Ideas & Voices


Crisp: There’s a reason why Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was in the news last week, in a story that gives me a nagging, uneasy feeling about the health of our republic. Kaepernick is the professional football player who experienced considerable notoriety last season by declining to stand during the pregame rendition of the national anthem. He was protesting the history of racism in our country, as...
Krauthammer: What the parents of Charlie Gard should do for their baby

Krauthammer: What the parents of Charlie Gard should do for their baby

One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful 11-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells’ energy-producing structures — the mitochondria — thereby progressively ravaging his organs. He cannot hear, he cannot see, he can barely open his eyes. He cannot swallow, he cannot move, he cannot breathe...

Opinion: Mainstream media and the real crimes of Russiagate

For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with the Russians in hacking the DNC? And until last week, the answer was “no.” As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians … there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. … There’s...

Opinion: A solution when a nation’s schools fail

BUCHANAN, Liberia — Imagine an elementary school where students show up, but teachers don’t. Where 100 students squeeze into a classroom but don’t get any books. Where teachers are sometimes illiterate and periodically abuse students. Where families pay under the table to get a “free” education, yet students don’t learn to read. That’s public education in...

Opinion: Liberal values bankrupting nation, its people and morals

Recently, Gallup published the results of its annual Values and Beliefs poll. The headline is: “Americans Hold Record Liberal Views on Most Moral Issues.” Gallup has been doing this poll since 2001, and the change in public opinion on the moral issues surveyed has been in one direction — more liberal. Of 19 issues surveyed in this latest poll, responses on 10 are the most liberal...

TODAY’S MODERATOR: We’re having fewer kids

Looks like we’re heading toward a future of fewer kids. Our staff writer Lynn Hulsey wrote recently about a new population trend in the United States. She writes: “Last year the nation’s birthrate hit a record low, falling to 62 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Last year 3.9 million babies were born in this nation of about...

COMMENTARY: What’s really stalling health care?

You might asking yourself why the Republican-controlled Senate is having such a hard time even bringing Trumpcare to a vote. Mitch McConnell postponed the vote once already and he may have to do it again. One reason is that Sen. John McCain had some pretty serious surgery and may by on the DL for a while. At least his craniotomy was fully covered by his health insurance. After seven years of vowing...

Opinion: 12 things to believe if ‘witch hunt’ accusation is true

One column cannot accommodate the list of things you must believe if you trust that Donald Trump is truly the victim of a baseless witch hunt. Consider this a mere stab. 1) Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. The emails requesting the meeting specifically mentioned a “Russian government...
Opinion: How the Senate health bill would make the opioid epidemic worse

Opinion: How the Senate health bill would make the opioid epidemic worse

Over the past two decades, the number of Americans dying each year from opioid overdoses has quadrupled. In the hardest-hit state, West Virginia, where the overdose death rate is about three times the national average, the crisis has resulted in an overwhelmed foster-care system and a state burial program for the poor that ran through its entire annual budget three months into the year. This epidemic...

Opinion: Fixing the ‘rotting carcass’ tax code

WASHINGTON — Cynics are said to be people who are prematurely disappointed about the future. Such dyspepsia is encouraged by watching Republicans struggle to move on from the dog’s breakfast they have made of health care reform to the mare’s nest of tax reform. Concerning which, House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose preternatural optimism makes Candide seem morose, says: “If we&rsquo...

Opinion: The right wing’s war on journalism

Somebody went after Rachel Maddow last week. You might not have heard about it. The story didn’t get much traction in a week that began with video of Failed President Trump “wrestling” CNN and ended with his embarrassing trip to the G20 summit in Germany. Still, some of us would argue that it merits at least as much attention as the latest antics of the boy president. What nearly...
Gail Collins: ‘Is Emin any good?’ and other questions on Trumps, Russia

