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For Once, Debate the Big Issues

November 4, 2011 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential candidates, their sinews stiffened and their blood summoned up, may rightly dread Wednesday's version of what are inexplicably called debates.

Diversity's Compulsory Conformity

November 1, 2011 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Illustrating an intellectual confusion common on campuses, Vanderbilt University says: To ensure "diversity of thought and opinion" we require certain student groups, including five religious ones, to conform to the university's policy that forbids the groups from protecting their characteristics that contribute to diversity.

The Pretzel Candidate

October 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential dynamic -- various candidates rise and recede; Mitt Romney remains at about 25 percent support -- is peculiar because conservatives correctly believe it is important to defeat Barack Obama but unimportant that Romney be president. This is not cognitive dissonance.

Drowning in a River of Words

October 25, 2011 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- You step onto an airport's moving walkway, a flat metal conveyor belt that conveys travelers down an airport concourse, sparing them the indignity of burning a few calories by walking a bit.

Aiming to Close a Chapter in Indiana's History

October 23, 2011 - 6:00pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- Richard Mourdock, a Republican and Indiana's treasurer, wants to wrest his party's U.S. Senate nomination from a six-term incumbent who has been a national figure since becoming mayor of this city in 1968 at age 35, who has averaged 69 percent of the vote in five re-elections, and who ran unopposed by a Democrat in 2006.

A Republic, Guaranteed

October 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

"The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government ..."
-- U.S. Constitution

Calling for a Mulligan

October 11, 2011 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The tea party's splendid successes, which have altered the nation's political vocabulary and agenda, have inspired a countermovement -- Occupy Wall Street.

Subverting the Electoral College

October 7, 2011 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Republicans supposedly revere the Constitution, but in its birthplace, Pennsylvania, they are contemplating a subversion of the Framers' institutional architecture.

Liberalism's Collectivist Agenda

October 4, 2011 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren, Harvard law professor and former Obama administration regulator (for consumer protection), is modern liberalism incarnate.

Federalism, Coerced

October 2, 2011 - 6:00pm

Obama Gives States a Voice In 'No Child'
-- New York Times, Sept. 24

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