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Surgery Is Awful

 

Tuesday Wait a minute! What am I doing here? I am in the waiting room for the “Cath Lab” — short for catheterization laboratory — at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. The room is jam packed with other poor souls who are about to get wires stuck in their veins to save their lives. I have been having […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The All-Star Snooze

 

It wasn’t that long ago that I read the score of last night’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game. But I’ve already forgotten it, so inconsequential the game is to this life-long, 110-proof, aged-in-the-barrel baseball fan. The summer classic has become the summer snooze-fest, and a bit of the off-season in July, featuring four straight days […]

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Moscow’s Presidential Jackasses and Bootlickers

 

Senator John McCain described the Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki as “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.” “No prior president,” insisted McCain, “has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.” Easy there, senator. Your knowledge of meetings between American presidents and Moscow tyrants is apparently quite limited. Plenty […]

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