Gail Collins: ‘Is Emin any good?’ and other questions on Trumps, Russia

Nobody can talk about anything but Donald Trump Jr. and his Kremlin connections. You probably have some questions. Fire away. If Donald Jr. got convicted of a crime, do you think his father would pardon him? When the latest story about adventures with the Russians first appeared, the president did seem uncharacteristically reserved. He announced, through a spokeswoman, that his son “is a high-quality...
Charles Krauthammer: Bungled collusion is still collusion

Charles Krauthammer: Bungled collusion is still collusion

The Russia scandal has entered a new phase — and there’s no going back. For six months, the White House claimed that this scandal was nothing more than innuendo about Trump campaign collusion with Russia in meddling in the 2016 election. Innuendo for which no concrete evidence had been produced. Yes, there were several meetings with Russian officials, some only belatedly disclosed. But...

OPINION: Kasich’s right about health care bill and Ohio’s opioid crisis

Gov. John Kasich is right. The $45 billion for opioid treatment over 10 years that Sen. Rob Portman is reportedly considering as part of the Senate health care bill would amount to “spitting in the ocean” when it comes to addressing actual need in Ohio. Opioids have recently become a flashpoint in Washington’s health care bill negotiations. For good reason: overdose fatalities in...

Opinion: Alone perhaps, but is Trump right?

At the G-20 in Hamburg, it is said, President Trump was isolated, without support from the other G-20 members, especially on climate change and trade. Perhaps so. But the crucial question is not whether Trump is alone, but whether he is right. Has Trump read the crisis of the West correctly? Are his warnings valid? Is not the Obama-Merkel vision of a New World Order a utopian fantasy? At the monument...

OPINION: We were told there’d be dirt

That quaking beneath your feet is from shock waves in Washington where tipping points are merging with other tipping points to create the Mother of All Tipping Points. Not only did Donald Trump Jr. meet with a Russian attorney who, he was told, had damaging information about Hillary Clinton, but there are emails indicating that he knew in advance that the opposition research was part of the Kremlin&rsquo...

COMMENTARY: Beware the dangers of arrogant ignorance

During President Trump’s speech in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, he memorialized Pope John Paul II’s momentous 1979 visit to the city. For many historians, the Polish-born pope’s mass in Victory Square, more than anything else, set in motion the events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall a decade later and the dissolution of the Soviet Union soon thereafter. The people in attendance...

Mitch McConnell is stymied. He can’t round up enough votes for a Senate Republican version of Trumpcare. Some Senate Republicans want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act entirely. Others don’t want to cause 22 million Americans to lose their coverage, as the Congressional Budget Office predicts will happen if the Senate version goes into effect. What should be the Democrats’ response?...
OPINION: Ohio councilman’s answer to OD cases: Let ‘em die

OPINION: Ohio councilman’s answer to OD cases: Let ‘em die

Americans often complain about how far Washington debates seem to be removed from the lives of real people. But Washington’s health care debate and the nation’s opioid crisis became quite real to me in new ways after a city councilman in the Ohio town where I grew up made national news by raising a provocative question: Does the city have to respond to calls from repeat opiate overdose...

Opinion: Witnessing miracles in a remote village

BUCHANAN, Liberia — Miracles are rare these days, but I’ve seen them. In a village in rural Liberia, a long and muddy road from anywhere, I came across a grandma, a mom and a baby daughter all afflicted by clubfoot. This is a common birth defect in which one or both feet are grotesquely turned inward. We don’t see it in the U.S. or Europe because doctors correct it soon after birth...

Apprenticeships can win out over bureaucrats, liberals

Last month, President Trump signed an executive order to boost U.S. apprenticeship programs. These training programs convey skills to individuals for specific vocations. Currently, 505,000 people have apprenticeships through 2,100 programs registered with the government. President Trump has committed to creating 5 million apprenticeships over the next five years. I get nervous whenever I hear about...

Opinion: CNN ought not to ‘punch down’ at GIF creator

CNN is not wrong that the president of the United States ought to stop behaving like a clown. But they overshot this week. As someone who has about the lowest possible tolerance for Trumpian vulgarity, I thought the imbroglio over the CNN logo gif was overwrought. This was an invitation to violence? The original WWE clip was a joke. Superimposing the CNN logo on the face of Vince McMahon was a joke...

