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CAL THOMAS: The race to riot on college campuses

OPINION: How about blaming the spoiled fruit of liberalism?

College campuses are again in turmoil. According to The New York Times, “Racist, sexist and anti-Semitic incidents on and near college campuses from Dartmouth to Wisconsin to Stanford this fall have provoked worries by education and civil rights leaders that such acts are on the increase.” That wasn’t a story in yesterday’s newspaper. That was a story in the Times edition of October 31, 1988.

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CAL THOMAS: Massacre in Paris

OPINION: ISIS has reached 'varsity' level

This is a generational war and it won’t be won with platitudes about how ISIS doesn’t represent true Islam.

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CAL THOMAS: Is Marco Rubio the one?

OPINION: Rubio may be the Republican the Democrats most fear

We are moving beyond the “who won” stage in these Republican debates into the “who would you be most comfortable with as president” and “who is best equipped to defeat Hillary Clinton?” The answer to both questions seems to be Sen. Marco Rubio.

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CAL THOMAS: Once again, that 'vision thing'

OPINION: New House Speaker Paul Ryan accuses fellow Republicans of lack of vision

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s visionary approach won’t be risky if he demonstrates how Republican ideas have solved problems.

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CAL THOMAS: Doing for yourself

OPINION: What keeps most of the poor locked in poverty is propaganda from the left

Nowhere in the endless promises of Democratic presidential candidates is there a single word about whether more government spending will produce the promised outcomes.

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CAL THOMAS: The Democratic debate: There they go again

OPINION: Pundits judged Hillary Clinton the winner of the debate, but her competition was weak

Watching the Democratic candidates’ presidential debate Tuesday night one might think a Republican has been in the White House since 2009. These political Lilliputians could find little to say that was positive.

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CAL THOMAS: Uncovering the 'new' Hillary

OPINION: Clinton is taking a page from the Nixon playbook

Like Richard Nixon, whose handlers successfully fooled a majority of voters by trotting out a “new Nixon” after his election defeats in 1960 and 1962, Hillary Clinton is trying to change her public image with voters.

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CAL THOMAS: Candidates make taxing propositions

OPINION: When looking at taxes, look to Calvin Coolidge

While the tax plans of Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush include elements worth considering, these and other Republicans are starting at the wrong end. What they need to be focusing on is spending.

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CAL THOMAS: Ben Carson's warning

OPINION: We are at war with a radical ideology that wishes to destroy the West

Is it bigotry to quote what various Islamic leaders say are their intentions when it comes to establishing a worldwide caliphate and replacing the U.S. Constitution with Sharia Law, or is it a warning we should take seriously and respond to as we would react to any other invasion?

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CAL THOMAS: Bernie does Liberty University

OPINION: Bernie Sanders proposes higher taxes, free health care and free college

The central flaw in Bernie Sanders’ socialist philosophy is that by penalizing success, you get less of it, along with less wealth to tax.

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CAL THOMAS: Exchanging one country for another

OPINION: In the U.S., cries of 'racism' in the immigration debate have replaced sound reason

No nation, no continent, can survive uncontrolled immigration, especially when it involves people whose language, religion, culture and worldview differ — in some cases radically — from the countries to which they are migrating.

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CAL THOMAS: U.S., UK politics mirror images

OPINION: Often, only the accents are different

The decline in the number of congressional Democrats since 2009 provides an opportunity for Republicans to convince a majority of voters not to continue down the road that has led to decline and dysfunction at home and overseas.

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CAL THOMAS: Boot camp, not benefits

OPINION: Prime Minister Cameron is trying to end the cycle of welfare in Britain

Prime Minister David Cameron is moving quickly to fulfill his campaign promise to ensure welfare benefits are no longer a way of life for many of his fellow citizens. Beginning in April 2017, Britain will require jobless young people 18-21 who are collecting welfare to attend three-week “boot camps” to prepare them for work.

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CAL THOMAS: Fox debate: Unfair and unbalanced?

OPINION: 'Shame' was a word frequently used by critics

Liberals praising the Fox panel should encourage panelists at the Democratic debates to follow that network’s example and ask tough questions of those candidates, especially Hillary Clinton.

