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When Do We Get to Talk About the Other Reasons?

 

It is hard for a great many people — and understandably so — to avoid thinking of “guns” instantly when we hear of a school shooting or other villainous attack against innocent people. And the chorus ensues: Why only in America? Yes, if we banned guns, there would be fewer deaths caused by guns. Indeed, […]

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Trump, Republicans Go on a Spending Spree

 

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney would not allow cameras into the briefing room as he outlined President Donald Trump’s budget to reporters. He explained, “This is going to be really, really boring and really, really hard.”

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Spare Us the ‘Conversation’

 

The pols and pundits most insistent upon holding a gun-control “conversation” in the wake of mass shootings at schools did the most to turn them into nihilistic wastelands. From the puffed-chest phonies on CNN and MSNBC, we hear a lot about sinister “lobbies” that intimidate passive, cowardly pols. The insufferable Chris Cuomo, whose partisan arrogance […]

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Wrong Prescription for Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices

 

Donald Trump’s budget contains several reforms aimed to save consumers money on prescription drugs. The proposal, whatever its merits, comes at an opportune time. An article published on Wednesday in Health Affairs by researchers affiliated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services labeled prescription drugs prices as the fastest rising of all medical costs. […]

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Catholic Bishops Stumble on the Banana Peel of DACA Policy

 

The website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) devotes an “Advocacy Center” page to political issues, and the cause du jour on that page is “support for our brothers and sisters who are migrants and refugees.” In bishop-speak, that’s a tip of the zucchetto to a campaign called “Share the Journey.” It’s […]

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Harvard’s Inaccurate Picture of Municipal Broadband Pricing

 

A recent study from a Harvard University group claims that government-owned broadband networks offer lower prices than the networks of private providers, but the argument quickly falls apart when you drill down into the data. The report from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard claims that in 23 of 27 communities in which private providers’ […]

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Juvenile Viciousness Is Here to Stay

 

Millions of horrified television viewers yesterday watched terrified students running from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, sick with fear, hands up. A 19-year-old former student who had been expelled had shot up the school, killing 17 students and injuring many more. Americans have faced such slaughter many times now. But the Parkland shooting […]

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Elizabeth Warren Went Native

 

Elizabeth Warren looks like the love-child of Tilda Swinton and Edgar Winter. She talks like Ward Churchill, Iron Eyes Cody, and so many others who hail from the Cigar Store Indian Tribe. “I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes — and only by tribes,” fake Indian Warren told a conference of real Indians […]

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A Woman in Full

 

I’m a woman who loves fashion. So much so that I told my physician daughter that, should I ever be on life-support, she might test my will to live by dangling a Chanel jacket in front of me. If my eyes didn’t light up, and my heart skip a beat, pull the plug. I got […]

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Following the Clintons’ Final Con

 

Washington For years I have been saying that the Clintons lie when they do not have to, and they tell a gigantic whopper when a little white lie would be perfectly adequate. This time-honored observation explains many of their past run-ins with the law. Now in the lurid aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat to […]

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