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New “Birthers” Attack Cruz, Rubio and Jindal

Republican Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's forum in Waukee, Iowa, April 25, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Young

It looks like the birthers are back: The same misguided or unscrupulous activists who insisted that Barack Obama wasn’t eligible for the presidency because he was secretly born in Kenya, now claim that conservative champions Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz are also disqualified from the nation’s highest office. Though both Rubio and Jindal were definitely born on US soil, their attackers say they’re ineligible because their immigrant parents hadn’t yet become naturalized citizens. As to Cruz, born...

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Minimum Wage Fever Threatens Both Prosperity and Liberty

David Coulombe participates in a march and rally for $15 minimum wage in Boston, Massachusetts April 14, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to raise the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour, ordering sharp raises every year between now and 2020. A New York Times editorial insists that business leaders need not worry, despite the fact that they’ll have to pay all their least skilled workers $48 more for every day they come to work. “The added cost of higher wages is offset by savings from lower labor turnover and higher productivity,” wrote the Times. In other words, they suggest that journalists and...

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The Myth of Missing Evangelicals

U.S. Republican Presidential candidate and Senator of Texas Ted Cruz speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's forum in Waukee, Iowa, April 25, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Young

As they plot strategy and evaluate candidates for 2016, too many Republicans embrace the notion that the key to victory lies with hordes of disillusioned Christian evangelicals for whom today’s GOP isn’t nearly conservative enough. Long before Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made this assumption the explicit basis for his campaign, this comforting idea percolated through talk radio and activist cadres, with frequent reference to the three million (or four million, or six million) “missing...

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Insecure Parents and Ivy League Degrees

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In this season of grads and dads, I’ll admit that if any of my three children had followed their father’s example and chosen to study at Yale, I would have somehow scraped together the money to pay for it. As it happens, they made other plans: graduating from a distinguished state university (University of Washington) or an excellent religious institution (Yeshiva University). The cost, less than one-fourth the burden of Ivy League tuition, raises questions of why so many families pay big money for that extra...

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Israel and “White Privilege”

An Israeli soldier splashes water on his face as he stands atop  a tank outside the northern Gaza StripAn Israeli soldier splashes water on his face as he stands atop a tank outside the northern Gaza Strip July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

In college campuses across the country, student activists for the “BDS” campaign demand that universities “boycott, divest, and sanction” to punish Israel. When defenders of the Jewish state resist this pressure, leftists often respond with the slogan “Check Your Privilege!”—insisting that Israel’s existence relies on discrimination by wealthy white people against the downtrodden with darker skin. In fact, when the UN finally recognized Israel in 1948, the Jewish people had just experienced the...

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No Basis for “Third Party” Envy

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Many Americans watched recent elections in Britain with envy because so many parties competed for power. The Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, UK Independence Party and the Greens all competed for seats in Parliament. But the results meant an inconclusive election with no clear mandate, producing a shaky government with less strength to handle pressing problems. A similar result afflicted Israel in recent elections; with votes split among six parties, Prime Minister Netanyahu has...

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Do White Lives Matter?

Residents, protesting the death of 25-year-old black man Freddie Gray, hold signs near riot police who lined the intersection of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue ahead of a city-wide curfew in Baltimore, Maryland

All decent Americans should agree with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” but new reports on killings by police raise questions on whether white lives matter too. According to authoritative statistics from 2013 to the present, cited approvingly by the New York Times, far more white people than black people die in confrontations with law enforcement. Whites account for half the victims, African Americans only three of ten. Of course, since black people comprise 13% of the overall population, they’re...

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The Wrong Candidate to Reform Big-Money Politics

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with reporters as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa

In the rocky roll-out of her campaign, Hillary Clinton has listed four goals for her presidency: expanding opportunity for the middle class, strengthening families and communities, confronting foreign threats, and somehow breaking the connection between money and politics. “We can fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all,” she promises, “even if that takes a constitutional amendment.” This last announced goal represents a cynical bid to deflect attention...

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Why “The Income Gap” is a Losing Issue

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Democrats plan to focus on income inequality in the upcoming presidential election but a former advisor to Bill Clinton says they’re making a mistake. William Galston notes recent polls by CBS News and Gallup showing less than 4% who list the income gap as their main concern. Distance between rich and poor has definitely increased, so why isn’t the public alarmed? Galston cites the sharp rise in mistrust of government. Americans may not welcome inequality, but they have no faith in bureaucratic schemes to...

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A Phony “Crisis” that Harms America

A protester raises his hands as clouds of smoke and crowd control agents rise shortly after the deadline for a city-wide curfew passed in Baltimore

In eight tumultuous years of the Bush presidency, it’s tough to think of even one famous case of an unarmed African-American killed by police. This doesn’t reflect some uncelebrated triumph for George W. Bush, but it does provide needed perspective on the current hysteria over black victimization by law enforcement. There is no evidence of a sudden explosion in the number of African-Americans killed in encounters with cops – experts agree that those painful numbers have remained troubling for decades. What...

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