Reviewing some recent highs and lows in the news...
The bill proscribing partial-birth abortions threw off lights, intended and not intended. There was the decision by the White House to give the signing of the new law maximum attention. Accordingly, leading lights in the pro-life legions were there to witness the act.
The former producer, copy editor and writer for Fox News was angered when Chris Wallace, just hired to anchor Fox News Sunday, told The Washington Post that Fox’s “reporting is serious, thoughtful and evenhanded. . . . If they wanted someone to push a political agenda, they wouldn’t have hired me.”
Since cotton is a water-intensive crop, the middle of a desert seemed a strange place to grow it. Similar oddities can be observed in other arid areas of the country where the federal government provides farmers with irrigation water at prices far below the cost of supplying it.
As the U.S. definitely emerges from its tenth postwar recession, Republicans and Democrats are essentially arguing the same question: did Mr. Bush's policies make it better or worse? Next year, voters will decide. A better understanding of the Great Depression and New Deal may help them do so.
Across America, people who love Ronald Reagan and appreciate the mountains he moved as our leader for eight years sent out a blitz of e-mails, phone calls and petitions protesting CBS's plan to air "The Reagans," a vicious, dishonest piece of "researched" character assassination.
There has been a lot of talk recently about international law and custom seeping into American constitutional law. Alarmingly, this dangerous idea hasn't just come from pointy-headed academics but from our United States Supreme Court justices.
As someone who has followed the partial-birth abortion controversy for 10 years, I was gratified to see President Bush sign legislation banning the procedure. Congress has twice before passed similar legislation, but President Clinton vetoed them both times.
It was a beautiful moment. It produced at the very next Democratic debate the perfect liberal storm: a comedy of class snobbery, regional condescension and political correctness, with a touch of race-baiting thrown in for good measure.
Comments on various items currently in the news, with telling quotes...
The flat tax is making a comeback. After being banished to the political wilderness after Steve Forbes made it the central issue of his losing campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 1996, interest is perking up again. One of the Democrats running for president could do himself (or herself) a lot of good by picking it up.
William Wilberforce's fight to ban slavery suffered defeat after defeat before the final triumph. Find out about triumph after defeat in the fight to ban abortion.
According to a poll conducted by the European Union, a majority of Europeans see Israel as the chief threat to world peace. And, in a sense, they're right.
CBS executives seem to have come to their senses, and none too soon. The network's last-minute decision not to air the controversial, four-hour TV movie "The Reagans" means I won't have to join millions of other conservatives in boycotting CBS programming.
When I talk to friends who live "out there in the real world," inevitably they end up asking me how I like driving "in all that traffic." My family moved to the Washington, D.C., area this past January from Richmond, Va., and such a move still mystifies a lot of people I know. The truth is, I love my daily commute from Arlington to the heart of our nation's capital.
As stereotypes go, few ignite the emotions as reliably as the Southern Pickup Truck With Confederate Flag. Just ask Dr. Howard Dean.
It's funny how many San Franciscans opposed the gubernatorial recall election because, they agued, it made California a national laughingstock. I guess they haven't noticed: San Francisco is worse than a laughingstock; it is the stuff of tourists' homeless horror stories, a city where residents equate Market Street with squalor.
Most Americans assume that the election of the House of Representatives is based fairly on the geographic distribution of our population.
You can't buy, sell or trade GDP, but this week's report of a barnburner 7.2 percent rise in gross domestic product is very significant. It informs us of the likelihood of a true recovery boom -- call it the Bush boom -- in the months and quarters ahead.
In the wake of three U.S. diplomats losing their lives in a terrorist attack on their convoy in the Gaza Strip, Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered powerful remarks, in which he condemned the “heinous acts” and pledged to bring “the murderers to justice.”
A reporter for The New York Times discovered a strange thing — on all of these human rights initiatives, evangelicals seemed to be in the vanguard of support. So the Times ran a front-page story last week on how evangelicals worked with the White House for these momentous human rights advances.
Justice Brown's track record is impeccable. Nonetheless, the Democrats have dug in their heels in opposition. Unable to criticize Justice Brown's professional conduct, the Democrats have taken to attacking her through a series of reductive and increasingly racist smears.
Let me offer my Democratic friends some friendly advice: They will never win the presidency or regain control of the Congress by campaigning to raise taxes, tariffs and special-interest subsidies while opposing a foreign policy that seeks to expand liberal democracy in the Middle East and throughout the Muslim world.