• Out of the Mainstream on Ukraine

    Out of the Mainstream on Ukraine

    The most serious threat for Rand Paul's prospective presidential campaign doesn't come from Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan or Ted Cruz. It actually comes from his own father—former Congressman Ron Paul. In the midst of the Ukraine crisis and Russia's annexation of Crimea, the three-time failed presidential candidate has…

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  • Another Demonstration of Losertarian Irrelevance

    Another Demonstration of Losertarian Irrelevance

    Last Tuesday's Republican victory in the fiercely-fought special election in Florida's 13th Congressional District produced more relief than jubilation as the GOP barely managed to secure a seat the party had controlled for more than four decades. To win the contest, newly-elected conservative David Jolly had to overcome both a…

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  • No State Has “Banned” Gay Marriage

    No State Has “Banned” Gay Marriage

    During remarks at the recent CPAC—the Conservative Political Action Conference—I inspired great controversy by declaring that “no state has ever passed a ban on gay marriage.” I wanted to challenge dishonest language suggesting that affirmation of the traditional definition of marriage amounts to a “ban” on anything. When states limit…

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  • A Disappearing Plane Provides Perspective

    A Disappearing Plane Provides Perspective

    The recent disappearance of a Malaysian airliner should refocus our attention on ongoing efforts to thwart the deadly plans of murderous terrorists. Even if experts ultimately rule out terrorism as the cause of this tragic loss of life, reports of mysterious passengers traveling on stolen passports reminds us how difficult—and…

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  • Obama and America’s Decline

    As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to earn new respect for American leadership around the world but a new Gallup Poll shows his miserable failure in that effort. Only 41 percent of Americans think “leaders of other countries respect Barack Obama” while a clear majority—53 percent—say “they don't respect him.”…

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  • Right Title for Arizona Fight: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

    Right Title for Arizona Fight: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

    The passage by a Republican legislature, and subsequent veto by a Republican governor, of the wildly controversial “Religious Freedom” Law in Arizona qualifies as neither triumph nor tragedy. Democrats may react to the outcome of the dispute by invoking a Shakespearean comedy: “All's Well that Ends Well.” For the rest…

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  • Defense Cuts Demonstrate Mistaken Priorities

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel demands dramatic cuts in the nation's military to bring the number of personnel to the lowest levels since before Pearl Harbor. He never acknowledged, however, that the population 73 years ago was only 132 million—compared to 315 million today. That means the Hagel-Obama military, as…

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  • The Middle Class is Alive and Well

    If a young couple with a combined income of $21,000 can still manage to buy themselves a cozy, comfortable home, it's premature to proclaim the death of the middle class dream. Despite the painful setbacks of the Great Recession, nearly all Americans who find jobs and work hard will avoid…

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