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Brennan: Nation may miss Arctic opportunity

By Tom Brennan | The Northwest Passage is in the news again — or it would be if Washington understood what’s at stake in the Arctic these days. One important indicator that our national leaders are on the ball will be whether the Port of Nome is excavated to a depth sufficient to handle the […]

Olson: ‘Marsy’s Law’ – The push to constitutionalize crime victims’ rights

By Walter Olson | A determined national campaign has resulted in the enactment in California, Ohio, Illinois, and several other states of state constitutional amendments promoted as a bill of rights for crime victims, often known as “Marsy’s Law” after a murder victim whose brother has backed the campaign. In addition to spreading the idea […]

Pruden: That’s Hillary Clinton’s angry ghost stalking the election of 2020

By Wesley Pruden | The Democrats have given up electing a president next year. What else could explain the party’s obsession with the election of four years ago? Hillary Clinton lost, and they can’t let it go. Jerry Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee continue to pursue Attorney General William Barr, their surrogate target for […]

Elder: Trump’s ‘infrastructure’ plan versus Obama’s ‘stimulus’ – What’s the difference?

By Larry Elder | What’s the difference between the $2 trillion “infrastructure” plan that Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and President Donald Trump have reportedly agreed to and then-President Barack Obama’s so-called economic “stimulus”? Apart from the fact that the Schumer-Trump proposal is double the Obama price tag, the answer is: very little. Economist Milton Friedman […]

Williams: Discrimination and disparities II

By Walter E. Williams | Last week’s column discussed Dr. Thomas Sowell’s newest book “Discrimination and Disparities,” which is an enlarged and revised edition of an earlier version. In this review, I am going to focus on one of his richest chapters titled “Social Visions and Human Consequences.” Sowell challenges the seemingly invincible fallacy “that […]

Pruden: A fever subsides, leaving Dems to focus on 2016

By Wesley Pruden | Nancy Pelosi seems to be getting her wish. Mrs. Pelosi’s tutorials to her “girls gone wild,” about how the world works and in particular how the world of Washington works, may be having an effect. The tutorial requires a lot of remedial readin,’ writin’ and ‘rithmetic. The impeachment fever is clearly […]

Carpenter: Washington’s woeful Maduro miscalculation

By Ted Galen Carpenter | When Washington recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful president, Trump administration officials clearly hoped that incumbent Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power would not last long. There were reasons for such optimism. The socialist regime’s corruption and grotesque economic mismanagement had reached crisis levels. Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, had […]

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