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THOMAS: How to spell success

The annual ritual known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee came and went last week with kids spelling words that, I suspect, many with graduate degrees couldn't spell.

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THOMAS: (Dole)ing out blame for gridlock

Why is it always Republicans who are seen as the impediment to progress? Why aren't Democrats labeled obstructionists or chastised for advocating policies that lead to escalating debt?

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THOMAS: Two prime ministers

What Westerners struggle to figure out is how to distinguish Islamists from moderate Muslims and how to recognize the true Islamist when they are taught to deceive us about their radical beliefs.

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THOMAS: Obama inspires in Morehouse address

President Obama gave two commencement addresses in one to graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta last weekend. It would be easy for this conservative to critique the political and social elements of his speech. Instead, I choose to focus on the inspirational part.

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THOMAS: Tyranny is no longer 'lurking'

Tyranny is no longer lurking. It's here.

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THOMAS: Gosnell's 'clinic of horrors'

It was the pictures and riveting testimony that convinced a Philadelphia jury that abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was guilty of murdering three infants born alive following botched late-term abortions and also guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, who overdosed on Demerol during an abortion at Gosnell's clinic.

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THOMAS: Benghazi, IRS: Son of Watergate?

Journalists should do their jobs on Benghazi and IRS issues.

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THOMAS: Taxing Internet sales just a new burden on businesses, bureaucracy

The debate over taxing Internet sales isn't about "fairness," as the cleverly worded title of the bill suggests, it is, or ought to be, about spending, which is where the real problem lies.

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THOMAS: Would things go better with Koch?

"Mainstream media" are alarmed by reports that billionaires Charles and David Koch are considering the purchase of Tribune Company's eight daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times.

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THOMAS: Immigration deformed

There's the story of a woman with five kids who was asked if she had to do it all over again, would she have five children?. "Yes," she said, "just not these five.". That's the way I feel about the immigration "reform" bill introduced by the Senate's bipartisan

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THOMAS: Back to the '50s

Addressing a meeting of Planned Parenthood on Friday, President Barack Obama accused pro-lifers of wanting to "turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century."

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THOMAS: No boundaries, big problem

One of the consequences of abandoning a standard by which right and wrong can be judged is our increasing inability to mete out punishment that fits the crime. In fact, too often we weigh extenuating circumstances rather than guilty actions.. In the case of the Boston bombers, observers search for

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THOMAS: Bombed and blamed in Boston

President Obama rightly asked us not to "jump to conclusions" about motives or responsibility for the two bombs that exploded Monday at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding more than 170. That request was pre-emptively ignored.

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THOMAS: Thatcher reviled for attempts to strengthen the individual

The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has prompted reactions from Britain's far left that takes bad taste to new extremes.

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THOMAS: School for scandal

My first question after reading about seven teachers in an Atlanta public school accused of altering standardized test scores to make it appear students performed better than they actually did was: How could they!?. The seven were nicknamed "the chosen" and, according to Georgia state investigator Richard Hyde, the less

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THOMAS: Why do liberals fear success?

There are many successful liberals, so why do so many of them wish to subsidize failure for the poor, instead of showing them how to succeed? Take Dr. Ben Carson, as one example.

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THOMAS: Beware public opinion

"If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it." -- Abraham Lincoln. History is full of warnings about what happens when people follow public opinion instead of standing by their principles. In its

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THOMAS: Unhappy anniversary, Obamacare

Last week, politicians who helped craft the Affordable Care Act celebrated in self-congratulatory style the third anniversary of that monstrosity which will soon extinguish health care as we've known it.

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THOMAS: Death and life in Maryland

I have often proposed a deal for my liberal friends who are anti-death penalty but pro-choice: I will surrender my position in favor of the death penalty, if pro-choicers support laws that protect the unborn. But so far I've gotten no takers.

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THOMAS: Detroit's decline

Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents.

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THOMAS: The sound of inevitability

All of the arguments for and against same-sex marriage have been heard and will be heard again on March 26 and 27 when lawyers on both sides of the issue argue two key cases regarding same-sex marriages before the Supreme Court.

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THOMAS: Life in Sequesterville

The Broadway musical "Annie" is enjoying another revival on Broadway. The show opened during the Carter administration when America was in need of some optimism. "The sun'll come out tomorrow," sang Annie, and with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, for a while, it did. Now we're back in "Hooverville."

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THOMAS: The downside of orthodoxy

Gov. Chris Christie is no liberal. He is proving his ideas work, which is why, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, he has a 74 percent approval rating in one of the bluest states in the country. Most politicians would, as they say, "kill" for a number like that, but instead CPAC organizers "killed" Christie from their list of speakers.

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THOMAS: Ryan's hope

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is looking beyond Friday and the beginning of the sequestration.

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THOMAS: Gov. Scott to voters: Never mind

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., was one of those tea party stars whom voters believed had the courage of his convictions when he promised, as recently as last summer, to block the Affordable Care Act in his state.

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THOMAS: Extortionist in chief

At the end of 1995 and stretching into January 1996, the federal government "shut down" because of an impasse between President Bill Clinton and House Republicans led by then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The issue was increased taxes vs. less spending. Sound familiar?

