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  • By Steven Walters
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What one senator calls local governments across Wisconsin—ranging from the Village of Tigerton (population 716) to Milwaukee County (population 957,735)—“rushing” to levy wheel taxes could still set off fireworks in the Legislature.

  • By Arthur I. Cyr
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The New Year has begun without a bang, at least of the nuclear weapons variety. We can all be thankful the apocalyptic bluster from the leader of North Korea has continued to be just that, with no indication of using this fearsome new weapons capability.

  • By Froma Harrop
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Sen. Lindsey Graham's reputation as an honorable conservative lies like a ripped-up banana peel at the bottom of the baboon cage. What happened? What turned the principled voice from South Carolina, respected by Republicans and Democrats alike, into one of Donald Trump's dancing monkeys?

  • By MICHAEL GERSON
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Because of President Trump's absence of downward loyalty, his elevation of the morally impaired and his encouragement of staff factionalism, his administration will produce any number of damaging memoirs and leak-filled exposes. Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" is the latest in this genre, but surely not the last.

  • By David Harsanyi
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“A wave of optimism has swept over American business leaders, and it is beginning to translate into the sort of investment in new plants, equipment and factory upgrades that bolsters economic growth, spurs job creation—and may finally raise wages significantly,” opens a recent New York Times…

  • By Ben Shapiro
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President Trump is unpopular. He's unpopular because he's boorish, crude and silly; he's unpopular because he has a unique capacity to turn winning news cycles into referenda on his use of Twitter. But the United States under President Trump hasn't seen any serious anti-liberty revanchism. I…

  • By Todd A. Berry
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As I retire after almost 25 years as president of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, I can’t help but reflect on how Wisconsin government and politics have changed over the decades. Perhaps the most significant change is the increasingly partisan and polarized nature of dialogue a…

  • By Arthur I. Cyr
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“Nattering nabobs of negativism,” is probably the most enduring of the many alliterative pronouncements of Spiro Agnew, vice president in the Nixon administration until forced to resign because of corruption. This particular phrase, penned by Nixon speechwriter William Safire, derogatively denigrated diligent reporters for placing bad news above good.

  • By Lenore Skenazy
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“Arkangel,” an episode of the Netflix show “Black Mirror” directed by Jodie Foster, had me cheering—which is a little odd, seeing as it is an incredibly horrifying tale of what can happen when parents get what some think they want: the chance to watch what their children are doing every minu…

  • By Connie Schultz
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I am not one to argue gender superiority, ever. However, it's hard to imagine any female leader engaging in this "mine is bigger" idiocy. As a rule, we do not, for example, think any good comes from saying, "You show me yours, and I'll show you mine."

  • By Kathleen Parker
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After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past winners, the board fired them both and installed Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America 1989 and Fox News anchor, as its new chairwoman.

  • By Lenore Skenazy
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Why is it always grown-ups who are supposed to go virtuous when January rolls around? This year, let’s give some resolutions to the ones who really need to change (and sometimes need a change, too).

  • Froma Harrop
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Teens of the 1980s may recall shiny new shopping malls as the hot place for hanging out, their food courts the cafe society of adolescence. These chain-store palaces knocked off local mom and pop retailers one by one, turning their downtown habitat into drab places for the poor and dysfunctional.

  • By Peter Funt
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Journalists love year-end recaps, but summarizing the odyssey that was 2017 might better be left to late-night comedians. So herewith a precap of news certain to occur in 2018:

  • R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor-in-chief of The American Spectator. He is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and the author most recently of "The Death of Liberalism."

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The election of Doug Jones in Alabama delivered much joy to Democrats, and they rightly heralded the huge African-American turnout, without which Jones would not have won. But Democrats should have stopped there. Some of their prominent voices went further with the theme that black voters di…

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As a functional obsessive-compulsive, I'm never happier than at year's end when I get to make lists. Herewith, my picks for the most important stories of 2017:

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January 1970. Weeks after graduating from UW-Madison, you’re the cub reporter for the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald newspaper. Being a reporter pays you—$127.50 a week—for your insatiable curiosity. You typed your stories out, pasted the pages together and handed them to the city editor, who edit…

  • By David Harsanyi
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According to political analysts, 2018 Democrats will use the just-passed tax reform as a way to argue that the Republican Party is the party of the plutocracy, which is another way of saying that Democrats are going to use the same argument they've been using for the past three decades with varying degrees of success.

  • By Froma Harrop
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Collective groans greeted the New York subway system’s decision to stop referring to passengers as “ladies and gentlemen.” In olden days, which now date to last month, subway conductors would include these words in public announcements. For example: “Ladies and gentlemen, please watch your p…

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Vice President Mike Pence's obsequiousness at a recent Cabinet meeting -- "Thank you for seeing through the course of this year an agenda that is truly restoring this country ..." and on, and on -- might be appropriate at a Communist Party Central Committee meeting, or at a despot's birthday party. But it is not the language of any self-respecting republic.

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The United States government rightly honors the contributions of Native Americans to defense and protection of our nation. In late November, a White House ceremony recognized the special contributions of the “code talkers,” members of the Navajo tribe employed in communications in the Pacifi…