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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.

THOMAS: Sebelius is the definition of a scapegoat

President Obama’s nominee to replace Sebelius, budget director Sylvia Burwell, might turn out to be better at fixing websites, but she doesn’t have the power to fix Obamacare. No one does because it is based on a weak foundation and the notion that government can do anything.

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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.

THOMAS: Much ado about Noah

It wasn’t so long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content. That’s progress of a sort.

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CAL THOMAS: Caesar is crossing the church-state line

OPINION: Government continues its incursion into religion territory

It will take a GOP-led Congress and a Republican in the White House to fix the mess that is Obamacare.

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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.

THOMAS: Missing: A foreign policy

American foreign policy in 2014 hasn’t been born, because under this administration it does not even appear to have yet been conceived.

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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.

THOMAS: Helping minority children key for conservatives

If conservatives really want to attract more minority voters they will help their kids. It’s positive, it’s optimistic, and it will work.

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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.

CAL THOMAS: Taking the law into his own hands

OPINION: President Obama takes next step toward quasi-dictatorship

President Obama has joked that he can “do whatever I want,” leading one to wonder whether truth is being spoken in jest.

THOMAS: A deficit of trust

The inability by a major party to trust a president is more than lamentable; it is not good for the country and our standing before other nations and groups that wish to do us harm.

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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.

THOMAS: Retreating on illegal immigration

If Republicans fail to come up with a workable immigration plan, they will simultaneously help Democrats who rely on the Hispanic vote and lose Republican votes. As Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz told Breitbart News, they could also fail to achieve their major goal for 2014: winning a Senate majority.

THOMAS: Jay Leno: Mr. Nice Guy

Jay Leno will leave “Tonight” number one in total audience ratings and number one with the coveted younger demographic. He is living proof that sometimes — not often, but on occasion — nice guys can finish first.

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THOMAS: The shame of Benghazi

In the “alternative” media universe truth can still be found. If media elites awarded prizes to Fox News, that network’s chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge, would deserve one. Her tenacious and accurate reporting kept the Benghazi story alive when mainstream media appeared to have lost interest.

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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: We've been played

Who sounds more presidential: a tentative Barack Obama, who speaks loudly and too often, but carries a small stick, or Mitt Romney, who clearly understood that for threats to be diminished or deterred a president must have credibility?

THOMAS: America has been played

The late Ukrainian violinist Mischa Elman is considered one of the greatest of all time, but he has nothing on Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has played the Obama administration better than any musician.

THOMAS: Syria and history

Perhaps if America had a successful track record in the Middle East, President Obama’s appeal for a “limited” attack on Syria might carry more weight. But because our attention span in the region increasingly resembles that of a fidgety 4-year-old, an examination of recent history is in order

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THOMAS: Ashton Kutcher's message

Envy, greed and entitlement are the unholy trinity of failure. What Kutcher offers young people is the opposite, leading to success, self-realization and independence.

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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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There’s a constitutional cure for what ails us

Opinion column

When I studied the U.S. Constitution in school, I learned that for a bill to become law it first had to be introduced in either the House or the Senate. Today, a cynic might say for a bill to become law a member of Congress must first be introduced to a lobbyist.

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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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GOP: Focus on concerns of the average voter

Opinion column

The several hundred conservatives on the National Review’s summer cruise, which I was asked to attend as a speaker, are united in what they don’t like about the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, but divided on the best strategy for winning the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016.

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Anne Frank’s life represents a triumph of good over evil

Opinion Column

On the day I visit the Anne Frank House, which is actually the family’s hiding place atop Anne’s father’s business, the wait to get in is as long as three hours. Such is the attraction of this historic site, 53 years after it was opened to the public.

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The Middle East continues with its turmoil

opinion column

Egypt is in turmoil again. Syria is embroiled in civil war. Iran continues building a nuclear device. Militants in Iraq have killed more than 4,000 people so far this year, more than 800 of them in July alone, according to the aptly named Iraq Body Count (www.iraqbodycount.org).

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Losing faith in government

Opinion Column

Now for some good news, and it has nothing to do with the birth of the royal baby.

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