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The New Edge of Intolerance

Debra J. Saunders, Last weekend, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick informed his employees that he would stay on President Trump’s economic advisory council, even though he, like much of his staff, vehemently opposed many Trump platforms. By Thursday, Kalanick resigned from the panel. The ride-sharing czar’s swift reversal is a sign of the divide widening across

In Trump’s inaugural address here’s the one word no American should miss

Bill Whalen, As I readied for President Donald Trump’s inaugural address, thoughts of James K. Polk came to mind. Not that America’s 45th and 11th chief executives are peas in a personality pod. Trump has long thrived on an oversized existence; Polk was a grind who didn’t like to socialize (“No president who performs his

How Close Are We to Fulfilling Milton Friedman’s Vision for U.S. Education?

Teresa Mull, Ten years ago today, Milton Friedman, the famed economist and Nobel laureate, died, leaving behind an oeuvre that has become the framework for free-market arguments, especially those made by school choice advocates. Our nation has made some great strides in fulfilling Friedman’s vision for education since his death, but how much further must

The Early Voter Gets Remorse

Debra J. Saunders, As I write this, more than 27 million Americans already have voted in the Nov. 8 election. California voters can submit their ballots 30 days before Election Day. Minnesotans can vote 46 days out — starting Sept. 23, i.e., before the first of the three general election presidential debates. Many early voters

Trump vs. Clinton: What to look for in the third and final debate

The best thing about holding what might be a repugnant brawl of a presidential debate in Las Vegas? It’s hard to shock the locals. Sin City is where Mike Tyson decided to take a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear and, about a mile away, where Tupac Skakur found himself on the wrong side of

Trump comes out swinging and wins second debate

William Whalen, It’s a strange time to be in St. Louis. For the first time since 2010, the Cardinals failed to make the playoffs. The St. Louis Rams are no more, having returned to their Los Angeles past. Maybe strangest of all: the political Shocktoberfest that is the 2016 presidential election, culminating in the second

Trump vs. Hillary: Three things to look for at the showdown in St. Louis

William Whalen, Prior to Tuesday’s offering in Farmville, the last such national candidates’ debate in the Commonwealth of Virginia was in 1992 – well before Blackberries, back taxes and beauty queens drove the presidential narrative. That debate, on the campus of the University of Richmond, holds two dubious distinctions. It marked the first time that

Pence triumphs in VP debate. And then there was the night’s biggest loser…

William Whalen, The tiny Virginia town of Farmville, home to Longwood University and Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, prides itself as a “Tree City USA” – the benefits of which, we’re told, include “a framework for action, education, a positive image and citizen pride.” It’s safe to assume that the evening’s two combatants – Virginia

Pence vs. Kaine: Five things to look for at the Vice Presidential #Debate

William Whalen,  If history’s any indication, America is in for a letdown come Tuesday night when the two vice presidential hopefuls square off at Longwood College, which is a good hour’s drive west of Richmond, Virginia. And it has nothing to do with evening’s two participants – Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike

Four takeways from Hillary’s ‘medical episode’ about the health of her campaign

William Whalen,   I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on television, so I’ll take a pass on diagnosing Hillary Clinton’s medical condition. Instead, I’m reading Mrs. Clinton’s political chart. And it indicates at least four ways that concerns over her personal health could adversely affect the health of her presidential run. 1.

Trump takes center stage at #RNC2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will try to restore order to his convention on Thursday with a prime-time speech after rival Ted Cruz drew boos for refusing to endorse him. Trump’s speech will close out a four-day conclave in Cleveland that exposed continuing divisions among Republicans over their nominee at a time when they need

The Trump Nuclear Bomb: Public Figures often quietly adopt his ideas

Victor Davis Hanson,   Other public figures won’t admit they agree with him — but they often quietly adopt his ideas. Donald Trump has a frightening habit of uttering things that many people apparently think, but would never express. And he blusters in such an off-putting and sloppy fashion that he alienates those who otherwise