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Cal Thomas

Taylor Swift's bad investment

March 5, 2015

Pop star Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the New York City public school system. Swift, who was named the world's sixth most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, has commendably performed numerous acts of charity since moving into her $20 million Tribeca residence last year, including visits with sick children at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

  • Bibi at the barricade

    March 3, 2015

    The White House opposes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to Congress, but not because the speech has political implications, coming as it does just two weeks before Israel's March 17 election. If the administration truly had political concerns it would not have dispatched a team of Obama loyalists to Israel to help defeat Netanyahu.

  • Stop the immigration flood

    February 26, 2015

    Washington is such a phony city. Maybe that's why it has such a good relationship with Hollywood.

  • Who loves America?

    February 24, 2015

    Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is taking some heat -- and winning praise in some quarters -- for remarks he made at a private dinner last week at which he questioned President Obama's love for America.

  • Chris Cuomo: 'Our rights do not come from God'

    February 19, 2015

    "...the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God." (John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961)

  • President Obama, America's Nero

    February 17, 2015

    President Theodore Roosevelt said, "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." More than a century later, President Barack Obama speaks loudly (and incessantly) and carries a twig.

  • Bobby Jindal for president?

    February 12, 2015

    Gov. Bobby Jindal's name is not first on most people's list of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but maybe we should at least start paying attention to him. If one's political enemies are any indication of potential strength, Jindal of Louisiana may be a more formidable force than some people realize.

  • 63rd Annual National Prayer Breakfast ... let us prey

    February 10, 2015

    There was a time when the 63-year-old National Prayer Breakfast was a rather mundane affair. It rarely made news. Speakers -- evangelist Billy Graham spoke at most of the early ones -- talked about Jesus and salvation. Presidents, beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower, would follow with unremarkable comments mostly ignored or relegated to the religion page by the secular press.

  • Hyphenated-Nation

    February 5, 2015

    As if we aren't already divided enough by race, class, gender, political party, economic status and sexual orientation, the federal government is reportedly thinking about creating a new category of Americans just in time for the next census.

  • The faith factor (2016 edition)

    February 3, 2015

    We are one year away from the Iowa caucuses and already several Republican presidential candidates are trying to secure an advantage by talking about their faith.

  • Another snow job

    January 29, 2015

    The network meteorologists barely had time to come up for air while "forecasting" the latest snowstorm non-disaster. Politicians, fearing what might happen to their approval numbers if a blizzard hit, went on TV to announce they were taking proactive measures. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shut down tunnels, bridges, even the subway to prepare for the worst. Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie announced road closings in New York and New Jersey.

  • GOP abortion bill: right ends, wrong means

    January 27, 2015

    As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual "March for Life," the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an antiabortion bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican female lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure.

  • Winston Churchill: A man for all times

    January 22, 2015

    LONDON -- It is an old debating point: Do the times make the man, or does the man make the times? In the case of Winston Churchill, whose death 50 years ago Saturday the British are remembering with more than nostalgia, it is both.

  • President Obama sings the same old song

    January 20, 2015

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  • Why all the love for George Clooney?

    January 15, 2015

    Social media is agog over George Clooney's tribute to his wife, Amal, at last weekend's Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. Women, especially, are swooning in their tweets and Facebook postings.

  • Is Paris burning?

    January 13, 2015

    The late Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, Paul Conrad, frequently used religious symbols to illustrate his point of view. Conrad drew the ire of some readers whenever he used the Star of David or a cross in his drawings. Letters to the editor denounced him, but to my knowledge no one showed up at the newspaper to kill him.

  • Bill Clinton and the company he keeps

    January 8, 2015

    It is from an Aesop fable we get the phrase, "A man is known by the company he keeps."

  • Bill Clinton and the company he keeps

    January 8, 2015

    It is from an Aesop fable we get the phrase, "A man is known by the company he keeps."

  • Mario Cuomo: The rhetoric and the record

    January 6, 2015

    How precious in the sight of progressives was one of their saints, Mario Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who died last week at age 82. He was a model of progressivism and a gifted rhetorician.

