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World Opinion

May 19, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Palestinian prisoners In mid-April several dozen Palestinians began a hunger strike that has since grown to include almost 2,000 Palestinian prisoners. The prisoners demand not only an end to the practice of administrative detention, but also increased family visits and an end to solitary confinement. Although recent reports indicate that a negotiated...

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National Opinion

May 18, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Congressional spending cuts Anyone who wonders why the national approval rating for Congress hovers around 10 percent should consider the latest gambit by House Republicans. They are now trying to avoid the automatic budget cuts triggered by collapse of...

Illegal immigration

May 17, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

A new report confirms what the Mexican government announced one year ago: net immigration from that country to the United States essentially has dropped to zero. The Pew Hispanic Center released a report last week stating that for the first time since the...

JPMorgan at it again

May 16, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

For the vast majority of Americans — 99 percent, to borrow a phrase — banking is commercial and relatively simple. A checking account, a savings account, a credit card or two. A mortgage, a small-business loan or a line of credit for daily business cash...

Health care fraud

May 13, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

News coverage of last week’s simultaneous arrests of 107 people in seven cities for alleged health care fraud pretty much appeared and disappeared in a day, at least outside Miami, Baton Rouge, Houston, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tampa and Chicago, the cities...

Immigration declining

May 9, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

The number of immigrants coming illegally to the United States has been declining for several years. Demographers have repeatedly said as much, and now a report by the Pew Hispanic Center confirms it — illegal migration from Mexico is virtually at a...

Pelosi has eyes on your money

May 6, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Nancy Pelosi, former speaker of the House of Representatives, is among the wealthiest members of the U.S. Congress. So it’s probably understandable that, in a recent television interview, she referred to the people who pay taxes only via the payroll tax as...

World Opinion

May 5, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Israel’s 64th anniversary As Israel turns 64, we have much to be proud of. But we do not always appreciate our many achievements. We agonize over the Iranian nuclear threat, endlessly debating the pros and cons of a pre-emptive military strike against an...

National Opinion

May 4, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Medicare and Social Security Many Democratic politicians, including President Barack Obama, are sounding a familiar alarm that Republicans aim to “end Medicare as we know it.” Some of them also have been reprising an election-year tradition by accusing...

Army begins to remake itself

May 3, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

After nearly 10 years of relentless combat, the U.S. Army has begun to catch its breath and think about what’s next. Army Chief of Staff Raymond T. Odierno, in an article published last week in the May/June edition of Foreign Affairs, writes that the coming...