Commentary

Medved: An Empty Museum

Leaders of the Palestinian Authority recently dedicated the Palestinian Museum: a $24 million building meant as “a space to celebrate and redefine Palestinian art, history and culture.” The only problem: the sprawling museum opened with no exhibitions at all—highlighting the troubled nature of Palestinian identity. What is “Palestinian art, history...

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Mohler: So Much for the End of Imperialism

President Obama has long been understood by his biography and by his approach to foreign policy to oppose the lingering aspects of empire, of imperialism. How do we then explain how the President acts as if America is an imperial power ordering the world to follow our imperial edicts when...

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Medved: Trade War Means Hidden Tax Hikes

Both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have broken with the 70-year consensus on free trade, with Trump threatening a 45 percent tariff on imports from China, Mexico, and other countries on his enemies list. The problem is that tariffs don’t really tax foreign countries and companies; it’s a...

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Thornbury: Costly Legacy Building

Greg Thornbury

In another desperate attempt at legacy building, the Department of Labor just released a new rule on wages … and it’s horrendous. Slated to go into effect later this year, it doubles the annual threshold for salaries that determines who gets overtime pay from roughly $23k per year to more...

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Mohler: Terms Of Surrender

Now that the moral revolutionaries are solidly in control, what is to be demanded of Americans who, on the basis of conviction, cannot join the revolution? The latest terms of surrender were delivered last week by Mark Tushnet, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. In a stunningly candid essay,...

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Thornbury: It’s A Matter Of Trust

Greg Thornbury

Just the other day, GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump released the names of 11 jurists whom he said he would consider appointing to the Supreme Court in the event he became president. Make no mistake: this is an impressive list of judges. And Trump’s campaign was very smart in releasing...

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Medved: The “Self-Funding Billionaire” Scam

The “outsider” appeal of Donald Trump’s campaign has been based on two assertions he has repeated in every public appearance: that he’s a peerless entrepreneur worth more than $10 billion, and that he was funding his own campaign while taking no contributions from moneyed special interests. New developments put both...

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Medved: Keep Uncle Sam Out of Student Bathrooms

Of all Barack Obama’s reckless policy initiatives, none has shown more contempt for common sense and rule of law than the new bullying on transgender bathrooms. Department of Education “guidelines” threaten to cut off federal funds to school districts that don’t allow children to enter washrooms, showers or changing rooms...

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Medved: How Trump Became An American Idol

To better understand the Trump phenomenon, consider the world of reality TV where he first forged his bond with the American public. “The Apprentice” ran for 14 years, and—at its height—averaged 11,000,000 weekly viewers, the same number of voters Trump’s received in the combined GOP primaries. Another popular reality show,...

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Mohler: Crisis In The GOP

This election cycle has unveiled a number of shocking developments in the Republican Party. Republicans have long had a reputation for standing for limited government and a certain set of principles that were understood to be consistent with the Framers of the American Republic. In a very real sense, Donald...

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Medved: The Superhero Substitution

Comic book superheroes have come to dominate popular culture as never before: of the ten top opening weekends in Hollywood history, seven of them featured superheroes from Marvel or DC comics. Most recently, “Iron Man” and other luminaries from the Marvel galaxy co-starred with Captain America in “Civil War,” which...

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Mohler: North Carolina and the U.S. Constitution

The governor of North Carolina has announced that his state will file suit against the Obama Administration and against the Department of Justice because of their demands that North Carolina surrender its recently-adopted legislation known as House Bill 2. The bill stipulates that persons must use, in public facilities, the...

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Brooks: Time For Diversity

One of the great intellectual and moral epiphanies of our time is the realization that diversity among human beings is a blessing. Unfortunately, new research also shows that academia has itself stopped well short in both the understanding and practice of true diversity—the diversity of ideas. This year, a team...

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Mohler: The Accidental Draft Vote

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee voted to register women for the draft. What is particularly notable is that the vote was—at least in part—accidental. Why accidental? Because the author of the bill, Representative Duncan Hunter, Republican of California, offered the suggestion in an effort to try to get...

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Medved: Is Life Really Worse Today?

Sinking approval ratings show the Republican Party losing touch with the public by peddling simple-minded nostalgia for the past.  A recent Pew survey shows 70 percent of self-identified “Conservative Republicans” agreeing with the statement: “Compared with 50 years ago, life for people like me is worse.” That’s ridiculous: in 1966,...

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