• Charles Krauthammer: Free Willy!

    By Charles Krauthammer | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON — We often wonder how people of the past, including the most revered and refined, could have universally engaged in conduct now considered unconscionable. Such as slavery. How could the Founders, so sublimely devoted to human liberty, have lived with — some participating in — human slavery? Or fourscore years later, how could the saintly Lincoln, an implacable opponent of slavery, have nevertheless spoken of and believed in African inferiority? While retrospective judgment tends to make us feel superior to our ancestors, it should really evoke humility. Surely some contemporary practices will be deemed equally abominable by succeeding generations. The only question is: Which ones? I’ve long thought it will

  • E.J. Dionne: A less conservative America

    By E.J. Dionne | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON — If Republicans are baffled by Hillary Clinton’s persistent lead in the polls despite months of bad publicity, they need only examine the tensions on display in their party over the last few days. It would be hard to conceive of a worse stretch for Clinton than a period that began with scrutiny of her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state and moved to saturation coverage of the Clinton Foundation’s fundraising. Let’s stipulate first that her trustworthiness has taken a hit. In addition, it should always be said that polls this early are not predictive of next year’s election, and that Clinton’s nearly universal name recognition helps her numbers.

  • George Will: Patrician blacksmith for president?

    By George F. Will | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON — America’s smallest state — one Nevada county is nearly eight times larger — has the longest name: In a 2010 referendum, voters kept the official title, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The state also has a dark-horse presidential candidate who is the only Democratic candidate so far who can shoe a horse. “Put a blacksmith in the White House” could be Lincoln Chafee’s slogan. A prep-school classmate of Jeb Bush at Andover, Chafee is a scion of one of Rhode Island’s Five Families. His implausible hope is to defeat Hillary Clinton’s implausible campaign to be anointed champion of, simultaneously, downtrodden Americans and foreign uranium magnates. He promises a third Barack Obama term:

  • Michael Gerson: The intricate knot of urban poverty

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Police and prisons are the successful answer to a rather narrow question: Can overwhelming force and routine incarceration bring temporary order to impoverished and isolated urban communities? Baltimore in the early 2000s answers in the affirmative. By 2005, a city of about 600,000 people recorded more than 100,000 arrests. Violent crime declined (for this and other reasons). In the process, however, the local government undertook a comprehensive level of police-supervision. Was it worth it? Public order — the security of life and property — is the first commitment of government. In any part of the world, rule by armed teenagers — juvenilocracy — is among the worst of the political philosophic options.

  • Advocate: Show Oklahoma teachers they matter by listening to them

    BY AMBER ENGLAND | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    This is teacher appreciation week, and in Oklahoma, we have our work cut out for us to demonstrate we believe teachers matter. The teacher I admire most is my mother. As a single mom, she kept a back-breaking schedule to earn her bachelor’s degree in education. Once in the classroom, that work ethic radiated as dedication to her students. Eventually her career took her to Webster Middle School in Oklahoma City. The switch from a small, rural setting to a large urban district only galvanized her determination, because she knew her positive impact was often life-changing. She came home every week exhausted and her voice nearly gone. Quite literally, she poured everything she had into her students. Nights and weekends were

  • Cal Thomas: Unruly Brittania

    By Cal Thomas | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    LONDON — They called it “Question Time,” borrowing the term from the prime minister’s weekly appearance in the House of Commons, but this was surprisingly and refreshingly different. 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. Two of the candidates were called liars right to their faces. In the United States, we may think our candidates liars, but we rarely have a chance to call them on

  • Kathleen Parker: Wife of the party

    By Kathleen Parker | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The life of the wife of a presidential candidate can sometimes be like the government. Taxing. You wake up and blink through that first cup of coffee, trying to register that the Politico headline blaring “How Rand Paul blew it on Baltimore” is about your husband. Did Rand go to Baltimore? What did he blow? Paul the candidate apparently quipped on a radio show last Tuesday that he was glad his train didn’t stop in Baltimore. We call that bad timing or, at worst, a poor choice of words. The same day of the headline, I happened to be meeting Kelley Paul for breakfast, ostensibly to discuss her new book, “True and Constant Friends,” an exploration of her relationships with her mother,

  • Washington Examiner: America's economic malaise continues

    Washington Examiner editorial | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    WHEN the financial crisis of 2008 roiled the American economy, children now in kindergarten had not yet been born. MySpace was still the world’s largest social networking site. People were still watching “Lost,” in the vain belief that the plot was actually going somewhere. People outside of government still used Blackberries. The Philadelphia Phillies were good, and the Seattle Seahawks were wretched. Jon and Kate Gosselin were still married. You get the picture — that was a really, really long time ago. For six years, President Obama has pleaded with Americans to be patient while he worked to restore the economy after a terrible crisis that preceded his inauguration. At first, it seemed like a reasonable request.

  • George Will: The Lusitania's role in history

    By George F. Will | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Owning a fragment of history — a Gettysburg bullet, a Coolidge campaign button — is fun, so in 1968 Gregg Bemis became an owner of the Lusitania. This 787-feet-long passenger liner has been beneath 300 feet of water off Ireland’s south coast since a single German torpedo sank it 100 years ago Thursday. It contains the 4 million U.S.-made rifle bullets and other munitions that the ship had been carrying from neutral America to wartime Britain. It is commonly but wrongly said that the sinking altered history’s trajectory. Yet some people, including Britain’s first lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, hoped an attack on a ship would pull America into the war. They may have facilitated Lusitania’s

