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My talk to school superintendents

BY MICHAEL J. HICKS I gave a talk to the Indiana Superintendent’s Summit this week, and thought the issues I discussed might be of interest to Hoosiers as we think about our state’s economy. I began by sharing what the state’s Constitution says ab

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To beat Trump, Democrats must practice a politics of modesty

BY GEORGE F. WILL “It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s

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Huge protests reflect angst over China's meddling

When Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997, freedom-lovers had a deep sense of foreboding. How long, they wondered, before China’s promises to treat Hong Kong differently from the mainland – to leave its political liberalism intact ̵

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Rapists' rights defy reason

BY KATHLEEN PARKER In Alabama, where a new law denies abortion to women even in cases of incest or rape, a rapist may still pursue custody rights of a child conceived during his assault. I’ll give you a moment to digest that sentence. It gets worse. In a rece

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On impeachment, Pelosi has to pick her poison

BY EUGENE ROBINSON House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she believes President Trump “has been involved in a criminal cover-up.” Too bad she’s not in a position to do something about it. Oh wait, she is. If she truly believes the president has

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Congress has a duty to help our ailing 9/11 heroes

Detective Luis Alvarez’s heart-wrenching words Tuesday ought to settle the question immediately: Congress has a clear and urgent duty to replenish the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund. Gaunt and rail-thin, the former NYPD cop testified: “I will not

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Scarcities are recyclable excuses for expanding government

BY GEORGE F. WILL Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) said, “War is the health of the state.” James Madison said, “War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement,” and the executive almost is the American state, Congress now being

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Biden's surrender to pro-abortion radicals has damaged his 2020 prospects

BY MARC A. THIESSEN For decades, Catholic Democratic politicians have been justifying their pro-choice position by telling us that they were personally opposed to abortion but could not impose their religious view on others. For most, the argument was a fig leaf to

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Trump's new math for dirty air

- The Trump administration had a choice when its plan for replacing an Obama-era pollution rule was forecast to result in thousands of premature deaths. It could have recognized the harm and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to side with public health o

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Terminate abortion, please

BY KATHLEEN PARKER The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choicest. The newest controversy swirl

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Fewer Democrats should run for president, so more can run for Senate

BY EUGENE ROBINSON Dear Democratic presidential candidates: I know all 23 of you want to run against President Trump, but only one will get that opportunity. If you truly believe your own righteous rhetoric, some of you ought to be spending your time and energy in

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'Reviewing' the news: A TV reporter shows how it's done

Perhaps it’s time we stop obsessing so much over fake news and worry a little more about fake reviews. It’s not that fake news isn’t a problem. It’s a big one. But constantly complaining about the fake variety elevates the “real”

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Be safe boating

With the arrival of summer vacation time, people are going to start enjoying various summer activities, such as boating and other water sports. Always remember when going tubing or water skiing, it is important to have an observer separate from the driver of the bo

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The College Board tries to solve a problem it's unsuited to solve

BY GEORGE F. WILL The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks l

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