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CAL THOMAS: By his own words, Obama shouldn't get second term

In his latest in a series of interviews on "60 Minutes" last Sunday night, the president took positions that are the polar opposite of what he was saying as recently as last spring.

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CAL THOMAS: What's wrong with adultery?

Once, divorce was a political "kiss of death." Now we are debating whether adultery should carry a similar penalty. One shudders to think what might be next.

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Cal Thomas: A December to remember

Author takes readers back to a very different America in the era of World War II.

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THOMAS: Compassionate conservatism: The sequel?

During the presidential campaign of 2000, George W. Bush was criticized by some conservatives for calling himself a “compassionate conservative.” Some believed the term to be redundant.

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THOMAS: Compassionate conservatism: The sequel?

Those who come into the U.S. illegally should not escape the consequences of our laws.

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THOMAS: Searching for the perfect candidate

Now it’s Newt’s turn. Having risen to the top in some opinion polls, the former speaker of the House is taking heat for large consulting fees paid to him by the government-sponsored mortgage company Freddie Mac for wisdom a New York Times editorial said was so simplistic it might have come from a fortune cookie.

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THOMAS: Searching for the perfect candidate

As Republican presidential candidates rise only to fall when their imperfections are brought to light, Republican voters risk disappointment in 2012 by playing the left's game on their turf and by their rules. What they must do instead is to protect their "product" at a time when the opportunity to

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THOMAS: Puerto Rico's two-year revival from $3.3B debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Since the congressional super committee appears unable, or unwilling, to take a lesson from Indiana or Virginia -- where Republican governors have made spending cuts and delivered budget surpluses without damaging the social safety net -- members might wish to consider Puerto Rico and what its governor, Luis Fortuno, is doing.Fortuno is Puerto Rico's first Republican governor in 42 years. In 2009 when he took office, the U.S. territory had a $3.3 billion budget deficit. Three years earlier, Moody's Investors Service downgraded the commonwealth's bond rating to junk status while in deep recession.

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THOMAS: Puerto Rico's two-year revival from $3.3B debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Since the congressional super committee appears unable, or unwilling, to take a lesson from Indiana or Virginia -- where Republican governors have made spending cuts and delivered budget surpluses without damaging the social safety net -- members might wish to consider Puerto Rico and what its governor

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THOMAS: Surprise? Iran still trying for nuke weapon

That so many in the State Department over several administrations could deceive themselves into believing claims by the Iranians that their intentions are nothing but peaceful and their sole objective is to develop more sources of electricity for their country reminds me of the Munich Agreement of 1938. British Prime

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THOMAS: Politics of personal destruction

Herman Cain is still standing, despite the Democratic onslaught.

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THOMAS: Herman Cain's Gauntlet

Herman Cain must endure media gauntlet. Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton allegedly trolled for women, using state troopers as his procurers. As president, Clinton engaged in oral sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. He lied about it under oath and was impeached, though later acquitted by the U.S. Senate

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THOMAS: Picture this!

Judge's decision is about politics, not free speech.

THOMAS: Bobby Jindal's triumph

One might expect this to be big news beyond the state, but most newspapers and TV media outside Louisiana either buried Jindal's win on inside pages and deep into their newscasts, or ignored it.. In a telephone conversation, I asked Gov. Jindal why. "It runs contrary to the political thinking

THOMAS: Gadhafi bites the dust ... what's next?

Has the demise of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi changed things for the better in Libya?

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THOMAS: "Pro-choice" crowd seem to favor only their choice

The Protect Life Act passed the House last week, but will likely die in the Democrat-controlled Senate.. There are more stirrings on this fundamental social issue. The Nov. 8 ballot in Mississippi will include Initiative 26, known as the Personhood Amendment, that says: "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall

THOMAS: Politics and religion, 2012 version

John F. Kennedy famously confronted that anti-Catholic prejudice in a 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. Kennedy said in part, "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president -- should he be Catholic

THOMAS: Only 'we the people' can save ourselves

GOP candidates should tell voters that no government has the power to save them.

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THOMAS: Christie's Right Decision

First, the media, which loves to build people up in order to tear them down, would have immediately heightened the conflict between the Republican Party's two wings. There would have been multiple interviews with Republicans who don't like Christie's position that illegal immigrants have not broken the law, or what

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THOMAS: Texas (partially) explained

You can't understand Texans by visiting the state.

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THOMAS: President Obama's folly

Nearly every time President Obama delivers a speech about the economy or jobs, something bad happens. His speech to Congress last Thursday night is the latest example. The next day, the Dow Jones Industrial Averages plunged 303 points, a decline replicated in other indexes in the U.S. and overseas.

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THOMAS: Rubio's speech puts government in its proper place

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) repeatedly says in various ways it is too soon, or he isn't ready, for higher office, such as vice president. He's been in the Senate for a little more than seven months and has delivered only two major speeches -- his maiden speech on the

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THOMAS: Putting government in its place

In my high school days before sex and environmental education and the general dumbing down of the population, memorization of some Shakespeare was expected in Miss Kauffman's 12th-grade English class. A favorite I still recall is this line spoken by Brutus in "Julius Caesar": "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries..."

Cal Thomas: Look to states for economic lessons

Washington should look to the states for clues on economic turnaround.