Some opioid questions that demand answers

If we are ever going to make headway in dealing with Ohio’s worsening opioid crisis, we need to start asking the following important and long-neglected questions. – Why do we shut down “pill mill” pain doctors who we think are over-prescribing opioid drugs without making any effort to transition their patients to appropriate treatment in an orderly, humane way? Why are we so...

Opinion: Something is very wrong with the GOP

Dear Colleagues: We’re doing it again. Remember last year’s campaign? Remember how dogged and relentless we were in covering Hillary Clinton’s sloppy handling of her emails? Remember the comparatively free ride we gave Donald Trump despite his repeated demonstrations that he was unserious, unsound and unfit? Remember all the hand wringing afterward about how we had embraced a false...

Opinion: Is United States of America still a nation?

In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of “one people.” The Constitution, agreed upon by the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia in 1789, begins, “We the people…” And who were these “people”? In Federalist No. 2, John Jay writes of them as “one united people … descended from the same ancestors...

COMMENTARY: Hoping for a brighter future for WSU

I recall the first time I saw the Wright State University campus — well, it was less of a “campus” and more like one building in a cornfield. I had just graduated from Ohio University and was home preparing for law school. WSU was a branch of Ohio State and Miami in those days. They were “the Raiders” then, but the mascot was a person in a Viking outfit. (Never could...

PERSPECTIVE: As school kids struggle, what can churches to do help?

Earlier this year, Learn to Earn Dayton published Know the Gap, Close the Gap, a report showing success measures for young people in Montgomery County. The statistics are sobering for our entire community. • More than 6 in 10 Montgomery County children come to Kindergarten behind. • Almost 2 in 10 of our students don’t graduate from high school. • Only 1 in 3 of our high-school...

COMMENTARY: We’re on an unusual path to a more functional system

I do not fear much correction when I say that my columns of the last few years have not been characterized by an overabundance of cheerfulness and optimism. For instance, about a year ago, I endorsed a Twitter personality for president. No, not that one. I backed SMOD, the “Sweet Meteor of Death,” whose sole presidential campaign promise was to deliver an extinction-level event upon impact...

TODAY’S MODERATOR: Two views on drug OD’s

Here’s more reaction to Middletown City Council member Daniel Pickard’s suggestion that the city shouldn’t respond to drug overdoses. Mike McManus: “Mr. Picard has valid points. I’m sure there are many valid reasons to continue rescuing people who have overdosed with Narcan. But, those drug addicts whose names become familiar to EMTs and paramedics through repeated overdose...

COMMENTARY from Clarence Page: Hey, Dems — don’t forget the ‘forgotten’

As offensive as it may sound to today’s sensitive ears, it was only 11 years ago that a young and rising United States senator wrote the following about immigration: “When I see Mexican flags waved at pro-immigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I’m forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration...

PERSPECTIVE: A father’s take on the health care debate

When my wife was pregnant with our third son, we received unexpected news: our baby had Down Syndrome. We reacted like most people would: We cried, we grieved, and we listened when our doctor said we had a narrow window to schedule an abortion. Our Catholic faith led us to rule out that option. But our commitment to care for our son extends to his entire life, not simply his birth. That is why the...

‘Tax cuts for rich’ just more liberal hogwash

One of the painful realities of our times is how long a political lie can survive, even after having been disproved years ago, or even generations ago. A classic example is the phrase “tax cuts for the rich,” which is loudly proclaimed by opponents, whenever there is a proposal to reduce tax rates. The current proposal to reduce federal tax rates has revived this phrase, which was disproved...

COMMENTARY: Trying to make sense of Republican cruelty

The basics of Republican health legislation, which haven’t changed much in different iterations of Trumpcare, are easy to describe: Take health insurance away from tens of millions, make it much worse and far more expensive for millions more, and use the money thus saved to cut taxes on the wealthy. Donald Trump may not get this — reporting by The Times and others, combined with his own...

