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  • Washington Examiner: Another broken Obamacare promise

    Washington Examiner editorial | Yesterday

    DURING the congressional debate over Obamacare, the law’s defenders became indignant whenever critics suggested that the law would fund elective abortions. President Obama was adamant about this: “Under our plan,” he said, “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.” He denounced those saying otherwise as merely trying “to kill reform at any cost.” When the bill finally did pass, former Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., insisted on the House floor that Democrats had “stood up for the principle of no public funding of abortions.” One Democratic member of Congress, Rep. Steve Driehaus, actually sued the anti-abortion Susan B.

  • Charles Krauthammer: The jihadi logic

    By Charles Krauthammer | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON — What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion? There are two possible explanations. One is that these terrorists are more depraved and less savvy than we think. They so glory in blood that they could not resist making an international spectacle of their savagery and did not quite fathom how such a brazen, contemptuous slaughter of Americans would radically alter public opinion and risk bringing down upon them the furies of the U.S. Air Force.

  • WaTER Center director: Regarding water conservation, we need to learn from each other

    BY JIM F. CHAMBERLAIN | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    What do Batu, Ethiopia and central Oklahoma — half a world apart — have in common? A shortage of one of life’s essential building blocks and something that links every human being across the globe: clean water. Batu’s 58,000 residents enjoyed fresh drinking water from Lake Ziway, a picturesque freshwater lake, until poor farming and industrial practices left the water quality too low. Batu’s groundwater also has unsafe levels of naturally occurring fluoride. So the city must pipe water from a spring nearly 23 miles away, a cost that’s borne by residents. This scenario is certainly not solely a Third World phenomenon. Most of Oklahoma’s water comes from manmade reservoirs for flood control and water supply.

  • Kathleen Parker: Mark Sanford's ongoing saga with himself

    By Kathleen Parker | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON — As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention. Yes, that Mark Sanford — the erstwhile Appalachian Trail wanderer who in 2009 found himself not out hiking, as his gubernatorial staff had reported, but befuddled and besotted in Argentina with his longtime soul mate, Maria Belen Chapur.

  • Clarence Page: Why some parents love the whip too much

    By Clarence Page | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Retired NBA star Charles Barkley has exposed a hazardous culture clash in the Texas indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for child abuse. If parents are going to be sent to jail for giving their children a “whipping,” then “every black parent in the South is going to be in jail.” Some people were upset that Barkley, a black Alabama native, singled out black people and Southerners. But as a fellow offspring of Southern parents, I know Barkley was not gratuitously playing a race card. A variety of academic studies have found that, while spanking occurs in every major racial or ethnic group, African-Americans approve more often than others do.

  • George F. Will: Obama needs Congress to approve this war

    By George F. Will | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State. Promising to “destroy” this group with the help of “a broad coalition” of “partners,” Barack Obama said last week, “I welcome congressional support for this effort.” He obviously thinks such support is optional, partly because this “effort,” conducted by U.S. combat aircraft, is something other than war. There he goes again.

  • Ruth Marcus: Candidate Clinton then and now

    By Ruth Marcus | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    A far different campaign is inevitable

  • Michael Gerson: Leading from behind the curve

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The nation of Liberia — founded by liberated American slaves with support from Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and James Monroe — is not unacquainted with suffering. Two civil wars in the period from 1989 to 2003 and decades of economic mismanagement caused an 80 percent decline in per capita GDP — perhaps worse than any country since World War II. Warlords reduced Liberia’s infrastructure to rubble. In the 15 years following 1991, there was no electricity in the country except for private generators. When I last visited in 2012, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Africa’s first female president) was leading a tentative recovery. She talked of action plans on reconstruction, development and health infrastructure.

  • University of Texas professor: Black women are already dead in America

    BY KALI NICOLE GROSS | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    A mix of outrage, horror and despair probably best describes many people’s responses to the recent coverage of and reactions to the violent assault of black women. It conjures up questions about how race may have played into it.

  • Washington Examiner: First Amendment still vulnerable in D.C.

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    “(WE are not) arguing for a right to lie. We’re arguing that we have a right not to have the truth of our political statements be judged by the government.” With this simple argument, the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List PAC and its attorneys successfully convinced a federal judge last week to throw out Ohio’s Orwellian political false-statements law. The Ohio law, which threatened up to six months in jail for those running political ads deemed to be false by a state panel, will not be missed by those who love the First Amendment. There is no question that politicians frequently lie or at least bend the facts on the campaign trail.

  • Cal Thomas: Hillary's 'steak' is not well done

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    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.” Liberals have embraced the word “progressive” because it sounds more forward-looking than “liberal,” which has a track record voters periodically reject when the ideology doesn’t live up to its declared goals (think Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, John Edwards and Al Gore, among others). There is much we know about Hillary Clinton by whatever label she chooses to wear or hide behind.

