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Sowell: Local or national elections?

By Thomas Sowell Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” That may have been true in Tip O’Neill’s day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the Congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely […]

Pruden: Ben Bradlee and the end of a rowdy era

By Wesley Pruden The obituaries for Ben Bradlee, who died this week age 93, invariably described him as “the legendary editor” of The Washington Post. That was careless language. Ben was not “legendary” at all. He was very real, as the Watergate defendants learned to their chagrin and sorrow. His death put finis to a […]

Sowell: Predatory journalism

By Thomas Sowell The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending.” Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking — or lack of thinking — the answer […]

Williams: Embarrassing economists

By Walter E. Williams So as to give some perspective, I’m going to ask readers for their guesses about human behavior before explaining my embarrassment by some of my fellow economists. Suppose the prices of ladies jewelry rose by 100 percent. What would you predict would happen to sales? What about a 25 or 50 […]

Pruden: It was a dark and stormy Democratic night

By Wesley Pruden This is the week the political world, like the worm, begins to turn. The polls, the hunches, the guesses and the vibes that only junkies feel all say it’s a Republican year and Harry Reid will soon take a seat on the back bench. Some of the crucial races for control of […]

Jenkins: Legislature, not voters, should craft pot laws

By Paul Jenkins ANCHORAGE – The initiative process in Alaska is a playground for Outside bamboozlers and monied special interests that want, even need, to dodge the give and take — the vetting, the debate, the political free-for-all of the legislative process to get their way. Despite the progressive malarkey and populist romanticism of having […]

Brennan: State road-building priorities are wrong

By Tom Brennan Believe it or not, there is no line of cars with honking horns waiting for the Knik Arm Crossing to be built. You might think drivers were clamoring for the project based on the priority given by our state leaders to the billion-dollar crossing and the more than $130 million in state […]

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