  • Studying ISIS and ourselves

    January 1, 2015

    The commander of American Special Operations in the Middle East, Major Gen. Michael K. Nagata, is reported to be seeking help in learning why the Islamic State is so dangerous. If he doesn't know, what does that say about the prospect for victory over these radical terrorists who seek to destroy everyone who disagrees with them?

  • Cal Thomas: America interrupted

    December 29, 2014

    In the film, "Girl Interrupted," Winona Ryder plays an 18-year-old who enters a mental institution for what is diagnosed as borderline personality disorder. The year is 1967 and the country is in turmoil over Vietnam and civil rights. While lying on her bed one night and watching TV, she sees a news report about a demonstration. The narrator says something that might apply to today's turmoil: "We live in a time of doubt. The institutions we once trusted no longer seem reliable."

  • What if it's true?

    December 25, 2014

    Suppose what some call the "Christmas story" is true -- all of it, from the angels, to the shepherds, to the virgin birth, to God taking on human flesh. By this, I don't mean to suggest it is true only for those who believe it to be true, but what if it is objectively true, no matter what the deniers say? What difference would it make? Should it make any difference?

  • Cuba libre!

    December 23, 2014

    (EDITOR'S NOTE: Please add the accent mark to libre in this column.)

  • 'Unbroken' the film

    December 22, 2014

    NEW YORK -- I wanted to like the movie because I love the book. Laura Hillenbrand's bestseller, "Unbroken," is a classic.

  • The rules of war need updating

    December 18, 2014

    The attack on a cafe in Sydney, Australia, by a self-described Islamic cleric with a long police record, left two hostages dead, along with the cleric, one Man Haron Monis. He was an Iranian refugee who enjoyed the hospitality and protection of the Australian government.

  • Gov. Mike Pence: National government is not the nation

    December 15, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS -- If success at the state level were enough to recommend someone for president of the United States, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana would be among the frontrunners for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

  • Why release a report on the CIA in wartime?

    December 11, 2014

    What good purpose is served by releasing a report on CIA enhanced interrogation techniques while we are still at war with an enemy whose techniques include beheading Americans?

  • Rep. Paul Ryan's hope for a Congress that works

    December 9, 2014

    Like two predatory animals circling each other, Republicans and Democrats are trying to sort out the meaning of last month's election and plan strategies for the remaining days of the current Congress and the new one in which Republicans will hold majorities in both houses.

  • David Cameron gets it on immigration

    December 4, 2014

    There is nothing like a little heat from a third political party to get the attention of career politicians who wish to stay in office.

  • Response to Ferguson rioters: Restitution and shaming

    December 2, 2014

    No matter whose side you are on in the upheaval following the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, everyone should agree on the profound sadness of it all: sadness that an 18-year-old boy-man walked a path that led to his destruction; sadness that a police officer felt the need to defend himself by shooting another human being; sadness over the rioting and looting that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Wilson; and for some, sadness that Wilson was not indicted.

  • Response to Ferguson rioters: Restitution and shaming

    December 2, 2014

    No matter whose side you are on in the upheaval following the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, everyone should agree on the profound sadness of it all: sadness that an 18-year-old boy-man walked a path that led to his destruction; sadness that a police officer felt the need to defend himself by shooting another human being; sadness over the rioting and looting that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Wilson; and for some, sadness that Wilson was not indicted.

  • This Thanksgiving, have an attitude of gratitude

    November 27, 2014

    If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words "the pursuit of happiness" in the text.

  • Obama's immigration policy: How about putting Americans first?

    November 25, 2014

    Addressing the nation last Thursday, President Obama sought to justify his misreading of the Constitution by unilaterally granting legal protection to 5 million illegal immigrants. In this, he reminded me of what Richard Nixon told David Frost in a 1977 interview. The exchange is worth recalling:

  • Teaching hate

    November 20, 2014

    "You've got to be taught to hate..." (Oscar Hammerstein, "South Pacific")

  • Unfaithfully executing the law

    November 18, 2014

    President Obama is soon expected to issue an executive order that would make it possible for some illegal immigrants, many of whom are the parents of children who are American citizens, to live and work in this country without the threat of deportation, in effect granting amnesty to up to five million people.

