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Punishment ‘equality’ flunks reason

By Walter Williams
George Leef, director of research for the North Carolina-based John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, authored a Forbes op-ed titled “Obama Administration Takes Groupthink To Absurd Lengths.” The subtitle: “School Discipline Rates Must Be ‘Proportionate’” (http://tinyurl.com/mxnlg9h). Let’s examine …

Sourcing those anti-ACA ads

By Byron York
Some conservative political groups have run into trouble making ads that criticize ObamaCare. The ads were intended to showcase “horror stories” from the Democrats’ national health care overhaul but instead attracted zealous fact-checking and ferocious push back from media outlets …

Enforcing Islamic law at Brandeis

By Diana West
When Brandeis University withdrew an honorary degree for Ayaan Hirsi Ali after a student-professor firestorm branded her an “Islamophobe,” the campus in effect declared itself an outpost of Islamic law, American-style. Officially, Brandeis is now a place where critics of …

No ‘moral dimension’ in Ukraine

By Pat Buchanan
When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” the phrase reflected his conviction that while the East-West struggle was indeed a global conflict, it had a deep moral dimension. If Americans did not see the Cold War as …

Another Bloomberg bust

By Katie Pavlich
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proving he knows that definition quite well. Bloomberg announced this week his $50 million …

Picky, picky, picky? No, serious

By Jay Ambrose
Pat Paulsen was a hoot. The comedian, who appeared on “The Smothers Brothers” TV show in the late 1960s, also was a perennial presidential candidate, getting loud laughs by being just a tad more evasive, ludicrous and shallow than the …

Highmark vs. UPMC: Stop frightening seniors

By Amy Noone Frederick
Boomers are entering what are supposed to be our golden years, the part of our lives where we should be able to kick back and relax. Yet at every turn, the government is taking more from us, filling us with …

Dead (& dying) ideologies

By Pat Buchanan
On our TV talk shows and op-ed pages and in our think tanks, there is rising alarm over events abroad. And President Obama is widely blamed for the perceived decline in worldwide respect for the United States. Yet, still, one …

Don’t expand state Medicaid — reform it

By Matthew Glans
Medicaid expansion is an expensive endeavor that studies show does not provide better or more-affordable health care. Many of the plans Pennsylvania legislators are considering would use federal dollars to expand the state’s Medicaid program to more people, creating new …

Pro-business or pro-market?

By Jonah Goldberg
For years, Republicans benefited from economic growth. So did pretty much everyone else, of course. Politically, when the economy is booming — or merely improving at a satisfactory clip — the distinction between being pro-business and pro-market is blurry. The …

Is a selfie more objectionable than school stabbings?

By Tribune-Review
When something awful happens, it is easier not to stare directly at it. Instead, we focus on the things around the edges. What did the neighbors hear? How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln? And these days, those edges include what …

Rise of Obama’s genderhawks

By Michelle Malkin
I have created a new designation for female Democrats who play hypocritical gender politics on behalf of Barack Obama. They’re genderhawks. You remember the term “chickenhawk,” don’t you? During the George W. Bush years, anti-war activists and journalists hurled the …

Exclusive to the Trib: The takeaway from the languishing Middle East peace process

By John Bolton
Barack Obama has announced a “pause” for a “reality check” in his Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, although no one is really deceived by this euphemism. His “peace …

An agenda for the IMF

By Lawrence Summers
The unfortunate reality is that the medium-term prospects for the global economy have not been so problematic for a long time. In its current World …

Another Obama/Kerry foreign policy embarrassement

By Richard W. Carlson
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry once again have embarrassed themselves and America by what can be fairly called the Muddle East peace talks. The Palestinians have long been playing a shifty poker game with the United …

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 …

McCutcheon v. FEC: Exposing a halo for selfishness

By Thomas Sowell
The recent Supreme Court decision overruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left. That is what …

Psst! John! They’re our friends

By Tribune-Review
LOSER. John Kerry The secretary of State seems to have forgotten that Israel is a U.S. ally. Kerry drew a sharp rebuke on Wednesday from an Israeli official who said he was “deeply disappointed” by Kerry blaming Israel for the …

Verbatim

By Tribune-Review
“Under Obama, median household income has plummeted. Electricity prices have skyrocketed. The poverty rate has jumped to 16.1 percent. The income inequality gap has widened. Labor force participation has dropped. ... But never mind all that — the president wants …

Taxing away life

By John Stossel
It’s tax time. I’m too scared to do my taxes. I’m sure I’ll get something wrong and my enemies in government will persecute — no, …