It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy.

Guillermo del Toro needs a hug. The acclaimed director has always had a dark side, but in such films as "Hellboy" and "Pan's Labyrinth," he showed off a playful imagination. Like a kindergartener diving into a jumbo box of magic markers, he brought a unpredictable blend of light and color to the darkest of worlds.

Character asserts itself in times of crisis. That is certainly the case with the refugee debacle at the border.

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Thursday, July 10:

The following editorial appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer on Wednesday, July 9:

Surveying the response to last month's Hobby Lobby decision, I was struck by a comment from progressive Massachusetts senator and possible Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Thursday, July 10:

Sarah Palin has finally lost it.

Sarah Palin has finally lost it.

The following editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday, July 8:

As a pediatrician, there are certain injuries I would like to see on more kids: skinned knees, poison ivy and blisters.

Since his son died six weeks ago as collateral damage to a troubled young man's wish for vengeance, Richard Martinez has been asked whom he holds responsible.

Just two pages into the book "Unbroken," its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below.

The story of Los Jets is quintessentially American.

The psychological explanation for what happened to Catherine Ferreira is neat and tidy and sounds like reason.

When the Supreme Court effectively outlawed the online TV service Aereo last week, the first temptation was to dismiss the ruling as the confused ravings of a bunch of old people confounded by this newfangled Interweb stuff. Sort of like Larry King's famous confession a few years ago that he'd never been online: "What, do you punch little buttons and things?"

Let's say that I'm an observant Hindu who keeps a strict vegetarian diet because my religion frowns on killing animals. And let's say I own a software company that employs only vegetarians, because I don't believe I should be forced to subsidize meat-eating with the money I pay in salaries. Could I get away with that that sort of discrimination?

Relax. This is not a slippery slope.

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Tuesday, July 1:

The following editorial appeared in the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer on Tuesday, July 1:

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday, July 1:

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Monday, June 30:

One of the professional hazards of columnists is that between the time they submit their piece to the paper and the time it is published, the premises or the reality on which they had based their arguments might have changed, making their column obsolete.

A couple of months ago a letter showed up in my mail at home from a group called UM Action.

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