  • George F. Will: Scotland's epic vote

    By George F. Will | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked together, then mixed with suet and oatmeal and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, then served, sometimes drenched with Scotch. People who pour whisky on oatmeal are not shrinking violets. Remember this on Thursday when Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom. There are economic reasons for and (mostly) against Scotland disassociating from the queen’s realm. This issue, however, touches chords of memory more interesting than money.

  • Ruth Marcus: Congress can't duck this one

    By Ruth Marcus | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Congress has a duty — to itself and the country — to debate and authorize President Obama’s military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Failing to do so would be bad practice and a worse precedent. One long year ago, the president, having announced his intention, and asserted his unilateral authority, to conduct air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over his use of chemical weapons, suddenly decided to seek congressional approval after all. Of course, Obama was promptly rebuffed, saved from humiliation only by the intervention of Russian President Vladimir Putin to broker a deal with Assad.

  • State Rep. David Dank: Time to end tax reimbursement programs for projects that don't create jobs

    BY STATE REP. DAVID DANK | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    In the next four years, Oklahoma taxpayers will be asked to subsidize tens of millions of dollars in reimbursements to local entities like schools and counties, not because these are broke, but because of an ill-conceived tax credit involving wind farms that many residents question. The state’s property tax reimbursement program was designed for a valid purpose: to assist schools and counties in dealing with an upsurge in population resulting from new jobs. If a manufacturer built a factory in a rural area and boosted employment, he would receive a five-year exemption from property taxes. In return, the state treasury would reimburse those local entities for that lost revenue, which they would need to serve those new

  • Lawrence Hellman: How many innocent people are in Oklahoma prisons?

    BY LAWRENCE K. HELLMAN | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Oklahoma’s prison population is about 26,000. Some of the inmates are innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. How do we know? Throughout America, innocent people are being exonerated at an alarming rate on the basis of new evidence of innocence. A record 91 exonerations occurred in 2013. Since 1989, there have been more than 1,400 exonerations in America, including 27 in Oklahoma. So we know that Oklahoma’s criminal justice system has made some mistakes. Not a lot of mistakes, but some serious ones. It is sobering to learn that eight of Oklahoma’s exonerees were on death row at the time of their release from prison. It’s simply unrealistic to believe that all of the mistakes have been

  • University of Oklahoma professor: Religious liberty woven into our constitutional heritage

    BY WILFRED M. MCCLAY | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    As we observe Constitution Day this year, we need to take note of the fact that religious liberty, one of the most fundamental of all human rights, has become one of the central issues of the 21st century. We see this vividly in the international arena, where many of the world’s bloodiest conflicts involve religious believers of various stripes. Such conflicts are taking a particularly heavy toll upon vulnerable minorities around the globe: harassed Jews in Europe, massacred Christians in Iraq and Syria and Egypt, embattled Muslims in India, to name a few. Meanwhile, in parts of the West, the preaching of traditional Judeo-Christian moral teachings has been labeled a human rights violation and proscribed by courts.

  • Jules Witcover: Reality impinges on Obama's Middle East strategy

    By Jules Witcover | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The strategy President Obama has laid out to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the new Middle East terrorist peril reveals him as a man divided between combating the immediate threat and persevering in his determination get this country of “a perpetual war footing.” In clinging to his insistence that where will be no more American “boots on the ground,” he is committing himself and the nation to a military compromise that adheres more to public preference than to the comprehensive approach dictated by the Pentagon.

  • Charles Krauthammer: Obama's uncertain trumpet, again

    By Charles Krauthammer | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    WASHINGTON — In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bump in the polls, which have dropped to historic lows. But his strategic problem remains: the disconnect between (proclaimed) ends and means. He’s sending an additional 475 American advisers to Iraq. He says he’s broadening the air campaign, but that is merely an admission that the current campaign was always about more than just protecting U.S. personnel in Irbil and saving Yazidis on mountain tops. It was crucially about providing air support for the local infantry, Kurdish and Iraqi.

  • E.J. Dionne: The new politics of U.S. foreign policy

    By E.J. Dionne Jr. | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the question of whether the invasion of Iraq was a proper use of the nation’s power or a catastrophic mistake. This contest for public opinion has taken place in the shadow of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. For understandable reasons, the United States was thrown off balance by the horrific events of 13 years ago, and we have never fully recovered. The emergence of the Islamic State and its barbaric beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff

  • Attorney: Feds' denial of Oklahoma's NCLB waiver request is politically motivated

    BY MICHAEL FARRIS | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Education’s denial of Oklahoma’s request for a waiver from No Child Left Behind is a politically motivated punishment for rejecting the “voluntary” Common Core program. Oklahomans should plan a strategic response. A lawsuit against the feds would be an uphill battle. At most, it could win on a narrow, procedural basis. Alternatively, Oklahoma could use this moment to take a historic step toward dismantling the basis for illicit federal power grabs. The Constitution’s framers believed that having the right structure for decision-making was essential for the preservation of liberty. They had learned this lesson in the crucible of a very real conflict.