  • Who are you calling stupid?

    November 13, 2014

    "Stupid is as stupid does" -- Forrest Gump

  • Coolidge in 2016

    November 11, 2014

    NEW YORK -- At a dinner sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation last Thursday (I am an unpaid national advisory board member), there was a debate about wealth redistribution. A team of Canadian students who think government should "spread the wealth around" faced off against a team of American students who think government has no business doing any such thing.

  • Iran nuclear talks like bargaining with the devil

    November 6, 2014

    Having missed a July deadline for reaching an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the six world powers party to the talks -- the United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany -- have set November 24 as their new deadline. Iran says there will be no extension if a deal isn't reached.

  • Democrats playing the race 'deck' in midterm elections

    November 4, 2014

    Forget the race "card." In this election, Democrats have been playing the entire race "deck."

  • Jeb Bush and taxes -- ready my lips, part II

    October 30, 2014

    Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL.) is thinking seriously about running for president in 2016, according to his son, George P. Bush.

  • Help for Middle East Christians

    October 28, 2014

    American Christians have been slow to the point of near silence when it comes to speaking out about the atrocities committed against their fellow believers by the Islamic State in Iraq (ISIS). The Jewish people are much better models in solidarity when Jews are persecuted.

  • Who needs an Ebola czar?

    October 23, 2014

    "Rabbi, is there a proper blessing for the czar?" He thinks for a moment and responds: "May God bless and keep the czar ... far away from us!" -- "Fiddler on the Roof"

  • Houston pastors fight censorship challenge

    October 21, 2014

    Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination, discriminates against those of faith who oppose it.

  • Houston pastors fight censorship challenge

    October 21, 2014

    Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination, discriminates against those of faith who oppose it.

  • We're living in depressing times

    October 16, 2014

    Some people I know refuse to watch the news or read the papers these days, and who can blame them? The headlines are depressing and no one seems to be in charge.

  • Rebuilding Gaza for the next attack

    October 14, 2014

    After World War II, the Marshall Plan helped rebuild a devastated Europe. The key word in that sentence is "after."

  • The Supreme Court's nonruling on gay marriage

    October 9, 2014

    Three points need to be made about Monday's decision by the Supreme Court not to decide whether the equal protection clause of the Constitution grants people of the same sex the right to marry.

  • ISIS, Ebola -- Americans can handle the truth

    October 7, 2014

    The Ebola virus is not a threat, but ISIS is. That's what some of our leaders tell us. Should we believe them? Do they have a track record for truth-telling that would lend them credibility?

  • Obama spreads the blame around for ISIS rise

    October 2, 2014

    "No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday." -- Alexander Pope

  • Combating campus sexual assaults

    September 30, 2014

    College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, "The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. ... One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker."

  • Use mercenaries to fight ISIS?

    September 25, 2014

    On his Fox News show Monday night, Bill O'Reilly suggested using mercenaries to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) instead of U.S. ground forces, which President Obama has repeatedly vowed not to deploy.

  • What Jack Ma can re-teach America

    September 23, 2014

    In the fairy tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, is in the forest when he hears a group of robbers approaching on horseback. Afraid, he climbs a tree and hears one of the men say, "open sesame." A door opens in a rock and the men go in, the door shutting behind them when another says, "close sesame."

  • Why do Americans hate America?

    September 18, 2014

    After some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defection is that too many of the defectors have forgotten what it means to be British. As a means of fighting the radicalization of young people, he wants all of Britain’s schools to again teach “British values."

  • Hillary's "steak" is not well done

    September 16, 2014

    Prior to his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: "...she is much more progressive in her thoughts and her inclination than most people may think."

  • The sacking of Ray Rice

    September 11, 2014

    The "indefinite suspension" of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for knocking out his then-fiancée, now wife, in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino has again provoked debate about domestic violence and what the National Football League tolerates when it affects a star player.

