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Tom Jackson

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Jackson, Tom

Indiana, religious freedom and the prescience of Barry Goldwater

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The more The Right Stuff learns about the misinformation being spread as fact on behalf of

Rivals, critics doubt Ted Cruz’s credentials at their peril

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As we have discovered since he jetted from the starting blocks as 2016’s first declared presidential candidate, Ted Cruz seems to be a lot of things: scholar, radical (or patriot), genius (or know-it-all), upstart...

Some ideas are too good to sleep on

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— Like anyone, Bill Schroder dreams. Like many of us, when he awakens those dreams evaporate like so much morning fog, leaving only vapory, disconnected images. What els...

The Bergdahl fiasco: from reckless to toxic to ridiculous

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Catching up on your current-events reading this weekend? So is The Right Stuff, and, in the wake of (hopelessly belated, but never mind) charges being filed against America’s most infamous wandering soldier, it co...

Hillary and the well-scrubbed email server

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And then, it seems, there were none.

On Iran, ‘any deal for a deal’s sake’

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About the looming deal with Iran over its nuclear-weapons-making capacity — the one that seems to grow worse for everyone but the mullahs day by the day; the one, also, President Obama appears prepared to take to ...

Solar buffs seek favors in power plan

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— As a practical matter, I have no beef with what activist Florida sun worshipers say they are

Rubio’s healthcare iPhone corollary

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Doing the other thing he does best — that is, the thing besides telling the wonder of America as seen through the eyes of the offspring of working-class immigrants — presumptive presidential candidate Marco...

Hillary’s media homers

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Just about the first thing they teach you in sports writing — right after, “Make sure you get the score right” — is this: There is

Protecting a robust rebirth of the First Amendment

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Let’s begin here: Ted Cruz is right. About so many things, really. But for the moment, let’s unsheath our laser pointers.

Activist Pat fires first in Pasco’s charter war

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The committee assigned to study the merits of switching Pasco County to a charter form of government hasn’t so much as held a get-acquainted mixer yet (that’s probably not necessary; they’re all from...

The Mandatory Ballot-Box Miscalculation

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The remedy for money’s influence in politics, President Obama was saying the other day in Cleveland, is simple. Make voting compulsory.<...

Matching discretion, voter intent

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The latest scrum in Tallahassee — this one involving Florida’s environmental future — provides yet another confirmation that, when it comes to amending the state constitution at the ballot box, the w...

The Criminal Alien Boomerang Effect

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Remember — it was just last month — when bereaved dad Jamiel Shaw ...

The Obama Rejection Reoccurrence

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Of everything The Right Stuff has read since Benjamin Netanyahu’s rally to triumph, handily, in this week’s election in Israel, what it has liked best — so far — was

The Launderette Equivalency

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In Tuesday’s Morning Jolt newsletter, National Review’s Jim Geraghty — a fine Irish name on

The Advocacy Disconnection

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One is failing his duty as a healthy skeptic if he fails to arch, at least slightly, an award presented by Florida’s tax collectors. Especially when the award is entitled “

Tom Cotton’s #47professors posted a civics lesson, period

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Anyone seeking evidence that our schools no longer effectively teach the Constitution need look no further than the

Hillary’s media briefing settled absolutely nothing

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Agitated Nocco makes things interesting

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Regarding how Pasco County should conduct its business going forward, it seems, suddenly, the la...

Lent’s ideals ‘will keep you busy’

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— Having nudged just past the halfway point of Lent, the six-week period that spans Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, this ...

Hillary’s media briefing settled absolutely nothing

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Well, hey, who isn’t glad that little detour is over with? I mean, for a moment, weren’t you afraid Hillary Clinton’s Inevitability Parade to the White House® had steered into trouble? Me, too.<...

Tom Cotton’s #47patriots gave a civics lesson, period

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Let’s see if I have this right. Forty-six Republican senators add their signatures to Tom Cotton&#...

Rick Scott and a “ban” without evidence

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Gov. Rick Scott, the story goes, has banished certain highly charged terms from use by a state agency, resulting in yet another faint...

Clear-eyed Netanyahu evokes Churchill, confirming Obama’s fears

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Now we know what all the fuss, all the fear and loathing, was about. It wasn’t about protocol or a breach of constitutional...

