Last week, Russia declared war on Ukraine. On March 1, the Russian Parliament’s Upper House, the Council of the Federation, voted to authorize the use of force against its neighbor. Now Russia has invaded the Crimea, my birthplace, a beautiful peninsula offering a subtropical coastline that has been popular with visitors since the days of Anton Chekhov.
Barack Obama keeps saying there isn't a government program for every problem in America, but you wouldn't know it from reading his new 2015 federal budget.
This nearly $4 trillion document would spend more federal dollars on everything from climate change to green energy to transit systems to welfare state expansion to federal land purchases to day-care subsidies.
When we think of those who wish to do us harm, we usually picture an assailant armed with a gun, a missile or a bomb — someone who can hurt us physically.
That’s understandable, but we shouldn’t neglect the need to protect ourselves from another type of weapon, one that is gaining greater popularity among our enemies: the computer keyboard.
Adversaries such as Russia,…
America is in the midst of a tremendous energy surge. Smart drilling technologies are supplying cheap and abundant natural gas that is saving families money on their energy bill and will likely drive the United States to be the world’s top oil producer by 2015.
Developing our natural resources is creating jobs and growing the economic pie — not just in our energy-rich…
Finally, a defense secretary who would roll up his sleeves and start getting bloated Pentagon spending under control.
His name was Robert McNamara, and he and his "whiz kids" had plenty to fix. Each armed service had a different butcher's smock because they couldn't agree on the requirements for an appropriate apron for a military chef. The Army took longer to field a…
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s speech previewing the FY15 defense budget certainly provided a target-rich environment for critics from both political parties and a broad range of interest groups. And the criticism has flowed freely since that Monday press conference.
From invective-laden commentary about the near-fatal compromise of America’s security, to those fearful…
"Waterworld" got nominated for an Academy Award. No kidding. All right, it was for "best sound mixing." Still, the nearly unwatchable 1995 science-fiction box-office bomb had a chance of walking away with Oscar. No such luck for "Lone Survivor," the riveting true-life story of a tragic military mission in Afghanistan--which also crushed it in ticket sales.
A number of…
While the uprising in Venezuela is getting lots less news coverage than the turmoil in Ukraine, the outcome is of equal importance — if not more — to the United States.
Quite simply, though not understating the importance of the results of “East versus West” in Ukraine, Venezue-la is in our hemisphere and what happens there could impact a lot…
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last night vetoed what should have been a straightforward religious freedom bill. Minor clarifications to existing law got lost in an avalanche of gross mischaracterization as national pundits predicted the bill would usher in a "homosexual Jim Crow" regime with rampant denial of services by business owners to gays and lesbians.
The development is…
Ukrainians have succeeded in their struggle against a corrupt, incompetent president. For now. But for the revolution to be a success, Kyiv’s new leaders must make a strong effort to reform the economy, revitalize government institutions and protect the country’s sovereignty—not squabble over power and portfolios.
The Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, removed Viktor Yanukovych…
Does the housing-finance system require government guarantees? We’re often told it’s worked so well for so long that reforms should only tweak things. The market won’t survive, it’s said, if we completely eliminate those guarantees.
But the reality is that if the system had worked, we wouldn’t have had millions of home foreclosures. Taxpayers wouldn’t have spent $200…
The law, like a pendulum, sometimes moves from one extreme to another. For most of the 20th century, Congress gave federal judges wide discretion to select the punishment to be given to a particular defendant in a case. Typically, lawmakers set a maximum on the range of applicable penalties, such as “no more than five years’ imprisonment.”
Beginning in the 1980s,…
Skepticism is a hallmark of good science and good journalism. Yet, time after time, scientists and journalists make giant leaps of faith in their desire to fight climate change by regulating greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.
This phenomenon was recently on display in a February 16 segment of Meet the Press that featured a discussion between actor Bill Nye (“The Science…
“As governors, as state leaders, we’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington. We’re not just against something. We’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision. You don’t just sit back and nick the other side — you’ve got to lay out a plan.”
That was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talking to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on the latter’s “Morning Joe” program last summer.…
Here is a not-so-secret secret: America's Army in Europe is putting out a contract to scour social networks for information that would "identify violent extremist influences" worth worrying about.
But that's not all. The command also wants information that will help it "engage with local populations" and "build interagency partnerships."
And by the way, the scope of the…
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