: No Laughing Matter

    Donald Trump's appearance as host of Saturday Night Live generated big ratings, but did it help his pursuit of the presidency? If you believe his top priority must be to convince the public that he's serious about the world's biggest job, the answer is that SNL probably hurt more than…

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  • Too Late for President Paul D. Ryan?

    Too Late for President Paul D. Ryan?

    With just three months till the Iowa Caucuses, experts cite the real possibility that the GOP convention in Cleveland won't be decided on the first ballot, creating a fluid, unpredictable situation. Most of the delegates—60 percent—will be selected proportionally; only 40 percent will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis. That…

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  • Guest Review of SPECTRE by Danny Medved

    Guest Review of SPECTRE by Danny Medved

    As a guest reviewer, it's never good to give a movie four stars. You risk looking like a fan rather than an objective reviewer – but I don't care. Up front, I think this Bond film deserves four stars. But with 007 offerings, are stars really appropriate? I've always viewed…

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