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Cal Thomas

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CAL THOMAS: John Kasich's bad idea

OPINION: Conservatives are supposed to be against big government

Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich’s proposal to create a new government agency to promote “Judeo-Christian values” is a really bad idea.

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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.

THOMAS: John Boehner: Then and now

The announcement by House Speaker John Boehner that he is retiring at the end of October stunned Washington where life is all about grabbing power and holding on to it, often until death they do part.

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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.

CAL THOMAS: Two kingdoms in conflict over same-sex marriage

OPINION: Kim Davis chose the wrong issue for her martyrdom

In the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, this flawed notion of a once pristine nation that reflected “biblical values” is again being tested, because we never seem to learn from the past.

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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.

Baltimore’s problems not rooted in racist police

Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a Justice Department investigation to determine whether the Baltimore Police Department’s practices are unconstitutional and violate civil rights; in short, whether or not the police force there is racist.

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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: Why all the love for George Clooney?

OPINION: Tribute to his wife by George Clooney has women swooning

What produced such a mushy reaction from women to George Clooney’s remarks? A part of it is that in the modern “relationship” era where people have “partners” not spouses, it is a rare thing to see a famous man publicly expressing love for his wife.

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CAL THOMAS: Bill Clinton and the company he keeps

OPINION: The former president exhibits many symptoms of a classic sex addict

Virginia Roberts is reported in the British press to be considering a “tell-all” book. If it contains any verifiable facts about Bill Clinton and underage, or even of-age women, voters may be reluctant to return him to the White House in a “first man” capacity.

THOMAS: America interrupted

It will take more than a new Congress in 2015 and a new president in 2017 to save us from the fate of other empires. It will take a revival of the American spirit, and that can only come through changed attitudes towards our institutions and each other.

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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.