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The most important 44 words in the Constitution

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The First Amendment to the Constitution, the most important 44 words in that priceless and precious promise of liberty and freedom, does not guarantee civil, wise or even responsible speech. It guarantees free speech, however goofy, dumb or even irresponsible.

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Big-government union bosses revel in collective bargaining

As a local official years ago, I saw the negative impact of collective bargaining on our taxpayers and on our excellent employees. So, during my first year in office as governor of Wisconsin, we took the power away from the big-government special interests and put it firmly into the hands of the hard-working taxpayers. Our Act 10 reforms were both pro-taxpayer and pro-worker.

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Resisting price controls on prescription drugs

President Trump has made great strides in dismantling the big-government legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama. Historic tax cuts, dozens of regulations cut for every new one implemented, and two conservative Supreme Court justices, to name a few.

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How Trump’s foreign policy could sink him in 2020

Donald Trump was elected president on the strength of two campaign promises. He would end foolish wars and shrink our military footprint in the Middle East, preferring to police U.S. borders rather than the world. Now, leading 2020 Democratic contenders threaten to take these issues away from him.

Brokering the resolution of conflict

There is renewed momentum building for the peaceful resolution of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the U.S. Congress can play a very constructive role in ensuring that this momentum is maintained.

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Democratic presidential candidate New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the official dedication ceremony of the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island Thursday, May 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

The new national pastime

Running for president has replaced baseball as the national pastime. (We liked baseball better.) Every day there's a new rookie up from South Bend or Cedar Rapids of the Three-Eye League, or an equivalent, armed with his newspaper clippings about his prowess in the minors. ("Good field, no hit.") As we went to press, 24 Democrats think they can hit major-league pitching. There may be more tomorrow.

Tariffs up competitiveness

Andrew P. Napolitano's comment in "Once upon a time in America" (Web, May 15) about President Trump's "destructive ignorance of Economics 101" caught my attention. Yes, as the judge says, American consumers reimburse a Chinese seller for each dollar the seller pays in tariffs to the U.S. Treasury. However, that is not necessarily the end of the story (maybe that's covered in Economics 102). As the cost of Chinese goods rises, the cost of American goods becomes more competitive. As that happens the demand for those goods increases, upping the need for materials and employees in the United States, thereby in general benefitting the U.S. economy. I don't understand why that is destructive.

Blood-alcohol laws save lives

As the former vice chairman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), I have seen suffering and I have seen death. So I cannot stand by while someone attempts to mislead the American public about a lifesaving measure that will prevent drinking and driving deaths ("More politics than science," Web, May 13).

Taking control of attention despite social media invasions

In "How To Do Nothing: Resisting The Attention Economy," Jenny Odell, an Oakland-based multi-disciplinary artist and writer, asks us to look at how we are spending perhaps our most valuable resource -- our attention. TLDR; not wisely.

The trouble with tariffs

President Trump's plan to win re-election next year on a booming economy and a soaring stock market ran into serious trouble this week.

Our modern 'Satyricon'

The novel survives only in a series of extended fragments. But there are enough chapters for critics to agree that the high-living Petronius, nicknamed the "Judge of Elegance," was a brilliant cynic. He often mocked the cultural consequences of the sudden and disruptive influx of money and strangers from elsewhere in the Mediterranean region into a once-traditional Roman society.

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'We fight for freedom'

I have spent my life in the military family: As the son of a gravely wounded combat soldier; as an officer; as a senior leader in the Pentagon; and now as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. My ancestors fought from Guilford Court House to the Meuse Argonne and in the jungles of the Mekong Delta.

Building partnerships for infrastructure

As majority owners and operators of transportation infrastructure, counties across America are using Infrastructure Week to spotlight our efforts to address the dire needs of local infrastructure and underscore how we can partner with the federal government to modernize our transportation systems.

President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at the White House in Washington from a trip to Louisiana, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Once upon a time in America

There was a time in American history — nearly all of it up to the presidency of Woodrow Wilson — when the federal government followed basic constitutional norms. With some unique and discrete exceptions, like the Civil War, Congress wrote the laws, the president enforced them, whether he agreed with them or not, and the judiciary interpreted them and assessed their compatibility to the U.S. Constitution. This is the separation of powers.