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What Do Progressives Have Against Vaporous Substances?
In the classic 1979 comedy "The Jerk," Steve Martin plays a very dumb guy who often misses the point. In one scene, while he's working as a gas station attendant, an assassin tries to kill him with a high-powered rifle. When the bullets start whizzin
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What Have We Learned About Sexual Assault From The Kavanaugh Case?
Is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh a villain or a victim? It's a question that seems to divide Americans into two camps. But what if it's the wrong question to ask? During his confirmation hearings a year ago, lots of circumstantial eviden
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Abortion Has Dropped To Record Lows -- So Who Gets The Credit?
With the 2020 presidential contest stirring up abortion rights battles, it is illuminating to note a new report that shows how significantly the numbers of reported abortions have plunged. This comes as a wave of abortion restrictions have been passe
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'Where's my Roy Cohn?'
As readers of this column will know, I don't normally do movie reviews. I get in enough trouble with my weekly political views. I don't want to risk upsetting moviegoers, too. But this one I can't resist. There's a new documentary coming out on Septe
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The Kavanaugh reboot
When the Supreme Court, under a previous ideological majority, was handing down decisions favorable to the left, Democrats were fine with deferring to that third branch of government to achieve what they declined to produce in legislation. Some Democ
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'I'm Afraid You Have Humans'
The irony of this old New Yorker cartoon by Eric Lewis is so precise I haven't been able to get it out of my head for two years. The speaker is the planet Saturn, clad in doctor's garb -- a stethoscope circling his forehead -- giving the bad news to
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The Truth Of Climate Change Has Long Been Painfully Clear
With apologies to Stevie Wonder, for whom it was once an album title, nothing is "hotter than July." July was the hottest month. Maybe you're waiting for that sentence to be qualified: "hottest month of the last 20 years," let's say. But it turns out
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Like Trump, Democratic Candidates Have Trouble Staying Within Constitutional Boundaries
It's exhausting being both a conservative and a critic of President Trump. When I aim my pen at the White House, many of my comrades on the right go nuts. And readers who love it when I go after Trump turn into a cage full of poo-flinging monkeys whe
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Non-debate 'debates'
By definition, what 14 million viewers watched on TV last Thursday night was not a debate -- not even close. Here's how dictionary.com defines "debate": "A discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints ... a formal
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Cory Booker's Misleading Crime Statistic Backfires
Immigrant children are dying at the border, President Trump boasts of being "locked and loaded" against Iran and the Amazon rainforest is burning. No wonder critics say we media workers should not be spending time on presidential candidates' gaffes.
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Andrew Yang's Cash Giveaway Makes An Important Point About Jobs
Andrew Yang, who has been called "the internet's favorite candidate," turned into something of a latter-day Oprah during Thursday night's 2020 Democratic presidential debate. Instead of offering each member of his audience a new car, as Oprah Winfrey
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Arguments Over Electability Are An Annoying Diversion
Our subject today is a word. It seems to be the word of the moment, at least on the political left. One can hardly read an opinion page or watch cable news without confronting this tiresome term, this irksome idiom. For the love of heaven, people, pl
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In War, Time Is Less Expensive Than Human Life
The drama leading up to and surrounding the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks was an unfortunate distraction. President Trump invited the Taliban to meet at Camp David for "peace talks" -- against the wishes of the democratically elected go
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Altruists Of The World Unite!
The biggest joke on the planet may be the phrase "national security." It almost always justifies something brutal, whether outright murder (a.k.a. war) or climate apartheid -- the rejection and condemnation of refugees who are fleeing terrible condit
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When Government Runs Health Care
DUBLIN -- "When would you like to schedule your knee replacement surgery?" asked my American doctor before I left for Ireland? I gave him a date that works for me (I'm calling it the result of an old basketball injury, not advancing age). His office
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Addiction And Guns, Can't We Tackle Both?
President Donald Trump has one extremely laudable, consistently present quality that even his most ardent critics should acknowledge. The characteristic is among the most steadfast aspects of Trump's personality. It's derived from grief, regret, and
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Another Mass Shooting, A Nation On Tenterhooks
In 1879, on the road leading into Dodge City, there stood a sign. "The Carrying of Fire Arms Strictly Prohibited," it said. As recounted in the book "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America" by Adam Winkler, the gun control ordina
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I Quit Smoking By Vaping, And Now I'm Worried
It's not every day that a CEO of a major corporation voluntarily warns potential consumers against using his or her product. But underage consumers are a special case. "Don't vape. Don't use Juul," Juul CEO Kevin Burns said Thursday in an interview o
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A Theory On Why Trump's GOP Approval Rating (the Real One) Is So High
Early Monday morning, Donald Trump tweeted: "94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, a record. Thank you!" Where the president got this specific number remains a mystery. Recent polls by YouGov put his GOP approval roughly 10 points lower, and G
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Dealing With The Taliban Devil
PARIS -- President Trump was right to cancel a "secret” meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in hea
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Dorian Coverage Brought More Hot Air Than The Hurricane Did
Finally, Floridians can breathe a mass sigh of relief. All those manic storm chasers from the Weather Channel are gone. Now we can reclaim our beaches, jetties and fishing piers, where for nearly a week we dodged TV crews and bleary-eyed corresponden
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We Are Living The Fable Of The Emperor's New Clothes
If you're going to lie, make it a good one. Meaning, put some effort into it. Make it convincing. Make sure the truth is not easily discoverable. Don't just draw on a weather map with a Sharpie. That's apparently what Donald Trump or someone in his e
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Like The Jussie Smollett Case, Aaron Schock's Dropped Charges Should Be Investigated
Nothing spoils a good outrage like an intrusion of facts. Outrage boiled up in news and social networks once again after the dropping of federal charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, a Peoria Republican, became official on Wednesday. Some ob
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Climate Change A Convenient Excuse For Dems To Transform Economy
"Climate change is an existential crisis," Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared Tuesday, unveiling her plan to fight climate change in advance of CNN's interminable townhall event on the topic with 10 Democratic presidential candidates. The use of the term
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Walmart Sees Gun Culture For What It Is: A Huge Liability
This is not Sam Walton's America. Children are outfitted for the first day of school with bullet-proof backpacks that fearful parents purchased along with pencils, crayons and erasers. Grade school teachers learn the protocols of active shooter drill
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Defying The Nuclear Sword
". . . and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." These lost words -- Isaiah 2:4 -- are nearly 3,000 years old. Did they
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Will Democrats Tax Your Retirement Savings?
The late bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton is said to have been asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, to which he supposedly replied, "Because that's where the money is." In his autobiography, Sutton denied the quote, but it serves as a warnin
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Stealing From The Pentagon To Placate Trump
As many White House reporters have already pointed out, there's a serious problem covering the Trump administration. Which is this. It's like the proverbial firehose. There's so much news coming at you so fast, it's impossible to keep up with it all.
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Dave Chappelle Pushes The Same Boundaries That Once Got Lenny Bruce Arrested
Part of the fun of watching edgy stand-up comedians is what I call the "Demolition Derby Effect." Just as demolition derbies were born out of the belief that a lot of ticket buyers would rather watch cars wreck than race, a lot of people pay to watch
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White Liberals Have Moved To The Left Of Black Voters
"No Democrat is going to win the nomination for president of the United States without African American support. Nor should they," Kate Bedingfield, Joe Biden's deputy campaign manager, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell last week. Bedingfield was pushing
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