National Commentary

National Commentary

Humane business practices make sense karmically — and economically

WASHINGTON — As the human circus of presidential politics has plodded along for what seems a decade now, a revolution has been taking place in the ever-more-dignified animal kingdom. Several victories in just the past few weeks have raised cheers, or their equivalent, in aquariums, barnyards...


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What Clinton and Sanders owe progressives

WASHINGTON — Compared with the ferocious fractiousness of the Republican campaign, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are operating by rules inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the gentle animal-loving holy man whom Pat Buchanan once derided as


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Downplaying the dire threat from Zika

The Zika virus poses a major danger to Americans, and it's reassuring to know that the Republican presidential candidates are ready to take it on.


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What Hillary Clinton actually thinks about the minimum wage

A confusing exchange between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Thursday night's debate in Brooklyn left unclear where Clinton stands on an important question for voters in the Democratic presidential primary: the $15 hourly minimum wage. Clinton's position has been consistent, but it's a...


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On the Zika virus, Congress is failing to do its job

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that the Zika virus causes brain damage in babies born to infected women, which adds to the growing evidence that the virus is a major public health emergency. Yet Republicans in Congress are refusing to appropriate the money needed to...


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The death of Clintonism

WASHINGTON — How far they've come. And I'm not talking about the GOP, whose front-runner representing 37 percent of the Republican electorate has repudiated post-Reagan orthodoxy on trade, entitlement reform, limited government and Pax Americana (and possibly abortion, but who knows?). I'm...


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Meet the radical anti-Islam conspiracy theorists advising Ted Cruz

Donald Trump's call to bar Muslims from entering the country got all the attention, but an even uglier thread of anti-Muslim bigotry exists inside Ted Cruz's campaign. The team of foreign policy advisers he announced on March 17 —


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In the GOP, no room for nice

WASHINGTON — On the day that Paul Ryan said he really, truly, honestly did not want to be the Republicans' presidential savior, John Kasich did his best to channel the House speaker. Both undertakings underscored how much trouble the old pro-business, pro-tax-cut conservatism faces. A cynic...


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Polygamy is the next marriage-rights frontier

After the Supreme Court's landmark gay marriage decision, can a constitutional right to plural marriage be far behind? It seemed that way in 2013, when a federal district court in Utah followed the Supreme Court ruling by striking down part of the state's bigamy law in a case involving the family...


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Hillary Clinton's overdue shift on crime

Looking back on the 1994 crime bill that he signed, Bill Clinton is probably wishing it had included a shorter statute of limitations — not on crimes but on presidential responsibility. Today he finds himself pilloried for something he claimed as an achievement. An issue that once was a...


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