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CAL THOMAS: Obama keeps his promises on carbon

OPINION: The goal of the president to bankrupt the coal industry has never waned

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has refused to release the “secret science” her agency used when drafting the new regulations. This “most transparent administration in U.S. history” has now added to the secret side deals with Iran, secret scientific “evidence,” which may not be evidence at all.

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CAL THOMAS: Debates vs. debates

OPINION: Next week's GOP presidential candidates debate more likely to be collection of rehearsed sound bites

Next week, 10 Republican presidential candidates will gather on a stage in Cleveland, Ohio, behind podiums like “Jeopardy” contestants. With so many candidates having so little time, little useful information will be dispensed.

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CAL THOMAS: Earth to Kepler-452b

OPINION: NASA discovery could be the answer to all of our problems

The first step in boldly going where no one has gone before is to re-name the planet. Kepler-452b won’t do. How about Krypton?

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CAL THOMAS: Selling of baby parts should shock no one

OPINION: Video of Planned Parenthood exec draws strong reaction

The sting video included discussion centered on the sale of donated tissue from aborted fetuses. The reason no one should be shocked by any of this is because it is the inevitable outcome when moral boundaries are removed.

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THOMAS: Obama, you're no Ronald Reagan

At his press conference last Wednesday, our president of self-regard again linked himself with Ronald Reagan, seeking to equate his supposed success in gaining a deal with Iran not to build a nuclear weapon for 10 years to Reagan’s arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union.

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CAL THOMAS: Defining Hillary Clinton

OPINION: In a word, Hillary Clinton is boring

To employ a tennis term, Hillary Clinton has double-faulted. She is both uninspiring and uninteresting.

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THOMAS: There should be no sanctuary from the law

If politicians are so afraid of losing the Hispanic vote that they do nothing in response to the murder of Kathryn Steinle, they should be removed from office. The notion that Hispanics won’t vote for a party that stands for justice is racist.

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CAL THOMAS: Public trust in media sinking

OPINION: Only 24 percent of Americans think media reporting is unbiased

The downward trajectory of the public’s trust in media is not encouraging for those of us in what used to be considered, at least by those in it, an honorable profession, the only one mentioned in the Constitution, if you don’t count government as a profession.

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CAL THOMAS: Repeating myself on Iran nukes

OPINION: U.S. and Iran negotiators are repeating themselves, so why cant I?

I have yet to hear from a U.S. government official why anyone can trust an Iranian regime whose dictatorship kills its own people, conducts secret trials, and openly and proudly states its god wishes everyone who disagrees with its version of Islam eliminated from the planet.

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CAL THOMAS: The pope, the globe and the facts

OPINION: Many embarrassingly wrong predictions have been made about global warming

Pope Francis accepts as a matter of scientific doctrine that the Earth is warming and that humans are responsible for it. Yet near the end of the encyclical, he confesses that “the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics.” Which is it?

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CAL THOMAS: No more green and white

OPINION: A number of schools are changing to single-color robes for graduation ceremonies

In the age of Caitlyn Jenner, any effort to classify the sexes is becoming increasingly difficult, if not downright impossible.

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CAL THOMAS: The Wright stuff

OPINION: The values exemplified by the Wright brothers were once reflected in many levels of American culture

Not only is “The Wright Brothers” beautifully written in (David) McCullough’s familiar narrative style, it reminds Americans of what we once honored and promoted: vision, initiative, talent, genius, entrepreneurship, faith, even clean living.

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CAL THOMAS: No Memorial Day for inner-city dead

OPINION: Violence erupts in Democratic-run major cities

While Memorial Day weekend featured the traditional parades, barbecues and moments of silence at baseball games for those who gave their lives in wartime to preserve our freedoms, in some of America’s biggest cities virtual shooting galleries produced the sort of carnage more likely to be found in the Middle East from Islamic State terrorists.

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CAL THOMAS: The false god of politics

OPINION: Though false gods can't deliver, stupid people still act as if they can

Not worrying about paying for anything is classic liberalism. If they aren’t raising taxes, they are borrowing money from China to achieve their “vision,” though it’s more like a mirage.

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CAL THOMAS: What makes a 'journalist' an actual journalist?

OPINION: Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward

The rules of the road to journalistic success have changed dramatically, as has the definition of journalist. Today, one can self-identify as a journalist without any background or experience.

