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Free speech can be shield or a sword, as Cosby furor shows

By Gene Policinski
Bill Cosby’s career has been deeply rooted in the possibilities and protections provided by freedom of speech. The legendary comedian and actor’s career began with landmark comedy routines in which he tackled sensitive racial subjects. He was the first black ...

Hagel didn’t start the fire

By Pat Buchanan
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been fired. John McCain said Hagel “was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put us into the incredible debacle that we’re in ...

Goal of political process is not to create a government that works

By Scott Rasmussen
The New York Times recently ran an op-ed column calling for the end of midterm elections. Since the column was posted on the eve of a midterm election leading to record Republican gains, many readers presumably just rolled their eyes ...

Blatant misuse of union dues

By David R. Osborne
If someone used your name on an election mailer without your consent, you’d probably feel betrayed. But what if that mailer was sent to your spouse, lied about who you were voting for and made you pay for it all? ...

Obama’s next mass pardon

By Michelle Malkin
President Obama has shown his “compassion” by granting amnesty to up to 5 million illegal aliens through an imperial executive order. As for the vast, untold number of law-abiding citizens whose identities have been stolen by foreign lawbreakers, two words: ...

Giving thanks can be a challenge

By Gary Welton
Christian psychologist David Myers, in his writing and speaking about happiness, has suggested that long-term human happiness is not particularly dependent on our wealth or ...

Clues to Chief Justice John Roberts’ thinking on new ObamaCare case

By Richard L. Hasen
The Supreme Court’s surprising decision to hear a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act once again has focused attention on Chief Justice John Roberts, ...

Verbatim

By Tribune-Review
“The progressive ‘clerisy’ and their developer allies may wish to destroy the suburban dream, but they will not be able to stay in office for long with such attitudes. America remains, and likely will remain, a predominantly suburban nation for ...

Hillary Clinton has myriad problems; age isn’t one of them

By Steve Chapman
There are good reasons to vote against Hillary Clinton. She’s an unreformed hawk, a true believer in big government and a tedious speaker. During her ...

U.S. keeps rationalizing Putin

By Fred Hiatt
If someone had told you last fall that Russia would soon invade a neighboring country, annex part of it and occupy another chunk, you might ...

Are Czechs giving up on moral responsibility?

By Carl Gershman
Monday last marked the 25th anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. To mark the occasion, a bust of Václav Havel, the leader of that revolution, Czechoslovakia’s first post-Communist president and one of the most significant intellectual ...

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 ...

A Keystone copout for liberals

By Charles Lane
Building the Keystone XL pipeline, to speed the flow of crude from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas, would be “game over for the ...

Control freaks in government

By John Stossel
Control freaks want to run your life. They call themselves “public servants.” But whether student council president, environmental bureaucrat or member of Congress, most believe they know how to run your life better than you do. Economist Matthew Mitchell of ...

How Democrats can unclamp the economy

By Harold Meyerson
A bit belatedly, Democrats have detected a deficiency in their 2014 midterm campaigns: They didn’t really have an economic message. Turnout collapsed among the voters ...

Lien on me ...

By Tribune-Review
LOSER. The Rev. Al Sharpton The New York Times found that Sharpton, one of President Obama’s confidants and an MSNBC host, has more than $4.5 million in tax liens against him and his businesses. Sharpton also often doesn’t pay hotels and ...

Ignoring expired ‘mandate’

By Byron York
President Obama did something extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, in his news conference immediately after the midterm elections: He claimed a mandate on behalf of voters who didn’t vote. “To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you,” ...

Wrong venue for Islamic prayers

By Diana West
There are several ways to see the National Cathedral’s decision to host Islamic Friday prayers recently. First, the facts. The service was the brainchild of the Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell, the Episcopal cathedral’s director of liturgy, and South African ...

The feminist freakout over ‘Shirtstorm’

By Jonah Goldberg
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime. It essentially moved a clunky machine from one speeding bullet onto another, by remote control, from 310 million miles away. It’s hoped ...

Obama transforms America

By Pat Buchanan
Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to up to 5 million illegal aliens. He will order the U.S. government not to enforce the law ...