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The adolescent president

Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his disapproval by calling it, for the benefit of his ...

How America loses its soul

Every once in a while, something grabs your attention and makes you shake your head. “Is nothing sacred?”

On climate, business as usual

The world’s predicament on climate change reminds me of an old saying: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”

The zealots win again

The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.

Baseball’s sacred temple

Call it a character defect, but I don’t like baseball. And I especially don’t like the Chicago Cubs — losers I never found lovable.

Understanding our divisions

In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty.

Tax reform is a first step

George Washington, my home state’s namesake, knew something about fiscal policy — though he didn’t use that term.
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Some people can’t take a joke

In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show,” CBS has waged war on America’s heartland — or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh.

Thought police on patrol

Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy.

A recourse to budgetary inaction

PHOENIX — From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other states’ legislatures. It would use the Constitution’s Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution’s Framers thought their document guaranteed.

The business of black America

The National Urban League’s 2014 report on the state of black America released a torrent of negative assessments. “Dismal and getting worse,” read one headline. “Blacks behind whites, Latinos in job market, report says,” read another.

Share the full torture report

Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.