  • The McDonnell verdict

    September 9, 2014

    The soap opera that played out in Richmond these last weeks and ended with the convictions of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy charges is a tragedy for them, their children and the voters of Virginia.

  • Joan Rivers and me

    September 5, 2014

    We met by accident. How else could it have been with two people who are so different? Or are we?

  • Hong Kong: One country, one system

    September 4, 2014

    The promise the Chinese government made to Britain and to the world as Hong Kong reverted to Chinese control at midnight on June 30, 1997, that China would abide by the "one country, two systems" plan, which would afford Hong Kong greater autonomy, except in matters of foreign relations and defense, was to last 50 years.

  • 'Finding Your Roots' with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    September 2, 2014

    From 1948 to 1961, there was a show called "This Is Your Life," hosted by Ralph Edwards. In it, an unsuspecting celebrity was lured to a place by a friend or family member where Edwards would surprise them. People from the celebrity's past would then come out one by one and tell stories of the celebrity's early life.

  • Scotland's future hangs in balance

    August 28, 2014

    "The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry." -- Scottish poet Robert Burns, "To a Mouse" (1786)

  • If ISIS attacks again, what will U.S. do?

    August 26, 2014

    The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes "a top national security adviser" to the president as saying the U.S. is "'not going to be restricted by borders' to protect its interests..."

  • ISIS 'a national security threat'

    August 21, 2014

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- U.S. airstrikes that have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces recapture a strategic dam and halt, at least temporarily, the advance of ISIS terrorists on the Kurdish capital of Erbil are a welcome pushback against a relentless enemy that for a time seemed invincible. But it may be of no more strategic significance than Jimmy Doolittle's bombing run against Japan in World War II. Doolittle's raid gave a psychological boost to the United States, but it had to be followed by much sterner stuff before victory was achieved.

  • Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson, Missouri

    August 19, 2014

    It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called "Theater of the Absurd." These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work.

  • Robin Williams: Comedy and tragedy

    August 14, 2014

    Robin Williams made me cry. Like his mentor, the late Jonathan Winters, Williams, who committed suicide Monday, made me laugh so intensely tears would come to my eyes.

  • Confronting ISIS -- 'It takes an army to defeat an army'

    August 12, 2014

    When liberal Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the conservative former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agree on something, attention should be paid.

  • The Nixon resignation at 40

    August 7, 2014

    On the occasion of this week's 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation from the presidency, The Washington Post sponsored a reunion featuring Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Watergate reporters who "brought down" the 37th president.

  • People, not politicians improve world economies

    August 5, 2014

    STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England -- "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry." -- "Hamlet," Act I, Scene III

  • WWI, the not so great war

    July 31, 2014

    NEWBURY, England -- World War I began as most wars do with patriotic fervor and predictions of a quick end. It lasted four years.

  • Lois Lowry's 'The Giver' a portent of what might be?

    July 29, 2014

    With his approval numbers sinking to 39 percent a week ago, according to the Gallup tracking poll, President Obama isn't alone in having a bad summer. So is Hollywood.

  • No more aid to the Palestinian Authority

    July 28, 2014

    The anti-Semitic "tradition" of blaming Jews for the world's problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas.

  • Rick Perry's bold border move

    July 24, 2014

    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas plans to order 1,000 National Guard troops to his state's border with Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of immigrants illegally entering from Central America, dispersing around the country once they've made it into Texas.

  • Are black voters turning against Obama?

    July 17, 2014

    It may be too soon to label it a trend and there is insufficient data to confirm it, but President Obama and his party may be losing their iron grip on their most loyal and enthusiastic voting bloc: African-Americans.

  • Don't fence me in

    July 15, 2014

    At last, an Obama administration official has come out in favor of a fence. He promises it will bring security to people on both sides of the border.

  • Chicago: A town that won't let you down?

    July 10, 2014

    Frank Sinatra's song about Chicago, "My Kind of Town," "a the town that won't let you down," seems dated in light of last weekend's shooting spree that left 16 dead and dozens wounded in 53 separate incidents. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The victims were among 82 people shot between Thursday afternoon and early Monday."

