Hillary Raises Kaine


So Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton’s number two. I can’t imagine that the Bernie Sanders crowd is too thrilled with this pick. But not so annoyed as to vote for Donald Trump. But until I read Richard Kelsey’s piece on Kaine, I did not know he could speak Spanish fluently. It could compensate […]

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Kaine Is Able: Why Hillary Will Choose Tim


The first lesson of picking a Vice President is to do no harm. Indeed, the pick is the first test of competence for a prospective president. It is said that a vice-presidential pick has little effect on a national election. That is mostly true, but somewhat misleading and shortsighted when one views the current electoral […]

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No Hot Dogs Allowed


Phoenix wants you to be smarter about walking your dog in extreme heat. Kind of. Sort of. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board voted late last month to ban hikers from taking their dogs on city trails in temperatures over 100 degrees. In the average year, highs in Phoenix surpass 100 degrees on 107 days out of […]

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A Night for Greatness in Cleveland


Cleveland Zak Hasanin was walking along a downtown sidewalk Thursday afternoon when he said, “Did you hear that? ‘America Was Never Great’?” He was quoting a slogan shouted by left-wing protesters near the Republican National Convention here. “Those people need to go to Africa. They don’t know how good they’ve got it.” Hasanin’s family immigrated […]

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President Obama and  President of Cuba Raúl Castro at their joint press conference in Havana, Cuba, Cuba, March 21, 2016. White House photo by Chuck Kennedy.

Will Cuba Ever Pay for the Property It Stole?


Communist Cuba owes U.S. taxpayers nearly $8 billion for stolen property. Cuba also owes a few billion more for looted art and antiquities as well as scores of human rights abuses for which there has not been an accounting. As U.S. officials travel to Cuba to continue negotiations with the Cuban regime, interrelated but critically […]

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Southern Gentlemen


Nashville’s Brian Baker went down with class and honor yesterday at the Washington Open tournament, a clutch return of serve giving the match to Ivo Karlovic of Zagreb in a tie break and dashing the American’s hopes to take the match to a third set. Earlier on the same Grandstand 2 court at the Rock […]

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Melania Trump and the Media’s Shame


The media’s obsession with Melania Trump’s so-called “plagiarism” said far less about Melania Trump than about the media. As comparisons between Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech and Melania’s recent address to the Republican National Convention dominated the airwaves, a secret addendum to the Iran deal surfaced. It revealed that Iran will be moving toward constructing a […]

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Boos for Cruz, Excellence From Pence


Cleveland Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence drew cheers for his speech Wednesday, but when the third night of the Republican National Convention was over, the topic that dominated conversation was the churlish performance of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The crowd in the Quicken Arena loudly booed Cruz for failing to endorse Trump during his […]

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Nero Fiddles, Twitter Burns


When Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos, a blogger for the conservative news website who used the Twitter handle Nero, Yiannopoulos reacted with characteristic modesty. He told the New York Times the ban launched “the beginning of the end for Twitter.” Oddly, Yiannopouolos may be right. In February, the social media platform announced its “Trust and […]

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You Wanted Trump, You’ve Got Him


This should be the last time I write against Donald Trump all year. Okay, all you conservatives who supported Donald Trump before he officially became the Republican Party’s official nominee last night: Now, you own him. He’s all yours. When he again spouts asinine or even vicious nonsense — like belittling tortured POWs from Vietnam, […]

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