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The Next Greece?

12:00 AM, Aug 03, 2015
Is America, or Illinois, or Chicago the next Greece? The answers are “Yes, if .  .  . ,” “No, but .  .  . ,” and “Perhaps.” Greece joined what was then the European Economic Community even though it had no business applying for admission, and the existing members had no business allowing it... Read more

Crowded Field of Dreams

12:00 AM, Aug 03, 2015
Des Moines Some 20 minutes after an appearance at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, that would dominate the news in the coming days, Donald Trump walked into the industrial-looking basement area designated for press conferences, surrounded by tough-looking men in slick business... Read more

It Still Matters

12:00 AM, Jul 27, 2015
Of the making of books, there is no end. Thus spake the prophet, and he may have had books about the American Civil War in mind. They come too fast for the amateur to keep up, but one does try. So when I saw, a couple of months ago, that James McPherson was out with a new collection called The... Read more

How Will We Know?

12:00 AM, Jul 27, 2015
One might think that after the last Iraq war Democrats would be wary of allowing intelligence to dictate policy. Yet that is effectively what Barack Obama has done with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in Vienna on July 14. The agreement with Iran is strategically premised on the... Read more

Giving Thomas His Due

12:00 AM, Jul 20, 2015
For political observers, the story of the Supreme Court’s recently concluded term was the clash of two great colliding forces. On one side stood the Court’s always-unified liberal bloc, fortified by the apostasies of Republican-appointed Justice Anthony Kennedy and sometimes Chief Justice John... Read more

Greece Monkeys

12:00 AM, Jul 20, 2015
A mass outbreak of syphilis, the radical economist and member of parliament Costas Lapavitsas told an interviewer, is about the only thing the European political establishment did not threaten Greece’s voters with before the country’s early-July referendum.  European Union officials had... Read more

Free to Shut Up

12:00 AM, Jul 20, 2015
"They have good days and bad days, but I will tell you they are resolute,” attorney Herb Grey says of his clients, Aaron and Melissa Klein, two bakers from Portland who are facing a $135,000 fine from the state of Oregon for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony in January... Read more

Are We Better Off Now?

12:00 AM, Jul 06, 2015
Is the world better off than it was eight years ago?  Is the Middle East? Is Iraq? These questions, echoing the one asked by Ronald Reagan in his debate with Jimmy Carter just before the 1980 election, should be posed by all Republicans until the polls close in November 2016. Added to... Read more

The Hillary Paradox

12:00 AM, Jun 29, 2015
When news broke this spring about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s appetite for other people’s money and their indifference to other people’s rules, I was rereading my way through a shelf of old Hillary biographies. My memory thus was doubly stimulated. In the fresh revelations, as in the books, the... Read more

Dressing Up

12:00 AM, Jun 29, 2015
These commencement remarks were delivered at the John Adams Academy, a charter high school in Roseville, California, on June 5. A graduation ceremony is a moment of pride in which we do honor to our graduates—and congratulations to you all—and to their parents and their teachers who... Read more

You Will Be Assimilated

12:00 AM, Jun 22, 2015
You may recall Brendan Eich. The cofounder and CEO of Mozilla was dismissed from his company in 2014 when it was discovered that, six years earlier, he had donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 campaign. That ballot initiative, limiting marriage to one man and one woman, passed with... Read more

Saving Atlantic City

12:00 AM, Jun 22, 2015
Atlantic City  Just about every morning when the weather is nice, Don Guardian rides his bike along the boardwalk and digs into the beach sand. “They’re supposed to clean the top six inches of sand,” he explains. “And I check to make sure that they actually do it. .  .  . That’s what... Read more

The Fall of Big State U

12:00 AM, Jun 15, 2015
According to a report released in April by the American Association of University Professors, the gap between the salaries of faculty at private and public universities is widening. The AAUP’s “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession” stated that at public institutions full... Read more

Attorneys at War

12:00 AM, Jun 15, 2015
Kirya Military Base, Israel For three straight days starting on July 15, 2014, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) made thousands of phone calls to the residents of Shejaiya in northern Gaza. The locals were encouraged to evacuate their homes before IDF tanks rolled across the border. Tens of... Read more

Transformational Diplomacy

12:00 AM, Jun 08, 2015
Many supporters of an Iranian nuclear agreement believe that a deal could help to moderate, even democratize, Iranian society. Barack Obama’s constant allusions to the transformative potential of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for U.S.-Iranian relations suggest that he believes an... Read more

