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Wonks can be useful people. Having studied the deep innards of public policy, wonks are essential to constructing programs that can function as desired. They help write complicated laws. But whereas wonks may know all the parts that make a clock work, they are usually not good at selling the clock. You need marketers for that.

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This summer, I'm taking a tip from the Chantix turkey. You may have seen the ads for Chantix, a drug claiming to help people stop smoking gradually. The turkey character is seen trying to quit cigarettes in a calm, slow manner rather than going "cold turkey." The mellow Galliforme calmly adj…

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President Donald Trump's playground taunt Sunday that "the Squad" of four new radical liberal House Democrats, all women of color, should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came," dominated Monday morning's headlines. Yet those headlines smothe…

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Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, I wrote that he got elected because people were fed up with politicians ... and he wasn’t a politician. Since that time, our country has been undergoing an internal destruction like we have never before seen. And it’s getting worse as it’s feeding on itself.

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We are all, to some extent, prisoners of the past. Things that have already happened — or that we remember as having happened — constitute the world that we know. Anything else is a product of imagination.

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It was certainly no slip of the tongue when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cut a small group of her party's radicals to size. "All these people have the public whatever and their Twitter world," she told The New York Times. "But they didn't have any following. They're four people, and that's how…

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Five members of the U.S. women's soccer team — plus its coach — have publicly come out as lesbians. The fabulous Megan Rapinoe is the most out there. With her chiseled features and chiseled short haircut, she could pass for the Greek god Mercury. (She needs a helmet with wings.)

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Most people realize that no matter what position President Trump takes, the left and the media immediately take other. With the plethora of Democrat presidential candidates all searching for voter attention, their common target is Trump . . . and the compliant press/media is more than willin…

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The situation on our southern border is a crisis, not because of the migrants but because of the way they are being brutalized by the Trump administration. While the Trump brands these asylum seekers (who have a legal right to seek asylum) as criminals or terrorists, most are fleeing Central…

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In "Democratic Promise," Larry Goodwyn's definitive history of America's 19th-century populist movement, he describes the migration of hundreds of thousands of abjectly poor Southern farmers into Texas in the 1870s and '80s. They were escaping the scurrilous "company store" system of crop le…

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Hypertourism has become the curse of desirable places all over the world. It refers to the swarms of tourists who clog the plazas and narrow streets of prized cultural destinations — Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Prague and others. Party cities, such as Amsterdam, where both prostitution and …

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Lately the fight over abortion rights has been flaring up on both sides of the issue. Some states have enacted laws that prevent abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected while other states have passed legislation allowing abortion right up to the time of birth . . . even allowing that…

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Of course he was for the Hyde Amendment, the federal law that blocks Medicaid funding from being used for abortion. He even fought against a rape and incest exception. He proposed his own Biden amendment to block foreign aid from being used for biomedical research related to abortion. He was…