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The Hypocrisy of Political Correctness

A professor at NYU was shunned by his colleagues because of "the content and structure of his thinking." That's right, the "thought police" were after him. They didn't like the fact that he was using social media to expose the hypocrisy of political correctness on campus.

Keep Big Government Out of Medicare Drug Pricing Negotiations

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently released a report urging Congress to allow federal bureaucrats to negotiate Medicare drug prices directly with pharmaceutical companies. Currently, private insurance companies conduct these negotiations.

The Big Button

In 1964, when I was a college freshman, all healthy male students without prior military service were required to take two years of a basic Air Force Reserve Officer Training Course (AFROTC). The Stanley Kubrick movie. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, was new. This child of the 1960s now in his 70s has two satirical movies committed to memory: Dr. Strangelove and Animal House.

The Political Intrigue of 1968—Fifty Years and Counting

My political interests were sparked at age 11, half a century ago, during one of the most interesting campaign seasons in recent American history. In my home we had neither a newspaper nor a news magazine. Our television reception was unreliable. Yet the stories were compelling. The favorite part of my day occurred when my bus arrived at school. I had 10 minutes to rush to the library and read the morning's editorials. Who knew I would be writing op-ed pieces as a hobby 50 years later?

What President Trump Must Do

President Trump and Congress must end the pharmaceutical robbing of America. Every day Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Roche, Novartis, Merck, Sanofi and others are driving America's indebtedness toward another trillion dollars in drug money debt.

To Curb Climate Change, Cities Need the Right Design

Over 300 mayors recently promised to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. This pledge proves that cities are leading America's fight against climate change.

Hurting Our Young Americans' Futures

Millions of Americans in states like California, Illinois and Kentucky are already in peril because of the horrendous government mismanagement of teacher's and state worker's retirement money.

Proposed Legislation will Fuel the Opioid Epidemic in the U.S.

Consumers better think twice before clicking "purchase" on an internet pharmacy's site.

Taking Back Renewable Energy's Taxpayer-Funded Honeypot

The renewable energy industry exists because of government mandates and taxpayer subsidies.

Interior Department Moves to Save Ohio from Obama-Era Emissions Regulation

Last Fall, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke began formally unraveling an Obama-era regulation that would raise the cost of drilling for energy on federal lands.

Energy Lessons from the Recent Hurricanes

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma killed dozens of Americans and caused tens of billions of dollars in property damage. But there's one silver lining. The storms taught us three invaluable lessons about the U.S. energy market.

Opinion: A chance to nurture the spirit of democracy in Iran

The ruling mullahs of Iran may be able to silence anti-government protestors but they cannot win their hearts and minds. The people want an Iranian Republic, not an Islamic Republic. And you can make book on the fact that the latest unrest that rocked that nation over the New Year's weekend will continue, notwithstanding the brutality of the country's security forces.

A Merit-based Immigration System Would Help Americans -- and Skilled Foreigners

Don't expect a bigger paycheck anytime soon. Fed Chair Janet Yellen recently admitted there might be far more "slack" in the labor market than she and her colleagues realized, meaning that employers can attract all the workers they need without raising wages.

The Energy Industry is Stepping up in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey struck the heart of America's energy sector. Greater Houston is home to dozens of refineries, pipelines, and petrochemical plants.

Clearance Backlog Threatens National Security

Right now, more than 500,000 federal employees and government contractors are awaiting security clearances.

Remembering Fidel Castro's Death

This past week marked the anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro, our hemisphere's worst dictator for a half century. When we remember Castro's death, we should remember him for just that: death.

Free Speech is a Right Guaranteed by the Constitution

America's schools foster intolerance. They've become places where students are taught not to seek out the truth or the thoughts and opinions of others who disagree with them.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

While the Republican Congress remains paralyzed over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, recent activity among two of the healthcare industry's largest players could signal a new approach to delivering access to affordable healthcare. CVS, the nation's largest pharmacy chain, recently announced that it is acquiring Aetna, one of the nation's largest insurers, for a reported $69 billion.

Democrats Dig for Russians and Uncover Environmentalists

Democrats and the media have been on a yearlong deep dig into Russian involvement into U.S. elections. But when you dig a hole you sometimes run across things you wish had remained buried—like the dirt pointing to Russian ties to the U.S. environmental movement.

NAFTA Renegotiations Must Advance Innovation and Creativity

Diplomats from the United States, Canada, and Mexico recently met in Washington, D.C. to re-negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

After Sutherland Springs Church Massacre, Anglican Bishop Considers Arming Himself at the Altar

A man of the cloth in Pennsylvania who also wears a badge is now contemplating packing a pistol in the pulpit to protect his parish.