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CAL THOMAS: Baltimore's problem not rooted in police racism

OPINION: Failed liberal policies in Baltimore are the real culprit

It will come as no surprise if the Justice Department investigation concludes that the Baltimore Police Department is at fault because accusing the department of racism diverts attention from the city’s real problem: Baltimore, a laboratory for liberal policies, is a failed city that has shortchanged the poor for decades.

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CAL THOMAS: Unruly Britannia

OPINION: Prime Minister 'Question Time' refreshing

On Thursday, the three main candidates for prime minister — David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg — one by one appeared before an audience of voters at the Leeds Town Hall where for a half-hour voters asked them informed, pointed and detailed questions. The host, the BBC’s David Dimbleby, called for questions and occasionally followed up, but mostly voters drove the program

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CAL THOMAS: Until the court do us part?

OPINION: Should the Supreme Court re-define and force the states to accept a new definition of marriage?

If human history, tradition, the Bible, the Constitution and biology are to be ignored or re-defined, on what basis do courts say “no” to anything? If “equality” and “fairness” are the new standard, one might as well have no standard at all because such emotional appeals could justify any relationship or form of behavior.

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CAL THOMAS: Was sacrifice of Ramadi dead in vain?

OPINION: Remark by Gen. Dempsey a new low that leaves dead soldiers and memories of them behind

During the counterinsurgency campaign in Anbar province between April 2004 and September 2007, 1,335 Americans and nearly 9,000 Iraqis died in the battle for Fallujah and Ramadi. Perhaps Gen. Dempsey should have told them in advance that their sacrifice would not be worth it. Their lives might have been spared.

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CAL THOMAS: 'Little Boy' could be a classic modern film

OPINION: The film is set in a Southern California town during World War II

The film draws on themes embedded deep within America’s DNA, but scorned by much of modern culture: patriotism, freedom, faith, forgiveness and reconciliation.

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CAL THOMAS: Carly Fiorina, a woman of accomplishment

OPINION: Hillary Clinton may not become the first woman U.S. president

Carly Fiorina, for HP CEO, says that, unlike a male candidate, she could better take on Hillary Clinton: “No matter what that man says, she will play the gender card or the war on women card. She won’t be able to do that with me.”

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CAL THOMAS: Indiana and the culture wars

OPINION: Facts do not matter when the media and gay activists believe they can find an issue that stirs controversy

The uproar about Indiana’s law is political theater. It is also a trap set by the Left, which Republicans risk falling into.

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CAL THOMAS: A better 2016 agenda

OPINION: What the establishment and the left really dislike about Ted Cruz is that he paints in bold colors

Here’s some advice, not only for Sen. Ted Cruz, but for the other would-be presidential candidates: Instead of nonstop attacks on President Obama, adopt a positive and future-oriented agenda.

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CAL THOMAS: Sunshine Week should turn up the heat

OPINION: The Finance Stability Oversight Council could use some scrutiny

The Dodd-Frank Act exempts the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) from the Federal Advisory Committee Act, better known as the federal “open meetings” law, which is why the sun needs to shine in.

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CAL THOMAS: Selma plus 50

Solutions to the problems of black America are not a secret, but they must be taught at every level. They begin by allowing parents to choose where their children go to school.

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CAL THOMAS: Gov. Bobby Jindal for president?

OPINION: Louisiana governor is not the first on most lists of GOP presidential nominees

Maybe we should at least start paying attention to Gov. Bobby Jindal. If one’s political enemies are any indication of potential strength, Louisiana governor may be a more formidable force than some people realize.

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CAL THOMAS: Alert the media! It's snowing during the winter!

OPINION: Forecasters and politicians shout 'Snowmageddon!' at the drop of a snowflake

For those not buying into the cult of climate change, formerly known as “global warming,” the website is an excellent source for authoritative science and reporting that debunks the claims of climate alarmists.

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CAL THOMAS: What if it's true?

OPINION: The Christmas Story is either true or not

The claims made about the birth of Jesus leave no room for middle ground, despite what some theologians claim.

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CAL THOMAS: The rules of war need updating

OPINION: Are we fighting a war or competing for Miss Congeniality?