  • Constitution, not illegal immigration is 'central to our way of life'

    July 8, 2014

    The cab driver taking me to the Washington Nationals baseball game on July 4 is from Bangladesh. I ask him how he got here. He said his father "won the immigration lottery" some years back, was admitted under U.S. immigration law and eventually became a citizen, as did his son. He is proud to be an American and said after he dropped me off he was going to a traditional Fourth of July party to celebrate America's independence.

  • Louis Zamperini and Memorial Day

    July 4, 2014

    Prior to Memorial Day, 2011, Louis Zamperini visited Washington, D.C., where I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing him. The man was as sharp as the proverbial tack. He inscribed Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling biography, "Unbroken" to me with "Be Hardy." And he was. This is the column I wrote about him and what he stood for. The film of the book, directed by Angelina Jolie, will be released in December.

  • America's DNA: 'The Federalist Papers'

    July 3, 2014

    There are many ways to lose freedom -- conquering armies, surrendering without a fight. Unfortunately, we are currently surrendering our freedom, not to a foreign power, but to our own government.

  • Our arrogant president

    July 1, 2014

    President Obama appears to have forgotten -- or ignored -- why we have elections. One reason is to stop, or slow down, an agenda the public doesn't like.

  • No denying climate change deniers

    June 26, 2014

    People who refuse to drink the Kool-Aid known as global warming-climate change are not just "deniers"; we are guilty of a "nihilistic refusal" to address the issue. So says a Washington Post editorial commenting favorably on Monday's Supreme Court ruling that allows the Environmental Protection Agency, under certain limits, to proceed under the Clean Air Act to regulate major sources of greenhouse-gas emissions.

  • The difference between Republicans and Democrats

    June 24, 2014

    It is a line I have used to open speeches on the lecture circuit for years and it never fails to get a laugh: "I'm happy to be here tonight from Washington, D.C., where the only politicians with convictions are in prison."

  • U.S. troops return to Iraq ... too little, too late?

    June 19, 2014

    George W. Bush never claimed to be prescient, but here he is in 2007, warning us what would happen if the United States prematurely pulled its troops out of Iraq before Iraqi forces were sufficiently trained, equipped and motivated to defend the country we gave back to them after the ouster of Saddam Hussein:

  • Iraq is on its own!

    June 17, 2014

    "It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain..." (The Gettysburg Address)

  • Ready for Hillary?

    June 12, 2014

    I expected nothing but effusive praise from major media for Hillary Clinton's new book, "Hard Choices," much like the mass exaltation it showered on Barack Obama, America's first African-American president.

  • Israel is not America

    June 10, 2014

    Defenders of President Obama's release of five Taliban terrorists from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl cite as justification Israel's history of swapping hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for one or two Israel soldiers.

  • D-Day is dumb day for too many

    June 5, 2014

    Given the numerous studies revealing how American education lags behind instruction in other countries in disciplines once thought to be essential, it should come as no surprise that on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a lot of people are clueless about central elements of the Allied invasion of the European continent on June 6, 1944.

  • D-Day is dumb day for too many

    June 5, 2014

    Given the numerous studies revealing how American education lags behind instruction in other countries in disciplines once thought to be essential, it should come as no surprise that on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a lot of people are clueless about central elements of the Allied invasion of the European continent on June 6, 1944.

  • Negotiating with terrorists

    June 3, 2014

    Euphoria over the Taliban's release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was quickly tempered by media reports that Bergdahl had abandoned his post and that his father made comments opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bergdahl's father tweeted, "I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child."

  • The tea party lives -- in Europe

    May 29, 2014

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- While Tea Party candidates underperformed against establishment Republican incumbents in recent U.S. primary elections, in Europe their conservative cousins have just scored some spectacular victories.

  • The Rich List and the West's culture of envy

    May 27, 2014

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- In the 1970s, while working as a low-paid cub reporter in Houston, Texas, I always looked forward to the annual Christmas catalogs from Neiman-Marcus and Sakowitz, a local luxury department store. Both contained outrageously expensive things that only the super-rich could afford -- his and hers Thunderbirds stick in my memory. My wife and I couldn't wait to thumb through them and we frequently laughed at how much some of the items cost, wondering if even rich Texans would spend so extravagantly.

