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Monday, April 23, 2018

PAUL KENGOR: REMEMBERING BARBARA BUSH - AND ROBIN

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. Only two women were both wife to a president and mother to a president. One was Abigail Adams, who died…...

Friday, March 23, 2018

BENJAMIN V. ALLISON: LBJ’S “WITHDRAWAL SPEECH” FIFTY YEARS LATER

On the night of Sunday, March 31, 1968, Lyndon Baines Johnson began one of the most famous addresses of his long career. “Good evening, my fellow Americans: Tonight I want…...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DR. SHAWN RITENAOUR: SANITY AND THE EPA: WHAT’S THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON?

When President Barack Obama wanted to curtail carbon dioxide emissions, he instructed his economic advisors to construct a way to calculate the emissions’ effect on society. The metric thus adopted…...

Thursday, March 08, 2018

DR. MARK HENDRICK: STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS - TRUMP’S FIRST MISTAKE

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to impose tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on imported aluminum is the first major economic policy error of his presidency.…...

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

LEWIS WAHA: CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY DOESN’T DEBASE, IT DIGNIFIES

It didn’t take long after Mitt Romney announced his U.S. Senate bid for new digs at his personality to surface. As one critique goes, Romney is mismatched to America because…...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

RICHARD D. KOCUR: THREE HEADS ARE BETTER THAN 535

Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon vs. the entire United States Congress? My money is on Buffett, Bezos, and Dimon. These men, three of the wealthiest, most influential, and…...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: ANOTHER BUDGET DEAL BITES THE DUST

Back in September I wrote about our “ethically challenged” democratic system. I said, “We are caught in a downward, self-destructive [debt] spiral.” If you doubted me then, those doubts should…...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DR. EARL TILFORD: LIMITING THE COMING WAR

“War is the realm of the unexpected.” — B. H. Liddell Hart, 1950 Early 19th century Prussian general and philosopher Carl von Clausewitz identified “Der Schlag,” or “the punch,” as…...

Thursday, February 08, 2018

DR. GARY S. SMITH: FAITH AND THE NFL

After the Philadelphia Eagles’ thrilling victory over the New England Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl, faith was front and center. In response to being awarded the Lombardi Trophy at…...

Monday, January 29, 2018

DR. JAMES THRASHER: COLLEGE IS ABOUT MORE THAN SIMPLY GETTING A JOB

I recently spoke with a college-bound student and his mother in my career services office. These types of meetings have significantly increased in the last few years as families want…...

Thursday, January 25, 2018

DR. MARK HENDRICK: TRUMPS FIRST-YEAR ECONOMIC RECORD

In an article written 10 days after President Donald Trump’s election victory, I commented on the drop in the price of gold, which was mirrored by a spike in the…...

Monday, January 22, 2018

DR. EARL TILFORD: NORTH KOREA - AVOID A NEEDLESS WAR

“To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” —Sun Tzu The recent bogus Hawaiian nuclear alert puts the smoldering crisis with North Korea in perspective. Although most…...

Friday, January 19, 2018

DR. PAUL KENGOR: WINSTON CHURCHILL’S DARKEST HOUR

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. Last Saturday I dropped off my two oldest sons and their friend at the theatre. I…...

Friday, January 05, 2018

DR. GARY WELTON: THE POLITICAL INTRIGUE OF 1968 - FIFTY YEARS AND COUNTING

My political interests were sparked at age 11, half a century ago, during one of the most interesting campaign seasons in recent American history. In my home we had neither…...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

DR. BRIAN DELLINGER: NO NEUTRAL GROUND - THE PROBLEM OF NET NEUTRALITY

On November 21, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to revisit its Obama-era internet regulations. It seems likely that the resulting vote will repeal the policies often referred to as…...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

DR. JOHN SPARKS: FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FORCED UNION PAYMENTS: JANUS V. AFSCME

Unions have been on the decline since 1954—which was their high point in membership as a percentage of the workforce. Today, unions represent a paltry 6.4 % of private sector…...

Monday, December 18, 2017

RICHARD D. KOCUR: JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

While the Republican Congress remains paralyzed over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, recent activity among two of the healthcare industry’s largest players could signal a new approach to delivering…...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: REMEMBERING FIDEL CASTRO’S DEATH

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This past week marked the anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro, our hemisphere’s worst dictator…...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DR. GARY S. SMITH: CELEBRATING UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY

The celebration of United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day on November 20 should prompt us to consider the plight of the world’s children and commit ourselves to working to give them…...

Friday, November 03, 2017

RICHARD D. KOCUR: DO NO HARM - WHAT WOULD HIPPOCRATES THINK?

A core tenant of the pledge taken by all physicians is their promise first and foremost to do no harm. A physician’s vow to care for patients in a manner…...

Friday, October 27, 2017

DR. JOHN SPARKS: COLORADO’S “HALF-BAKED” DECISION

Who would have guessed that the religious liberty and free-speech rights of Americans would be tested in a dispute over the baking of a wedding cake? A case will be…...

Monday, October 16, 2017

DR. GEORGE VAN PELT CAMPBELL: THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT: WHY I SIGNED

The Nashville Statement is a recent document addressing contemporary issues of sexuality and affirming traditional Christian views. It has been signed by a significant number of Christian leaders. Unfortunately, as…...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES: COMMUNISM “MADE LIFE BETTER” FOR CHINESE WOMEN

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. I recently wrote about a shocking piece in the New York Times peddling a line we literally…...

Monday, September 25, 2017

MARLON “BIG DOG” BROWN: A STORY OF HOPE AND REDEMPTION

I recently had the privilege of sharing two meals with Marlon “Big Dog” Brown and hearing him tell his life story and describe his work in Memphis, Tennessee. At 6…...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: FORGOTTEN CONSERVATIVE: REMEMBERING GEORGE SCHUYLER

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. It was 40 years ago, August 31, 1977, that George Schuyler died. He has been largely forgotten,…...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

RICHARD KUCOR: AMERICA’S CHARLIE GARD? THINK AGAIN…THE VALUE OF FREE-MARKET HEALTHCARE

In late July, Charlie Gard, the baby stricken with the rare and typically fatal genetic disorder known as Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, died. Charlie was at the center of a…...

Monday, August 14, 2017

DR. DAVID HOGSETTE: RELEVANCE OF THE 2009 MANHATTAN DECLARATION

The public square is a hostile environment of competing identity politics. However, not all identities are treated equally. Those adhering to Christian orthodoxy do not enjoy the same respect, dignity,…...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DR. MARK HENDRICK: THE “SUMMER OF LOVE” - A HALF-CENTURY LATER

For the baby-boomer generation (or at least the counterculture segment within it) the summer of 1967 became known as The Summer of Love. Actually, most of us boomers never experienced…...

Monday, August 07, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: RONALD REAGAN AND KAROL WOJTYLA - FREEDOM FIGHTERS 1976

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Stream.org. Cardinal Karol Wojtyła arrived in the United States for a six-week visit in the summer of 1976. The Polish cardinal came to…...

Thursday, August 03, 2017

DR. CALEB FULLER: PRUVACY AT WHAT PRICE?

In a tale of questionable historical validity, the British colonial government in early 20th century India found itself confronting a fearsome pest: cobras. Though natives had long since adjusted to…...

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