Energy Companies Have Helped Texas, and the Nation, Recover from Harvey

Hurricane Harvey dumped enough rain on Texas to fill the entire Chesapeake Bay. Widespread flooding caused an estimated $190 billion in damage, meaning Harvey could be the most expensive storm in American history.

A poppy flower, red as blood, may help us acknowledge the new wars being fought in our own backyards

The world was a dangerous place during World War I. It was even more dangerous during World War II. And, it was frightening enough during the Cold War that ensued.

NAACP Protest of "Star-Spangled Banner" Rebuked by Black Conservatives

As the NAACP's California chapter argues that the "Star-Spangled Banner" should be dropped as America's national song because it is "racist" and "anti-black," members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemn such claims as cynical and divisive.

On Sunday - Storm the Gates of Hell

.."On this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not overcome it," Matthew 16:18

Sutherland Springs, Church Is Not Safe Anymore

Our hearts go out to the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The First Baptist Church of this town and the entire community was ambushed in what resulted as the worst mass shooting in Texas history. Twenty-six people are dead and many others are currently fighting for their lives in intensive care.

Confusion Shouldn't Stop Patients from Buying Health Insurance

This year's Affordable Care Act open enrollment period starts November 1. Millions of Americans will soon visit HealthCare.gov or the online insurance exchange run by their state to shop for 2018 health plans. Many will be confused by what they find.

Requiring U.S.-Made Steel in Pipelines Would Backfire

President Trump has a plan to revive the steel industry. He wants to mandate that oil and natural gas pipelines use only American-made steel. His Commerce Department is finalizing the plan right now.

With Gas-Price Comments, Schumer is Running on Fumes

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer evidently hasn't visited a gas station this year. If he had, he'd realize that his recent diatribe against the oil industry is based on a complete fiction.

Expand the Health Savings Account 'Safe Harbor' To Reduce Healthcare Costs

As the health reform debate continues, partisans in both parties should adhere to a simple, overarching principle: help people who were hurt by Obamacare, but don't hurt those who were helped by the law.

How to Have A Good Day

Everybody needs a good day every now and then!

Prevention Requires a Lot of Effort

Most of us believe in prevention but we don't always practice it. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure we've heard before.

A Money-Back Guarantee for Prescription Drugs

President Trump will soon issue an executive order to lower drug prices. The order likely will encourage federal health agencies to make greater use of "outcomes-based" contracts.

The Single-Payer "Dream" Would Be a Nightmare for Americans

The Affordable Care Act's exchanges are collapsing. In 48 percent of counties, consumers will have access to just one insurer on the exchange next year. That means that nearly 2,700,000 consumers won't have any choice in their insurer.

America's Pain - Tomorrow You?

