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Scottish Independence, GOP Hopes and Fear Trumping Faith

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband campaigns against Scottish independence in a shopping centre in Edinburgh, Scotland

This Thursday’s vote on Scottish independence, with its see-saw polling, sharply divided electorate and unpredictable outcome, in many ways mirrors the upcoming Congressional elections in the United States. In fact, Republicans hoping to take control of the US Senate could learn some crucial lessons from the epic battle currently raging across-the-pond. The most important take-away concerns the sudden shifts and unexpected reverses that characterize today’s media driven politics. At the time that the British...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola

Since her disastrous showing in the Iowa caucuses six years ago, Hillary Clinton has stayed away from the Hawkeye State—until a recent visit viewed by many as the unofficial kickoff of her new presidential campaign.   Speaking to more than 5,000 at a “Steak Fry” in Indianola, the former Secretary of State got by far her biggest applause with a ringing declaration that women deserve “equal pay and that means you should get equal pay for equal work.”   Unfortunately, Clinton arrived about 40...

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shares a laugh with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn after a round table discussion with small business owners in ChicagoU.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) shares a laugh with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (R) and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn after a round table discussion with small business owners on raising the minimum wage in Chicago, Illinois, August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

The New York Times described a disappointing Washington rally for Democratic Senate candidates pushing the slogan, “America Needs a Raise.”   Only a few dozen attended the big event and the Times concluded: “The Democrats’ strategy of making an increase in the minimum wage a midterm election rallying cry has been drowned out by world events. The party continues to talk about it, but it appears that few are listening.”   While threats from ISIS, Ebola and Russia certainly dominate the news,...

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Would Re-Electing Senate Dems Prevent Future Fergusons?

A protesters holds a sign calling for a thorough investigation of the shooting death of teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on a street in front of the White House in Washington

How will keeping Harry Reid in his position as Senate Majority Leader protect young black males from the tragic fate of Michael Brown in Missouri? That’s the obvious and embarrassing question that ought to be raised in response to the shameless Democratic bid to boost African-American turnout by exploiting “the spirit of Ferguson.” A revealing New York Times report by Jonathan Martin at the end of August appeared under the heading, “At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks” and laid out the...

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Liberal activists in Seattle have persuaded a city council majority to establish “Indigenous Peoples Day” to replace the Columbus Day holiday. At the same time, local columnist Kelton Sears hopes to change the state flag to remove the image of George Washington at its center, because Washington owned slaves and once fought Indians.   When he was a guest on my radio show, I made the point that the Father of our country arranged to free his slaves upon his death and fought those Indians who joined the...

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Every year, America experiences millions of incidents of domestic violence, many of them brutal and some of them deadly. But a shocking video of football star Ray Rice hitting his fiancé with a cruel punch in a casino elevator has provoked unprecedented revulsion and intense public debate.   Why?   For the same reason that two ISIS be-heading videos posted on the internet finally awakened Americans to the fact that Islamo-Nazi terrorism remains a serious threat.  Visual imagery impacts the emotions at...

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Obama delivers remarks at Laborfest 2014 at Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

As elections approach, the president and other desperate Democrats have resorted to outrageous rhetoric in a last ditch effort to demonize the opposition.   J.T. Smith, a Congressional nominee in Alabama, shamelessly tweeted: “Actions of Republicans in congress are worse than #ISIL.” Really? John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are guilty of video-taped beheadings and mass murders?   Meanwhile the president himself called Congressional Republicans “the most ideologically rigid, most unproductive, most...

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A fighter of the ISIL holds a flag and a weapon on a street in Mosul

Former Congressman Ron Paul, the eccentric and embarrassing father of a prospective presidential candidate, actually commends President Obama for offering no strategy on combating ISIS. “A lack of strategy is a glimmer of hope,” Ron Paul says. “Here’s a strategy: just come home.” It sounds appealingly simple, but our troubled world is distressingly complex. If Islamic terrorists can seize territory and massacre populations with impunity, no nation in the Middle East is safe, while...

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On the last day of August, my wife Diane and I celebrated the wedding of our son, Danny, to our new daughter-in-law, Richelle. We welcomed  far-flung members from both families and more than 200 guests to a scenic location at the edge of the woods and even the Seattle weather seemed to cooperate, with the sun coming out less than an hour before the bride and groom stood together under the wedding canopy. Some guests who had never attended a Jewish wedding expressed surprise at the frenzied dancing, lavish...

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Hamas Chief Asks: Gaza, Holocaust, What’s The Difference?

Hamas leader Meshaal talks during a news conference in Doha

In several interviews with a variety of international news agencies, the political chieftain of the Hamas terror organization accused Israel of perpetrating “the real Holocaust” in Gaza, charging the Jewish state with “genocide” and comparing Netanyahu to Hitler. Most sane, fair-minded people instinctively recognize the absurdity of those charges but may not know the most direct and effective means to answer them. In a typical session with the press, Hamas honcho Khaled Meshaal, 58, met with Yahoo News at...

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