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  • Commentary posted July 31, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. If Iran starts cheating, Netanyahu has no choice but to strike

    The Vienna Agreement overseeing Iran's nuclear program brought no joy to Tel Aviv. "Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran," declared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "because Iran continues to seek our destruction." He then added pointedly, "We will always defend ourselves." Of course, Netanyahu is right. Israel, like all nations, has the inherent right of…

  • Commentary posted July 31, 2015 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Medicare: Washington's Next Trillion-Dollar Trainwreck

    Medicare is still in trouble. The Medicare Trustees just issued their 2015 report. Like last year’s report, it says that the Hospital Insurance trust fund will enjoy a few years of surpluses, followed by deficits, ending in insolvency in 2030. The trustees’ report is a bracing corrective to the complacency and demagoguery that often mars the ongoing Medicare debate.…

  • Commentary posted July 31, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Rebuilding a Marriage Culture: A Fourfold Mission for the Church

    The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, redefining marriage everywhere in the United States, has left many of us wondering: What do we do now? In my just-released book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, I present a comprehensive roadmap on how citizens of every walk of life should respond to the Court’s ruling. Here I want to…

  • Commentary posted July 29, 2015 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Milking Banks For Highways

    The U.S. Senate’s newest plan to save the highway trust fund is a great example of how short-term interests tend to dominate politics. As my colleague Michael Sargent has pointed out, the Senate developed a six-year plan that pays for only three years, and “does so by relying on unacceptable gimmicks and tax increases.” One of those tax increases provides another…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2015 by Rachel Sheffield, Christine Kim We can’t ignore culture if we want America to thrive

    A thriving society needs a strong economy. The reverse is just as true: A healthy economy is built on a vibrant culture that promotes individual and social well-being. It’s helpful to think of a society as an ecosystem — one in which cultural, political and economic spheres greatly overlap. As in any ecosystem, change in one sector reverberates across the entire…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Creating a case for conservatism

    Being conservative in a politically correct culture has never been easy. Whether you’re a politician trying to explain a controversial sound-bite, or a voter attempting to defend your stance on a hot-button issue to co-workers, you either grow a thick skin — or learn to keep quiet. Sadly, you get used to having your motives impugned by people who assume that no one could…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2015 by Justin T. Johnson Cut defense spending because...?

    Here we go again. An editorial last week in Bloomberg View argued for steep cuts in national security spending. While much of the editorial supported important reform efforts that will be carried in the National Defense Authorization Act, it never bothered to explain why the spending cuts are necessary. Indeed, the only rationale offered was the observation that national…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by James L. Gattuso Amazon and antitrust: Should Washington sue to make books more expensive?

    As Americans set out to the beach this summer with their favorite novels in hand, federal officials are being asked to sue the nation's largest bookseller, Amazon.com. Why? For not having higher prices. A group of authors and competing booksellers recently petitioned the Department of Justice to open an antitrust investigation into the activities of the online retailer.…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Original Member of Bin Laden’s Band Killed in Strike

    The U.S. military claims to have killed Muhsin al-Fadhli in Syria.  A one-time associate of Osama bin Laden, he is reported to have headed a network called the Khorasan Group, responsible for planning al Qaeda’s terrorist attacks on the West. Well, at least we think he is dead. This is the second time the U.S. has claimed to have killed Muhsin al-Fadhli. Also, no word if…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Making The Case For Traditional Parenting

    Over the weekend, John Farrell published an odd critique of an essay of mine that ran at First Things. The essay is an excerpt from my new book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom. In the book, I argue on the basis of philosophy, social science and public policy that the judicial redefinition of marriage will have negative consequences for our…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. All the way with LBJ and Obama

    Count on it: When it comes to foreign policy, two-term presidents -- and even most one-term presidents -- will change course along the way. Since 1933, only two have not: Lyndon Johnson, who rode the Vietnam War all the way down, and Barack Obama. That's not a good sign. Consider the record. When Franklin Roosevelt entered the White House in 1933, he began by torpedoing…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. When Autos Attack

    A couple of months ago, DARPA Dan made news during a 60 Minutes profile when he showed how scientists could hack into a car’s computer, making it move independently of the driver. Senator Ed Markey got so worked up that he announced new proposed legislation to set standards for “protection against digital attacks and privacy.” Well, this ought to get Markey excited. It…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by Joshua Meservey Sermonizing With Al Shabab: The Terrorist Group's New Tactic

    On May 19, members of the Somali terrorist group al Shabab entered Hulugho village in eastern Kenya and herded all the villagers they could find into a mosque. Al Shabab has entered Kenyan towns before, usually in a frenzy of murder and arson, before withdrawing into the bush. Hulugho seemed set to suffer a similar fate. This time, however, the gunmen merely delivered a…

  • Commentary posted July 24, 2015 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Christine Kim Tracking opportunity for all

    "Opportunity for all" is a goal Americans from across the political spectrum can embrace. But it won't be more than an aspiration unless we know whether we're making progress toward that goal. To do that, as the management adage says, we need to measure what matters. That means taking stock of the social and economic factors shaping opportunity in America today. That's…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. We Should Hunt Terrorists Online -- Since That's Where They Now Operate

    Used to be that, when a crime occurred, investigators would flood the crime scene. Now, they race to access the perpetrator’s footprint in digital space. Often, that’s where they’ll find the most crucial clues. And that’s why the FBI wants to know everything Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez did online. Digital tracing has proved particularly important in…