In Britain, the Army has issued new guidelines for interrogating suspected terrorists. They include no shouting, no banging of fists on tables and no “insulting words.” If Britain had employed those techniques during World War II, Hitler’s face might be on the British pound note, instead of the Queen’s.

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CAL THOMAS: British prime minister gets immigration right

OPINION: The immigration debate in Britain mirrors the one in the U.S. in many ways

Britain, by treaty, must accept immigrants from the European Union, but prime Minister David Cameron is proposing to deny certain welfare and other benefits to them for the first four years they are there.

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CAL THOMAS: Teaching hatred

OPINION: Palestinian leaders condemn Israeli murders, yet continue to teach hatred of Jews

The murder on Tuesday of five people and the serious wounding of several others while they were praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem is only the latest in a continuing pattern of violence and hatred directed against Israel and the Jewish people.

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CAL THOMAS: Who are you calling stupid?

OPINION: One Obamacare architect professes stupidity, deception needed for its passage

Jonathan Gruber is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who helped craft Obamacare. In a rare moment of unvarnished candor, Gruber told an audience last year at the University of Pennsylvania the law passed because of the “stupidity of the American voter.”

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CAL THOMAS: Iran nuke talks are devil's bargaining

OPINION: Ignoring Iranians' religious motivation has U.S. negotiators at a disadvantage

Given the Obama administration’s horrible record in the Middle East — treating Israel as an enemy and Islamic dictatorships as potential friends — things don’t look good for an agreement that will curtail or reverse Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

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CAL THOMAS: Jeb Bush -- Read my lips, part II

OPINION: Government does not undertax; it overspends

Republicans need to reject the notion that government needs more money and change the subject to the elimination of wasteful and unnecessary spending. Deep within our DNA remains a Puritan ethic of living within one’s means and not borrowing to pay for what we can’t afford.

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CAL THOMAS COLUMN: Houston pastors fight censorship challenge

OPINION: City Ordinance sparks controversy

Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the city of Houston and its openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination, discriminates against those of faith who oppose it.

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CAL THOMAS: We live in depressing times

OPINION: In the U.S. we are drowning in political commercials

The world appears to be falling apart and America resembles Humpty Dumpty after the fall, except we have no leaders to put it back together again.

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CAL THOMAS: Three points on non-action on gay marriage by the Supreme Court

OPINION: A growing number of people no longer accept biblical teaching

There are at least two problems with using a moral and biblical argument. One is: How do same-sex marriage opponents persuade people who don’t believe traditional marriage was God’s idea and should remain as He intended? The answer is they can’t. And so it becomes a political power play with one side quoting Scripture or history and the other side demanding “equality.” Whoever gets the most votes — at the ballot box or by judicial decision — wins.

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CAL THOMAS: ISIS, Ebola ... Americans can handle the truth

OPINION: Sometimes it seems the priority of our elected officials and experts is self-protection

Failure to tell the truth about a whole range of things has contributed to public distrust, even cynicism, about government.

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CAL THOMAS: Obama spreads blame around for rise of ISIS

OPINION: While willing to accept credit for success, the president spreads blame for failure

Evidence of the rise of ISIS was visible in the terrorist group’s conquering of Fallujah at the beginning of this year. Many in the intelligence community predicted ISIS would attempt to seize more Iraqi territory, which it has.

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THOMAS: Combating campus sexual assaults

College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. … One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.”

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CAL THOMAS: Mercenaries could solve boots-on-ground limitation

OPINION: A change in American thinking is needed in the war against the Islamic State

This war against a constantly shifting force of what is, despite denials by the president and Secretary of State John Kerry, a religious-political virus, is likely to last years, perhaps decades.

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CAL THOMAS: Why do Americans hate America?

OPINION: Many Americans have forgotten what it means to be an American

Since the turbulent ’60s, some Americans have chosen to ignore, even oppose, values taught to their forebears. These tenets begin with personal responsibility and accountability, hard work, capitalism, self-reliance, faith in God and patriotism.

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CAL THOMAS: With Clinton, where is the substance?

OPINION: Hillary Clinton's record as first lady, senator and secretary of state has little substance

There is much we know about Hillary Clinton by whatever label she chooses to wear or hide behind. She has been in the national spotlight for more than two decades and most people have already decided what they think of her.

