Opinion

Science says: Yes, your dog really does love you

One of my favorite kinds of news stories is the report of a new scientific study that verifies the obvious. You’ve seen them. New research finds that …

Conservative View

Erick Erickson: Jimmy Kimmel, my wife has cancer, I have a pulmonary embolism. But I still oppose ObamaCare

<i>Editor's note: The following column originally appeared in The Resurgent.</i><p>Late night host Jimmy Kimmel has been on a roll lately. As Stephen Colbert’s ratings have gone up by capturing the attention of angry liberals, Kimmel had to do something. So he took up the crusade against touching ObamaCare …

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Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in.

<b>THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President</b><p><b>By Bandy X. Lee (ed.). Thomas Dunne Books. 360 pp. $27.99</b><p><b>TWILIGHT OF AMERICAN SANITY: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump</b><p><b>By Allen Frances. William Morrow. 326 pp. $27.99</b><p><b>FANTASYLAND: How America</b> …

Donald Trump

Cruelty, Incompetence and Lies

Graham-Cassidy, the health bill the Senate may vote on next week, is stunningly cruel. It’s also incompetently drafted: The bill’s sponsors clearly had no idea what they were doing when they put it together. Furthermore, their efforts to sell the bill involve obvious, blatant lies.<p>Nonetheless, the …

Health Care

Constitutional law on pardons is clear

In their Sept. 19 op-ed, “Presidential pardon power is not absolute,” Laurence H. Tribe and Ron Fein erroneously contended that federal courts would be powerless to protect constitutional rights if the president were empowered to pardon offenders guilty of criminal contempt-of-court orders, such as …

Law

London’s Uber decision might be unpopular, but it’s the right one

Uber is cheap, convenient and by-and-large safe, but it has serious flaws too. No company deserves a free pass just because it’s popular<p>The initial horrified response to Transport for London’s decision to remove Uber’s licence to operate in the capital seemed to be rather too focused on the mild …

Uber

COULD the world come to an end?

The Bible is more than clear in its theological claim that Jesus Christ will return to Earth <i>at an undisclosed, future time</i>. In fact, that belief is a central hallmark of the Christian faith.<p>And the latter point about the timing is essential to highlight, as scripture makes it clear that no one …

Conservative View

Frank, the lawnmower boy, still has liberals all worked up. Let's cut the crap, folks!

My pop, a WWII veteran, devoted husband and the sort of father I aspire to be, didn’t raise no fools. Except me.<p>I know I’m a fool because back when I was 9 years old and sporting a flat top and a pair of black Converse All-Stars, my pop advised me that I was now taking over the lawn mower duties …

Conservative View

Mexico City’s People Power

MEXICO CITY — When the earthquake rattled this mountain capital on Tuesday, a five-story office and apartment block round the corner from my home collapsed into a mountain of rubble, burying computer programmers, salesmen, secretaries. Right away, a handful of neighbors approached the wreckage, …

Mexico City

This is no way to dismantle a nuclear bomb

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un are doing their best to make a bad situation in the Korean Peninsula worse.<p>For now, they are only hurling abuse and threats at each other, but there is no sign of either de-escalating their confrontation over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.<p>During the Cold …

North Korea

CNN’s Anderson Cooper brutalizes Sean Spicer

Not long after Sean Spicer announced his resignation from the White House, CNN was asked whether it would consider hiring him as a pundit. No, came the prompt answer.<p>That was no wonder, either. Spicer assisted President Trump in attacking, demeaning and belittling the 24/7 news network. While the …

Donald Trump

Religious freedom bill is a tool of oppression, an attempt to restore privilege

We are a proudly rebellious country. We fought a Revolutionary War to kick the king, sovereign, master, and lord out of our affairs. Nobody can …

Religion

‘The American War’: Why you need to understand American racism to understand what happened in Vietnam

<i>After each episode of “The Vietnam War” airs, our new podcast — “The American War” — will break down the major themes and questions raised. We’ll talk to Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and others involved with the documentary for a new perspective on how the film was made and what it all means.</i><p><i>Subscribe:</i> …

Photojournalism

Trump's rich Cabinet needs private jets. Don't we all?

