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June 19th, 2015

Federal Lands Don't Belong to the States

    The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada. Some Westerners see unfairness in that. They should not.

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Three Felonies a Day

    We’re supposed to be the “land of the free.” But believe it or not, the United States is actually the most incarcerated country on the planet.

    It’s true: While the United States has just 5 percent of the world’s population, it houses 25 percent of the world’s prison population. That’s more than any other country, even including Russia, China, and Iran.

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Second thoughts about first ladies

    He's unmarried. An avowed bachelor. If he won the White House, he'd have no spouse at his side.

    But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., thinks there's an option. It includes his sister, maybe some female friends.

    "We'll have a rotating first lady," he told London's Daily Mail this week.

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Perry's flawed Texas 'miracle'

    All presidential candidates tout their works, and few works are more revealing than the condition of the states that this election's crop of Republican hopefuls serve, or recently served, as governors. Of these GOP govs and ex-govs, surely no one intends to get more mileage out of his state's standing than Texas's Rick Perry.

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Odd Bedfellows for Liberty

    Let’s now praise a threesome of odd bedfellows: a Democratic ex-senator, an exiled American citizen, and a current Republican senator.

    I don’t think they’ve ever met, yet their separate efforts over 14 years have now guided our ship of state away from some perilous authoritarian straits.

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Not About Us Without Us

    A few of my African friends have adopted a slogan: “not about us without us.” They use it to protest international decisions about their continent that are developed without any input from African people.

    It’s a wonderful phrase. I think it applies to a few recent events in our country as well.

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Jenner's gender war on pronouns

    Keeping the pronouns straight. In my experience, that's the hardest part of adjusting to a friend's sex-change operation.

    My experience in this case consists of working in the same newsroom as Ridgely Hunt, an award-winning war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, as he became Nancy Hunt in the mid-1970s.

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Hillary comes out of the shadows

    The long reintroduction of Hillary Clinton to the American public as a presidential candidate is getting to look like the coming-out of a wealthy and spoiled debutante.

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Hey, Democrats, have you forgotten Joe Biden?

    At Beau Biden's funeral on Saturday, President Barack Obama said his own family had become part of the Biden clan, playing by "Biden rules."

    "We're always here for you," Obama said looking at Vice President Joe Biden and his family, giving them his "word as a Biden."

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Government by Bagmen

    When Dennis Hastert was indicted for trying to cover up some $3.5 million in hush money payments to a man he’d allegedly sexually abused decades ago, Washington was shocked. I wasn’t.

    I was shocked that Hastert, who’d spent the better part of his life in public service after working as a high school teacher and wrestling coach, could afford to contemplate a $3.5 million payout.

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