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Avoid the Anger Trap

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona July 11, 2015. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

As Republican candidates prepare for their first televised debate, they should avoid the temptations of anger and negativity. It’s true that rage merchants can grab headlines and make temporary gains in the polls – and it’s also true that the angriest candidate, Donald Trump, is the current front runner. But in November, the people won’t elect someone just to express their wrath – they will choose instead a candidate who credibly offers to make things better. There’s no candidate in history who ever...

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Joe Biden is Hillary’s Worst Nightmare

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum in Washington July 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The New York Times reports preparations by Vice President Biden and his aides to join the a presidential race – a looming disaster for Hillary. It’s not that Biden is more competent, moderate or popular than she is – he’s none of the above. But he is closer to the administration, and a majority of Democrats adore the president so much that they’ll choose the candidate who pledges most fervently to continue his policies. That’s why a Biden race – promising a third term for Obama, in effect – would...

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Lessons from a Lion

Lonely Lion in the Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)

The sad case of Cecil the Lion demonstrates the superiority of conservative common sense over leftist notions of political correctness. First, there’s the question asked by many conservatives: why should anyone feel more upset by the death of a lion 5,000 miles away than by dismemberment of human babies in your own community? Conservatism holds that human life – even human life in the womb – is more precious than animal life in any form. That doesn’t mean animals shouldn’t be treated with kindness and...

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The Weirdest Government-form Instruction Ever

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BY DIANE MEDVED   I admit I wasn’t swelling with civic pride when I received a summons for jury duty. I’d served on a jury less than three years ago, and don’t have time now for the interruption, especially for the princely wage of $10 per day. Given that the President wants to raise the minimum to $15 per hour, he might first start by a campaign to pay jurors at least that per day. But OK, it’s a privilege to serve on a jury; we should indeed be thrilled when randomly selected (again)...

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Partisan Politics and the Dubious Deal with Iran

Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015.  REUTERS/TIMAIranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015. REUTERS/TIMA

In the ongoing debate over the pending nuclear deal with Iran, one side is practicing purely partisan politics – and it’s not the Republicans. Democrats are deeply divided on this issue, and many of those supporting the president have admitted, privately, that they’re doing so out of loyalty to Mr. Obama, and in order to prevent their party from suffering a shattering defeat. The Republicans, on the other hand, are totally united – even Senator Rand Paul, hardly a hard-liner when it comes to Middle East...

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Why They Can’t Hide 20 Million Illegals

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Any constructive discussion of immigration issues must rely on facts, not just feelings. Unfortunately, some of the loudest voices in this debate frequently cite a number with no basis in reality, claiming 30 million illegal immigrants in the United States. The actual number, according to all credible sources, is 11 million. It would be impossible to hide nearly 20 million people from ruthless politicians–Democrats would find the missing illegals to build their own power with more federal funds and more...

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Some Fights Aren’t Worth Having

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Americans who admire Donald Trump say they like the fact that he’s a “fighter” but they ought to realize that some fights aren’t worth having. Why, for instance, get involved in a major brawl with John McCain? The Arizona Senator is one prominent Republican who isn’t running for president, so what’s the point of insisting he’s not a war hero or, even more absurdly, denigrating his academic record at Annapolis more than 60 years ago? It’s important for Republicans to keep control of the Senate, so...

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The Fight for Independence vs. The Secession Mistake

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During the Fourth of July holiday some supporters of the Confederate battle flag asked why Americans celebrate the colonists breaking away from Britain, but condemn the attempt by Southerners to separate from the federal government. Actually, a key slogan of the Revolution was “no taxation without representation” – Parliament had full taxing power, but no representatives from the colonies. But Southerners were well represented in Washington and dominated the government most of the time before the Civil War....

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Does Sunny Summer Weather Mean Catastrophic Climate Change?

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Timothy Eagan, New York Times columnist and my fellow Seattleite, sees our dry weather this summer as a frightening sign of catastrophic climate change. Writing of our lovely, verdant Northwest he declares: “We may lose this. The current heat is a precursor, an early peek at a scary tomorrow.” Actually, we’ve received 16 inches of rainfall since January 1st of this year, compared to 19 inches in an average year – not really a shocking difference. What’s more, last year by this time we’d received 27...

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The Constitution Had Nothing To Do With It

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives prior to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

The worst part of the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage is the failure to connect this decision to the Constitution. Even the reckless ROE  V. WADE case was based on a “right to privacy” supposedly stemming from an “emanation of a penumbra” in our founding document. But marriage isn’t about privacy; it is by definition a public institution, officially sanctioned by the state. The five justices who altered marriage forever did so not because the Constitution demanded it or ever suggested it but...

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