PERSPECTIVE: Considering July 4th: What makes us great?

I wanted to celebrate this Fourth of July thinking about what makes our country great. (For Democrats: It was never not great. For Republicans: It could be greater. See, not political.) It’s true we have a greater percentage of our population in prison than any other nation. It’s also true that we have a growing income gap between the rich and the working poor. And we have major national...

TODAY’S MODERATOR: Helping the OD victims

We gotten quite a few comments about the suggestion by a Middltown City Council member that it was getting too costly for the EMTs to bother saving opioid overdose victims with Narcan — a story that went viral nationally, by the way. This from reader Gordon Taylor: “Drug ODs cannot be ignored. Feelings to ignore result from the all-too-common public attitude of categorizing all ODs as...

Opinion: Republicans are big-government party too

We now have the answer to a question that has hung in the air for months: Why did the Republican leadership not have an Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan on the shelf and ready to go the minute the election went their way? Why didn’t they use the time since the law’s 2010 passage to craft the Republican alternative? The charitable answer would be: Because vetoes are daunting, big policy...

Opinion: The ‘United’ States is anything but united

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead.” — Martin Luther King Jr., April 3, 1968 “But what we know — what we have seen — is that America can change.” — Barack Obama, March 18, 2008 Some of you may recognize the epigraph above from my novel, “Grant Park.” Apologies for recycling, but what...

Opinion: The scars of our nation’s violent birth

PHILADELPHIA — Some American history museums belabor visitors with this message: You shall know the truth and it shall make you feel ashamed of, but oh-so-superior to, your wretched ancestors. The new Museum of the American Revolution is better than that. Located near Independence Hall, it celebrates the luminous ideas affirmed there 241 Julys ago, but it does not flinch from this fact: The...

TODAY’S MODERATOR: Too late to cut gases?

The response we got to a recent column citing physicist Stephen Hawking’s idea that humans better flee earth in 100 years or perish was, as you’d imagine, pretty interesting. This from Dave Miller: “On the subject of ‘cutting greenhouse gas emissions to avert catastrophic climate change,’ how about we stop using all the drive-thru lanes at merchants. Absurd? Probably...

PERSPECTIVE: Empowerment doesn’t have to be loud and brash

“I’ll drive,” I said with authority. No one said a word, and I took the wheel of the pontoon boat. Underwhelming, you might think; but in reality, I was about to break my own family version of the glass ceiling. My husband’s family has owned a house on Lake Lakengren, a small man-made lake just outside of Eaton in Preble County, for almost 50 years. Without the expansive lands...
Opinion: This isn't the first U.S. opiate-addiction crisis

Opinion: This isn't the first U.S. opiate-addiction crisis

The U.S. is in the throes of an "unprecedented opioid epidemic," the Centers for Disease Control reports. The crisis has spurred calls for action to halt the rising death toll, which has devastated many rural communities. It's true that there's an opioid epidemic, a public health disaster. It's not true that it's unprecedented. A remarkably similar epidemic beset the U.S. some 150 years...

Opinion: Are Illinois and Puerto Rico our future?

If Gov. Bruce Rauner and his legislature in Springfield do not put a budget together by today, the Land of Lincoln will be the first state in the Union to see its debt plunge into junk-bond status. Illinois has $14.5 billion in overdue bills, $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations, and no budget. “We can’t manage our money,” says Rauner. “We’re like a banana republic...

COMMENTARY: The big Republican lies about health care

To succeed in gutting health coverage for millions of Americans, Senate Republican leaders need to get a series of lies accepted as truth. Journalists and other neutral arbiters must resist the temptation to report these lies as just a point of view. A lie is a lie. Lie One: Democrats and progressives are unwilling to work with Republicans and conservatives on this issue. “If we...

Opinion: Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans — but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. “There&rsquo...