In some ways the county still looks like it’s 1998

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Nearly 17 years have passed since I landed in the Pasco Tribune’s columnist chair “on temporary reassignment” from the downtown mother ship, which is sort of a between-spaces duration: not so long to...

Jackson: Spring ahead worth those headaches

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The world crowds us relentlessly these days in more ways than a sane person can count. Nonetheless, come Monday morning you can bet our chief complaint will be pinned on having been robbed of an hour of sleep.

With Hillary’s stealth email, it’s 1998 all over again

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The more we learn about the stealth email account Hillary Clinton used througho...

Mikulski’s macabre, repulsive ‘bundles of joy’

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Confirmed: If it weren’t for tone-deafness, Democrats wouldn’t have any ear for phrase-making at all.

Moral relativism and Curt Schilling’s knockdown pitch

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We’ve all heard that while facts are facts, opinions are like an orifice in the body’s nether region: Everybody has one. And, by extension, no one’s is more worthwhile than another’s.

Obama’s Nixonian maximization

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As if we needed more evidence to confirm top law professor Jonathan Turley’s infamous assessment of Barack Obama — he had become “

The importance of being Bibi

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Need a clear-eyed preview of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a (semi-) joint session of Congress Tuesday? Of course you do. It would be hard to do better than Matthew Continetti’s

Rudy Giuliani’s public service epiphany

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Last we noticed, Democrats and the national media — but I repeat myself — were still sprawled upo...

Judicial Watch: Emails prove Hillary concocted Benghazi video trigger

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Overrated delights of surprise (Surprise!)

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I concluded some time ago that the value of most surprises is vastly overrated. Let me be clear: I am speaking here of surprises that are crafted to inspire and delight, not those designed by the good guys to bushwhack c...

Judicial Watch: Hillary concocted Benghazi video trigger

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Anybody who thinks we know everything worth knowing about what went down in the Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead, including an am...

Just wait till waves pound caucus’ sands

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Ordinarily, the fact of a caucus forming in Congress would scarcely be worth a headline, let alone a bunch of words wondering about the implications of the alliance. But the nascent

Obama’s Keystone veto: The game is afoot

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With an unceremonious sweep of his trusty Cross Townsend rollerball Tuesday, President Obama made good on an old promise. No, no...

Oscars, we have a problem

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It will not come as a shock to nearly nine in 10 Americans that this year’s Academy Awards show — which ended only a few minutes ago with Neil Patrick Harris launching a new line of

Family: Kayla doomed after Bergdahl swap

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For months after she was abducted in August 2013, the family of Prescott, Ariz., aid worker Kayla Mueller was in routine contact with her ISIS kidnappers, who gave every impression they were eager to negotiate her releas...

Concealed-carry bill would take target off Florida’s campuses

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Just after midnight on Nov. 20, a lone gunman entered Florida State University’s Strozier Library where, in mere moments, he shot and wounded three stud...

Others’ boots must stomp ISIS, says Bilirakis

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— At home this week for a recess Congress perhaps should not have taken, Gus Bilirakis has stayed busy catching up on the concerns of his constituents in Florida’...

Hillary Clinton’s tangled web

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Remember back before Christmas when Jeb Bush declared he was exploring a run for the presidency? And remember how almost immediately Bloomberg

Defending against impatience

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Regarding immigration reform, you don’t have to be “the last hardboiled egg at the picnic” — a...

What ISIS really wants isn’t at all new

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Graeme Wood’s piece for the March edition of “The Atlantic” magazine, “What ISIS Really Wants,&...

The Summit Identification Insufficiency

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It goes without saying not every orchestrated act of murder carried out in the world today can be traced to adherents of a single ideology or, indeed, religion. If that’s what President Obama intends to get at dur...

One awesome paragraph

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Bret Stephens’ “Global View” column in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal (“President BuzzFeed”) ...

Obamacare’s unbroken skein of shattered promises

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Let’s begin with what ought to be obvious: Nobody has a “right” to medical care.

It’s just Scott Walker’s turn in the barrel

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Jackson: Explorers will find fair’s true delights

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— The particularly great thing about a fair — any fair — is that it separates us from a world that is often too much with us. On one side of the turnstile the ...