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Cal Thomas: Another Mass Shooting
The first question most people ask after mass shootings like the one last week at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis in which a 19-year-old male murdered eight people before taking his own life is “how did he get the gun?” He was known to authorities.
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: 'A Riot Is The Language Of The Unheard'
“The anguish we are suffering cannot translate into violence.” So said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey last week in the wake of yet another police killing of yet another unarmed African-American man. The sentiment was altogether fitting and proper, espe
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Jonah Goldberg: Biden Citing The Wrong Reasons For Afghanistan Withdrawal
President Biden has decided to end the war in Afghanistan. He feels it’s time, and so do a lot of Americans. I feel it too. I’m just not sure feelings should win the day. In his televised address announcing the decision, Biden reiterated that America
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Clarence Page: In Less Than A Second, A 13-year-old’s Life Is Ended And A Police Officer Must Live With It
Heartbreaking. That description is undeniable in the otherwise controversial shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo by Chicago police. The most obvious headline for the story of the video’s release Thursday was simple: Police video shows 13-year-o
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Cal Thomas: Will There Be A Penalty For Withdrawal From Afghanistan?
President Biden’s announced intention to complete the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by September 11, exactly 20 years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, will complete a goal former President Trump
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Robert C. Koehler: Armed Racism Keeps No One Safe
“Get out of the car! Get out of the car NOW!!” The officer — the mad man with a badge — probably shouts those words 50 times at the driver, Second Lt. Caron Nazario, at a gas station in Windsor, Va., all the while holding a gun a foot from his face.
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Bill Press: Long Past Time To Quit Afghanistan
It’s tough for anyone of us to admit a mistake. It’s even harder for a nation to do so. But President Biden did us all a favor this week by admitting that the United States made a big mistake in Afghanistan. It’s America’s longest war, one of its mos
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: It Takes Two Parties To Be Bipartisan
There is nothing sacred about nine. The number was not carried down from a mountain on stone tablets, nor did it appear in a burning bush. In fact, before the Supreme Court contained nine justices, it contained six, the number fixed when the tribunal
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Jonah Goldberg: Future Of The GOP May Hinge On Florida
You know all those “Florida Man” stories? “Florida man arrested for throwing alligator through drive-thru window,” “Florida man learns the hard way he stole laxatives, not opioids,” etc.? There are several theories for why Florida men stand out so mu
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Clarence Page: Relax, Tucker Carlson, Reports Of ‘Replacement’ Are Greatly Exaggerated
In an apparent bid to pick up where the late Rush Limbaugh and the deplatformed former President Donald Trump left off as leading voices for the far-right, Fox News star Tucker Carlson has taken up that burning cross that passes itself off as a “theo
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Cal Thomas: Lost liberties
If one can say the pandemic has had any positive side effect, it has been to help us focus on what the loss of liberties looks like. Such losses do not occur immediately but erode over time as people become increasingly comfortable with government cl
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Mary Sanchez: Want To Reform Policing? Start By Making Them Good Listeners.
