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Poisoning Flint's Water: Political Contempt in Action

If there was ever any ethical foundation supporting the administration of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, it has been obliterated.

The first duty of any government is to serve it citizens -- openly, without favor or prejudice, and in such a way as never to knowingly inflict harm.

In causing -- yes, causing -- the poisoning of the city of Flint's ...Read more

Cuban Migrants Get Unfair Advantage Over Other Latinos

The Cold War is over, but it still deeply distorts U.S. immigration policy.

Consider the bizarre situation at our southern border. A wave of migrants is expected to appear there, hoping for safe passage into the U.S. and an expedited path to legal status and eventually full citizenship. They will get it.

These lucky migrants won't be Mexicans ...Read more

Rubio and Cruz Won't Be Able to Reverse U.S. Overture to Cuba

Pity Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

The two Cuban-American senators are relatively young, in their mid-40s. And their political rise coincides with a change in U.S.-Cuban relations that neither particularly welcomes.

Cruz and Rubio will likely be in office when full trade relations with Cuba are finally restored. Though both are vying for the ...Read more

Want Less Terrorism? Start by Rejecting Trump's Crusade

America needs to get a grip.

Since the slaughter of 14 innocents by two radicalized Muslim terrorists in San Bernardino, Calif., common sense has been a collateral casualty. Leading a wave of hysteria has been Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, with his harebrained ideas for denying various civil liberties to Muslims.

None of them...Read more

Want Less Terrorism? Start By Rejecting Trump's Crusade

America needs to get a grip.

Since the slaughter of 14 innocents by two radicalized Muslim terrorists in San Bernardino, Calif., common sense has been a collateral casualty. Leading a wave of hysteria has been Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, with his harebrained ideas for denying various civil liberties to Muslims.

None of them...Read more

The Problem is Unfettered Access to Guns and Ammo

Gun sellers can expect a bountiful Christmas.

On Black Friday, the kickoff to the annual holiday shopping frenzy, more than 185,000 background checks were processed for firearms purchases -- an all-time record.

This shooting spree in San Bernardino, Calif. -- death toll: 14 -- will be good for business as well. Background checks always spike ...Read more

The Federal Government's Little-Known Pension Heist

"Too big to fail" means one thing for banks and another thing for union pension funds.

When banks are on the verge of collapse, Congress bails them out. When union pension funds are in mortal danger, Congress changes the law to let them shaft retirees.

Did you miss that newsflash? So did many of the 407,000 unsuspecting Teamsters, mainly ...Read more

Repeating the Injustice of 1942?

This is how fear mongering works. The year could be 1942 ... or 2015.

"I'm reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. And it appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then."

Those are ...Read more

Bob Dole's Still Here and Much Wiser Than His Fellow Republicans

Twitter can be so comical and so heartless, all at once.

When Bob Dole began trending this week, the wisecracks began to roll.

"Oh no ... did he die? Worse -- he endorsed Jeb!"

"Bob Dole endorses Viagra AND Jeb Bush! Just saying!"

"When I saw Bob Dole trending, I was shocked to find out it wasn't because he died, but rather because Jeb's ...Read more

Nitpicky Ordinances Become Instruments of Oppression

The tiny town of Pagedale, Mo., would make a good setting for an episode of "The Twilight Zone."

The 3,300 residents live under intense scrutiny, fearing city workers who hand out a dizzying array of fines and tickets for the slightest of infractions.

Imagine cowering in your front room, fearful that a codes inspector will roll up with a ruler...Read more

Greek System In The Way of Tackling Campus Sexual Assault

Fraternities and sororities have a choice. Either they can be part of the solution to campus sexual assaults or they can choose to be part of the problem.

Guess which direction the major Greek system associations are going?

They've hired a heavy-hitting lobbyist to advance a bill in Congress that would hamper colleges' ability to investigate ...Read more

Trump on 'SNL'? Race is Already a Joke

This is how far American politics have disintegrated.

We're arguing over whether a presidential candidate, a man leading in the polls not because of leadership qualities but because he's a master at courting the worst of nativist America, should be barred from hosting "Saturday Night Live."

Am I living in a sitcom?

The decline of U.S. ...Read more

Gun Industry Must Not Be Shielded From Liability

Hillary Clinton pounded Sen. Bernie Sanders for his gun rights record during the first Democratic presidential debate, all but calling him a BFF of the NRA.

Clinton's argument was that Sanders' support for the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which prohibited lawsuits against gun sellers and manufacturers for the unlawful misuse ...Read more

Horrors! There Are Muslims Among Us

For an object lesson in how social media can create a tempest in a teapot, look no further than Wichita State University in Kansas.

Six months ago, the university renovated a nondenominational chapel on campus so that it could more easily accommodate prayer by Muslim students. Essentially, pews were removed (replaced by stackable chairs) so ...Read more

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