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ESPN Loses Its Magic

 

Healey’s Rule loosely states that when your opponent is digging a hole for himself, whatever you do, don’t stop him. So it was from a quiet distance that conservatives watched as political correctness creamed one of its own. At issue was basketball legend Magic Johnson. The controversy centered on comments that ESPN’s commentator Dan Le Batard made […]

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High Tax, Big Spending States Are Out of Money

 

Governors and state legislators say they are running out of money again, and many are demanding tax hikes to close budget gaps. Here we go again. The cycle in state capitals from Albany to Sacramento is always the same: spend when times are good, tax when times are bad, and repeat. More than half the […]

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The Washington Post’s Journalism Is Dying in the Light

 

The Washington Post, under the open and pretentious partisanship of its owner Jeff Bezos, recently unveiled a new slogan, “Democracy dies in darkness.” Liberal journalists like to flatter themselves with such adages even as they conceal their own devious practices from the light of scrutiny. Their convulsions over Trump are due in large part to […]

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America and the State of the Nation

 

A few days ago, I was in a small but cheerful hotel room in downtown Chicago. I had just flown in from L.A. and had dinner with John Coyne, a dear friend from Nixon days, so I was in a great mood. As the air conditioning whirred around me, because Chicago was having a strange […]

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Immigration and How to Think About It

 

May I quote myself? Thanks. I shall: “Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.” I have used this bon mot on various occasions since coining it for a 1987 speech. I like its accuracy, its brevity, and, not least, the sly pun. Yet as those original Americans — the English — would say, it butters […]

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The Oscars Fiasco

 

Monday morning It’s almost noon and I’m still laughing. If Saturday Night Live had skits this funny its viewership ratings wouldn’t be so low. It was Bonnie and Clyde redux, this time as comedy. Of course readers know the reason for my Monday morning mirth. It’s the La La/Moonlight screw-up and masa-cree at Sunday night’s […]

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Did Democrats Aid and Abet Terrorists Seeking American Secrets?

 

Since Donald Trump took office there has been ubiquitous media coverage of what can most properly be termed crap. There was the fake story about the bust of Martin Luther King that was supposedly removed from the Oval Office. There was the New York Times’ slanted report claiming contacts of some frequency between the Donald […]

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Obamacare Sees Miraculous Popularity Surge

 

Who says the age of miracles is over? Having endured years of public scorn, Obamacare is reputedly enjoying a sudden and timely increase in popularity. USA Today breathlessly reports a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF): “More people view the health law favorably than at any point in nearly seven years.” The story […]

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Mammon 1, God 0 at a New Jersey Shopping Mall

 

I’m a Jersey boy. I grew up in a wonderful small town called Hawthorne. You’ve probably never heard of it, but you may have heard our most prominent nearby landmark, the shopping malls of Paramus. There were a handful of them, when I was a kid in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, they are shoulder […]

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Those White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarships

 

As news reports told a story of this or that media organization planning to skip the first White House Correspondents’ Dinner featuring President Donald Trump, the president suddenly beat them to the punch. In a 4:53 .p.m Saturday tweet, the president said this: I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this […]

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