• Charles Krauthammer: What six years of 'reset' have wrought

    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON — On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports The Wall Street Journal) said it was too early to discuss any possible action. The timing of this brazen violation of NATO territory — two days after President Obama visited Estonia to symbolize America's commitment to its security — is testimony to Vladimir Putin's contempt for the American president. He knows Obama will do nothing.

  • George Will: The havoc that Trump wreaks

    GEORGE F. WILL The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney. It is perhaps quixotic to try to distract Trump's supporters with facts, which their leader, who is no stickler for dignity, considers beneath him. Still, consider these: The white percentage of the electorate has been shrinking for decades and will be about 2 points smaller in 2016 than in 2012. In 2008, Barack Obama became the first president elected while losing the white vote by double digits.

  • OKC attorney: Ending birthright citizenship an idea that should be rejected

    BY JASON REESE | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Nothing is more American than birthright citizenship, the concept that a person is automatically an American citizen by virtue of being born on the soil of the United States. Like America, birthright citizenship has its roots in the English Common Law, where it is known as jus solis, literally, the law of the soil. This is in contrast with the jus sanguinis, or the law of the blood.  England itself was the creation of a new nation out of the disparate Saxon, Norman, and native British people, with a dash of Roman for good measure. By the time the American colonies were being established, the English were already merging with the Welsh, Scottish and more problematically, the Irish. This process continued in America with the early

  • Paul Greenberg: Those mysterious flagpoles in Cuba

    Paul Greenberg Tribune Content Agency | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    David Feith of The Wall Street Journal pointed out one of the more puzzling sights visible when the U.S. Embassy was opened again in Havana after having been shut down for half a century. No, it wasn't the sight of American and Cuban diplomats shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries before challenging each other — like prizefighters touching gloves before the opening round. And, no, it wasn't who was there for the formal reopening but who wasn't: none of the Cuban dissidents who used to turn up regularly to protest the regime's repressive policies — and would then be arrested and carted off. Like the Ladies in White who used to promenade after mass every weekend demanding the release of their imprisoned fathers and

  • Washington Examiner: Obama must show he hasn't provided Iran a blank check

    Washington Examiner editorial | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    THIS summer, as Congress has weighed the nuclear deal struck between President Obama and Iran, much of the debate has focused on secret side agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Both the White House and the IAEA have sought to reassure the public on this issue, explaining that such side deals between IAEA and the nations it oversees are common. The terms of these agreements, which govern the details of inspections and other technical matters, are rarely made public — and in fact, even members of the Obama administration do not seem to have seen the actual documents involved in these side agreements. This explanation was intended to prove that the side agreements are not a big deal.

  • Cal Thomas: Jimmy Carter's peace

    Cal Thomas Tribune Content Agency | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    When Ronald Reagan announced in November 1994 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, even some of his most ardent political opponents paused to wish him well. It was the same last Thursday when former President Jimmy Carter, who will soon be 91, held a news conference in Atlanta to announce that a cancer first discovered in his liver has spread to other parts of his body, including his brain. While death is the ultimate end of all on Earth, the knowledge that one's expiration date is getting close has a way of focusing the mind, and not just for the person who has received the news. Reporters at the news conference were unusually deferential to Carter, which has not always been their attitude since he left office in

  • TSET board member: Kids are winners with new Oklahoma anti-tobacco law

    BY CASEY KILLBLANE | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Last week we celebrated a milestone for the future of our children. A new law making all school campuses tobacco free, 24-hours a day, seven days a week took effect Thursday. Now all children, in all corners of Oklahoma, will attend schools that support making the healthy choice, the easy choice. The future prosperity of our state depends upon a healthy and prepared workforce, which is why healthy school environments are essential. This law demonstrates commitment to improving the health of future generations in our state, where more than one in five adults smoke. We can all agree that tobacco use is not part of a bright future for our children.

  • Leonard Pitts: 'All lives matter' -- words of moral cowardice

    Leonard Pitts Jr. Tribune Content Agency | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    This is a column about three words of moral cowardice: "All lives matter." Those words have risen as a kind of counter to "Black lives matter," the movement that coalesced in response to recent killings and woundings of unarmed African-Americans by assailants — usually police officers — who often go unpunished. Mike Huckabee raised that counter-cry last week, telling CNN, "When I hear people scream 'black lives matter,' I'm thinking, of course they do. But all lives matter. It's not that any life matters more than another." As if that were not bad enough, the former Arkansas governor and would-be president upped the ante by adding that Martin Luther King would be "appalled by the notion that we're elevating some

  • George Will: Trump defines down the GOP

    GEORGE F. WILL The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON — It has come to this: The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by clamors for a mass roundup and deportation of millions of human beings. To will an end is to will the means for the end, so the Republican clamors are also for the requisite expansion of government's size and coercive powers. Most of Donald Trump's normally loquacious rivals are swaggeringly eager to confront Vladimir Putin, but are too invertebrate — Lindsey Graham is an honorable exception — to voice robust disgust with Trump and the spirit of, the police measures necessary for, and the cruelties that would accompany, his policy. The policy is: "They've got to

  • Michael Gerson: Donald Trump's ideological nitroglycerin

    MICHAEL GERSON The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON — What is Donald Trump's secret? He is a "joyful warrior" who understands the "entertainment value" of politics. He is "outrageous" and "spontaneous" and "fun to watch." Bryan Cranston, the star of "Breaking Bad," finds Trump's "I don't give a s---" attitude a "surprise benefit to the country" and "refreshing." "I am Batman," Trump told some children at the Iowa State Fair, before providing helicopter rides. But this is reality television with a kick. Trump's first stab at policy is an immigration plan involving mass deportation and an end to birthright citizenship. Here is Trump explaining his proposal to Bill O'Reilly on Fox News: "We're losing so much to so many," including the jobs they're "taking" and

  • Jules Witcover: Does Kasich signal the return of compassionate conservativism?

