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On this day, I wish you happy thanks and Giving

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for learning about and working with Our House, a homeless shelter for newborn babies and their families. I first became involved in this organization after the birth of our second child a few months before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. I can remember rocking my baby during the night as planes flew over my ...Read more

Thankful for Inefficiencies

The political world is mired in must-watch political impeachment theater in Washington, with a second focus on this week's Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta.

But with those two sideshows going, the world continues to spin. People get up and go to work; students go to school; mothers and fathers care for their children; people go...Read more

National drama: an opportunity

With the public phase of the House of Representatives' impeachment hearings beginning this week, the national drama meter is going to accelerate exponentially.

Unfortunately, the current news structure (more opinion than news), combined with social media and the fact that few people have friends on the other side of the aisle, will lead to a ...Read more

Life is messy; be cautious of an orderly narrative

Here's what you can expect to see between now and the 2020 elections, which are less than a year away: an endless parade of so-called experts who will strain each day's political events through their ideological sieves in attempts to give them meaning.

This is nothing new. We all do it, not only with politics but also with life in general. We ...Read more

New book by my father, Newt Gingrich, has a lot to say about China

While many in our country are following the daily national soap opera of Washington Democrats attempting to throw President Donald Trump out of office, Newt Gingrich, my father, is attempting to raise our collective vision to focus on a national threat that exists outside our borders.

In his recent book, "Trump vs. China: Facing America's ...Read more

We should take heed of Germany's utter failure, even if they didn't

German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that more should have been done to make immigration and refugee assimilation successful. "Germany's attempt to create a multicultural society has 'utterly failed,'" she told members of the Christian Democratic Union party in a speech in 2010, Reuters reported at the time.

Some blamed Merkel's shift ...Read more

What's been missed is our move towards more faith and community

While I agree with most sociologists that the societal shift we have seen in recent years toward more urbanism and secularism will continue, at least in the short term, I am writing to tell you about other changes that have gotten far less attention: moves toward more community and more faith.

I believe that these changes are good for our ...Read more

In China, Freedom of Speech Is No Slam-Dunk

The current social media dust-up between the National Basketball Association and China reflects the stark differences between the ways the United States and China understand freedom -- freedom of speech, in particular.

As I wrote last month, "Hong Kong was returned to China (in 1997) with an agreement that the two would be one country but ...Read more

America works best when Americans are working

With the unemployment rate holding at 3.7% and a 63% labor participation rate, more Americans are working, and that's good. But it's not just the numbers of current workers that matter. It's also future workers. When it comes down to the fundamentals, a country's value is determined by the number and substance of its citizens and the work they ...Read more

Take a breath, and get ready for trial and tribulations

If you are among the 86% of Americans who believe that our polarizing political environment represents a threat to our country, get ready; it's about to get worse. The announcement this Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that "the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry, (and I am) directing our six ...Read more

Let's Be Better, Not Feel Better

This week, my new book, "Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening," is out, and I've been spreading the word that simply screaming at people in the other party won't solve problems. Many are finding my take -- that it's OK to disagree, just do so agreeably -- refreshing. Others believe that we must fight back...Read more

Constant Work: The Price of Freedom

We were attacked 18 years ago by Islamic terrorists. They attacked us -- our country -- because they hate our way of life and our freedoms. Imagine what our lives would be like if we were stripped of our freedoms. What if we could no longer speak our minds, protest or vote? We should take advantage of these freedoms and lean into them.

Many ...Read more

 

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