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01/19/2018 03:20 PM
Democrats Need to End Their Manufactured Crisis
Marc Thiessen, Washington Post
It’s been more than a week since word leaked of President’s Trump’s “shithole countries” comment, but instead of moving past it and returning to the negotiating table, Democrats continue to milk Trump’s comments — posturing for the cameras to condemn his “ignorance and bigotry,” while threating to shut down the government if Trump does not immediately codify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals as part of a short-term government funding bill.
01/19/2018 03:20 PM
The Trumpian Breakdown in Trust That Could Cause a Shutdown
Steve Israel, NYT
We've entered new territory. This isn't how negotiation works.
01/19/2018 03:23 PM
The Truth About Trump's Successful First Year
Allen Guelzo, Fox News
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as president â?? a day some of his critics thought might never come.
01/19/2018 03:24 PM
Women Are America's Unstoppable Force
Cecile Richards, CNN
The Women's March sparked a movement, showing women as the most potent political force in this country, Cecile Richards says. They are changing our policies, our culture and our media -- and come November, they will change our representatives in office.
01/19/2018 03:24 PM
The March for Life Is the Real March for Women
Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review
Unlike the March for Women, the March for Life has a coherent pro-woman agenda ...
01/19/2018 03:23 PM
Preparing Our Middle East Partners to Fight Their Own Battles
David Ignatius, WP
FORT POLK, La. -- In training exercises in a mock Afghan village constructed here on a base amid swampland, the U.S. Army is applying the military lesson of the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq: Help your partners beat the enemy, but don't try to do the fighting yourself.
01/19/2018 03:25 PM
An Exit From Trumpocracy
David Frum, The Atlantic
Election 2016 looked on paper like the most sweeping Republican victory since the Jazz Age. Yet there was a hollowness to the Trump Republicans’ seeming ascendancy over the federal government and in so many of the states. The Republicans of the 1920s had drawn their strength from the country’s most economically and culturally dynamic places. In 1924, Calvin Coolidge won almost 56 percent of the vote in cosmopolitan New York State, 65 percent in mighty industrial Pennsylvania, 75 percent in Michigan, the hub of the new automotive economy.
01/19/2018 03:25 PM
The 'Trump Is a Despot' Crew Is the Real Threat to Democracy
Rich Lowry, NY Post
It hasn’t been easy recently to make an attack against President Trump that is over-the-top enough to stand out from the run-of-the-mill hysteria, but outgoing Republican Sen. Jeff Flake managed it.
01/19/2018 03:25 PM
Building an Enduring Democratic Majority
Paul Booth, The American Prospect
Long before electoral organizers had the voter data and predictive models pinpointing which voters needed extra effort to persuade them to vote, and for whom, the standard nomenclature for campaign strategy identified two lanes—Base Vote and Swing Vote.
01/19/2018 03:26 PM
Team Obama Still Hasn't Learned the Lesson of 2016
Matthew Continetti, Free Beacon
"I've had a lot of bad ideas in my life," former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power tells Politico. "Though none as immortalized as that one."Wow. It's a major concession. And what might "that one" be?
01/19/2018 03:26 PM
Donald Trump's Radical Honesty
Frank Bruni, New York Times
In his own wild way, this president is as truthful and transparent as they come.
01/19/2018 08:43 AM
Trump's Tweets Overshadowed a Consequential First Year
Susan Page, USA Today
One year later.In the 12 months since his inauguration, the headlines from Donald Trump’s presidency have been dominated by disruption: provocative tweets, derisive language and epic feuds.All of which has overshadowed some of the fine print — that is, the consequential actions Trump has taken that have changed the way the federal government works and the role the United States plays in the world. Indeed, that’s the implicit bargain congressional Republican leaders have made with the White House. Most have muted their public criticism of the president during controversies...
01/19/2018 08:45 AM
A Year of Donald Trump in the White House
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
Living as we do, on what is—as hard as it may be to believe—the first anniversary of Trump in power, we find ourselves caught in a quarrel between Trump optimists and Trump pessimists, and one proof of how right the Trump pessimists have been is that the kind of thing that the Trump optimists are now saying ought to make you optimistic. Basically, their argument amounts to the claim that the stock market remains up, the government isn’t suspended, and the President’s critics aren’t in internment camps. In the pages of The Economist, as in the columns of the...
01/19/2018 08:46 AM
Trumping the Administrative State
Adam White, The Weekly Standard
During the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times alleged that the Trump campaign had offered to make John Kasich the most powerful vice president in history, through a novel division of duties: The vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy. The president, meanwhile, would be in charge of making America great again.The story might be apocryphal, but a year and a half later it resembles the Trump administration's approach to reforming or rolling back the modern administrative state. While President Trump's statements and tweets have dominated headlines, his...
01/19/2018 08:46 AM
Blame Game Ramps Up as Shutdown Draws Near
James Arkin, RealClearPolitics
The House passed legislation Thursday to temporarily keep the government open, but it appears doomed in the Senate ahead of a potential vote Friday.Hours after the House voted, debate in the upper chamber devolved into a partisan blame-game, with Democratic and Republican leaders digging in their heels, convinced that the other party would suffer the political consequences of a government funding lapse.
01/19/2018 08:49 AM
The G.O.P.'s Doomsday-Machine Politics
Paul Krugman, New York Times