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CAL THOMAS: The sacking of Ray Rice

OPINION: There is no excuse other than legitimate life-preserving self-defense for a man becoming physically violent towards a woman

If the NFL wants to help itself in this area more, women should be put in positions of power where they could not only provide a useful check on players, but on the predominately male management that has for too long made excuses for outrageous and even criminal behavior.

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CAL THOMAS: Hong Kong -- One country, one system

OPINION: Not surprisingly, China lied about freedoms promised to Hong Kong

China has been slowly eroding freedoms in Hong Kong, but its latest move takes a bigget bite.

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CAL THOMAS: Scotland set to vote on independence

OPINION: The referendum generally pits a younger liberal population in favor of separation against older, more conservative Scots

If Scotland leaves its British “home” of three centuries, it may find it can’t go home again.

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CAL THOMAS: ISIS a threat to U.S. national security

OPINION: An international coalition must be created to fight and defeat the militant Islamic fanatics

ISIS supporters already are distributing leaflets in London, calling on people to abandon Britain in favor of the Islamic State.

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CAL THOMAS: Robin Williams -- Comedy and tragedy

OPINION: Full of joy on the outside, Robin Williams apparently was tormented inside

Many people misunderstand clinical depression. They think because someone has wealth and fame, or circumstances better than others, they should be happy, or at least content.

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CAL THOMAS: The Nixon resignation, 40 years later

OPINION: Nixon was not brought down; he committed political suicide

President Richard Nixon thought he could get away with what other politicians had done, but forgot the rules were different for Republicans.

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CAL THOMAS: World War I -- the not-so-great war

OPINION: Of all the wars, this one may have been the least predictable

What was then called The Great War turned out to be “great,” but only in its carnage. The figures, though still in dispute, are staggering even to this day.

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CAL THOMAS: Border move by Texas governor a bold one

OPINION: Most Americans believe influx from south is because of economic reasons

Critics will call it a stunt and accuse Texas Gov. Rick Perry of showboating, but at least he is taking action, while President Obama, who took an oath to defend the country from all enemies foreign and domestic, drinks beer, plays pool and attends fundraisers as our borders are overrun

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CAL THOMAS: Are black supporters turning on Obama?

OPINION: President, Democrats may be losing iron grip on African-American voters

Criticism of President Barack Obama from African Americans in Chicago would have been regarded as the political equivalent of heresy a few years ago.

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CAL THOMAS: Chicago: A town that won't let you down?

What would the great civil rights leaders of the past think of their youth today?

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CAL THOMAS: Federalist papers are the DNA of America

OPINION: The Founders understood human natural had to be controlled

The growth, reach, and cost of big government is happening before our eyes and eroding our liberty, largely because too many Americans are not familiar with the brilliant system of government our Founders established.

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CAL THOMAS: There is no denying climate change deniers

OPINION: The global warmers refuse to discuss, debate or even mention science questioning and disproving their theories

The nihilists are those who refuse to accept any scientific information that undermines their claim that the globe is warming and humans are responsible for it. Cults are like that.

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CAL THOMAS: U.S. troops return to Iraq, too little, too late

OPINION: President Obama has made a warning by President Bush seven years ago come true

The “Great Satan” retreating in the face of a few thousand members of “Allah’s army” will serve as a productive recruiting film for more jihadists to come join the fight.

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CAL THOMAS: D-Day is dumb day for too many

OPINION: Colleges and universities clearly are not teaching what they once did

The ACTA survey found that 70 percent of recent college graduates knew D-Day occurred during World War II, compared to 98 percent of college graduates 65 and older.

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CAL THOMAS: The VA, the NHS and choice

The crumbling National Health Service in the United Kingdom is a glaring example of what goes wrong when a government runs health care.

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THOMAS: Government waste: Where has all the money gone?

To paraphrase the old Peter, Paul and Mary song: where has all the money gone? Long time passing. Gone to earmarks and down a sinkhole. When will we ever learn?

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CAL THOMAS: Government waste: Where has all the money gone?

Most people, perhaps even the super-wealthy, who are usually accountable to auditors, want to know where their money goes. Not so with the federal government.

