Op-Ed

A No-Labels Look at Obamacare’s Mandate

If the No-Labels folks were running Washington, our policy-making and politics would be running smoothly, civilly, and effectively. Really. And to prove that’s true… We are targeting today’s column as…

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Zimbabweans Say “Enough!”

On Sunday, Zimbabwe’s governing party expelled its leader, President Robert Mugabe, 93. The stunning rebuke by Mr. Mugabe’s party, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party, or ZANU-PF, came a…

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How to Empower a Generation

It was a cold winter day in Tzfas as the Ridvaz, Harav Yaakov David Wilowski, made his way into shul. It was his father’s yahrtzeit, and he had come early.…

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Uranium One Was One Bad Deal

It’s here again. The Uranium One scandal is in our faces again as President Donald Trump and not a few other Republicans are calling for a special counsel to investigate…

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The Nuclear Button

The United States was abruptly catapulted into the types of conversations that personified the height of the Cold War on Tuesday. It happened at a hearing of the Senate Foreign…

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Commentary: Beware the Fine Print in Tax Bills

The competing House and Senate tax bills differ in important respects, but they have this in common: a predilection to shower benefits on the very wealthy. The extraordinary reduction in…

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The Enriching Alternative to Getting Even

The enmity began with the sale of a birthright, and grew exponentially with the matter of who received their father’s blessings. The fierce hatred of Esav towards Yaakov continued to…

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Real and Fake Causes of Terrorism

Which of the following is responsible for terrorism in Israel? (a) Arab incitement (b) Generous Arab funding for terrorists and their families (c) A failure by the IDF to provide…

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Of Bump Stocks and Background Checks

The landscape of Devin P. Kelley’s life was a veritable forest of red flags. Mr. Kelley, who last week shot to death 26 worshippers in a Texas church and wounded…

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The Prince Charles Letter

Just a few days after Britain formally marked the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, a letter written by Prince Charles surfaced, in which he expressed views not exactly consistent with…

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A Veteran’s Dark Lifetime Gift

Thank you for your service. Veterans are grateful for these words. But for the combat veteran, there is an unspoken, inaudible phrase that follows: And for your continuing sacrifice. The…

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The Mentally Ill Don’t Deserve Stigmatizing

Public opinion surveys suggest that many people think mental illness and violence go hand in hand. A 2006 national survey found, for example, that 60% of Americans thought that people…

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The Muzzling of Camels And a Lesson From a Donkey

When Eliezer, the devoted servant of Avraham Avinu, set out on his mission to seek a shidduch for Yitzchak Avinu, he took “10 camels of his master’s camels.” Rashi reveals…

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To Help Families, Don’t Cut Their Taxes

The House Republicans’ tax proposal focuses mostly on increasing business investment. Many critics of the bill think it should lean more heavily towards providing immediate tax relief to American families.…

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Taking FEMA to Court

Hurricane Harvey left a path of devastation in its wake in Texas: ruined roadways, flooded homes, uprooted trees and power lines and a multi-billion dollar repair bill. The hurricane also…

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100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration

The 17th of Cheshvan is a significant day in the Jewish calendar. On this day, the Mabul, the terrible Flood, began, initially as a modest rain. If the people would…

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Terror Victims Deserve to Be Heard, Not Pitied

Politicians in Israel are extremely respectful of terror victims, as they should be. But they often cross the line from respectful to patronizing, as if terror victims can’t be taken…

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Death Penalty? Try ISIS for War Crimes

Four o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon at Hamodia is normally a time to put the final touches on the weekend edition, not rip up plans for the cover story and…

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