• Washington Examiner: Democrats trying to blame Republicans for Ebola

    Washington Examiner editorial | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    They point to NIH, CDC budgets

  • Retired Air Force colonel: A complex path toward stability and peace

    BY MARK TARPLEY | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    The current state of U.S. geopolitical affairs is unsettling for both the near and far term. The issues and challenges confronting the United States range from sustained combat operations targeting a nonstate Islamic terror group, to Russian hegemony in Ukraine, to humanitarian support for a disease-ridden African, to a Pacific region coping with a growing China seeking dominance over wider parts of their sphere. The path toward stability and peace is complex. Two key elements are required to achieve this. First is the recognition worldwide that the United States possesses capabilities that can match and dominate threats in any arena where their interests are challenged.

  • Michael Gerson: Problems facing America require confrontation, not isolation

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The value of American foreign policy conducted by majority vote — which might have resulted in a Nazi-occupied London — is once again evident. In 2013, 52 percent of Americans agreed that their country should “mind its own business internationally.” (In 1964, the figure was 20 percent.) This robust consensus for disengagement was soon followed by the rapid expansion of the Islamic State in a vacuum left by American inattention. And then by an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that should have been confronted months earlier with larger resources. In recent years, Americans have generally gotten what they wanted on foreign policy issues — and now ruthlessly punish those who implemented their will.

  • Ruth Marcus: The worry you can conquer

    By Ruth Marcus | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON — If you are worried about contracting Ebola, I have two suggestions. First, stop. Second, get a flu shot. On the first: If you live in the United States, your chances of getting Ebola are vanishingly small — even if you are a health care worker, or a journalist who travels to Africa to report on the epidemic. That is not to diminish the significance of the problem. For Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the virus represents a public health catastrophe, one with dire implications for the continent and beyond. For the United States, it represents a serious challenge to public health protocols — a reminder about the interconnectedness of the planet in an age of jet travel and a wake-up call about the perils of

  • Lutheran bishop: Islam doesn't deserve the scorn it often receives

    BY MICHAEL K. GIRLINGHOUSE | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    In recent weeks, Oklahoma became the focus of the fight against anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States. State Rep. John Bennett’s condemnation of the Islamic faith and the anti-Muslim sentiments surging in the aftermath of Alton Nolen’s beheading of a woman in Moore have turned the nation’s eyes to the state’s treatment of this often misunderstood and misrepresented religion. Throughout the centuries, religion has been used to justify all manner of individual and collective atrocities. No religion is immune from this sad reality. However, religion has also motivated profound acts of compassion and reconciliation. As a motivation for human behavior, religion is almost always intertwined with other motivations, both base

  • George Will: Liberty opportunity for the Supreme Court

    By George F. Will | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Come Tuesday, the national pastime will be the subject of oral arguments in a portentous Supreme Court case. This pastime is not baseball but rent seeking — the unseemly yet uninhibited scramble of private interests to bend government power for their benefit. If the court directs a judicial scowl at North Carolina’s State Board of Dental Examiners, the court will thereby advance a basic liberty — the right of Americans to earn a living without unreasonable government interference. The board, whose members are elected by licensed dentists and dental hygienists, regulates the practice of dentistry in North Carolina.

  • Michael Gerson: A question of leadership

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Obama’s approach has a bearing

  • University of Maryland economist: One Senate race looms particularly large

    BY PETER MORICI | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Despite another seemingly good jobs report, President Obama’s approval rating is lower than a snake’s belly, and Republicans could retake the Senate. ISIS and the Ukraine weigh on voters’ minds but the economy isn’t what Obama cracks it up to be. Obama has increased employment by 5.5 million, about 4 percent, but measured against other presidents his performance is hardly stellar. Ronald Reagan was dealt a tough hand too. Early in his first term, unemployment peaked at 10.8 percent but he cut spending, taxes and meddlesome government regulations. Employment rose 8.4 million, more than 9 percent, his first 68 months. The 5.9 percent unemployment rate is a fraud. The percentage of adults working or seeking employment

  • Jules Witcover: Catalogue of woes puts Washington in the doldrums

    By Jules Witcover | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Baseball lore recalls that legendary manager Casey Stengel, when running the hapless 1962 New York Mets, forlornly asked his charges: “Can’t anybody here play this game?” It’s an appropriate question right now in the nation’s capital concerning not only baseball but also football and politics. On Tuesday night at their home ballpark, the Washington Nationals, the National League’s winningest team of 2014 and seemingly headed for the World Series, lost their third game out of four to the San Francisco Giants and were blown out of contention. The demise came the day after the Washington Redskins, the NFL team under increasing pressure to change its name, had lost the fourth of their first five games under

  • Bobby Jindal: Let's say yes to affordable energy

    BY BOBBY JINDAL | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Opening more federal lands would help