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THOMAS: The double threats to Democrats

Double threats to the cult of big government. Just as Lenin's body remains on public display in Russia, because one never knows when he might be useful to rally the masses, so, too, does the ghost (but thankfully not the body) of the late Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., remain a useful symbol for Democrats in Washington.

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THOMAS: Obama recycling old and failed ideas

President Barack Obama's approach to so-called "climate change" appears to include recycling old ideas.

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THOMAS: Let us pray, not prey

Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that a president of the United States cannot even attend an event devoted to drawing people closer to God and bridge partisan and cultural divides without being lectured about his policies.

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THOMAS: Where is the outrage over white paper?

An unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, "... is the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal team's views about the lawfulness of killing, without a trial

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THOMAS: Government shouldn't define 'church'

Under pressure from religious and conservative groups, the Obama administration has offered another compromise on the issue of birth control coverage within the Affordable Care Act.

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THOMAS: '60 Minutes'' missed opportunity

In the days of the late Mike Wallace, "60 Minutes" was known for hard-hitting, aggressive journalism that asked the questions viewers wanted answered and held the powerful accountable. Not so much these days.

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THOMAS: GOP: R.I.P.? Not on state level

Some political commentators are dancing on what they believe to be the grave of the Republican Party.

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THOMAS: Roe v. Wade at 40

At last week's signing of "executive actions" designed to combat gun violence in America, President Obama, flanked by schoolchildren, said, "...when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now.". There's no doubt that children, especially schoolchildren, are vulnerable to all kinds of threats

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THOMAS: An imperial president

One definition of "imperial" on dictionary.com is, "of the nature or rank of an emperor or supreme ruler.". At his news conference Monday, a petulant, threatening and confrontational President Barack Obama spoke like an emperor or supreme ruler. All that was missing was a scepter, a crown and a

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THOMAS: Control politicians, not guns

If laws were enough to deter criminal behavior prisons would be empty. The latest effort to "control" guns in America is as likely to deter someone intent on breaking the law as outlawing lust would affect one's libido.

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THOMAS: Hagel's record on defense, Israel troubling

Hagel's tone on defense, Israel both troubling. Biography isn't policy. President Obama's choice for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, former Nebraska Republican senator, has a resume most politicians can envy: a clean senatorial record, no ethical lapses and two purple hearts from a war many opposed and many more tried

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THOMAS: Female vs. male senators

As the son of a woman, the husband of a woman and the father of daughters and granddaughters, I celebrate the record number of females who are now United States senators.

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THOMAS: More of the same

Everything that everyone loathes about Washington was present in the "fiscal cliff" bill just passed by Congress. It is 153 pages long; most members probably hadn't read all of it before voting on it; it was delivered in the middle of the night; it was loaded with pork -- the

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THOMAS: When citizenship grows too taxing

I had read about financially motivated expatriates but never knew one who had taken the ultimate step until I visited with my longtime friend “Sam.”

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THOMAS: Vietnam 50 years later

It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. “advisers” to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North and 37 years since the end of that divisive war and the country’s unification under Communism.

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THOMAS: The perfect gift

NOTICE: Cal Thomas is on vacation. This is a "classic" Thomas column originally released on Dec. 17, 2009.. Most people who haven't finished their shopping are starting to worry about what gifts to give a friend, relative or spouse. Quick, what did you give or receive last year? How about

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THOMAS: One night in Bangkok

BANGKOK -- Most of us can read about sex trafficking with a sense of detachment. It is only when we see its results up close that we are forced to confront the full extent of its horror.. Nana Plaza is one of several "red light" districts in Bangkok. It is

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THOMAS: Explaining evil

As much as humans have tried for millennia to prevent evil acts, we have not succeeded.

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THOMAS: No entitlements equals vibrant Singapore

SINGAPORE -- While the U.S. unemployment rate "dropped" to 7.7 percent last month -- a figure even The Washington Post acknowledged was due "...in large part because the labor force fell by 350,000..." -- here in this modern and prosperous city-state of slightly more than 5 million

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THOMAS: No skin in the game

An Internet search is inconclusive as to where the phrase "no skin in the game" originated. Some ascribe it to the late columnist William Safire; others to investor Warren Buffett. Politicians often use the phrase to justify policies to their liking. It can also be applied to the latest in

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THOMAS: Dark shadows of Islamist Egypt

The opening scene-setter for the 1996 film "Independence Day" might serve as a metaphor for what Egyptians could face if a draft constitution written by a panel dominated by Islamists and based on Sharia law wins approval in a referendum: "A loud rumble is heard. Suddenly, we are covered

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THOMAS: On brink of fiscal cliff, perhaps it's time for actual taxpayer revolt

Congress returned to "work" this week (now there's a laugh) to complete its lame-duck session before taking another holiday. Spending other people's money is a taxing experience.

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THOMAS: 'Pharaoh' Morsi

The diplomatic hosannas for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi following his brokering of the recent ceasefire between Hamas and Israel were still being heard even as the former head of the Muslim Brotherhood started behaving like a pharaoh.

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THOMAS: Marco Rubio: A Hispanic Reagan?

Conservatives have been dreaming that a political reincarnation of Ronald Reagan would lead them to an electoral promised land.