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Congress knows how to slash child poverty. It just needs to do it.

If you could prevent millions of children from falling back into poverty, would you? Most of us, I imagine, would answer “yes” without hesitation. But not Congress. For nearly a year, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have dithered as the policy directly responsible for a dramatic decline in ...

It is 1998 all over again

In 1998, then-Gov. George W. Bush faced reelection in Texas. The Democrats controlled the U.S. House delegation and most statewide offices. The GOP had been making inroads but had not taken over statewide. Bush, elected in 1994 against Anne Richards, was running with a ...

Giving thanks

I always enjoy the moment when family and friends sit around the Thanksgiving table and share what they are thankful for each year. It is often hard to decide which blessings to showcase during the annual dinner ritual but our table often includes thanks for family, friends, health, laughter, ...

Elon Musk’s new toy

For Christmas, one year, my folks got my kid brother a tank. This thing could roll across the floor, the turret turned and it made battle sounds. That may not sound like much, but this was 1966 — color TV was like showing fire to a cave man — so this toy was the eighth wonder of the ...

The Left’s cynical ‘speech is violence’ ploy

This week, another evil mass shooter unleashed horror at a gay club in Colorado Springs, killing 5 and wounding another 25. The shooter — whose name I refuse to mention in order to disincentivize future shooters, who seek notoriety — was clearly mentally ill: Just last year, the shooter ...

Tom Turkey kicks the lid

Tom Turkey was a huge gobbler (30 lbs dressed). We had raised a dozen turkeys and given them all away except for Tom, the biggest. Being lonely, he would strut and gobble in front of the hen chickens and try to mate with them. “Just keep it up, Tom,” Mother would say. “You’re going to ...