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The Middle East ‘Peace Process’ Meme: WHAT Peace Process?


Now that he formally has announced that the United States of America fully recognizes Jerusalem as the undisputed capital of the country of Israel, President Donald Trump once again has proven that he is the first American President since Ronald Reagan who actually fulfills campaign promises he made to the American people who elected him. […]

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America Divided: The Republican Party in Theory and Practice


Turning to the Right, the dominant ideology is libertarian anti-statism. Among mainstream conservatives, there is a marked tendency to reduce politics to a zero-sum battle for liberty between the federal government and the rest of the country (individuals primarily, but also the states, the private sector, and civil society), and to trust in markets to […]

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On Losing Two Friends From Yale Law


An ashen day in many ways. There are fires burning all around our bone dry Southern California. Thank God, there are none near our house in Beverly Hills, but the sky is an ominous grey color. It looks as if something terrible is about to happen, and sure enough, it did. When I went to […]

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Time to Tear Down These Schools


Sacramento I love the Houston Chronicle story about the modest suburban Texas grocery store that defeated the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War. Seriously, any museum that commemorates the fall of communism needs to have photos on the wall of Ronald Reagan, Lech Walesa, Pope John Paul II, and the former Randall’s store in […]

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Pearl Harbor: The Shocking Loss That Led to a Great Victory


Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a date which will live in infamy.” Today, more than three quarters of a century later, there is another reason for remembering Pearl Harbor: It evoked a response that kept much of the civilized world from falling into a new dark age of totalitarian tyranny. On the bright, clear morning […]

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The FCC’s David and Goliath Moment


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is the bravest man in Washington right now. Or at least, he’d better be, because his recent decision to end the tech industry’s favorite government program — net neutrality — amounts to staring down the massive barrel of Silicon Valley wrath and daring them to make his day. In the process, […]

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Time to Get Organized


You know the scene in The Godfather (the movie or the novel) where the mob bosses gather ’round a table — though not a round table, a nice touch — and the character played by Marlon Brando in the movie — I also liked him in The Chase; but I also liked him in On […]

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PC Sports Losers of 2017


Anti-congratulations to Roger Goodell and the NFL for the dubious honor of being 2017’s spoilsports of the year for unnecessarily injecting partisan politics and political correctness into sports. This is the second year in a row the NFL landed in the top spot. Check out the top (or bottom) ten below to see who else […]

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One of the Worst Bills in the History of the United States? Really?


Nancy Pelosi characterized the Trump tax legislation earlier this week as “one of the worst bills in the history of the United States of America.” The Cut, Cut, Cut Act, as Trump wished to call the legislation, may rank as one of the worst names for a bill in the history of the United States […]

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When the System Is the Scam


The best rackets are legitimate. A century ago, the people accepted flagrant public corruption. Dim cynicism the popular spirit, it’s likely they’d still be so disposed today. But the politicians and their swarms of supplicants have acquired subtlety and subterfuge. Why press their luck? We still have the graft and boodle that Lincoln Steffens chronicled […]

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