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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas is one of the most widely syndicated political columnists in America. Based in Washington, he is a wide-ranging social commentator, not a "beltway insider," who supports traditional conservative values and the American "can-do spirit." He'll take on virtually any topic, from the decline of the family to growing terrorism worldwide.

A columnist for 30 years, he is the author of “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan, January 2020). Readers may email Mr. Thomas at [email protected].

Articles by Cal Thomas

The 'new' Hillary Clinton

In the video announcing her presidential candidacy, Hillary Clinton says the economic deck "is still stacked in favor of those at the top." Published April 13, 2015

Carly Fiorina             Associated Press photo

Carly Fiorina, a woman of accomplishment

When people speak of "the first woman president" they usually mean Hillary Clinton, who is expected to announce her candidacy soon. Published April 8, 2015

FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, April 2, 2015, from left, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, line up for a press announcement after a new round of Nuclear Iran Talks in the Learning Center at the Swiss federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. If, as critics contend, the nuclear framework deal between world powers and Tehran ends up projecting U.S. weakness instead, that could embolden rogue states and extremists alike, and make the region's vast array of challenges even more impervious to Western intervention. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott, File)

The devil in the nuclear details

Too bad the "framework" of a nuclear weapons deal with Iran didn't come four days earlier on April Fools' Day. It would have been more appropriate. Published April 6, 2015

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law's supporters contend the discrimination claims are overblown and insist it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

Indiana and the culture wars

The uproar about Indiana's law is political theater. It is also a trap set by the Left, which Republicans risk falling into. Published April 1, 2015

Illustration on Hillary Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How do you solve a problem like the Clintons?

This being the 50th anniversary of the film "The Sound of Music," please permit me a poor adaptation of a few of its song lyrics, which fit in nicely with our current political climate. Published March 30, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, his wife Heidi, and their two daughters Catherine, 4, left, and Caroline, 6, right, wave on stage after he announced his campaign for president, Monday, March 23, 2015, at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A better 2016 agenda

Focusing on what works is better than ideological bomb-throwing. Published March 25, 2015

Illustration on the Iranian nuclear threat to Israel by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

How a bad Iran deal could destroy Israel

In 1982, during one of many visits to Israel, I had the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who told me, "Israel needs friends." He added that in the end, his nation could not trust any nation with its fate and security. The protection of Israel, he said, was ultimately the responsibility of Israelis. Published March 23, 2015

Illustration on love, forgiveness and racial harmony by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The power of forgiveness

Turn on the news and you expect to see people of different races and politics denouncing each other. That's why what happened last week on "The Kelly File," Megyn Kelly's Fox News program, was so remarkable. Published March 16, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Hillary's matter of convenience

The only way to put this to rest is for Mrs. Clinton to allow the FBI access to her server. Published March 11, 2015

Illustration on African-American progress and challenges by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

A half-century after Selma

I liked the movie "Selma," though it could have done without the rap song during credits that referenced "hands up, don't shoot," a slogan that emerged from the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer whose actions the Justice Department recently determined did not "constitute prosecutable violations" of federal civil rights law. Published March 9, 2015

Failing New York Schools Illustration by Nancy Ohanian

Taylor Swift's poor investment

Pop star Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the New York City public school system. Miss Swift, who was named the world's sixth most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, has commendably performed numerous acts of charity since moving into her $20 million Tribeca residence last year, including visits with sick children at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Published March 4, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Bibi at the barricade

Iran cannot be trusted to honor any nuclear agreement. Published March 2, 2015

Illegal immigrants sit in a group after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in McAllen, Texas. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Stop the immigration flood

It's long past time to stop the influx, to seal the border and to cease allowing immigrants from nations where terrorism thrives. Published February 25, 2015

Lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani comments on a lawsuit filed against video game giant Activision by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega outside Los Angeles Superior court in Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Noriega claims his likeness was used without permission in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and he was portrayed as a murderer and enemy of the state. Activision attorneys said allowing the case to proceed would make it difficult to include historical figures in games, books and other creative works. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William F. Fahey did not signal during an hour long hearing Thursday how he might rule. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Love, American style

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is taking some heat — and winning praise in some quarters — for remarks he made at a private dinner last week at which he questioned President Obama's love for America. Published February 23, 2015

Illustration on the value of the U.S. Constitution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Chris Cuomo: 'Our rights do not come from God'

The framers of the Constitution clearly understood that in order to put certain rights out of the reach of government, those rights had to come from a place government could not reach. Published February 18, 2015

Nerobama Illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Barack Obama, America's Nero

President Theodore Roosevelt said, "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." More than a century later, President Obama speaks loudly (and incessantly) and carries a twig. Published February 16, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal talks about his plan for national education reform at a policy breakfast on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. If he runs for president, Jindal is expected to make education a central part of his message with a focus on his opposition to Common Core.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bobby Jindal for president?

Governor Jindal of Louisiana may be a more formidable force than some people realize. Published February 11, 2015

Illustration on Obama's prayer breakfast failure to criticize militant Islamists by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

Let us prey?

There was a time when the 63-year-old National Prayer Breakfast was a rather mundane affair. It rarely made news. Speakers — evangelist Billy Graham spoke at most of the early ones — talked about Jesus and salvation. Presidents, beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower, would follow with unremarkable comments mostly ignored or relegated to the religion page by the secular press. Published February 9, 2015

Illustration on government policies causing disuniy in America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A hyphenated nation

As if we aren't already divided enough by race, class, gender, political party, economic status and sexual orientation, the federal government is reportedly thinking about creating a new category of Americans just in time for the next census. Published February 4, 2015