U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval office of the White House in Washington November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The New Deal with Israel

The United States and Israel recently agreed on a foreign aid package providing $3.8 billion in military aid for each of the next ten years. This marks a sharp increase in the level of aid, but that’s still less than one-tenth-of-one...

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Director Clint Eastwood and girlfriend Christina Sandera attend the New York premiere of the film "Sully" in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz

A Celebration of Everyday Heroism

As America observed the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Hollywood released a film about an aviation disaster with a very different outcome. SULLY, directed by Clint Eastwood and currently the #1 movie at the box office, tells the true story of...

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives at the airport following a campaign Voter Registration Rally at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, United States, September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Hillary’s Hellish Weekend

By every measure, Hillary Clinton suffered a disastrous weekend surrounding the 9/11 anniversary. Her near collapse on Sunday morning hurt her badly not just because it left the impression of frailty and ill-health, but due to foolish...

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick looks on before the national anthem against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Colin Kaepernick is No Civil Rights Hero

Cornell William Brooks, president of the NAACP, recently insisted it was “not a stretch” to associate Colin Kaepernick, a football star refusing to stand for the National Anthem, with Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks, who refused to...

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A gray map of the United States on a black surface. A bucket of red paint and a bucket of blue paint with paintbrushes nearby.

Change the System so Every Vote Matters

One simple question highlights the dysfunction of our current system of choosing a president: which state in 2012 gave Mitt Romney the most votes? The answer, surprisingly, is California, where the Republican nominee drew nearly 5 million...

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In the Debates: Who Needs Moderators?

With moderators now designated for the upcoming presidential debates, candidates and organizers should rethink the out-sized role these journalists usually play. Yes, you need someone to enforce time limits and to announce periodic breaks,...

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A woman wearing a burkini walks in the water August 27, 2016 on a beach in Marseille, France, the day after the country's highest administrative court suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has outraged Muslims and opened divisions within the government, pending a definitive ruling.  REUTERS/Stringer

Why Ban the “Burkini”?

The raging debate about the “Burkini Ban” that’s been applied to Islamic beach-wear in France should make us grateful for America’s distinctive values. First, we don’t make a fetish of secularism as the French do, nor do we treat...

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Apocalyptic ruins of the city. Disaster effect.

GOP Can’t Win by Exaggerating Misery

Americans feel frustrated by the state of our government, economy and culture, but conservatives can’t gain ground by exaggerating the extent of the misery. It’s ill-advised to ask African-Americans, “What do you have to...

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Trouble with the Youth Vote

  Republicans have begun to pay serious attention to the party’s problems with black, Latino and Asian voters, but the GOP also performs miserably with young Americans. Recent polling shows Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by...

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A Lesson from “The Most Dangerous Cities”

New FBI statistics reveal the worst cities in the country in terms of violent crime. St. Louis tops the list as the most dangerous metropolis of them all, perhaps showing the impact of the “Ferguson Effect” that has crippled policing...

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