<b>(CNN) —</b> So the Trump administration says that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price needs a private jet, as he is very busy.<p>Aren't we all?<p>After Politico reported earlier this week that Price had taken five private flights in a single week -- one of which was a half-hour trip from D.C. to …

Donald Trump

India Does Not Need Boots on Afghan Ground

NEW DELHI — President Trump has pivoted toward India and away from Pakistan. Calling upon India to help in Afghanistan, “especially in the area of economic assistance and development,” Mr. Trump was holding up the prospect of a major Indian presence to goad Pakistan to crack down on the Taliban and …

Afghanistan

May’s breakup speech made Brexit sound magical … if you’re drinking Bacardi

The prime minister’s set-piece in Florence was as platitudinous as ever. Only in a parallel universe does it spell the start of a beautiful new partnership<p>I increasingly picture Brexit as one of those criminally underwhelming Christmas theme parks in which the UK specialises. You know the ones: …

Brexit

The Blockchain Is the Internet of Money

San Francisco<p>Balaji Srinivasan’s distrust of authority began as early as first grade, when boys less cerebral than he was would beat him up at recess for reading a book. “Literally, like, ‘Oh, look at that nerd,’ and they’d go attack you.” That was in 1986, in Plainview, N.Y., an undistinguished …

Bitcoin

Court Upholds Fourth Amendment -- Police Need A Warrant To Track Cellphones

Cellphone-tracking devices originally designed for use on foreign battlefields in Iraq (the StingRay II,” made by the Harris Corp. is a popular brand) are now being used by police departments in at least 23 states and the District of Columbia.<p>So do they constitute an invasion of privacy? Should the …

Surveillance

President Trump actually is making us crazy

President Trump <i>is</i> making us ill. He’s also driving us crazy.<p>Since I wrote last week about the possibility that Trump is literally killing me (in the form of high blood pressure), the reaction has been, as the kids say, sick.<p>From the left came a flood of responses from people experiencing all manner …

United Nations

Jimmy Kimmel’s medical malpractice

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has taken to scaremongering, with well-worn Democratic Party talking points regarding health-insurance policy. …

Conservative View

Why taking photos of the homeless in public may cause tension

My plea for compassion for the homeless man who attacked two women in downtown Dallas last Sunday touched a nerve.<p>It was encouraging, for the most …

Texas

Why Texas Is No Longer Feeling Miraculous

AUSTIN, Tex. — Call it the season of Texas’ discontent. Of course there was Hurricane Harvey, which blasted the coastline, leaving cities flooded and an estimated $180 billion in damage. But Harvey is just the headline.<p>There’s also the dysfunctional, ideologically driven State Legislature, which …

West Texas

The 1% are uncomfortable with their wealth. But what good does that do?

In Rachel Sherman’s new book Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence, the rich are conflicted about their power. Here’s what they can do to fix it<p>In our post-Occupy Wall Street world of rampant and glaring inequality, it can be tempting – even understandable – to hate the rich. From the Real …

Social Justice

ObamaCare's Tax on the Poor

Democrats claim to have a monopoly on caring for the poor and suffering, and this week the left is portraying a GOP health-care bill as an attack on society’s vulnerable. So check out the data on how ObamaCare is a tax on some low-income families.<p>IRS data offers insight into who paid the law’s …

Health Care

Thank Obama, not Trump, for rising household income

Even though Robert J. Samuelson’s evidence to support his Sept. 18 op-ed, “The middle class rocks — again,” was largely based on 2016 data, then-President Barack Obama and his administration weren’t mentioned once. Under the Obama presidency, not only did the U.S. economy survive the Great …

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Oh my God! School bans student-led prayers at football games

It’s not all that unusual for high school football games to start with a moment of prayer – an invocation.<p>The game announcer will ask folks to stand to their feet and remove their hats as the marching band belts out the Star-Spangled Banner. Then, he’ll hand the press box microphone to a student …

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Girls are more than their looks. It’s up to all of us to teach children that

Children as young as seven believe that they are valued more for their appearance than for their character. It’s time to break down these stereotypes<p>A study published by Girlguiding this week has revealed that half of girls feel stifled by gender stereotyping, with children as young as seven …

Gender

Theresa May is dragging Britain off a Brexit cliff edge

<b>(CNN) —</b> Against a plain background in a former school for paramilitary police, next to a church famous for denouncing Galileo's refutation of the idea that the sun moved around the Earth, British Prime Minister Theresa May gave a foreign policy speech Friday that revolved around divisions within …

Brexit

Downgrading religious freedom would cheapen our own lives

It was the fourth-grade English teacher, Sister Pauline, who gave me my first fountain pen as a reward for getting a perfect score on the spelling …

Religion

How to Win a War on Drugs

LISBON — On a broken-down set of steps, a 37-year-old fisherman named Mario mixed heroin and cocaine and carefully prepared a hypodermic needle. “It’s hard to find a vein,” he said, but he finally found one in his forearm and injected himself with the brown liquid. Blood trickled from his arm and …