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Trump Administration's Endangered-species Policy Is Nothing But Animal Cruelty
The long Republican war on the Endangered Species Act heated up last week when the Trump administration announced it was changing the rules about how far the government should go to save America's imperiled wildlife. Having failed to persuade Congres
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The 'Peculiar Institution' Is No Artifact Of The Dead Past
Perhaps you've heard of white fragility. The term was popularized by sociologist Robin DiAngelo in her 2018 book of the same name that seeks to explain why white people often find it so hard to discuss race, why the subject frequently makes them angr
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Maybe Liberty Isn't A Lost Cause In China
Here's a crazy idea: Maybe the forces of liberty will win. Sadly, few people are rooting for liberty these days, and even among those who are, there's a dismaying amount of pessimism about its prospects. Consider China. There's a new bipartisan conse
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Who Are You Calling Wretched?
You have to hand it to Ken Cuccinelli. As President Donald Trump's wingman on immigration, in a scant few days he managed a trifecta of arrogance, ignorance and hubris. It was a performance one can only call Trumpian. Cuccinelli, the acting director
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Socialism Never?
President Trump has repeatedly promised, "America will never be a socialist country." Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism. We may no
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Power With, Not Power Over
I don't know if words can transform the world -- I know they can't bring back a murdered child -- but I have a few of them to scatter on the grave of Derrion Albert, the Chicago boy whose brutal slaying stunned the city and the nation: I would ask th
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The Greatest Showman On Earth
A couple of years ago, I began an interview with Congresswoman Maxine Waters by asking her if she'd ever seen a president like Donald Trump. "President? I've never seen a human being like Donald Trump," she retorted. Trump is, indeed, sui generis, on
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Jeffrey Epstein Didn't Commit Suicide
Jeffrey Epstein didn't commit suicide. He was murdered by Hillary and/or Bill Clinton. Or he was assassinated by the Russians. Or Donald Trump killed him. Or he isn't dead at all, having been spirited into the Witness Protection Program, where he pre
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Epstein's Death Reflects Our New Age Of Conspiracy Theories
Anyone who's watched a courtroom TV drama has heard the phrase "Hard cases make bad law." It's a legal maxim that says really extreme -- i.e., rare or weird -- cases are not only hard to generalize from, they're also a bad foundation for new legislat
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None Dare Call It 'Conspiracy'
After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigators discovered that the lone man assigned to guard the president, John Parker, had abandoned his post to watch the play from an adjacent box at Ford's Theater. Worse, at intermission, Parker adjou
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What Role Does 'Toxic Masculinity' Play In Mass Shootings?
As the toll from mass shootings this year already approaches the total for all of last year, more people are openly asking a question that has lurked mostly in the shadows: Why are the shooters so often white men? "Mental illness and hatred pull the
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Jeffrey Epstein's Wealth And Power Gave Him Protection That His Victims Never Got
The more we learn about the late Jeffrey Epstein's 13 months in so-called custody at the Palm Beach County Stockade, the clearer is the lesson: It definitely helped to be rich, even if you were a monstrous sexual predator. It didn't help Epstein that
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Woodstock's 50th anniversary
Teenagers were invented in the late 1950s. If that's an exaggeration, it's not as much of one as you may think. While there had -- obviously -- been teenagers before, it wasn't until the leading edge of the Baby Boom reached that milestone that the w
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We Have Problems, Yes, But Let's Put Things In Perspective
I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb when I say that a lot of people are losing perspective. I won't be too specific, because if you're on one ideological team, you probably think I'm referring to the other team. One common practice to avoid
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Don't Like Biden's Gaffes? Consider The Alternatives
OK, we saw this coming, didn't we? Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has a well-known history of gaffes, spouted another one Thursday night by telling a group of mostly minority voters in Iowa that "poor kids" are just as bright as "white kids." T
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Trump's Theater Of Victimhood Is No Longer Convincing
Victimhood is a game everybody can play in U.S. politics. Indeed, the most avid players are the most undeserving of pity: President Donald Trump and his band of retainers, financiers and other enablers. Consider the backlash over Rep. Joaquin Castro'
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Mass Murders Are A Symptom
Politicians and pundits are promoting familiar explanations, excuses and demands following the tragic mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. From more gun laws, to blaming President Trump, conservative talk radio and Fox News, we've heard
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Dead Canaries
"Many people think that the fight for America is already lost. They couldn't be more wrong. This is just the beginning of the fight for America and Europe. I am honored to head the fight to reclaim my country from destruction." This is how the El Pas
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And Again. And Still
And again. And still. Nine people shot dead in Dayton, 13 hours after 22 shot dead in El Paso, six days after three shot dead in Gilroy. And tears and disbelief and funeral preparations, candlelight vigils and a search for meaning, and talking heads
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Neither Left Nor Right Has Proper Remedy For America's Illness
America is sick. Just about everybody recognizes it, and we didn't need two more mass shootings to convince anybody of anything. Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track, despite a roaring economy. You can blame Donald Trump, but Americ
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Fixing Baltimore: A plan
Former South Carolina governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has urged President Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to stop exchanging insults over conditions in Baltimore. Haley scolded Trump for his recent tweet that appeared to mock Rep. Cummin
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El Paso Shooting Exposes Our Denial About Domestic Terrorism
When newscasters speak of Dayton and El Paso, I hear my name. I was born in Dayton, Ohio, and later covered local news there as an intern in the days of typewriters and telephone booths. Years later, my son would attend the University of Texas at El
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How Many People Died From Opioids While Scott And Florida Lawmakers Coddled Big Pharma?
As the behind-the-scenes story of America's worst drug epidemic becomes known, a deadly starring role belongs to the Florida politicians who looked the other way while the state turned into a destination flea market for opioid buyers. More than 5.5 b
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To Be African American Is To Be Perpetually Exhausted By Race
Ed has had enough. "I'm simply tired, tired and tired of hearing about race," he wrote last month in an email. He signed himself a "former racist" and in a postscript, wanted me to know that he used to have "a black friend" with whom he ate breakfast
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Will Donald Trump's 'Go Back' Racial Strategy Backfire?
President Donald Trump isn't a racist. Just ask him. He'll tell you. "I am the least racist person there is anywhere in the world," he told reporters at the White House. That's a statement that doesn't sound like it is to be taken seriously by anyone
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What Kirsten Gillibrand Can Teach Her Party About Race
Before we bid adieu to Kirsten Gillibrand's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, some respect is due. The New York senator nailed an important issue for the 2020 presidential race during a debate between the Democratic contenders in Detroi
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Smelling Rats In Baltimore
Calling someone "racist" has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real problems. President Trump has (again) been called a racist for having the temerity to note that
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The inner Nixon
The Nixon tapes are still in the news! My God, they're still spewing bile, still making America's eyeballs roll. They're as relevant as ever. Donald Trump, it turns out, is merely the inner Richard Nixon, live and uncensored. He's also the inner Rona
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Debates Show How Much Obama's Presidency Has Shrunk
Whatever happened to Barack Obama? For a while there, no modern figure was supposed to be as consequential. It's difficult to describe the hype in the early days of the Obama era. Time, Newsweek and countless deep thinkers cast him as a 21st century
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Trump Framing Election As A Referendum On White People
If you are a regular here, you may have heard this story before. But it bears repeating. In 1958, George Wallace ran for governor of Alabama against John Patterson, a fire-breathing segregationist. Wallace, though also a segregationist, was considere
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