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The Nobel Prize Encourages a Dangerous Fantasy

Mon, Oct 9, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

In another inane choice for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee selected an organization known as ICAN—the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The idea of “abolishing” nuclear weapons is absurd, of course: if the world enacted the restrictive treaties proposed by the campaign, then decent, law-abiding...
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The Vegas Killer’s Obvious Addiction

Wed, Oct 4, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

While motives behind the Las Vegas massacre still​ remained very much in doubt, liberal pundits rushed out​ to blame the killer’s fascination with firearms for pushing an ordinary man to mass murder. Actually, Stephen Paddock nursed another obsession far longer, and far more intensively, than he ever indulged an interest in guns—and that dangerous...
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The Greatest Libel Since the Blood Libel

Tue, Oct 3, 2017  |  by Dennis Prager

The most infamous libel in history is the one known as the Blood Libel. This was the medieval lie leveled at Jews in some European countries that accused the Jews of killing Christian children to use their blood to make Passover matzo. As the author of a book on the history of anti-Semitism (“Why the […] The post The Greatest Libel Since the Blood...
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“Zero Sum Game” Distorts Thinking on Tax Cut, Foreign Affairs

Wed, Sep 27, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

As Congress debates immediate, substantial cuts in federal tax rates, liberal opponents invoke the discredited concept of a “zero sum game”—the idea that if one citizen gains, then another must lose, because they believe that one individual’s good fortune must always mean someone else’s misfortune. This thinking ignores the way economic...
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You Can’t Advance Justice by Dishonoring the Flag

Wed, Sep 27, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

When prominent athletes refuse to stand for the national anthem, their defenders insist they’re not dishonoring the flag, but pushing the nation toward social justice. But how can you possibly advance your cause with public gestures that most Americans find irritating and offensive? And what milestone must society reach to convince those athlete activists...
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Restoring a Sense of Purpose

Tue, Sep 26, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

The Jewish high holy day season culminates in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, this year on September 30th, and brings patterns of behavior that often confuse and mystify our neighbors. Why do so many nominally irreligious, unaffiliated people flock to long, demanding services on this solemn day of fasting and prayer? British scholar Chaim Bermant offered one...
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Who’s Divisive — the President or the Players?

Tue, Sep 26, 2017  |  by Dennis Prager

Because the left dominates the news media, the entertainment media and academia, Americans are swimming — actually, drowning — in an ocean of lies. Here are a few examples: America is racist. America oppresses its minorities. America oppresses women. Universities have a culture of rape. There are more than two genders. All cultures are morally...
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What Will Your Rabbi Talk About This Week?

Tue, Sep 19, 2017  |  by Dennis Prager

Tomorrow night is Rosh Hashana, one of the two High HoIy Days of Judaism, or “Days of Awe,” as they are called in Hebrew. The other High Holy Day, nine days later, is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Just as there are many Christians who only go to church on Christmas and Easter, there […] The post What Will Your Rabbi Talk About This Week?...
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Real Life Losses, Abstract Gains

Mon, Sep 18, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

To understand why right-wing activists make a mistake in pushing deportation of so-called “Dreamers” we should consider the reasons for our consistent victories in defending gun rights. For gun-owners, this is a personal issue—restrictive regulations are an interference, or an annoyance, with real-world impact. For those who choose not to own...
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Politicians and the Season of Repentance

Mon, Sep 18, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

Autumn is the season for repentance in the ancient Jewish calendar.  Celebration of the New Year on Thursday and Friday of this week brings the chance to review the twelve months just passed, considering where we fell short and how to do better in the year ahead. Prominent politicians need the lessons of the season: Hillary Clinton, for instance, in her...
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Rank-and-File More Moderate than Expected—In Both Parties

Wed, Sep 13, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

The Wall Street Journal conducted an August poll meant to illustrate the two parties as hopelessly divided but the actual results indicate that most people on both sides lean toward the cautious center. Despite the strident activists who rally behind the slogan “Black Lives Matter” only 28 percent of self-identified Democrats describe themselves as...
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No Rational Explanation for “It”

Wed, Sep 13, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

After a miserable summer for movies, with the box-office down some 15 percent across the board, September brought a big surprise: a modestly budgeted fright-fest with no big names smashed all records for horror films and for September releases in general. It, based on a 1986 Stephen King novel and a 90s TV miniseries, centers on an ageless cannibal clown who...
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Leftism Is Not Liberalism

Tue, Sep 12, 2017  |  by Dennis Prager

What is the difference between a leftist and a liberal? Answering this question is vital to understanding the crisis facing America and the West today. Yet few seem able to do it. I offer the following as a guide. Here’s the first thing to know: The two have almost nothing in common. On the contrary, […] The post Leftism Is Not Liberalism appeared...
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Newly Released in Paperback!

Thu, Sep 7, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

“Absolutely spectacular. This book is must-reading for anyone not yet fully convinced that God’s hand has been on America from the very beginning. The stories in it are genuinely staggering, fascinating, eye-opening, and deeply inspiring. Please do yourself a favor and read this book!” —Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author...
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Big Events Demand Big (Cooperative) Responses

Wed, Sep 6, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

At key turning points in history, dramatic events seem to come together to force cooperation between even the most reluctant partisans. In the face of devastation from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, for instance, even a brief government shutdown became unthinkable, so Republicans and Democrats worked together to provide disaster relief and raise the debt...
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Big Events Demand Big—and Cooperative—Responses

Wed, Sep 6, 2017  |  by Michael Medved

At key turning points in history, dramatic events seem to come together to force cooperation between even the most reluctant partisans. In the face of devastation from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, for instance, even a brief government shutdown became unthinkable, so Republicans and Democrats worked together to provide disaster relief and raise the debt...
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Bob Gorrell
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