    Jules Witcover Tribune Content Agency | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON — As much of the Republican faithful look for a 2016 presidential nominee not named Trump, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio is rising in the polls with a message that the previous GOP president peddled with success in the 2000 election. Kasich, showing uncommon heart along with fealty to party economic principles, has not yet uttered the words "compassionate conservative," a mantra of George W. Bush's first presidential campaign. But the scrappy Ohioan and 18-year veteran of the House of Representatives has trotted out essentially the same formula for putting his party back in the Oval Office. Other candidates such as Wisconsin Gov.

  • OSU President Burns Hargis: University set on providing value, affordability

    BY BURNS HARGIS | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    The cost of a college degree is a hot topic across the country and it should be. Our nation and our state need more college graduates, and we must make sure a degree is attainable and affordable for all who are willing and able to earn it. Now is the time for business, political, community and educational leaders to work together to that end.  The benefits of a college degree are well documented. College graduates earn more in a lifetime, have lower unemployment rates, are more involved and give more back to their communities, and the list goes on. Low college attainment threatens Oklahoma’s competitiveness as we strive to attract and retain high-quality jobs while developing our own entrepreneurs.

  • Tulsa World Editorial: End the ban on crude oil exports

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Last week, the Tulsa World received nearly three dozen letters that were virtually identical. “I work for the American energy industry” each letter began, going on to make the economic case for ending the federal ban on exporting crude oil. We couldn’t agree more.

  • Charles Krauthammer: The immigration swamp

    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    "This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement." — Donald Trump, on immigration, Republican debate, Aug. 6 WASHINGTON — Not on anyone's mind? For years, immigration has been the subject of near-constant, often bitter argument within the GOP. But it is true that Trump has brought the debate to a new place — first, with his announcement speech, about whether Mexican migrants are really rapists, and now with the somewhat more nuanced Trump plan. Much of it — visa tracking, E-Verify, withholding funds from sanctuary cities — predates Trump. Even building the Great Wall is not particularly new. (I, for one, have been advocating that in this space since 2006.

  • E.J. Dionne: All votes matter

    E.J. DIONNE JR. The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Many find politics frustrating because problems that seemed to be solved in one generation crop up again years or decades later. The good thing about democracy is that there are no permanent defeats. The hard part is that some victories have to be won over and over. And so it is with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a monument to what can be achieved when grass-roots activism is harnessed to presidential and legislative leadership. Ending discrimination at the ballot box was a way of underwriting the achievements of the Civil Rights Act passed a year earlier by granting African-Americans new and real power to which they had always been constitutionally entitled.

  • Environmental Policy Alliance analyst: Ozone emissions plan will impact Americans

    BY ANASTASIA SWEARINGEN | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    As the Environmental Protection Agency rushes to complete its new rule on ozone emissions, there’s been a lot of discussion about the burdens on businesses and local governments. Yet there’s been little mention of how this regulation could harm individual Americans. For some, the effects will be all-too-clear. A study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers estimated EPA’s plan to curtail ozone threatens up to 35,752 Oklahoma full-time job equivalents. Depending on the standard set by EPA, anywhere from 1,300 to 2,000 counties around the country — about two-thirds of all counties — won’t be able to meet EPA’s ozone threshold.

  • George Will: Honoring Ike with a monstrosity

    GEORGE F. WILL The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON — We could wearily shrug, say "Oh, well," and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. But long after its perpetrators are gone, it would squat there, representing Washington at its worst and proving that we have forgotten how to nurture our national memory with intelligent memorials. This saga of arrogance and celebrity worship began in 1999 when Congress created the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission (EMC). Sixteen years later, and eight years after the project's 2007 scheduled completion, scores of millions have been squandered and there is no memorial and no immediate prospect of building one.

  • Oklahoma State professor: Integrating health care can save money, lives

    BY RICHARD WANSLEY | Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    As a professor of behavioral sciences, I help Oklahoma’s future physicians understand the importance of not just treating the symptoms of a mental illness but identifying the root causes of the illness. In this role, I believe a key piece in reforming Oklahoma’s health care system is encouraging physicians to implement what is known as “integrated health care.” This means we treat the whole person through coordinated mental health, substance abuse and primary care medical services. In doing so, we can improve health status for the patient and lower overall health care costs to everyone. A practical example of integrated health care would be a patient who goes to his family physician complaining about severe

  • Ruth Marcus: Trump flunks immigration

    RUTH MARCUS The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's immigration proposal rests on three assumptions: that immigration hurts American workers; that illegal immigration, in particular, is linked to violent crime; and that illegal immigrants drain government resources. Each of these beliefs is belied by the available academic evidence. (1) "The influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high, and makes it difficult for poor and working-class Americans ... to earn a middle-class wage."  Trump comes closest to having a point in making this case, although the case — that immigration harms the worst-off citizens — does not justify the remedy he proposes. The laws of supply and demand suggest that a larger supply of

  • Michael Gerson: A Clinton campaign drained of idealism

    MICHAEL GERSON The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON — When the Clinton campaign stirs and moves, it is the sound of a thousand focus groups buzzing, a thousand memos fluttering, a thousand consultants consulting, a thousand talking points repeated in singsong unison. It advances like a big push at the Second Battle of the Somme — idealism long gone, but grim duty remaining. The whistles blow along a vast line. Boots churn in mud. Over the top, boys. Over the top. Hillary Clinton's approach to politics has recently been on full display. After one of the worst campaign launches in recent history, many Democrats have been hoping for some type of reset from their front-runner — some hint of recognition that the current strategy might be a tad flawed.