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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.

THOMAS: Democrats played the race ‘deck’ in midterm elections

It has always mystified me why so many African-American voters remain loyal to the Democratic Party when that party — and especially the first black president — has done nothing to improve the circumstances of the poor among them.

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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.

THOMAS: Help for Middle East Christians

Members of ISIS have targeted Christian churches, destroyed symbols of Christian faith and killed Christians because of their beliefs, but from American Christians we hear very little. Even President Obama, a self-described Christian, rarely speaks about the persecuted.

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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.

THOMAS: Houston pastors fight censorship challenge

For a government official to try to intimidate or censor speech from the pulpit, or any other form of communication, is clearly unconstitutional and this effort by Houston’s mayor should not survive a single court challenge.

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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.

THOMAS: Rebuilding Gaza for the next attack

Last weekend at a conference of donor nations held in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss rebuilding Gaza, following the latest exchange of rockets between Hamas and Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged an additional $212 million in U.S. aid for the project, nearly doubling the total U.S. commitment (so far). The Palestinian Authority claims rebuilding could cost $4 billion.

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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.

THOMAS: ISIS, Ebola — Americans can handle the truth

Sometimes it seems the priority of our elected officials and experts is self-protection rather than the protection of the public, which they are supposed to serve. We only know what they tell us. We presume they have access to accurate information, but we only get their version of the truth.

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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.

THOMAS: What Jack Ma can re-teach America

Jack Ma is the founder of the Chinese Internet retailer Alibaba. According to The New York Times, Alibaba is “the world’s largest Internet commerce company, with 231 million active buyers using its site, 11.3 billion annual orders and $296 billion in annual merchandise sales.”

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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.

THOMAS: With Hillary, where is the substance?

Prior to his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: “…she is much more progressive in her thoughts and her inclination than most people may think.”

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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.

THOMAS: The McDonnell verdict

The soap opera that played out in Richmond these last weeks and ended with the convictions of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy charges is a tragedy for them, their children and the voters of Virginia.

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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.

THOMAS: ‘Finding Your Roots’ with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

A common humanity is what separates us from plants and animals. It should not separate us from each other.

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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.

THOMAS: Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson

It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.” These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work. What reminded me of this is now “playing” in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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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.

THOMAS: Confronting ISIS: 'It takes an army to defeat an army'

When liberal Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the conservative former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agree on something, attention should be paid.

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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.

THOMAS: People, not politicians improve world economies

After years of debt (90.6 percent of GDP in 2013) and deficit spending, Britain’s ruling Conservative Party is crowing about the latest economic figures that show the country has outpaced the developed world in its economic recovery. Reuters reports that the International Monetary Fund recently upgraded Britain’s projected economic growth this year to 3.2 percent, leading “the world’s big rich economies.”

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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.

THOMAS: Is Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ a portent of what might be?

“The Giver” is based on the best-selling novel by Lois Lowry, which won the 1994 Newbery Medal. The film has an A-list cast, comprised of Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.

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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

THOMAS: No more aid to the Palestinian Authority

There is no moral equivalency between Israel and those who wish to destroy the Jewish state. None. Stopping aid to terrorists would be the best policy option.

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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.

THOMAS: Don’t fence me in

At last, an Obama administration official has come out in favor of a fence. He promises it will bring security to people on both sides of the border.

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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?

THOMAS: Constitution, not illegal immigration is ‘central to our way of life’ Constitution, not illegal immigration is ‘central to our way of life’

The easiest solution to “immigration reform” is to first secure the border and then deal with the illegal aliens already here. Polls show the public favors this approach by large majorities. Meanwhile the president makes speeches and seeks to add to his party’s political base, rather than solve the problem.

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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.

THOMAS: Obama, the arrogrant president

President Obama acts as if elections other than his own don’t matter. His attitude seems to be, “I have the power and the rest of government be damned.”

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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.

THOMAS: The difference between Republicans and Democrats

Republicans should promise that if voters allow them to regain control of all three branches of government, an outside auditor will be named to go through the federal government, recommending to Congress which agencies can be reduced in size or even eliminated. Congress would require itself to accept the auditor’s findings, as with the Defense Base Realignment and Closing Commission, which has been charged with increasing the Defense Department’s efficiency by the realignment and closure of unnecessary U.S. military installations.

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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.

THOMAS: Iraq is on its own

Withdrawal from this war is a policy of surrender. What we need is a unified approach to fighting Islamic extremism by us and other allied nations. What we need is a policy that works.

CAL THOMAS: Hillary Clinton presidential bid would be on style, not her record

OPINION: Based on her record, America is not Ready for Hillary

Liberal commentary on Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” are not as enthusiastic as had been expected, but they’ll come around for her presidential bid.

THOMAS: When it comes to prisoner swapping, Israel is not America

How different will America be if we allow Islamic jihadists to have their way? While we practice tolerance, pluralism, diversity and freedom of religion, they practice the opposite. For them the war will not be over until they win it. For America, packing up and going home isn’t victory, it’s just quitting.

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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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