WASHINGTON -- The presidential candidate who has consistently led the Republican field for four months, Donald Trump, has proposed: forcibly expel 11 million people from the country, requiring a massive apparatus of enforcement, courts and concentration camps; rewrite or reinterpret the 14th Amendment to end the Civil War-era Republican ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- An event that invokes widespread fear and confusion, such as the Paris attacks, is also an occasion for leadership. The resulting intense public focus opens a brief window for explanation and inspiration. In moments of crisis or challenge, a leader can figuratively speak from the ruins.
The president I served, George W. Bush, did ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As careful as we should be in drawing lessons from tragedy -- and there is something particularly disgraceful in mounting a political soapbox at a funeral -- the horrors experienced in Paris demand a renewed dedication to the prevention of future horrors.
Islamic State terrorists have goals beyond a blood-drunk love of carnage: to...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The fourth Republican presidential debate was, by most accounts, a bit of a snoozer. But in a good way. There was less interpersonal conflict, more substantive discussion of economic policy. Donald Trump, in particular, was judged "subdued" and "surprisingly subdued" and "uncharacteristically subdued." Trump himself pronounced it "...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Welcome to the vetting season, in which presidential candidate resumes are pumped full of air, submerged in water, and tested for bubbles like an inner tube.
None of the Republican candidates, even the few with actual governing experience, has ever suffered the level of scrutiny given to a top-tier presidential prospect. It is ...Read more
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WASHINGTON -- "Today," said Ted Cruz when the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision came down, "is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation's history." Which is quite a claim, as that history includes the Battle of Antietam. Some evangelical leaders pronounced it "the downfall of America" (Tony Perkins) and a "nose dive off of the moral diving...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Break out the name tags and Styrofoam-flavored coffee; it is conference season for Iran.
Iran's foreign minister will attend the Vienna talks on Syria's future for the first time, effectively ending his country's regional diplomatic isolation. Supporting terrorists, brutally repressing human rights, making a play for regional ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The end is near. Or not.
At various points in American history, popular preaching has warned that history itself was about to culminate and cease. Many sermons of the revolutionary era (with more patriotic zeal than theological sophistication) identified King George III as the antichrist and associated the founding of America with...Read more
The Brothers' Keepers (Parched Book) (Volume 2)NLB Horton
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When a dear friend disappears, archaeologist Grace Madison exposes his deadly deception—and endangers everything she cherishes.
She is cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels when her son's bride is attacked in Switzerland and daughter disappears...
WASHINGTON -- Having tested the thickness of the political ice, Paul Ryan seems convinced it will support the weight of a House speaker. Given the nature of the Republican coalition (in parts fractious, restless and heedless of political reality), he will end up in the water. But perhaps not immediately, and perhaps not until after considerable ...Read more
BEIRUT -- The airport here is in territory controlled by Hezbollah. Driving across Beirut, you see affiliations declared by large posters hung on lampposts: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah in Shiite areas, assassinated leader Rafiq al-Hariri in Sunni neighborhoods. Some Palestinian camps display images from Hamas; others from Fatah, including ...Read more
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A 5-year-old Syrian refugee explains the picture he has drawn: "This is a boy. This is a bed. This is a bomb. This is an apple." Wondering if the apple has some special significance to him, I ask (through the interpreter) why he included it. He looks at me like an idiot foreigner. "Because I like apples."
It is the bomb that ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In Africa, the average cost of an AK-47 is a little over $300. A single rhinoceros horn -- reputed (falsely) in Asia to have cancer-healing properties -- can bring $300,000 on the black market. So a criminal gang or a terrorist group knows what a dead rhino is worth: several hundred assault rifles (less the commission owed ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Other than in its original application, most exercises in WWXD -- "What would X do?" with X being, say, Lincoln, or Martin Luther King Jr., or Churchill -- are less than useless. Great leaders are employed as ventriloquist dummies for our own squeaky, projected voices.
But the question "What would Jack Kemp do?" is an exception, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Following the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, a "smoldering" (as one commentator put it) President Obama gave a revealing speech -- a clarification, a culmination, of much that had come before. "What has become routine," he said, "of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of commonsense gun legislation. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The most fateful, unanswered question of the 2016 campaign: Is this a populist moment in America?
It certainly sounds like one. The "establishment" is so universally despised that one wonders who is left to comprise it. A putsch might find only empty offices. Outsiders with no political experience dominate the Republican field. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Bill Gates is now focused on the eradication of malaria, and parasites everywhere have reason to fear.
There are, he tells me, two possible places to draw a line across Africa marking the next northward advance of malaria elimination. "If you want to get all of Zambia," he explains, "you also have to get Katanga" (a portion of the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis has delivered to Congress his State of the Soul address -- historically sophisticated, gracefully appropriate, morally ambitious -- and I am all for making it a yearly ritual, along with (or in place of) the tired and tedious presidential version we have now.
For a moment, marginalized groups -- from refugees to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- What is the proper response from a prospective president to the question: Is being a Muslim disqualifying for the presidency?
Ben Carson answered that he "would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation" because Islam is incompatible with the Constitution. The Constitution offers a different reply: "No religious ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The relatively rare moments of economic analysis and political outreach in the second Republican debate -- Chris Christie talking about income stagnation, or Marco Rubio lamenting the "millions of people in this country living paycheck to paycheck," or Ben Carson admitting the minimum wage might require increasing and fixing, or ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Since the Iran nuclear deal was announced in mid-July, the world has been treated to an unusual historical spectacle. As President Obama was busy twisting congressional arms to prevent repudiation of the agreement, the Iranian regime has been systematically humiliating him.
Almost immediately, bulldozers began sanitizing the ...Read more