Medicaid’s rise symbolic of liberals’ welfare state run amok

The number of Americans enrolled in Medicaid has increased from 29 million in 1990 to 73 million today — an increase of 252 percent over a period when the nation’s population increased 30 percent. Total spending on Medicaid today is $574 billion, 275 percent above the $209 billion of 2000. Medicaid amounts to about 40 percent of the total spending on the 10 largest means-tested federal...

Opinion: Can we see past our own cultural blind spots?

Michigan is set to become the 26th state to join the federal government in criminalizing female genital mutilation, even as two Detroit area doctors and one of their wives await trial for inflicting the procedure on a number of young girls. FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa and the Middle East, involves using a razor to remove all or part of a girl’s clitoris and parts of the vulva...

Opinion: You can’t take the low road to the high place

The other day, a Muslim saved a terrorist. It happened just after midnight Monday in London. The terrorist, according to authorities, was Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales, who drove a rented van 150 miles to the British capital, where he jumped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of worshipers outside a mosque as people were attending to a man who had collapsed. Osborne is reported to have screamed...

Opinion: Let us plunge toward our fast-unfolding future

WASHINGTON — In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island’s southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched. It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P Economy Store, a semi-modern grocery store. By 1920, there were 4,500 such stores; by 1930, 15,000. In 1936, in Braddock...
Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

WASHINGTON — Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that...

COMMENTARY: Off into the jungle of political suspicion

Let it be said that for one lovely moment, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi responded exactly as those in authority should to a shocking assault on human lives and our political system. After last week’s shooting on a baseball field, both spoke in a spirit of thoughtful solidarity and genuinely mutual concern. Kudos to them. Unfortunately, so much else that has...

Opinion: After the ISIS war, a U.S.-Russia collision?

On Sunday, a Navy F-18 Hornet shot down a Syrian air force jet, an act of war against a nation with which Congress has never declared or authorized a war. Washington says the Syrian plane was bombing U.S.-backed rebels. Damascus says its plane was attacking ISIS. Vladimir Putin’s defense ministry was direct and blunt: “Repeated combat actions by U.S. aviation under the cover of counterterrorism...

Opinion: On death row, but is he innocent?

One June day in 1983, a California professor drove over to a neighbor’s house to pick up his 11-year-old son from a sleepover. Nobody answered the door, so the professor peered through a window — and saw a ghastly panorama of blood. The professor found his son stabbed to death, along with the bodies of Peggy and Doug Ryen, the homeowners. The Ryens’ 10-year-old daughter was also...
How we can start taking back our country

How we can start taking back our country

Americans are justifiably frustrated regarding what is going on in Washington. But let’s not forget that we elect these folks. We may have a mess, but we can at least be proud that it’s our mess. There is one unique problem. Unlike business, where change can be made quickly, government programs are so hard to change that it is almost a one-way street. It’s not so easy to pass new...

Opinion: Media justification gives criminals cover for aggression

“He was hunting us.” Those were the words of Republican Congressman Mike Bishop describing the depraved gun assault on members of Congress while they were innocently fielding ground balls and practicing base hits on a suburban Virginia field. The politics of personal destruction became literal. Within a few hours, the president and congressional leadership put aside bitter partisanship...

Opinion: Demolition of a 1931 law would make building much cheaper

“You really ought to give Iowa a try. Provided you are contrary.” — “Iowa Stubborn,” from Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” WASHINGTON — “Contrary” does not quite capture Steve King’s astringency. The Iowa native and conservative congressman was born, appropriately, in Storm Lake, and carries turbulence with him. He also carries...

Opinion: A simple traffic stop left Ayanna Cruver terrified

Two weeks ago, a black woman driving alone in Princeton, Louisiana, was pulled over for no apparent reason. But she was not shot and killed. Or hauled from her car and body-slammed. Or even arrested for getting snippy. The officer explained that she was driving under the speed limit, something he said drivers do when they are tired or inebriated. He said he just wanted to make sure she was OK. &ldquo...

