Commentary

Brooks: The Best Solutions for Poverty

When my mother’s grandparents first came steaming into New York harbor from Denmark in 1890, they were risking everything to get to a country where everyone could earn success. After a few years, they owned their own farm in South Dakota. Most of you listening have a similar family story....

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Hewitt: After Cleveland

The Baja 500 GOP Convention in Cleveland went off road early and stayed there. If at times it felt like Yosemite Sam was driving and Wile E. Coyote co-piloting, in the end Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and his principal spokesman, Sean Spicer, grabbed the wheel and got over...

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Wasting Money, Ignoring Issues

Political conventions waste vast sums of money that could be used more effectively to promote desperately needed reform. Donors provided at least $65 million for the GOP convention I recently attended in Cleveland, but four nights of repetitive, partisan speeches did little to inspire voters with hopeful conservative strategies for...

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Hewitt: Oppose SB 1146

The California Senate recently passed a bill that threatens the ability of faith-based institutions across the Golden State to function according to their religious beliefs. The bill—SB 1146—is now being considered by the various committees within the Assembly. If passed and signed by Governor Brown, the bill would require any...

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Hewitt: Ted Cruz In Cleveland

One of the big surprises coming out of the Republican National Convention was the speech of Ted Cruz, where he chose not to endorse the nominee Donald Trump. Let me set the Cruz speech in a bit more context: In 1976, Ronald Reagan, after he had lost to Gerald Ford,...

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Hewitt: Finding Hope In Cleveland

I have been in Cleveland all week, broadcasting live from the GOP convention. As you can imagine, security has been intense and—in the wake of the murder of police officers in Baton Rouge—tensions have been running very, very high. The road closures have been numerous and getting from point A...

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Hewitt: Good and Evil and Every Human Heart

The ambush-style attack on police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday resulted in three dead law enforcement officers and three more seriously wounded. I felt East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux captured a key point, something worth highlighting together: “This is not so much about gun control as it...

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Medved: Lessons From Presidents Who Lived Past 90

Of the 43 individuals who have served as president of the United States, only six lived to celebrate their 90th birthdays: John Adams, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Reviewing this list raises two points that connect to the current presidential campaign. First,...

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Medved: Should Government Block “Fat Shaming”?

Complaints about EU bureaucrats interfering with every aspect of British life helped spark the recent Brexit vote in the UK. But English officials are even more intrusive – and more ridiculous – at home. The new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, kept a campaign promise by banning ads on public...

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Davenport: Separation of Powers Is Slow But Alive

Two recent court cases are a welcome reminder that the separation of powers doctrine may be slow to act but is still alive. A federal judge declared that the U.S. Department of Interior did not have the power to issue rules about fracking on federal land.  And the U.S. Supreme...

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Davenport: Stop the Marijuana Rush in California

There is a new gold rush in California, a rush for the pot of gold promised by the legalization of marijuana. Although California voters rejected it in 2010, it is on the ballot again and current polls show it winning. With the 6th largest economy in the world, California’s vote...

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Hewitt: Oppose SB 1146

The California Senate recently passed a bill that threatens the ability of faith-based institutions across the Golden State to function according to their religious beliefs. The bill—SB 1146—is now being considered by the various committees within the Assembly. If passed and signed by Governor Brown, the bill would require any...

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Davenport: Hillary’s Email in the Court of Public Opinion

The FBI concluded that Hillary Clinton’s email practices were “extremely careless” but not criminal. That’s the court of law, but the court of public opinion will speak on this matter at the ballot box November 8. Let’s face it, there is plenty of room for the electorate to draw a...

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Medved: Elie Wiesel’s Less Celebrated Role

When Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel died at age 87, the whole world honored him for his noble work in building Holocaust awareness through his novels and personal testimony, and for his political activism in fighting genocide in around the world, and for his efforts to support a secure, humane...

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