December 31, 2015
By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan Once again, the Fraser Institute has released its annual Economic Freedom of North America report. And once again - unsurprisingly- the United States is in a downward spiral. Over the past 15 years, the United States has dropped from an 8.6 on Fraser's 10-point scale to a 7.7. In 2000, Fraser ranked the United States as the most economically free country on the planet. Today, we are 14th - less economically free than Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
December 21, 2015
Armando Valladares is the author of the best-selling memoir "Against All Hope" and the recipient of the Becket Fund's 2016 Canterbury Medal In December of 1785, George Washington received a letter from Quaker abolitionist Robert Pleasants pleading with him to make a priority of ending slavery. Eighty years later - 150 years ago this month - he got his wish. This month marks the sesquicentennial of the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which officially ended the scourge of slavery in America.
November 18, 2015 |
Medal for Spielberg Film maestro Steven Spielberg , 68; Barbra Streisand , 73; and Gloria Estefan , 58, are three of the Americans this year who will be awarded the White House's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Honorees, who also include violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman , Stephen Sondheim , James Taylor, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), veterans' activist Bonnie Carroll, and baseball great Willie Mays , will be greeted by President Obama at a White House ceremony Nov. 24. Charlie Sheen: HIV positive?
October 2, 2015 |
YO, GUN-NUT presidential candidates. Here's a bright idea for your next debate. Stop blathering about foreign terrorists' threats to our freedoms and start to focus on the home-grown terrorists who have already stolen the freedoms we used to take for granted. Like the freedom to send our little ones to elementary school without their being slaughtered, the way 20 children were in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012. And the freedom to love and guide those babies, the way six staffers did before perishing in the same massacre.
August 10, 2015 |
Kathleen Kane sowed the seeds of her undoing during her seemingly flawless first year in office. That was the year the Democratic attorney general, newly elected in a landslide, won national attention for stands in favor of gun control and marriage equality. MSNBC host Chris Matthews even suggested she was presidential material. But it was also the year she secretly shut down an undercover sting operation she inherited from her Republican predecessors. Though the investigation had caught Democratic elected officials in Philadelphia pocketing cash and jewelry, Kane, in 2013, declined to press charges, saying the case was badly flawed and possibly tainted by racial targeting.
July 31, 2015 |
RAHA MOHARRAK was 25 when her parents said it was time for her to marry, but she decided she wasn't a toaster - as in " Ping! It's ready" - the Saudi Arabian woman told a U.S. audience recently. "I wasn't ready. " Nor was she interested in giving up her job, car or independent life in Dubai, or up for the demeaning ritual in which "you get all dolled up, get onstage and dance at a wedding, and wait for some mom to see you and say, 'She's good for my son.' " Instead, Moharrak climbed Mount Everest.
July 28, 2015 |
As Marcelo Melo's return sailed over the net, Mike Bryan yelled "Going out" and he and his brother, Bob, ducked in unison. When the shot did land well behind the baseline to give the Bryan brothers a 5-1 set win over the Philadelphia Freedoms men's doubles team of Melo and Robby Ginepri, the Bryans converged near the net and jumped up for their signature chest bump. The lopsided set win led the visiting California Dream (8-4) to a 22-16 World TeamTennis win over the Freedoms (4-8)
July 27, 2015 |
The Bryan brothers have done - and won - just about everything there is to do and win in men's doubles tennis. Since breaking onto the scene in 1995, identical twins Mike and Bob have won 16 Grand Slam titles, one Olympic Gold medal, and held the No. 1 ranking in the world for 424 consecutive weeks - the longest of any player or tandem in tennis history. Even in a career as long and decorated as theirs, there is a first time for everything. On Sunday, that first will be performing in a live music show before hitting the courts at Villanova University's Pavilion for the California Dream's (6-4)
July 25, 2015 |
Underdogs had their day Thursday as the Freedoms knocked off the previously unbeaten Austin Aces, 22-14, at Villanova's Pavilion. The Aces had opened the World TeamTennis season with eight straight victories before falling to the Freedoms (4-6). The Freedoms' Robby Ginepri faced a daunting challenge in the men's singles matchup. His opponent, Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia, led the league with 33 aces and 40 singles victories. From the moment Ginepri released the ball from his hand for the game's opening serve, it became clear that he was anything but an underdog.