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Going fuzzy on Cuba

By Charles Lane
The U.S. embargo on Cuba — or what’s left of it after President Obama’s dramatic Cuba policy announcement — might be a futile gesture. But it is, or was, not an empty gesture. It put the United States firmly on ...

Verbatim

By Tribune-Review
“The American collapse with respect to Cuba will have repercussions in the Middle East and elsewhere — in Asia, for the nations facing a rising China, and in Europe, for those near Putin’s newly aggressive Russia. What are American guarantees ...

Jonathan Gruber should have been Time’s Person of the Year

By Jonah Goldberg
Jonathan Gruber should have been Time’s Person of the Year. The magazine gave it to the “Ebola Fighters” instead. Good for them; they’re doing God’s ...

Great gifts for readers

By Thomas Sowell
One of the ways to make Christmas shopping less stressful is to give books as presents. There is a good crop of new books to ...

In Thailand, a complimentary view of America

By Ian Campbell
BANGKOK, Thailand Nived Churnun works as an education consultant here. When asked what his thoughts of America were, three words sprang to his mind — ...

LETTERS HOME ...

By Tribune-Review
Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons? Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words? The world’s a big place. Bring it home with Letters ...

The Great School Lunch War

By Abby W. Schachter
President Obama might deserve the cold shoulder from his wife for supporting the $1.1 trillion budget bill because it contains (among other things) a release ...

Governing vs. giving

By Tribune-Review
It’s the season for giving. But that doesn’t mean it’s the season for government. Government creates loyalty in the minds of citizens by pretending to be Santa Claus, doling out gifts and favors. Politicians claim they help those unfortunates who ...

We all were rooting for the anaconda

By Carl Hiaasen
A divided nation has finally united, if only for a while. Everywhere you go, Americans are speaking out in a singular chorus of indignation and ...

Christmas is ...

By Tribune-Review
WINNERS. George and Gloria Witherow The Smyrna, Tenn., couple annually begin decorating their home for Christmas in September. By December, they have adorned it with more than 50 themed trees. The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro, Tenn., reported that the master ...

A rape tale too tall

By Richard W. Carlson
The recent Rolling Stone article about the gang rape of the pseudonymic “Jackie” at the University of Virginia has exploded into a dozen or more media pieces laying bare the inconsistencies of both the author and the victim. The left-wing ...

Obama’s dangerous legacy

By Byron York
Now that the 2014 elections are over and national politics is all about 2016, Democrats have good reason to worry that, for all his success at the polls, President Obama will leave his party with a toxic legacy. The Obama ...

Moving on

By Diana West
After some 15 years of newspaper syndication, this column is the end of the line. I am not ceasing to write, of course. All of my columns, essays and posts will continue to appear at my website, dianawest.net, and elsewhere. ...

‘Asset forfeiture’ & outright greed

By Jesse Hathaway
Actor and director Mel Brooks once famously observed, “It’s good to be the king,” but it’s also very profitable to be the lawman. In 1984, Congress passed the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, permitting local and national law-enforcement agencies to share ...

Obama throws a rope to Fidel

By Pat Buchanan
The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami tell you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro’s Cuba. In JFK’s metaphor, President Obama traded a horse for a rabbit. We got back Alan Gross ...

A customer’s Comcast grudge

By Peter Funt
A diverse group including concerned parents, sports fans and even the Writers Guild of America is fighting the proposed merger of media monoliths Time Warner and Comcast. The effort is spearheaded by the nonprofit organization Public Knowledge, which claims the ...

Obama’s Cuba move

By Katie Pavlich
President Obama announced Wednesday that under his unilateral direction, the United States immediately will move to “normalize” its relationship with oppressive communist Cuba. For the first time in decades, a U.S. president made a direct phone call to the Castro ...

Should profiling be banned?

By Walter Williams
Last week, the Obama administration announced new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement. Before deciding whether this is good or bad policy, we might try to develop a description/definition of profiling. A good definition of profiling in general ...

The rise of Putinism

By Pat Buchanan
“Abe tightens grip on power as Japanese shun election.” So ran the headline of the Financial Times on the victory of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sunday’s elections. Abe is the most nationalistic leader of postwar Japan. He is rebooting ...

Universities need more conservatives

By Jay Ambrose
The leftists are coming, the leftists are coming. No, wait. They are already here, not least of all in our universities, where they coexist with postmodernists but very few conservatives. Phooey on diversity, they say, and then they do extreme things ...