Obama’s Reformation

12:00 AM, Jun 08, 2015
H ad Jeremiah Wright’s antics not forced Barack Obama to expound famously on race in 2008, the most significant speech of his short Senate tenure would have been his 2006 remarks on religion and democracy. Appearing before Call to Renewal’s conference on “Building a Covenant for a New America,”... Read more

Slow Release

12:00 AM, Jun 01, 2015
After four years of fierce internecine battles and inexplicable delays, the intelligence community last week started the process of releasing more documents captured in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) posted on its website... Read more

Not Ready for Hillary

12:00 AM, Jun 01, 2015
Burlington, Vt. --  The senator was returning to the place where it had all begun for him. Almost 40 years ago, to the surprise of practically everyone, perhaps including himself, he had been elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city and the only one with any real claim to the... Read more

House of the Stacked Deck of Cards

12:00 AM, May 25, 2015
"The deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” Hillary Clinton has warned us, and she ought to know. Having been “at the top,” or close enough to it, since 1976, when her husband was elected attorney general of Arkansas at age 30—not the biggest job ever, but one with a whole lot of... Read more

The Spin Never Stops

12:00 AM, May 25, 2015
  Michael Morell wants you to know that he’s been misunderstood, mischaracterized, and maligned. Morell, the former deputy director of the CIA, was at the center of the controversy over the Benghazi attacks and the Obama administration’s attempts to sell the country a phony narrative... Read more

A Dad’s Life

12:00 AM, May 25, 2015
I was once reasonably dignified. I dressed like a gentleman and luxuriated in the cultural heritage of Western civilization. My three places of residence—my home, my office, and my mind—were free of clutter and arranged so as to allow me both to make the most of my days and to begin to venture... Read more

The Unassailable Virtue of Victims

12:00 AM, May 18, 2015
Our virtues lose themselves in selfishness as rivers are lost in the sea.  —La Rochefoucauld If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in 2016 she will not only be the nation’s first woman president but our second affirmative-action president. By affirmative-action... Read more

Toward a Free and Democratic China

12:00 AM, May 18, 2015
At the top of our next president’s task list will be rescuing American foreign policy from the wreckage of the Obama years. The prevailing headlines detail a grim litany of new threats, each one emanating from an Obama administration policy failure. From the expansionist barbarity of the Islamic... Read more

The Late Great Market

12:00 AM, May 11, 2015
The American system of market-based capitalism is in trouble. And the reasons are not the ones commonly cited. The trouble is not that the financial system came close to collapse in the fall of 2008: We have experienced panics before, and the ability of the political and regulatory authorities... Read more

The Forbidden Weapon

12:00 AM, May 11, 2015
French soldiers near the Belgian village of Langemark, in what was to become known as the “Ypres Salient,” did not know what to make of the green, earth-hugging cloud that came rolling toward them from the German trench line. Earlier, the enemy artillery had ceased, and things had gone quiet for... Read more

The Meaning of Sex

12:00 AM, May 04, 2015
Attraction. Pleasure. Attachment. Reproduction. Fulfillment. What is the meaning of sex? The answer lies somewhere in the way we integrate the biological imperatives with the emotional and experiential realities. I’m not going to improve on that answer in the next few pages, but I’ll complicate... Read more

The Rise of Rubio

12:00 AM, Apr 27, 2015
Miami Five days before he would take the biggest step of his young political career, Marco Rubio called Bernie Navarro, a Miami real estate investor, to ask for a favor. Rubio wanted to have a small, low-key gathering to thank friends and family before his official announcement the next day,... Read more

When Lincoln Died on Passover

12:00 AM, Apr 20, 2015
As America prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death on April 15, fresh insight into the events that occurred a century and a half ago can be gleaned by seeing that entire week through the eyes of America’s Jews, and especially of those Jews who attended America’s oldest and most... Read more

End at Appomattox

12:00 AM, Apr 20, 2015
The two armies had been in almost constant contact for the first week of what would become known as “the Forty Days.” The Battle of the Wilderness had been inconclusive, as, thus far, had the one at Spotsylvania, with the epic struggle for “the Bloody Angle” still to come. Neither commander... Read more

Troublemaker for Tyrants

12:00 AM, Apr 06, 2015
Seoul From the moment his dead-of-night emails, texts, and encrypted Wickr messages start flooding my inboxes like a storm surge, it’s clear that Thor Halvorssen, who keeps vampire hours, is not your average clock-punching do-goodnik.  The 39-year-old Halvorssen is president of the... Read more