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CAL THOMAS: U.S. government does not need a constitutional power boost

OPINION: Former Justice John Paul Stevens is proposing six constitutional amendments in his new book

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ proposals, including a weakening of gun rights and abolishing the death penalty, is a revealing look at the thought process of a liberal.

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CAL THOMAS: Chicken Little science proponents cluck louder

OPINION: Faced with indifference, global warming alarmist raise the decibel level

The Obama administration and liberal politicians in general seem to promote climate change fiction in order to gain even more dominance over our lives. Apparently controlling one-sixth of the economy through Obamacare isn’t enough for them.

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CAL THOMAS: Kerry failure with Israel, Palestinians no surprise

OPINION: A peace process will not work if one side does not want peace

The accumulation of evidence over the years points to one thing: Palestinians want Israel wiped out and believe they have a divine mandate to destroy it.

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THOMAS: Time to focus on things that work

Most businesses conduct audits or internal reviews to make sure they are operating efficiently. Not the federal government.

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CAL THOMAS: The ABC's of school choice

OPINION: School choice would bring competition to the education field

Parents and children want to have choice in where those children are educated, but that runs into conflict with unions and politicians.

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THOMAS: Fred Phelps: Satan's servant

Though Fred Phelps is gone, the kind of hate he preached remains. It is why hate must be opposed no matter which group, faith, ceremony, or individual is the target.

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CAL THOMAS: The United States is becoming a humiliation nation

OPINION: Western leaders look for good in bad people when there is none

Russian President Vladimir Putin fooled President George W. Bush, and now Putin is laughing at the worthless sanctions the U.S. is imposing for his military invasion of Crimea.

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CAL THOMAS: Culture of today ignores satisfaction with life

OPINION: There is never a top 10 list of ways to feel satisfied with your life

Working longer and working harder are not necessarily the same thing. Eulogies review a life in terms different than society’s values for success.

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THOMAS: A closer look at Arizona

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the “religious freedom bill” passed by the Republican legislature. While there is no mention in the bill of same-sex marriage, or even homosexuals, most people believe same-sex marriage and homosexuals were the targets of the proposed law.

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CAL THOMAS: Is Sen. Ted Cruz out of control?

OPINION: Sen. Cruz says the overall record of Tea Party candidates is far better than the establishment’s record

The Republican senator says that history has proven failing to rock and boat and take stands is a recipe for a party to fail at the ballot box.

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THOMAS: Separation of government from press

After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news.

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CAL THOMAS: Returning to the past no winner for Republicans

OPINION: Attacking Bill Clinton’s philandering will not sway women from voting for Hillary Clinton

People long ago made their judgments on the Clintons and decided his — and her — behavior about infidelity was a private matter.

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THOMAS: Michele Bachmann says she’s undeterred and undiminished

Michele Bachmann remains confident and resolute despite many political setbacks. We met in her office while much of Congress was fleeing the Capitol Building ahead of a major storm that eventually dumped a foot of snow on Washington. The snow was a big deal to residents of the nation’s capital, but little more than flurries to a Minnesotan like Bachmann.

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CAL THOMAS: Academy should restore nomination of song

OPINION: The merits of ‘Along Yet Not Alone’ ahould be decided by the voters

While claiming the Christian-based song was unfairly promoted via email, the Academy of Motion Pictures hierarchy has ignored high-visibility promotional campaigns from better-funded Hollywood productions.

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THOMAS: A bridge (and story) that’s gone too far

Should Governor Christie be exposed as a liar about lane closures, would that be more serious than the lies the president has told about far more serious matters?

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THOMAS: When it comes to liberals, it's ideology vs. reality

Americans typically hate waste. It is why as children most of us were told to clean our plates because somewhere in the world there were hungry people. Requiring the left to prove their programs and policies are producing outcomes at reasonable cost would shift the debate from ideology and good intentions to reality.

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THOMAS: A 'Duck Dynasty' checklist

Outrage is the primary ingredient for political fundraising and political power. One must always have an enemy.

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THOMAS: 2013 marked the year of Big Brother

Freedom and security should not be contradictory, but complimentary. In an age of terrorism, this “devil” is really in the details.

