Opinion

Diane Dimond: Prisoners’ summer swelter

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I received an unusual letter from Arizona recently. It was written by an inmate held at the Lewis state prison complex in Buckeye, Arizona, and signed by 39 other prisoners. Their complaint? That life inside the Buckley unit there is like hell. The record-breaking heat there this summer has ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Index capital gains for inflation, Mr. President

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President Donald Trump's pledge to "Make America Great Again" requires nothing less than reigniting economic growth and prosperity. Wealth creation is essential. As Congress pivots to tax reform -- which is crucial to the wealth creation -- the president could take matters into his own hands by ...

Scott Rasmussen: Regional Democratic Party helps GOP

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The Democratic Party has, for the moment, become a regional party. Only 449 counties across the nation are reliably Democratic. Five times that many -- 2,226 -- are reliably Republican. The Democratic counties are generally found along the coasts and in large urban areas. Nowhere is the ...

Bass Mitchell: I won the lottery!

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If you have seen me around the valley with an extra-wide grin, there’s a reason, lots of reasons, actually. It’s true. I won the lottery. In fact, I’ve won lots of them. I can’t think of a single person who has won more of them than yours truly. No. I haven’t figured out a way to ...

Connie Schultz: Owning my age

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Last month, I turned 60, and just like that, I swear, something changed in me. It was as if my guardian angel reached into my soul and flipped a switch without warning. What a character, that one -- a tall and wiry number with wild hair and a smoker's hack. I'm not complaining. Let's just say ...

Andy Schmookler: I never would have thought it possible

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Over the past generation, the political right in America has accomplished something quite amazing. Something I never would have thought possible. (By “political right,” I mean the Republican Party and its media allies.) This extraordinary accomplishment is one that is especially disturbing ...

A new missile crisis, and a president ill-equipped to deal with it

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WASHINGTON -- More than half a century ago, America faced its first nuclear weapons crisis in Cuba. President John F. Kennedy avoided the threat of a Soviet missile attack then in a nail-biting confrontation with Kremlin strongman Nikita Khrushchev. Relying more on a naval blockade and other ...

George Bowers Sr.: Let’s please our undercover boss

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One of the more popular reality TV series of late is CBS’s "Undercover Boss." This engaging program originated in Great Britain but has now found its way into the nightly lineup of many nations, including our own. This show features typical workplace environments with actual lower level ...

Peter Brookes: On N. Korea, U.S. has to assume worst case scenario

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It's said that victory is rarely final – whether it's sports, politics or war. That old adage certainly applies to headlines about North Korea this week as Team Trump had both some really good news and some really bad news come out. Let's start with the good news: last weekend, the U.S. ...

Jonah Goldberg: Rigid strategies pave lane for outsider

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"The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before," the president declared in a series of tweets Monday morning, and that "will never change." Many observers were quick to point out that this assertion isn't borne out in the polls. Such nitpicking, however, overlooks a more ...

Star Parker: Getting clear about diversity and affirmative action

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Affirmative action is once again in the news. This time because of a leaked Justice Department memo indicating possible action regarding complaints from Asian-American groups that Harvard University is discriminating against Asian-Americans in its admissions policies. As this story was ...

Scott Rasmussen: Automation is nothing new

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In recent years, some people have become convinced that the digital revolution will lead to mass unemployment. The solution, they say, is to provide a Universal Basic Income so that every American receives enough money to live on whether they work or not. The hope of some UBI dreamers is that ...

Mark Shields: Authentic Republican wisdom

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American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy. Just 10 years ago, at the funeral of a former Republican president, the eulogy, at the personal request of the ...

Diane Dimond: Summer turns cars into death chambers

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Why does this keep happening? Surely, people know by now how dangerous it is to leave a child in the car in the summertime! It can be deadly, yet it keeps happening year after year. Consider this my annual reminder to never  ever  leave a child alone in an enclosed vehicle, no matter the ...

Michael Barone: Ignoring lessons of effective presidents

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Who have been the most successful presidents in the past 80 years? Most successful, that is, in framing issues and advancing their policies, achieving foreign policy success, winning re-election and maintaining high job approval. My nominees are Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald ...

Rich Lowry: The ‘anti-diversity screed’ that wasn’t

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The first thing to know about the instantly infamous "anti-diversity screed" written by an anonymous Google software engineer is that it isn't anti-diversity or a screed. The loaded description, widely used in the press and on social media, is symptomatic of the pearl-clutching over the memo, ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Jeff Flake’s ‘conservative conscience’

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The book pulls no punches. It sharply condemns conservatism for its role in a "culture of vicious dehumanization," not to mention its sins of incoherence, rejection of empirical fact and plain hypocrisy. Writing of the rush by the conservative party, i.e., the GOP, to embrace the regrettable ...

Froma Harrop: Read this, weep: Pence for president

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President Mike Pence. The words do not trip lightly off the tongue. But as special counsel Bob Mueller dives ever deeper into the murky waters of Trump family enterprises -- and the campaign's possible collusion with Russia -- a Pence presidency must be contemplated. Donald Trump's journey ...