  • Retired USAF colonel: In air power, size does matter

    BY MARK TARPLEY | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    America’s distinctive advantage in national security in a chaotic and violent world is the capability of our armed forces to respond rapidly and forcefully to any region where our interests or the interests of our allies are threatened. The Air Force, as the leading edge of this capability, has long maintained a core capability in mobility and lethality to first deter potential adversaries and, if necessary, respond decisively any time and any place. However, past defense planning and budgetary restrictions have combined to significantly diminish our nation’s ability to achieve this. The mere size of our global Air Force is an advantage few ignore. The Iraq invasion of Kuwait in 1990 provides an illustrative comparison of our

  • Ruth Marcus: Our toxic status quo

    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 is ineffective

  • Jim Inhofe: A call to support those orphaned by Ebola in West Africa

    BY SEN. JIM INHOFE | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    It’s been six months since the United States has seen a confirmed case of Ebola within our borders. In West Africa, the reported number of cases has not peaked since October. As the fear and concern displayed in Western media has become more subdued, the people of West Africa continue to need our support. The most vulnerable victims of the largest Ebola outbreak in history are the young people who have been left orphaned. UNICEF estimates that 11,000 children have lost one or both parents to Ebola, and that number will continue to grow until the disease is better contained. UNICEF also has said that some children have been rejected by their surviving family members due to the stigma of the disease.

  • Jules Witcover: Baltimore, then and now

    By Jules Witcover | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    More than soul-searching needed to solve this crisis

  • Michelin chairman: Missing the man behind The Michelin Man

    BY PETE SELLECK | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Plenty of people around Ardmore remember the destruction that fell from the sky on May 7, 1995, almost exactly 20 years ago, when a supercell storm spawned two F-3 tornadoes that ripped across 60 miles of the Red River Valley, resulting in four deaths and property damage estimated at $100 million. The death toll reached 21 from three days of storms that swept the area, based on media reports. The second tornado was a direct hit on the Michelin plant in Ardmore, where more than 300 people worked that Sunday afternoon. Miraculously, no one inside was killed. But the plant was seen as a total loss, not worth rebuilding, which jeopardized the livelihoods of hundreds of families in the community.

  • Washington Examiner: Congress should reward IRS bureacrats with language they understand

    Washington Examiner editorial | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    OH, those poor dears at the IRS. They wasted $50 million on 225 conferences between 2010 and 2012, including a single $4.1 million conference in Anaheim, Calif. They wasted $50,000 creating bad videos on the clock, including one of the worst Star Trek parodies in the history of the Internet. They gave raises and bonuses to employees who hadn’t paid their own taxes. They were caught targeting applicants for nonprofit status based on their ideology and potential opposition to President Obama. They lied to Congress about being unable to recover emails from those involved. Yet somehow, the bureaucrats of the IRS have managed to make themselves seem like sympathetic figures in the media.

  • Charles Krauthammer: Men wielding power in hellish times

    By Charles Krauthammer | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — “Wolf Hall,” the Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel about the court of Henry VIII — and most dramatically, the conflict between Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More —is now a TV series (presented on PBS). It is maddeningly good. Maddening because its history is tendentiously distorted, yet the drama is so brilliantly conceived and executed that you almost don’t care. Faced with an imaginative creation of such brooding, gripping, mordant intensity, you find yourself ready to pay for it in historical inaccuracy. And “Wolf Hall’s” revisionism is breathtaking. It inverts the conventional view of the saintly More being undone by the corrupt, amoral, serpentine Cromwell, the king’s chief

  • Ruth Marcus: Gay marriage's moment for justice

    By Ruth Marcus | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — My three takeaways from Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage involve the justices’ reasonable anxiety about overstepping their constitutional roles; the ridiculous argument that same-sex marriage would harm the state’s interest in protecting marriage as a vehicle for procreation; and the irrelevance of Roe v. Wade as historical precedent. (1) Justice Anthony Kennedy’s trepidation about pronouncing constitutional protection for the right of same-sex couples to marry is understandable. I hope Kennedy decides in favor of that right and I expect he will, given both his earlier rulings and other comments Tuesday. But Kennedy’s hesitation is appropriate and human, especially since the

  • Cal Thomas: Until the court do us part?

    By Cal Thomas | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    In 2 1/2 hours of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy asked the right question Tuesday: whether it is appropriate for the court to discard a definition of marriage that “has been with us for millennia,” adding, “it’s very difficult for the court to say, ‘Oh, well, we know better.’ ” Kennedy, who is regarded as the swing vote on this and many other controversial issues, may not answer his own question the way proponents of traditional marriage wish, but the question is not rhetorical.

  • Former nonprofit CEO: Oklahoma City needs coordinated social services delivery plan

    BY RAY E. BITSCHE JR. | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    During the past 32 years, I have been engaged with the Oklahoma City community as a volunteer, public servant, nonprofit CEO and nonprofit board member. Throughout that time, public and nonprofit human service agencies have been the recipients of untold millions in state and federal funds, foundation funding, and generous contributions from businesses and individuals. I don’t have a problem with that. My concern rests with those funds being awarded or allocated absent a city-focused, mission-driven, coordinated social services delivery plan that produces high-quality services that move us from client outcomes to community impact.

  • George Will: What stands in Lindsey Graham's way

    By George F. Will | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Lindsey Graham once said his road to Congress ran through a coronary clinic because it involves so many South Carolina barbecues. Today, as a senator, he thinks he sees a path to the Republican presidential nomination. He has many strengths, but two substantial problems. Two clarifying issues efficiently reveal who actually is conservative and underscore two of Hillary Clinton's vulnerabilities. They are the U.S. attack on Libya, and her attack on freedom of political speech. Secretary of State Clinton helped initiate a protracted assassination attempt — eight months of chasing Moammar Gaddafi with fighter-bombers. This exercise in regime change succeeded in decapitating Libya’s government.