Broward School Violence: The Rest of the Story

Paul Sperry, RealClearInvestigations
Broward County, Fla., school officials portray as a great success their Obama administration-inspired program offering counseling to students who break the law, instead of having them arrested or expelled. They insist that it played no role in February’s school massacre by Nikolas Cruz. They also claim that in fact juvenile recidivism rates are down and school safety is up, thanks to the program.

Can the U.S. Avoid a Debt Crisis?

Robert Samuelson, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office last week released its annual budget and economic outlook report, and although the news was gruesome, the report was greeted in Washington with a giant yawn. The assumption among Republicans and Democrats is that the political rewards for curbing runaway budget deficits are too meager to justify the risks. There's a consensus to do nothing -- and to hope that nothing goes disastrously wrong.

Trump Is Right to Declare ‘Mission Accomplished’ in Syria

Christian Whiton, The Hill
President Trump is doing the right thing in Syria: penalizing the Assad government for using chemical weapons, but avoiding greater involvement in the civil war there, and laying plans to exit the conflict. His strategy is apparently baffling to some, but amounts to putting American interests first — and keeping our military focused on the threats of tomorrow, not yesterday.

A Trump Doctrine for the Middle East: Disengagement

Martin Indyk, The Atlantic
The evening of Friday, April 13th, 2018, was John Bolton’s debut crisis as President Trump’s national-security adviser. Barely three days on the job and there he was, standing off-camera in the White House Diplomatic Reception Room, while his new boss delivered an address to the nation to explain why U.S., British, and French aircraft and missiles were attacking targets associated with Syria’s chemical-weapons program.

Opposition to immigrant sanctuary spreading in California

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - More local governments in California are resisting the state's efforts to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak.

Since the Department of Justice ...

Minnesota man goes from life in prison to political activist

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - At 15 years old, Elizer Darris expected to die in prison.

Now, after spending most of his adult life behind bars - he was convicted of second-degree murder - he uses his time to effect political change.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Darris, ...

South Dakota limits voters’ ability to put issues on ballot

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The 2016 election was the tipping point.

South Dakota voters passed a sweeping campaign finance and ethics law, and legislators quickly struck it down.

They have been chipping away at voters' ability to bring issues to the ballot ever since.

A year after Initiated Measure ...

Samsung denies Pyeongchang Olympic lobbying allegation

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung has denied a media report it launched illicit lobbying to help bring the 2018 Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Seoul-based SBS television network reported last week Samsung tried to use as a lobbyist Papa Massata Diack, the son of Lamine Diack, a ...

Raul Castro leaves Cuba with new freedoms, deep problems

HAVANA (AP) - In 2008 Raul Castro took over a country where most people couldn't own computers or cellphones, leave without permission, run most types of private businesses or enter resort hotels.

Castro set about re-engineering the system he had helped create and Cuba opened dramatically over his decade in ...

Comey pulls no punches with Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey declared President Trump is "morally unfit" to lead the nation, telling a nationwide television audience it is "possible" the Russians have compromised the president and that there is "evid...