Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, is the author and editor of several books, including The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington (Transaction) and Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics (Crossway).

Time to Limit Birthright Citizenship?

 

Give President Donald Trump his due. In the midst of super-charged campaign, he convulsed the public debate over a seemingly settled issue, birthright citizenship. Despite the angry, even shocked response, the issue deserves debate. Although the president cannot change the law via executive order. Today anyone born in the U.S., with minimal exceptions (children of […]

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Pharmaceutical Industry Pays Price for Alliance With Obama Administration

 

For years America’s drugmakers relied on Republicans to protect them. Democrats led the campaign for price controls and other restrictions. So the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the major industry association, worked closely with the GOP to protect its members from regulation. In 1993, the Clintons launched their plan to nationalize the […]

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The Cutting Edge of Brutality Against Women

 

Although the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have received significant media attention, one horrifying violation of the rights of girls often goes comparatively unnoticed. Today, it is estimated that an astonishing 200 million girls have been forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) around the world. The practice of FGM dates as far back as […]

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The Crown Prince Is a Total Fraud

 

After spending the last two weeks lying about Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi — claiming that he left the consulate in Istanbul — Riyadh is lying again. He died, the regime now insists, in a fist fight. The royal family left unexplained the arrival and sudden departure of a 15-man squad including a forensics specialist carrying […]

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Liberals Discover the Dangers of a Powerful Supreme Court

 

Who knew? Leftists have discovered to their horror that judicial government might not be good for them. Turning power over to judges might be a bad idea. Jurists can work for the other side. They can impose hostile values. They can undermine democracy. Someone needs to do something! Slate recently hosted a debate among analysts over […]

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What’s Happened to America First?

 

As President Donald Trump approaches the mid-point of his (first?) term, he needs to take control of his foreign policy. He defeated Hillary Clinton by running against her warmongering. But his administration’s policies, in substance rather than rhetoric, are largely indistinguishable from that of the Obama-Clinton/Kerry administration. He needs to take control of his foreign […]

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Save the Supreme Court: Impose Term Limits on Justices

 

The poison of vicious political partisanship infects virtually every aspect of policy today. Judicial appointments, which a couple decades ago resulted in overwhelming votes for well-qualified nominees, have turned into brutal battles with no prisoners taken. Not only has the fight over the Kavanaugh nomination devolved into a mud wrestling match. Congressional Democrats are now […]

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Kavanaugh and the Left’s View of Judges

 

These days the Trump White House is held up as the principal example of misgovernment in America today. But what to make of the hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court? It is difficult to decide whether mindless protesters (also known as “activists,” whatever that means) or sanctimonious senators are dumber. In most […]

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Fighting Violent Extremism by Teaching Tolerance

 

Although terrorism understandably has become the focus of U.S. foreign policy, the problem of religious intolerance and violence is far broader. As Islamic extremism has erupted throughout the Middle East, most dramatically in Iraq and Syria, Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities are being driven from their historic homes. What to do? U.S. “public diplomacy” […]

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Why the Meltdown Over Kavanaugh

 

The end of the world is coming. At least, that is what the Left believes will happen if the Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. It will be the legal equivalent of Armageddon. Head for the hills, or Canada, for refuge! No doubt the appointment matters. Right-leaning presidents have squandered many opportunities to […]

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