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Michael Barone

MICHAEL BARONE: Democrats Yelp as Trump Upholds Constitution

Donald Trump is criticized, often justly, for misstatements of facts and failure to understand the details of public policy. But in two of his most recent controversial actions, he has taken stands upholding the rule of law and undoing the lawless behavior of his most recent predecessor. The ...

Michelle Malkin

MICHELLE MALKIN: Beware the rape allegation bandwagon

''#MeToo'' is the social media meme of the moment. In a 24-hour period, the phrase was tweeted nearly a half million times and posted on Facebook 12 million times. Spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of Hollyweird's Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, women have flooded ...

EDITORIAL: License journalists? We hope Indiana lawmaker isn’t serious

An Indiana lawmaker knows how to make a point. But we, along with many others, are appalled at the bill he drafted that would require professional journalists to be licensed by state police. “Everybody should be appalled (by the bill),” Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) said in an interview aired ...

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BEN SHAPIRO: ‘Raising awareness’ isn’t helping much

"Awareness must be raised." "A spotlight must be brought to this crucial issue." "We must all think about our own culpability." These tired nostrums are repeatedly deployed in our politics to explain why someone complains about a broad problem or tells a specific story of victimization ...

Michael Hicks, director of the Bureau of Business Research at Ball State University

MICHAEL HICKS: The lessons of GDP data

The Department of Commerce recently released data on gross domestic product (GDP) for metropolitan areas. This is an important snapshot of regional economics, because the GDP is the broadest measure of economic activity. GDP is the measure of the value of all the goods and services produced in ...

Michael Barone

MICHAEL BARONE: Today’s Turn-of-the-Century Problems

Is America in a new Gilded Age? That's the contention of Republican political consultant Bruce Mehlman, and in a series of 35 slides, he makes a strong case. In many ways, problems facing America today resemble those facing what we still call "turn-of-the-century" America, the 1890s to the ...

GUEST COLUMN: Believing reason behind NFL kneeling doesn’t make it so

I watched the NFL games the last several weekends, but I am also a fan of Mahatma Gandhi. He said, “Truth hurts no cause that is just,” and, certainly, getting rid of racial hatred and racial injustice is a good cause. It is especially urgent if agents of the state, for instance, the ...

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DAVE RAMSEY: Should I buy a vacation home and rent it?

Dear Dave, What is your opinion of buying a vacation home, then renting it out when you're not there? — J.P. Dear J.P., I see nothing wrong with it, as long as you're buying with cash and you're also debt-free. A vacation home is a wonderful "extra" as you start building wealth. Remember, ...

Walter E. Williams

WALTER E. WILLIAMS: Who pays what in taxes?

Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation. Today some politicians argue that the rich must pay their fair share and label the proposed changes in tax law as tax cuts for the rich. Let's look at who ...

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BETTY STEIN: ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ researches Osage murders

Three really intriguing books this time — and a warning that the next column will be a quiz. Enjoy! The first book is “Killers of the Flower Moon; The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” It’s by David Grann, who did a phenomenal job of research and put together a picture of an ...

EDITORIAL: South Bend should resist new abortion clinic

The gains that have been made in the pro-life movement in Indiana are continually under attack and under the onslaught of countermeasures to turn the tide back to killing more babies. An application has reportedly been made by an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit to open an abortion facility in ...

A rescue worker carries 18-month-old Jessica McClure in this Oct.16, 1987 photo shortly after she was rescued from an abandoned water well in Midland,Texas.
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THE LAST WORD: 30 years later, Baby Jessica says her life is a miracle

It was 30 years ago today, Oct. 14, 1987, when 18-month-old Jessica McClure fell down an 8-inch-diameter well shaft in Midland, Texas, in her aunt’s backyard. That was the beginning of 58 hours of continuous news coverage and the rapt attention of the entire nation. “Baby Jessica,” as ...

ERICK ERICKSON: A Cultural Cold War Gets Warmer

This past week, in an update to its style guide, the Associated Press decided to declare the transgender debate settled, despite a growing body of scientific research showing it really is a mental issue. The AP will now reject such phrases as "gender transitioning" and go with "gender ...

JOHAN GOLDBERG: GOP hog-tied by a divided Senate

Why can't we have nice things? That's the question, if not exactly the phrasing, so many conservatives are asking these days. Despite controlling the White House and both branches of Congress, the GOP can't get much done. Oh, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

Michelle Malkin

MICHELLE MALKIN: Obama lied. My FOURTH health care plan died

Cue the funeral bagpipes. My fourth health insurance plan is dead. Two weeks ago, my husband and I received yet another cancellation notice for our private, individual health insurance coverage. It’s our fourth Obamacare-induced obituary in four years. Our first death notice, from Anthem ...

Kudlow

LAWRENCE KUDLOW: Kevin Hassett spanks the tax policy center

President Trump's new chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin Hassett, walked into the lion's den last week with his first official speech. He used the moment to pound the leftist Tax Policy Center. It was a wonderful sight. When Hassett wasn't pounding the TPC, he was spanking ...

BETSY MCCAUGHEY: Dems vs. the facts

President Trump has unveiled a tax plan to ignite economic growth and simplify the tax filing ordeal. Sadly, top Democrats are responding with divisive rhetoric and lies. Senator Chuck Schumer dismisses the plan as "wealth-fare." House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls the plan "giveaways ...

EDITORIAL: IU to address ‘Grand Challenge’ of Opioids

People who live in Indiana are more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car crash. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that more than 90 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. And Indiana’s problem is particularly acute. It is one of four states where ...