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THOMAS: Culture of death continues

This is the problem when humanity does not accept an Authority higher than itself, an Authority that holds life, all life, however inconvenient, however tiresome, infinitely valuable. But if we consider ourselves nothing more than evolutionary accidents in an impersonal universe, then we are all potentially vulnerable, depending on the value assigned to us by the state.

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THOMAS: Two Mandelas

Many violent revolutionaries became peacemakers once their oppressors were removed from power. Whether Mandela experienced a “conversion” after we met him, or simply adapted a more pragmatic path to his goals, I cannot say. Let us charitably assume the best about a man revered by many who ended an evil and gave his country an opportunity to build something better.

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THOMAS: Black Friday another example of a darker turn

If things satisfied, wouldn’t Americans be the most satisfied people on Earth? We have more stuff than any generation before ours. The overflow we deposit in rented public storage units. The stock market is up substantially, but we want it to go higher with no bursting bubble this time. Then what?

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THOMAS: Obama's Munich

History can be a great teacher if the “students” pay attention. Many things in the world have changed since the disastrous Munich Pact, but human nature never does. Tyrants respect agreements only so long as it allows them to further their objectives. Munich only delayed the onset of World War II; it did not prevent it.

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THOMAS: Kennedy, Huxley and Lewis

On the 50th anniversary of his death, C.S. Lewis remains perhaps the 20th century’s most towering intellectual practitioner of the Christian faith. Lewis combined humility — rare among those who have achieved fame — with a style that relied less on argumentation than on logic and persuasion. He asks readers to join him on a journey he himself has taken and, like a tour guide, shows us a better world and a better life than the one he describes in “The Chronicles of Narnia” as being “always winter, but never Christmas.”

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THOMAS: The coming betrayal of Israel

The administration pledges to watch Iran closely and if it violates any provisions in a final agreement, sanctions would be re-imposed. If sanctions and other means, such as the introduction of the Stuxnet virus into Iran’s computers, failed to deter Iran’s nuclear program, why would anyone think additional threats and more sanctions would produce the desired results? Iran is playing for time and it appears the United States is willing to give it to them.

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THOMAS: Greece, N.Y., enters debate on public prayer

If individual members of the Greece, N.Y. town board, or any other legislative body, wish to pray silently to their God before their meetings, no law or court decision prohibits them from doing so. Why would God be more impressed and more likely to respond to a public prayer than to a private one?

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THOMAS: GOP needs to put on a happy face

Too great for small dreams. What an inspirational line. Reagan believed the strength of America was not in Washington, but in the people. If the people can catch that larger vision, he believed, they could fulfill their greater dreams.

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THOMAS: Say 'no' to underwriting more debt

Rather than sending people to Washington in the vain hope the capital can be run like a state, Mike Pence says Washington should look to states “where there is innovation in health care, education, balanced budgets and taxes” and follow their lead.

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THOMAS: The 'bums' aren't the problem; we are

Nothing would change Washington faster than the transformative idea that only we can make our lives better by our financial and moral choices. It’s long past time for politicians to say “eat your vegetables, they are good for you” and for citizens to comply.

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THOMAS: A Republican response to healthcare

If the United Kingdom, whose population of slightly more than 62 million people, is experiencing severe problems and potential insolvency with its 65-year-old National Health Service (NHS), why would anyone believe a government-run health insurance system in the United States and the health care monstrosity that must inevitably follow will be any more successful with a population more than 300 million?

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THOMAS: President's U.N. speech doesn't hit right notes

There is no “community of nations.” There are individual nations with individual interests. If the United Nations could bring peace and prosperity to the world, progress toward that goal should have been made by now. Instead, 68 years after its founding, wars and rumors of wars are increasing.

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THOMAS: The speech, the dream and me

It was an atypical August summer day in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago next week. Temperatures were in the low 80s, about 10 degrees cooler than normal. Skies were partly cloudy. Most government officials were vacationing.

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THOMAS: What is the president's foreign policy?

It bears restating that the Ayatollah Khomeini believed in the strength and resolve of Ronald Reagan. That is why on the day of Reagan’s 1981 inauguration he released 52 American hostages held for 444 days. Strong individuals deter bullies. Strong nations deter enemies and keep the peace.

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Stan Musial truly was ‘The Man’

Baseball great Stan Musial died over the weekend. He was 92.


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