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The Open

 

It is a tournament that appeals to an old aesthetic and a reactionary conviction that maybe golf shouldn’t be too much fun for either the spectators or the players. That the game isn’t about only towering drives followed by a wedge to the green, a putt for birdie, and winning scores that run to double […]

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Jumping the New York Times Invisible Fence

 

A liberal Berkeley friend teases me. She claims I’ve given up reading the New York Times because it runs too many stories about black people. She’s trying to trigger me. We still can joke. Not every leftist I know can, but even she can’t help noticing the Times news tilt in the age of Trump. Black suffering […]

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Janus Is Only the Beginning

 

Sacramento The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case has heartened conservatives throughout the nation, especially in non-right-to-work states such as California that require public employees to pay dues to their respective unions. Janus will, over time, reduce the power of these unions as they are forced to spend more time wooing members — […]

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This Opinion Just In…

 

New York As American civil discourse devolves into mob rule, the received wisdom is that Democrats and Republicans are equally to blame for verbally abusive political rhetoric, in-your-face tactics, and genuine violence. “Both sides do it,” the argument goes. Rubbish. This is like comparing a communion-wine-sipping parishioner with a street-corner drunk and saying: “See! They’re […]

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Opioid Crisis Is Not Caused by Legal Prescription Drugs

 

Over the past few years, the number of deaths in the United States related to opioid abuse has increased dramatically. Yet for decades the government has been ineffective at solving the illegal drug problem. In 1969, President Richard Nixon declared that drug abuse was “a serious national threat.” He followed this in 1971 with the […]

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Fifth Circuit Delivers Major Win to Texas Bishops

 

On July 15, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals filed an opinion delivering a major victory to the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops, broadly construing the right of religious groups to keep internal communications private. The case facts are strange, complicated, and present a previously unposed legal question, so a detailed review is in order. […]

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Trump vs. Blueberries and Crab Cakes

 

Sea Isle, N.J. I was in the fresh produce aisle of a grocery store by the ocean last week in Sea Isle, in the store’s section with cherries and local blueberries, putting two one-pint plastic containers of blueberries in my cart, when a woman standing next to me who was squeezing the peaches started complaining […]

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Will Teacher Unions Imitate Southern Segregationists?

 

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, teachers union officials were not shy in exercising their freedom of speech to express their outrage. However, this is especially ironic because these public-sector unions (and many more) have denied independent-minded teachers their freedom of speech for more than forty years. Justice […]

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Mr. President, Declassify Documents on Russia Collusion Now

 

Washington Now that FBI agent Peter Strzok has appeared before the Congress and told us nothing that we did not know, it is time for President Donald Trump to act. Strzok looked like a cocky crook testifying to Congress about a failed con job. His appearance was utterly astounding. He actually smirked at the assembled […]

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Everyone Is Smart Except Trump

 

It really is quite simple. Everyone is smart except Donald J. Trump. That’s why they all are billionaires and all got elected President. Only Trump does not know what he is doing. Only Trump does not know how to negotiate with Vladimir Putin. Anderson Cooper knows how to stand up to Putin. The whole crowd […]

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