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Breaking a Fifty-Year Pattern in the GOP

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If any of the four front-running candidates wins the GOP presidential nomination, the Republicans will break a longstanding pattern that’s lasted in their party for nearly 50 years. In 12 elections in a row, the GOP has nominated someone who has run for president before—or spent time in the White House. Gerald Ford and George W. Bush hadn’t run before they were nominated, but Ford was an incumbent president and Bush had considerable White House experience during his father’s presidency. This time, only...

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A Cruel Delusion on “Equalized Achievement”

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The New York Times recently reported good news on the education performance gap between black and white children—a gap that’s narrowed by 50 percent over the last 30 years. But the distance between privileged kids and disadvantaged children of all races has only gotten wider: offspring of college graduates are seven times more likely to earn college degrees themselves, than are the children of high school drop-outs. Professor Jane Waldfogel of Columbia University says the problem begins before kindergarten....

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Throwing Cash at the Homeless Crisis

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Los Angeles announced bold new plans to spend $100 million to help the estimated 26,000 homeless people who occupy the city’s streets and parklands, representing a real threat to public health and safety. This comes to less than $4,000 per person—hardly enough to fix a broken life. L.A.’s homeless problem is clearly a crisis, but the liberal instinct to throw money at every problem never works: six years ago the Obama administration pledged to end homelessness among veterans within 5 years, but the problem...

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After Boehner: Suicidal Strategies Still Lead to Self-Destruction

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) publicly announces his resignation as Speaker and from the U.S. Congress at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The resignation of Speaker John Boehner should help Republicans unite behind conservative principles and to reach a constructive consensus on the right strategies to advance those principles. In that context, shutting down the government to score political points isn’t illegal or immoral, but it is a suicidal strategy in which short-term failure is guaranteed. As Senator Kelly Ayotte points out, even if all 54 Republican Senators vote to defund Planned Parenthood, they’d still need 13 Democrats to side with...

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Can $100 Million Buy the Presidency?

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Donald Trump’s decision to spend up to $100 million of his own money for his campaign shows desperation, not strength. Self-funded billionaire candidates have a consistent record of failure in our nation, no matter how much they spend. In 1992, Ross Perot blew $63 million—$107 million in today’s dollars—and won not a single electoral vote. In 1998, Democrat Al Chechi became known as “Al Checkbook” running for California governor—investing $58 million in today’s dollars to win just 12 percent of...

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Democratic Field: No Youth, No Diversity

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers an address to Liberty University students at the school in Lynchburg, Virginia, September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jay PaulU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders

The most recent GOP debate, highlighted freshness and variety of the Republican candidates compared with the monochromatic field for the Democrats. The leading Democrats are all white Anglos, 68 or older, and they’ve all worked as professional politicians since their 20s; Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden have each been part of the Washington establishment for more than 20 years. The GOP, by contrast, features three front runners—Trump, Carson and Fiorina—who have never held public office; Ben...

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Iran Deal Debacle Exposed an Important Truth

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal addresses the Marching On conference on gun violence prevention in Middletown, Connecticut September 28, 2013.   REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlinSenator Richard Blumenthal--one of 10 Jewish Democrats who supported the Iran Deal

There is very little to celebrate in the failure of Congress to block the president’s disastrous Iran deal, but at least the outcome should put to rest the pernicious charge that “Zionists” or Jews control American politics. Though major Jewish organizations worked passionately to defeat this deal, they failed completely—even with Jewish members of Congress. Of the 29 self-identified Jews in the House and Senate, 19 of them—or nearly two-thirds—voted with Obama, not with the State of Israel....

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The Folly of Staging Unwinnable Fights

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The recent controversy surrounding Kim Davis in Kentucky should not be understood as a milestone in the struggle for religious liberty, but it does illustrate a dangerous, destructive tendency among too many conservatives. The problem with her fight was that she had no chance to win: there is no way, legally or politically, to stop Rowan County from issuing licenses for same-sex weddings. The same mentality surrounded the doomed, foolish government shutdown nearly two years ago: with Obama as president, there was...

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Religious Faith–and Positive Black Images–Win at the Box Office

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The startling success of the new movie WAR ROOM should send a powerful message to the entertainment industry. This little film about the power of prayer working to save a troubled marriage cost $3.5 million to make and, in its first two weeks, grossed $30 million at the box office. Yes, there’s a huge audience of people of faith who will support films with positive religious content. That’s an argument I’ve been making for 30 years, particularly with my 1992 book HOLLYWOOD VS. AMERICA. But there’s...

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“No Escape” from the Clichés of Hollyweird Leftism


Even a bad, silly movie can unwittingly illustrate the toxic anti-Americanism that poisons too many Hollywood productions. NO ESCAPE is a would-be thriller starring Owen Wilson as a good-natured American who takes his wife and daughters to an unidentified Southeast Asian country for a new corporate job; Pierce Brosnan is a tough, cynical, British operative who tries to protect the family from rampaging mobs in the midst of a revolution. These zombie-like radicals try to slaughter every westerner they see, but the...

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