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Exploiting the Immigration Issue

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Some GOP presidential candidates have recently tried to exploit the immigration issue by accusing their opponents of supporting “amnesty.” As a matter of fact, none of the Republicans backs amnesty the way Reagan did in 1986—granting quick legal status to those who had entered the country illegally, inevitably encouraging more illegal immigration. Today’s Republicans, even those endorsing immigration reform, demand improvements in border security first, and would impose a long, hard path on all those who...

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Terror Reshapes the Race

A man pays his respect outside the Le Carillon restaurant the morning after a series of deadly attacks in Paris , November 14, 2015.      REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The terrorist attacks in Paris have reshaped the race for the White House, diminishing the prospects of several leading candidates. Hillary Clinton suffered the most serious damage because the global reach of ISIS demonstrates the failure of administration policies she helped put in place. Just hours before the explosion of terror in France, the president boasted that ISIS had been “contained.” Secretary Clinton can’t disassociate herself too strongly from his embarrassing performance without alienating the...

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Too Late for President Paul D. Ryan?

Newly elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan wields the speaker's gavel for the first time on Capitol Hill in Washington October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

With just three months till the Iowa Caucuses, experts cite the real possibility that the GOP convention in Cleveland won’t be decided on the first ballot, creating a fluid, unpredictable situation. Most of the delegates—60 percent—will be selected proportionally; only 40 percent will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis. That means that even if one candidate captures 75 percent of the winner-take-all delegates—unlikely in such a complex, competitive race—he’d still need a full third of proportional...

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The Presidency: No Laughing Matter

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts after filing his declaration of candidacy to appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot in the Secretary of State's office in Concord, New Hampshire, November 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Donald Trump’s appearance as host of Saturday Night Live generated big ratings, but did it help his pursuit of the presidency? If you believe his top priority must be to convince the public that he’s serious about the world’s biggest job, the answer is that SNL probably hurt more than it helped. On NBC, he looked more comfortable delivering carefully-scripted lines with hip comedians on a studio set than he does in unscripted debates with his fellow candidates, highlighting his decades-long background with...

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A Proud Parade of Political Pros


Widespread public disgust with petty bickering and corruption in Washington has led to popular preference for an “outsider candidate” for president, not a professional politician. Americans long for another Lincoln—someone who’s wise and idealistic—and untainted by political machinations. The only problem is that the real Lincoln was a proud professional pol: he first ran for the legislature at age 23, and spent his entire adult life seeking or holding public office. Our greatest presidents all earned...

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Many Winners and One Big Loser in the GOP Debate

Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Governor John Kasich, former Governor Jeb Bush, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz,  former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and U.S. Rep. Rand Paul pose during a photo opportunity before the debate held by Fox Business Network for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

Everyone will select the Fox Business panel as the most conspicuous winner in the whole night of debates: the contrast with CNBC worked entirely to FBN’s favor. The questions were often tough, but never unfair, insulting or irrelevant. The biggest gainer among the candidates was, of course, Marco Rubio. As always, he seemed well-prepared, knowledgeable, confident and eloquent. The difference this time came with the intense confrontation between Senator Rubio and Senator Paul over child-friendly tax credits...

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Guest Review of SPECTRE by Danny Medved

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As a guest reviewer, it’s never good to give a movie four stars. You risk looking like a fan rather than an objective reviewer – but I don’t care. Up front, I think this Bond film deserves four stars. But with 007 offerings, are stars really appropriate? I’ve always viewed these films using a different metric, one that my father and I created after seeing the movie “Casino Royale” while I was still in high school. Every entry in the 007 series needs to impress in four key categories to rank as a proper...

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“Bridge of Spies” Provides Missing Context


Steven Spielberg’s remarkable, refreshing historical epic BRIDGE OF SPIES provides crucial context missing from most movies about the Cold War era. Those prior films emphasize anti-Communist hysteria in America, without showing the tyrannical excesses of the Soviet system that inspired our fears. BRIDGE OF SPIES is different: Tom Hanks plays a real-life, idealistic lawyer who provoked angry hostility for defending an accused Russian spy. But in this case, the spy is unequivocally guilty, and the second half of...

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To Win Young People, Face Forward, Not Backward

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Republicans must do better among voters under thirty if they hope to capture the White House. In 2012, these young people comprised just 19% of the electorate, but provided Obama with his entire margin of victory. Among the 81% of voters over thirty, Mitt Romney won a majority, but with under-thirties Obama scored a decisive 23-point margin. To avoid repeating this pattern, conservatives must drop slogans like “Take Our Country Back”—young people don’t want to go back, they want to go forward. We should...

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My Most Significant Thanksgiving

cardsA few of the hundreds of cards Michael received from listeners and friends

This year, Thanksgiving carries special significance for our family.  Just two weeks after celebrating the holiday last year with our closest friends, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage 3 throat cancer. That began a process of treatment that included seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, with three weeks in the hospital, and eleven difficult weeks when I was unable to work. Thanks to world-class medical care, and the prayers of tens of thousands of listeners, the outcome over the last 11 months has been...

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