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Afghanistan

Report from Afghanistan: Lessons Learned from Inside the Taliban Takeover

Past midnight last Friday, I sat at an eerily quiet Afghan military base on the edges of Mazar-e-Sharif, listening over and over again to the fervent pledges of high-ranking fighters that the beloved city and longtime bulwark of anti-Taliban resistance absolutely would not fall back into the insurgents’ hands. And hours later, as the first

National

In rush to restore budget earmarks, Arizona lawmakers made modest asks

When Congress restored budget earmarks this year after a decade-long ban, more than 300 House members rushed in with $7.1 billion in special requests for congressional funding of local projects. Arizona lawmakers were part of that rush, but with requests that were relatively modest: None of the state’s four Republican members asked for earmarks and

International

South Africa’s ex-leader turns himself in for prison term

Former South African president Jacob Zuma turned himself over to police early Thursday to begin serving a 15-month prison term. Just minutes before the midnight deadline for police to arrest him, Zuma left his Nkandla home in a convoy of vehicles. Zuma handed himself over to authorities to obey the country’s highest court, the Constitutional

Opinion

Opinion: The Afghan Government Will Fall. Good Riddance.

When U.S. troops complete their exit from Afghanistan, they will leave behind one of the world’s most corrupt and ineffective governments and a population still mired in poverty, illiteracy, and disease. Should this matter to Americans? After all, the aim of the 2001 invasion was to bring retribution to al-Qaeda, not to lift Afghanistan out

Buz Blog

Opinion: Government Subsidies and Corruption

While reading the latest Michael Connelly novel, The Law of Innocence, I came across a quote that struck me as so obvious and true, I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it myself. The quote was, “And where there is government subsidy, there is always corruption.” Think of the government subsidy programs and think of all of

Buz Blog

Opinion: Equality versus Equity

In their attempt to erase Western civilization, the radical left has been moderately successful in socially engineering a brave new world in their warped view of the way things ought to be. They are already hijacking our language and changing their own slogans. No longer do we have to worry about global warming, now the

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