America’s Veterans Deserve Honor, Homes, Health Care

Korean War veteran Fred VanHoosier rides in a antique military truck during a Veterans Day parade in Davenport, Iowa, on Nov. 11, 2015. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
Korean War veteran Fred VanHoosier rides in a antique military truck during a Veterans Day parade in Davenport, Iowa, on Nov. 11, 2015. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)

Throughout my life, I have always held the highest honor of American patriotism is exemplified by respect for the men and women who serve in...

  • French President Francois Hollande (L) and Morocco's King Mohammed VI shake hands after signing an agreement on Sept. 20, 2015, during a meeting in the Moroccan port city of Tangier. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sharpening the Fight Against the Islamic State

    “Broadly speaking, the struggle within Islam is between Muslims who embrace the values of the modern world in terms of freedom, indi­vidual rights, gender equality... Read more

  • Tourists visit the site of Eiffel Tower which remained closed on the first of three days of national mourning in Paris on Nov. 15, 2015. Thousands of French troops deployed around Paris on Sunday and tourist sites stood shuttered in one of the most visited cities on earth while investigators questioned the relatives of a suspected suicide bomber involved in the country's deadliest violence since World War II. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Addressing Terrorism

    The recent events in Paris demonstrate again that contemporary terrorism remains a global threat. The deliberate slaughter of 130 innocent victims there is at least... Read more

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    Why the Drugs Market Isn’t Working and What We Can Do to Fix It

    When the new owners of a lifesaving AIDS drug raised its price by 5,000 percent, an online backlash forced the CEO to change his mind... Read more

  • French soldiers patrol the Trocadero place near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, on Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

    Remember Paris and Strike Back

    Once again terrorists have struck. And around the world, starting with France, citizens are defiantly cringing. They wait for the next shoe to drop and... Read more

  • Syrian army personnel load howitzers near the village of Morek, Syria, on Oct. 7, 2015. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)

    The Syrian War in One Short, Easy Read

    Often described as a “complex web,” the Syrian war involves numerous actors, dozens of seemingly contradictory alliances, and rapidly changing dynamics. But while the war... Read more

  • People attend a candle light vigil to the victims of the Paris attacks in Brussels' Molenbeek District's town square, on Nov. 18, 2015. Molenbeek has come under growing scrutiny as a hotbed of Islamic radicalism in Europe, with several major attacks and plots linked to the down-at-heel district, including the Nov. 13 series of shootings and suicide bombings in the French capital Paris in which at least 129 people were killed and hundreds injured. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

    What Is It About Molenbeek? The Bit of Belgium That Was a Base for Paris Terror Attacks

    Just as during the German invasions of 1914 and 1940, war, it seems, is coming to France through Belgium. If one follows the logic of... Read more

  • Former first lady Rosalynn Carter at a Habitat for Humanity building site in Memphis, Tenn., on Nov. 2, 2015. She has worked to improve mental healthcare delivery for decades, and the Carter Center sponsored a program to train Liberian nurses to deliver mental healthcare. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Expert: Nurses Key to Revolution in Mental Health Care

    If the mind and body are one thing, then health care for the mind and body should become one thing. Yet huge walls separate physical... Read more

  • Tight security surrounds Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as he visits the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, on Nov. 21, 2015. Malian security forces were hunting suspects after a brazen assault on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 19 people plus two assailants. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    What Is Going On in Mali?

    After a week in which Europe was rocked by terrorism on the streets of Paris, gunmen entered the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital... Read more

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (C) (R-IA) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol announcing a bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice system, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1, 2015. A bipartisan group of senators led by Grassley and Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) (3L) is introducing legislation aimed at restructuring prison sentences for certain drug offenders, targeting violent criminals, and granting judges greater discretion at sentencing in lower-level drug crimes. Also pictured (L-R) are Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Congress Is Finally Considering Real Criminal Justice Reform

    I was recently bemoaning the fact that mens rea reform was not part of the various proposals that were being considered in the House and... Read more

  • Cuban migrants rest outside the Costa Rican immigration building at the border with Nicaragua, in Penas Blancas, Costa Rica, on Nov. 16, 2015. A surge of some 2,000 Cuban migrants trying to cross Central America to reach the United States triggered a diplomatic spat between Costa Rica and Nicaragua Monday, plunging tense relations between the two countries to a new low. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Has Cuba Manufactured a Refugee Crisis?

    A humanitarian crisis is developing in Central America along the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Earlier this week, the Nicaraguan military began refusing to... Read more

  • A Palestinian man walks in the Old City in Jerusalem, on Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    A Conducive Geopolitical Environment for Israeli–Palestinian Peace

    The upheaval sweeping the Middle East suggests that it will be extraordinarily difficult if not impossible to resume the Israeli–Palestinian negotiations and reach a successful... Read more

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    NIH Protects Sugar Industry Over Children’s Teeth

    The government has gone to great lengths to downplay the connection between sugar and tooth decay. The result has been more profits for the sugar... Read more

  • French Police officers stand on guard near the church of Sacre Coeur, on top of the Montmartre Hill, overviewing Paris, on Nov. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    Paris Terror Demands America’s Vigilance

    After the night of contemptuous terror attacks throughout Paris on Nov. 13, America must enhance security awareness, training, initiatives, protocols, and collaboration. The heart of... Read more

  • Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA health system are characterized by shortages, lack of innovation, and massive consumer harm. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

    Uncle Sam Can’t Haggle Better Than Private Insurers

    The White House is declaring war on prescription drug prices. “The administration is deeply concerned with the rapidly growing prices of specialty and brand name... Read more

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    Why Social Media Is Not Natural for Baby Boomers (It May Even Be Antithetical)

    The year was 1976. New journalism writer Tom Wolfe coined the term the “Me Decade” to characterize the unprecedented sharing, self-disclosure, self-centeredness, and sheer self-importance... Read more

  • A Palestinian swings a sling during clashes with Israeli troops, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Nov. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Why Have Past Israeli–Palestinian Negotiations Failed?

    No new format for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians can succeed unless it carefully considers the reasons behind the failure of past negotiations... Read more

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