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Cal Thomas

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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 climatedepot.com 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.

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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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