A man pays for cigarettes with a $20 bill. A child plays with a toy gun in a park. A teenager and his friend walk down the middle of a street in their neighborhood. Each is a seemingly innocuous occurrence, actions that anyone across America might do
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Another Word For Anxiety Is Fear
Apparently, Robert Pape was surprised. Notwithstanding earlier research or the alarm raised in this and other forums, Pape, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, expected, when he began studying the Jan. 6 insurrection at the
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Jonah Goldberg: ‘Jim Crow’ Criticism Of Georgia Voting Law Doesn’t Fit
The debate over Georgia’s new voting law has been deeply depressing to watch for a number of reasons. The first is that it hasn’t really been a debate so much as a lot of performative shouting from all directions. The second is that many of the law’s
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Clarence Page: J.D. Vance Seeks To Build Bridges, Maybe Even Among Republicans
As a high school student, bestselling “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance recalled, “People talked about Clarence as someone to look up to.” “Not when I was there,” I interrupted. And we laughed like two people who went to the same high school, altho
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Robert C. Koehler: Trapped At The Border: Their Fate Is Our Fate
You’d think that the “border crisis” begins and ends as a problem for Americans. Oh, what to do, what to do? All these people showing up at our back door, trying to get in. They want to take our jobs, drink our water. . . . And think about the danger
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Cal Thomas: I’m A Capitalist, Mr. President, But You’re Not
Back in the day when “Saturday Night Live” was funny, Chevy Chase would open the “Weekend Update” segment by saying, “I’m Chevy Chase … and you’re not.” That line came to mind over President Biden’s massive tax-and-spend proposals, which are unlike a
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Mary Schmich: With 2024 Already A Hot Topic, Joe Biden Says He's A 'Respecter Of Fate.' We All Should Be
What will you be doing in 2024? If you think you know for sure, you're either clairvoyant or deluded. I've been thinking about this question since President Joe Biden's news conference in which he was asked whether he plans to run again in 2024. This
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Jonah Goldberg: Georgia Election Flap Underscores Our Collection Action Problem
The Georgia debacle is a perfect example of the rolling collective action problem of our democracy. A collective action problem, simply put, is when there is a goal that would benefit everyone — in this case, confidence in our machinery of democracy
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Chauvin Trial Cannot Vindicate America
America is on trial. Or at least, that is the conviction of many observers as Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, faces judge and jury in the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man. America on trial: it’s a he
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Clarence Page: Sports And Politics Don’t Mix, Yet They Keep Colliding
If the late Martin Luther King Jr. were to hold the Montgomery bus boycott today, would conservative politicians call him a “woke” activist pushing a repressive “cancel culture”? That thought came to mind after Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp, former Presi
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Cal Thomas: Take Me Out Of The Ballgame
When the NFL decided not to punish players who kneeled during the pre-game national anthem, some fans reacted by refusing to attend games, buy league merchandise, or watch games on TV. It took several years for the NFL to win fans back and some — lik
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Clarence Page: Old Tropes Of Black-Asian Conflict Rear Up After NY Assault
When the network TV news anchor warned that the next news report contained images that some viewers might find too disturbing to watch, I perked up and watched quite intensely. When the anchor went on to say the story was about the brutal, unprovoked
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Small Wonder The Church Is Shrinking
So, it seems the church is shrinking. The mosque and synagogue, too, for that matter. Not that this is breaking news. It has long been known that the numbers of Americans who belong to religious organizations are dwindling. But last week, that declin
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Jonah Goldberg: Culture Wars Are A Convenient Distraction From Spending
You know what you get for spending trillions of dollars you don’t have? More fights over Dr. Seuss, cancel culture and identity politics. By any measure, the federal government has been on a spending spree for decades. Without getting bogged down in
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Bill Press: George Floyd Trial: We Are All Jurors Now
In this age of Facebook and around-the-clock social media, we’ve been pummeled with video of every possible form of human misery: from tornadoes, to mass shootings, to COVID-19 victims dying alone with no family members allowed at their bedside. But
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Robert C. Koehler: Ending The Endless War
Will Joe Biden end the endless wars or won’t he? I have serious doubts that he has the will or political acumen to do so. But that’s only a fragment of the question that needs to be asked, as we approach the 20th anniversary of our global “war on evi
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Cal Thomas: The George Floyd narrative
It is difficult to change a narrative once it has been established in the public’s mind. A narrative was firmly fixed by the media, activists, and rioters prior to the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, which opened Monday. Chauvin is
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: 'A Change Gon' Come'
Dear Republicans: Let’s just say this plainly. You are a people lacking integrity and honor. And you have not a thimbleful of respect for one of this nation’s most sacred principles: Meaning equality under the law. One person, one vote. That harsh ap
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Clarence Page: Hiding Border Troubles From News Cameras Only Makes The Spotlight Brighter
Mainstream media are trying to make President Joe Biden look good, according to conservative critics who want to make him look bad. Nothing new about that in our polarized times in which it is easier to find news that agrees with your views than to c
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