Hillary Clinton Faces Tough Battle Winning Over Young Women

Hillary Clinton’s decisive win in the Nevada caucuses is a critical validation of her candidacy, though it also brought into sharper relief one of her campaign’s unexpectedly vexing problems: A majority of younger Democratic women are passing on the chance to cast their vote for the first female president and, instead, throwing in with the crusty socialist firebrand Bernie Sanders. In the three Democratic contests so far—Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada—nearly eight out of ten of the women voters under 45 supported Sanders. Nationally, polls show that 64% of the Democratic women under 45 currently back the Vermont senator. In each ...

Pope Francis Brilliantly Dismisses Petulant Donald Trump

Hmm, let’s see here. . .Donald Trump, who appears poised to win his second Republican presidential primary, thinks Vladimir Putin is a “great leader,” admires the late Saddam Hussein for “killing terrorists” and is wowed by the “genius” and “toughness” of Kim Jong Ill, the mad dog oppressor of the North Korean people. On the other hand, the developer-turned-schlock TV character thinks Pope Francis I, defender of the poor and migrants, advocate of kindness and mercy, critic of wealth and privilege, is “disgraceful” and “a pawn” of corrupt political interests. What’s wrong with this picture? Everything, which also is what’s wrong with ...

Apple Needs to Cooperate with the FBI to Save Lives

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There’s a hoary legal maxim that hard cases make bad law and, at first glance, the standoff between Apple and federal investigators probing the San Bernardino terror attack certainly would seem to be one of those. The basic facts are these: Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife, Tasheen Malik, killed 14 and wounded 22 in a terrorist attack on a San Bernardino government health center. They had an iPhone 5c, which was recovered from the couple’s SUV after they were killed in a shootout with police. On Oct 19—44 days before the shooting—Farook activated an encryption option on ...

Sorry Ted Cruz, it is Obama’s Duty as President to Name a New Supreme Court Justice

In the great debate over civil rights and an independent judiciary that consumed the German Reichstag in October of 1877, the Catholic parliamentarian Ludwig Windthorst decisively broke with the Prussian Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, and his brand of conservatism: “‘Conservative' means to conserve the given, legitimate institutions in State and Church,” Windthorst said. “It does not mean to arm a government with omnipotence, with which it can modify those institutions at will. So long as you confuse conservatism with Polizeiwirtschaft (a police state) an alliance with you is certainly unthinkable." Nor does a genuine conservatism empower one party to remake all ...

Donald Trump’s New Punching Bag: Pope Francis

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Not content with spewing country club card room invective—“loser,” “jerk,” etc.—at other Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump now has turned on Pope Francis I. The pontiff is currently on a pastoral visit to Mexico, where over the course of the next few days he will meet with indigenous people and business leaders, celebrate Mass at the shrine of the country’s patroness, Our Lady of Guadalupe, visit a prison and lunch with seminarians. His itinerary consciously mirrors the journey of Mexican and Central American migrants northward to the Rio Grande and will culminate in Ciudad Juarez, where the pope will celebrate a ...

Antonin Scalia’s Death: Obama Must Nominate a Replacement Despite GOP Rancor

The unexpected death of Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has brought into sharp focus the fact this election cycle will decide not only control of the White House, but also the high court and the U.S. Senate—in other words, all three of the coequal branches of government. Scalia was a giant of the conservative jurisprudence that has come to play such a decisive role in our national life. His opinions on free speech and due process may have as many admirers on the left as they do on the right. Even so, his particular theory of constitutional interpretation—textualism, in which ...

Lee Baca Facing Six-Month Prison Term: What Happened to the Idealistic Sheriff from East LA?

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is one of America’s stranger law enforcement agencies, and its former head, Lee Baca, who admitted this week that he lied to federal investigators, is about as strange and troubling a public figure as one can imagine. The organizational oddity begins at the top, since the Sheriff is an independently elected official. That was common in the mid-19th Century, when the department was formed, but today only a handful of agencies retain that arrangement, none of them anything like the size of LA County. What that means is that the head of the nation’s fourth ...

Southern California’s Newspaper Readers Don’t Deserve More of Tribune’s Inept Management

For decades, the best newspaper in America on any given day was either the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal or the Los Angeles Times. Today, the LA Times not only has plummeted out of daily journalism’s top tier, but also become a ghostly poster child for everything that’s gone wrong with our newspapers since the advent of the digital age. Not long ago, the Times had a daily circulation of more than 1 million—virtually all of it to valuable home delivery subscribers—and a staff of more than 1,200 journalists. It maintained one of the world’s ...