U.S. Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Conventions Are Finished! Maybe Forever?

Political conventions waste vast sums of money that could be used more effectively to promote desperately needed reform. Donors provided at least $65 million for the GOP convention I recently attended in Cleveland, but four nights of...

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 15, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Running Mate Resemblances

Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s choice for Vice President, bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump’s running mate, Governor Mike Pence. Both are deeply religious—Kaine is a committed Catholic, Pence an Evangelical...

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump applauds onstage as his running-mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence concludes his speech during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Both Candidates Hide Health Concerns

Many Americans feel desperately dissatisfied with their choices in this presidential campaign, but they may take some comfort in the thought that serious health issues could yet sideline one, or both, of the major party...

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Sadiq Khan speaks during The Great Debate on BBC One, on the EU Referendum in London, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool

Should Government Block “Fat Shaming”?

Complaints about EU bureaucrats interfering with every aspect of British life helped spark the recent Brexit vote in the UK. But English officials are even more intrusive – and more ridiculous – at home. The new mayor of London, Sadiq...

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Character Still Counts

In choosing the next President, character matters more than ideology. An individual of low character and troubled temperament won’t keep campaign promises, no matter how appealing, and won’t be able to work with others to achieve those...

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Alex Fraser wears a campaign banner as a cape while waiting for a campaign rally with U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Bangor, Maine, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Beyond Gripes and Gloom

Is American greatness a relic of the past or a reality of the present? If Republicans fumble this fundamental question and become the party of gripes and gloom, they will blow their chance of 2016 victory and imperil the party’s...

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Hungarian-born Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel attends a symposium of Jewish-Hungarian solidarity in Budapest's parliament on December 9,2009. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh/File Photo

Elie Wiesel’s Less-Celebrated Role

When Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel died at age 87, the whole world honored him for his noble work in building Holocaust awareness through his novels and personal testimony, for his political activism in fighting genocide around the...

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comments on the just-released Benghazi report as she speaks at Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver, U.S. June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Hillary’s Vulnerability: Far Beyond Emails

Republicans feel perplexed and indignant over the decision by FBI Director James Comey to recommend against prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the careless, likely illegal handling of her e-mails. In responding to this troubling but...

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Demonstrators take part in a protest aimed at showing London's solidarity with the European Union following the recent EU referendum, inTrafalgar Square, central London, Britain June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

A Representative Republic Beats Pure Democracy

The UK’s Brexit vote should remind Americans of the advantages of a representative republic over a pure democracy. The close vote to leave the European Union has already damaged the life savings and pension plans of millions who didn’t...

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In Disney's fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.

Cinematic Enchantment, For a Change

Occasionally, Hollywood releases diverting fare for kids but only rarely do family films qualify as dazzling works of art.  But Steven Spielberg’s The BFG—“The Big Friendly Giant”—is a gorgeous, touching enchantment, destined to...

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A trader from BGC, a global brokerage company in London's Canary Wharf financial centre reacts during trading June 24, 2016 after Britain voted to leave the European Union in the EU BREXIT referendum.    REUTERS/Russell Boyce - RTX2HYGZ

Brexit: Deferred Benefits, Immediate Damage

Within days after the close “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union, there’s evidence of second thoughts among portions of the British public, with demonstrations to protest the decision, petitions to reconsider it, and efforts by...

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