  • The VA, the NHS and choice

    May 22, 2014

    PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland -- President Obama Wednesday replayed a familiar scenario when dealing with scandal, in this case delays for treatment, deaths, alleged cover-ups and other acts of malfeasance reported at Veterans Administration hospitals in the United States: first express outrage, next announce an investigation and then say he won't comment on the scandal until the results of the investigation are in, promising people will be held "accountable," if they violated the law. Good luck with that.

  • Hillary's health matters

    May 20, 2014

    Karl Rove, the bete noir for Democrats (and some Republicans), has dared to raise questions about Hillary Clinton's health.

  • Free speech not so free when discussing gay rights

    May 15, 2014

    Once, Social Security was the "third rail" of politics. Touch it and face political death. Now it is homosexuality. Criticize anything gay people do and you risk ostracism, fines, suspension or loss of your livelihood.

  • First redistribute Vatican wealth

    May 13, 2014

    I have great respect for the humility displayed by Pope Francis, but in his latest call for the "legitimate" redistribution of wealth, he has it backward. Instead of taking more money from those who have earned it, he should advocate for creating new wealth.

  • Supreme Court rules 5-4 on public prayer

    May 8, 2014

    Ever since the Supreme Court ruled organized prayer and Bible study in public schools unconstitutional in the early 1960s, conservative Christians have been trying to re-enter the secular arena.

  • Government waste: Where has all the money gone?

    May 6, 2014

    Most people, perhaps even the super-wealthy, who are usually accountable to auditors, want to know where their money goes. This is especially true when they detect money for which they can't account. Not so with the federal government.

  • Hillary Clinton's 'social gospel' good enough for Democrats

    May 1, 2014

    Faith is making a comeback among liberal Democrats, but they still have a way to go.

  • Kerry's folly

    April 10, 2014

    After his spectacular, but predictable, failure to move forward the "peace process" between Israel and the Palestinian side, Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will now "evaluate" its role in the Middle East.

  • Focus on what works

    April 8, 2014

    The Fiscal Times reported last week that the State Department has missing files or incomplete files for more than $6 billion in State Department contracts. Steve Linick, State's inspector general, issued a "management alert" warning that "significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted for dollars over the last six years."

  • The ABC's of school choice

    April 3, 2014

    When people speak of a legacy, they usually mean something other than what the late economist Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, left behind, namely the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (edchoice.org).

  • Much ado about Noah

    April 1, 2014

    It wasn't so long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content. That's progress of a sort.

  • God and Caesar (again)

    March 27, 2014

    "Well, then," Jesus said, "give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God." (Mark 12:17 Living Paraphrase)

  • Fred Phelps: Satan's servant

    March 25, 2014

    My parents taught me never to speak ill of the dead, but in the case of Fred Phelps, who died last week at the age of 84, I think they would have made an exception.

  • Humiliation nation(s)

    March 20, 2014

    What is it about Western leaders from Neville Chamberlain to George W. Bush who want to find good in men of bad character?

  • Missing: A foreign policy

    March 18, 2014

    What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may eventually be discovered, but there is something else that has been missing for much longer and its "disappearance" has far greater implications for America. It is our foreign policy. Can anyone say what it is?

  • Getting satisfaction

    March 13, 2014

    Every year we are subjected to lists. Forbe's magazine lists the world's wealthiest individuals. Time magazine lists the most "influential" people, though real influence is difficult to define or quantify.

  • Stormtroopers, a Wookiee and CPAC

    March 11, 2014

    OXON HILL, Md. -- The first "people" I recognized on arriving at last week's Conservative Political Action Committee gathering just outside Washington were two "stormtroopers" and a Wookiee from the 1977 film "Star Wars."

  • Pressuring the wrong country

    March 6, 2014

    The Obama administration is showing it can be tough on foreign policy. Unfortunately, that toughness is not directed at Russia and its incursion into Crimea, but at Israel, America's ally.