THOMAS: Game ruling shows court out of touch

Intellectually, I understand the Supreme Court's 7-2 decision that the First Amendment protects the most violent of video games. Experientially, I don't.

CAL THOMAS: President hides a lot of spending in his speech

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama at times sounded like he was channeling Ronald Reagan: cutting the deficit, hailing private enterprise and individual initiative, talking about the future. But for all his eloquence, the president wrapped his liberal ideology in conservative sheep's clothing.

THOMAS: Shooter is the lone person to blame in Arizona

In the aftermath of the senseless wounding of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, and the murder of six others, including U.S. District Judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina Green, there will be many who will use this tragedy to advance their own political agendas.

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THOMAS: Probes can save money, possibly lives

Given the Democrats' track record of investigating Republican administrations, they will lack credibility when they protest Republicans investigating actions by the Obama administration.

Castro's exit an opening for free Cuba

The Left's favorite dictator, Fidel Castro, is 'resigning' as Cuba's president of the Council of State. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), who was born in Cuba and, at the age of 15, along with his brother, was evacuated from Cuba during Operation Pedro Pan, observed: '... Castro has resigned from a position he was never elected to in the first place.'

Cal Thomas - Castro's exit an opening for free Cuba

The Left's favorite dictator, Fidel Castro, is 'resigning' as Cuba's president of the Council of State. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), who was born in Cuba and, at the age of 15, along with his brother, was evacuated from Cuba during Operation Pedro Pan, observed: '... Castro has resigned from a position he was never elected to in the first place.'

The house of Clinton seems poised to fall

The man of hope has beaten the man from Hope (and possibly his wife).

Cal Thomas - The house of Clinton seems poised to fall

The man of hope has beaten the man from Hope (and possibly his wife).

Cal Thomas - Hillarycare's chamber of many secrets

In the '90s, Judicial Watch, an organization that seeks to hold Democrats and Republicans accountable to the law, pursued members of the Clinton administration.

Hillarycare's chamber of many secrets

In the '90s, Judicial Watch, an organization that seeks to hold Democrats and Republicans accountable to the law, pursued members of the Clinton administration.

Cal Thomas - Pick policy, not warm and cozy feelings

Politicians don't usually get me excited, but Barack Obama does.

Pick policy, not warm and cozy feelings

Politicians don't usually get me excited, but Barack Obama does.

Cal Thomas - Can meeting of the minds fix the system?

Let's have a show of hands by people who are fed up with the way politics is practiced in America. Activists, party operatives, media guest bookers interested in conflict, not resolution of problems and all fundraisers, put your hands down. The rest of you pay attention.

To ID, or not to ID?

The answer to a cynic's question 'Do elections matter?' may be partially found in the way judges have handled an Indiana voter photo ID law that requires people to prove their identities before they can vote. The Supreme Court will begin 2008 by hearing arguments in one of the most volatile political cases to come before it since Bush vs. Gore in the 2000 presidential election.

Cal Thomas - Find the right gift and you will be merry

Thanksgiving is supposed to be about gratitude and Christmas about ... what? Getting more stuff we don't really need, but sometimes selfishly want?

Find the right gift and you will be merry

Thanksgiving is supposed to be about gratitude and Christmas about ... what? Getting more stuff we don't really need, but sometimes selfishly want?

Having that edge may be necessary

Why should Major League Baseball be immune to the cultural depravity that has touched every area of public life - from politics to religion, from corporate life to personal relationships?

Cal Thomas - Rudy sticks to his roots in conservatism

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was in Washington on Tuesday to raise money ... and to see me. In a nondescript office building two blocks from the White House, Giuliani answered a wide range of questions on domestic and foreign policy.

America in double jeopardy

When used as a noun, the word debate means, 'A discussion involving opposing points of view.' Using such a definition, the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates are engaging in something other than debate.

Cal Thomas: Use strike to reconnect with family

There are events in most of our lives that offer opportunities for us to change our ways. The strike by writers in Hollywood affords one such opportunity.

Lieberman puts country above party

This will probably kill his career, but I rise to praise Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent Democrat from Connecticut.

What kind of change do we want?

The country is frustrated. Democrats say Americans want change from Bush administration policies. That much of the country was also frustrated when Democrats were in charge apparently has escaped them.

Some donors dishonored by no will power

If you are a person of sufficient, or even modest, means who wishes to include in your will a bequest to, say, a favorite university, you have a right to expect that your wishes will be carried out by the recipient, right? You should expect that, but in too many instances, your expectations are not being met. People who have left (or given while they are alive) money, works of art or other items of value are increasingly seeing their gifts used for purposes other than what they intended.

Candidates need to stop pandering

If there were stock in carrots and sticks, I would direct my broker to immediately buy some because virtually all of the Democratic presidential candidates in Philadelphia on Tuesday night said these are their weapons of choice in confronting Iran's nuclear threat.

Rangel looks to suck our pockets dry

Just in time for Halloween comes House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel - henceforth known as Count Rangula - with a bill that would suck more blood from the American taxpayers.

Radical Islam sneaking in U.S. under the radar

A federal judge in Dallas declared a mistrial in the case of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) when a jury was unable to reach a verdict on 197 counts brought by the government that accused the Muslim charity of funding terrorism.

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