COMMENTARY: Destroying health care from the shadows

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once had passionate views about how carefully Congress should consider sweeping changes to the health care system. “Fast-tracking a major legislative overhaul such as health care reform or a new national energy tax without the benefit of a full and transparent debate does a disservice to the American people,” McConnell said in 2009, referring to the...

Opinion: Are we nearing civil war?

President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down. We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its own restoration. Thus far, it is a nonviolent struggle, though street clashes between pro- and anti-Trump forces are increasingly...
Opinion: Dear Paul Ryan — listen to Planned Parenthood patients

Opinion: Dear Paul Ryan — listen to Planned Parenthood patients

Dear Paul Ryan, As you work with President Trump to cut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood, Mr. Ryan, I consulted some experts — patients in your own district. I visited the three Planned Parenthood clinics in your congressional district in Wisconsin and spoke to women and men arriving full of anxieties. They feared unwanted pregnancy, gonorrhea, breast cancer, and they can’t understand...
Opinion: GOP right to drain Dems’ toxic Dodd-Frank swamp

Opinion: GOP right to drain Dems’ toxic Dodd-Frank swamp

The House just passed the Financial CHOICE Act, which enacts major reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Act was passed to fix what supposedly was broken in our financial system that led to the massive financial collapse in 2007. The potential economic impact of the sweeping reforms of the Financial CHOICE Act are as far reaching as anything...
‘I Alone Can Fix’ not going well for Trump, or nation

‘I Alone Can Fix’ not going well for Trump, or nation

It began as a rumble and has swelled to a chorus. Anonymous White House aides, outside well-wishers and Republican apparatchiks are all begging President Donald Trump to stop tweeting. The Wall Street Journal editorial page, which has performed acrobatic contortions attempting to coax normality and actual results from the current president, erupted with frustration at what it called the “cycle...

Paul Krugman: Trump is wrecking the ship of state

After Donald Trump’s surprise election victory, many people on the right and even in the center tried to make the case that he wouldn’t really be that bad. Every time he showed a hint of self-restraint — even if it amounted to nothing more than reading his lines without ad-libbing and laying off Twitter for a day or two — pundits rushed to declare that he had just “become...
Engineering without a license

Engineering without a license

WASHINGTON — Beginning this week, Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without a license. This happened to Mats Jarlstrom as a result of events that would be comic if they were not symptoms of something sinister...
Opinion: Where did Maher get the idea he could say that word?

Opinion: Where did Maher get the idea he could say that word?

Here’s a good rule of thumb for aspiring comics. Whenever you are compelled to say, “Hey, it was a joke,” it probably wasn’t. At the very least, it didn’t land like one. Bill Maher is an accomplished comic, not an aspiring one, but he deftly illustrated that rule Friday night on his HBO show. As you’ve surely heard, Maher was interviewing GOP Sen. Ben Sasse, who...
‘Forever’ wars can kill republics

‘Forever’ wars can kill republics

On May 22, Salman Abedi, 22, waiting at the entrance of the Arianna Grande pop concert in Manchester, blew himself up, killing almost two dozen people, among them parents waiting to pick up their children. Saturday, three Islamic terrorists committed “suicide-by-cop,” using a van to run down pedestrians on London Bridge, and then slashing and stabbing patrons of pubs and diners in the...

COMMENTARY: The diplomacy of narcissism and how it demeans us

The problem with “America First” is that it describes an attitude, not a purpose. It substitutes selfishness for realism. It implies that nations can go it alone, that we stand for nothing beyond our immediate self-interest, and that we should give little thought to how the rest of humanity thinks or lives. It suggests that if we are strong enough, we can prosper no matter how much chaos...
Opinion: Bill Maher’s poster child for liberals’ perpetual adolescence

Opinion: Bill Maher’s poster child for liberals’ perpetual adolescence

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” to promote his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming of Age Crisis — And How To Build a Culture of Self Reliance.” Thanks to Bill Maher’s infamous and irreverent mouth, a routine publicity spot turned into a media storm. Now Maher has discovered that even a rich, left-wing...
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