Now Republicans are threatening to blow up children's health care.
01/19/2018 09:03 AM
Democrats: The Out-of-Touch Party
Adriana Cohen, Boston Herald
Democrats are out of touch.They made that abundantly clear when every liberal lawmaker rejected the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and did everything possible to obstruct its historic passage. Instead of working in a bipartisan manner to help grow the U.S. economy and restore the American dream for all, liberal politicians -- including Democratic Party leadership -- told voters the GOP tax bill would be bad for them, bad for the economy and a gift to the rich.
01/19/2018 08:51 AM
An Administration With No Credibility Cannot Lead
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- The rude, petulant man-child in the Oval Office is reeling ever more wildly out of control, and those who cynically or slavishly pretend otherwise are doing a grave disservice to the nation -- and to themselves.How do you like him now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell? President Trump convened a made-for-television summit at the White House and said he'd sign any immigration bill Congress passes. "I'll take the heat," he boasted. So a bipartisan group of senators came up with a deal -- and he rejected it out of hand, launching into an unhinged rant about "shithole...
01/19/2018 08:54 AM
Trump's Instincts About the Political War Are Essentially Right
Ace, Ace of Spades
Short version: The right attempts political persuasion. The left, on the other hand, attempts social persuasion -- basically seizing the commanding heights of culture-making institutions and then deciding that espousing some political claims (being pro-gay-marriage) increase social status and that espousing other political claims (being against gay marriage) decrease social status and, indeed, make one a social pariah, fit for ostracism, mass mockery, and internal exile.
01/19/2018 08:53 AM
Steve Bannon Wades Into Russiagate
Bob Dreyfuss, The Nation
Could the ex-Breitbart chief blow the whistle on Jarvanka?
01/19/2018 08:53 AM
Bombshell House Intel Report Exposes Massive FISA Abuses
Sara Carter
A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated. These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.
01/19/2018 08:55 AM
Bipartisan Consensus on Abortion Could Be Midterm Factor
Carl Anderson, RCP
For years Americans have been told that abortion is an intractable, politically unsolvable issue. But polling numbers tell a different story. Far from being either a thorny political issue or a partisan one, a clear way forward now exists. Four-and-a-half decades after Roe v. Wade and its sister case, Doe v. Bolton, were decided, more than three-quarters of Americans want substantial restrictions on abortion, not the nearly unrestricted abortion regime that these cases allowed.
01/19/2018 08:55 AM
Experts Silenced About Trump's Mental Fitness
Bandy Lee & Norm Eisen, USA Today
Many Americans are asking questions about Donald Trump’s mental fitness for the heavy duties of the presidency and coming to their own answers. The topic has become so prevalent that the president himself asked his doctor to administer a cognitive test as part of his physical. Yet mental health experts who have been trying simply to raise this legitimate inquiry and contribute to its informed discussion have been chastised by those who wish to silence them. Now that Trump himself has opened up the issue, those professionals' voices are needed in the public discourse more than ever.
01/19/2018 08:56 AM
Trump Checkup Proves the Media Is Mentally Ill
Michael Walsh, American Greatness
This week's press conference featuring the White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, ostensibly was about President Trump's health. In reality, it was a physical and mental check-up on the White House press corps, whose jejunity, mental impairment, and
01/19/2018 08:56 AM
Trump Supporters Need to Confront His Racism
Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe
He's your president, Donald Trump supporters. You need to speak up about his racism.
01/19/2018 08:57 AM
The Media Normalizes the Unruly Left
George Neumayr, The American Spectator
Normally so censorious of shutdowns, the media seemed eager for one on Thursday. Pundits offered up preemptive excuses for Senate Democrats who seek to torpedo a deal. The more that Democratic senators behave like hack liberal activists, the more the media cheers them on. The media is in a disruptive mood and sees a shutdown as a win for Trump’s enemies. Even as the House passed a bill to fund the government on Thursday evening, MSNBC contributor Howard Fineman was babbling about the GOP as the party of shutdowns.
01/19/2018 08:57 AM
For GOP, No Trump Coattails in November
A.B. Stoddard, RealClearPolitics
Rick Saccone is a “special person” who is campaigning in a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District to replace Rep. Tim Murphy, a pro-life Republican who resigned in disgrace after asking a mistress to have an abortion. Saccone got the “special” seal of approval from President Trump, who leans on the adjective when making a hard sell -- for anything from a candidate to the latest Obamacare repeal plan to Derek Jeter to women of the #MeToo movement.
01/19/2018 08:58 AM
Is Amazon Heading for the Swamp?
Jonathan Fischer, Slate
Prediction for 2018: Local reporter for the Washington Post will become a very awkward job.On Thursday, Amazon released the 20-city shortlist in its continental game show to name its second headquarters, and the picks largely consist of the major North American cities you’d expect to have a shot, thanks to their large, educated workforces and abundant infrastructure, including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Raleigh, Miami, Pittsburgh, and New York City. While some of the picks are pleasant surprises considering the economic gift Amazon and its anticipated 50,000 jobs...
01/19/2018 07:58 AM
Here's Another Fine Mess They've Gotten Us Into

01/19/2018 07:58 AM
Democrats Are the Ones Leaving Dreamers in the Cold

01/19/2018 07:58 AM
A Year Later, Trump Has Made His Own 'American Carnage'

01/19/2018 08:59 AM
Time to Revisit Plans to Break Up the 9th Circuit

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