  • Charles Krauthammer: The double game our allies play

    By Charles Krauthammer | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON — During the 1944 Warsaw uprising, Stalin ordered the advancing Red Army to stop at the outskirts of the city while the Nazis, for 63 days, annihilated the non-Communist Polish partisans. Only then did Stalin take Warsaw. No one can match Stalin for merciless cynicism, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is offering a determined echo by ordering Turkish tanks massed on the Syrian border, within sight of the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, to sit and do nothing. For almost a month, Kobane Kurds have been trying to hold off Islamic State fighters. Outgunned, outmanned and surrounded on three sides, the defending Kurds have begged Turkey to allow weapons and reinforcements through the border. Erdogan has

  • E.J. Dionne: A Tar Heel rebellion against reaction

    By E.J. Dionne Jr. | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — The clergy gathered in the second-floor conference room at the First Baptist Church here were pondering whether this midterm election might be different from other midterm elections. The five African-American pastors and bishops represented diverse theological traditions, but all were profoundly unhappy over what North Carolina’s ultra-conservative state government in Raleigh had done to reduce access to the ballot box, cut education spending, and turn back money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The irony, said the Rev.

  • Ed Apple: Public officials shouldn't forget who's the boss

    BY ED APPLE | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    No calling is more gratifying than serving the public’s common good. The wise and explicit directions given in the preamble to the Constitution leave no doubt about who has the ultimate power in government. Because of recent experiences that I’ve had with some public officials and employees, I want to remind them of who works for whom. When I was first elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, a wise friend gave me some good advice: Always be available, approachable and accessible to your constituents, he said. Next, remember that the only reason voters gave you this job is for you to do your best every day to enhance, enrich and ennoble their lives. Of particular importance is to handle each contact as timely as

  • George F. Will: Is Chris Christie running?

    By George F. Will | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides — he fired them — in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge. Nevertheless, Christie today radiates serenity. His critics, including many Hillary Clinton enthusiasts, hoped the last 12 months would be for him a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. He has, however, thrived. He won two elections last November.

  • Washington Examiner: Obama needs a Plan B regarding ISIS

    Washington Examiner editorial | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    WHEN President Obama announced the beginning of U.S. and coalition operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, he categorically ruled out placing U.S. combat troops on the ground. His plan eventually involves training, arming and sending local militias to serve as a proxy for U.S. infantry. In the meantime, air strikes are supposed to “degrade” the Islamic State and the threat it poses. Though it would be premature to declare the air campaign against the Islamic State a failure, we can at least say that so far, this isn’t working. If the Islamic State’s army were simply hunkering down and surviving, then complaints about U.S. strategy would seem premature. But in fact the Islamic State continues to gain

  • Michael Gerson: On Ebola, hard choices

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Here is what officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have been telling us: America has some Ebola infections (and is likely to see more) but America does not have an Ebola outbreak, which is extremely unlikely in a health system capable of basic public health measures (such as isolation and contact tracing). So: Infections but no outbreak. Some in the media — splicing their own agendas into the Ebola virus — have used this response (variously) to criticize governmental doublespeak, diagnose institutional rot, or slam immigration laxity. This is political and ideological scavenging.

  • Ruth Marcus: One amazing transformation

    By Ruth Marcus | Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Warp-speed change in gay marriage views

  • Oklahoma history professor: U.S. history is a great story, warts and all

    BY LARRY C. FLOYD | Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Teaching introductory U.S. history to college freshmen and sophomores, I sometimes feel a swell of pride when I speak of the importance that the Founding Fathers placed on what they called “virtue.” They defined this as the willingness of leaders and ordinary citizens to sacrifice their personal interests for the good of society. And then I relate with some shame how these same virtuous leaders compromised their Enlightenment-inspired principles and allowed slavery to be written into the U.S. Constitution. I can only remind students that this nation’s history comes in lighter and darker shades of gray. A school board member in Littleton, Colo.

  • Cal Thomas: On ISIS, Ebola, Americans can handle the truth

    By Cal Thomas | Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    The Ebola virus is not a threat, but ISIS is. That’s what some of our leaders tell us. Should we believe them? Do they have a track record for truth-telling that would lend them credibility? ISIS hasn’t (yet) invaded America, but Ebola has. We are bombing ISIS in Syria, but treating Ebola here as an interloper that can be controlled. There is nothing to worry about. No need to panic. Pay no attention to the disease behind the curtain. Experts are in charge and we must always trust our experts. Do you? I sure don’t. 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.

  • Colorado Springs Gazette: New ERA is a bill worth supporting

    Colorado Springs Gazette editorial | Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    WHEN politicians come asking for your vote this fall, especially those seeking to serve or remain in Congress, ask them what they think of the ERA. It’s alive and well and gaining momentum. We're not talking about the old Equal Rights Amendment that fizzled in the late 1970s. Today, ERA means the Employee Rights Act and it may take shape as the decade’s leading civil rights crusade. It’s a common-sense solution to provide an array of protections in the workplace. The proposal is long overdue and has more than 80 percent support across all major voter demographics. Consider a candidate out of touch if he or she says something like “ER what?” Challenge candidates who say they’re undecided or against the ERA.