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An American Thanksgiving

We are a grateful nation. And because we are a grateful nation, we are a generous nation. Our founders were steeped in this idea, and it is still strong among us.

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October Is the Richest Month for Sports

The greatest month to be a sports fan.

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Not Being There

Don’t let the hype fool you: the best place to watch the U.S. Open and many other sports these days is from your couch.

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The Missouri Table: A Response to Ethical Foodies From a ‘Factory Farmer’

Trendy urbanites dining in the Berkshires can chastise “factory farmers” all they want, but commercial farming today is a modern miracle, satisfying the needs of millions.

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Rediscovering American Exceptionalism

In his latest book, Charles Murray says that today's America would be unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers.

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What a Father Taught Me

He helped me penetrate the mystery of fatherhood, even if it is a bit late.

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Batter Up

The national pastime may be past its time. But those who think it’s boring need to think again.

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Is Football on Its Deathbed?

Lawsuits over players’ brain injuries have some saying football is dead. In fact, it has dislodged baseball as the national pastime and will remain America’s passion for decades to come.

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Lessons from a Feminist Paradise on Equal Pay Day

Sweden seems to be an egalitarian, feminist utopia. So why are American women ahead of their Swedish counterparts in breaking through the glass ceiling?

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Expecting the Unexpecting

Jonathan Last’s recent book gives an incisive analysis of the plummeting U.S. birth rate's key economic effects.

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Accelerated Learning Would Add Trillions of Dollars in Wealth

If students could complete their education a year faster, the many benefits would include increased personal wealth, decreased government spending, and more sustainable entitlement programs.

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March Sanity

For a long while we have not been seeing college basketball at its best — the coaches are unpleasant and the most talented college-age players aren’t playing college ball. Still, I’ll be watching a goodly share of March Madness.

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The Unnaturals

What to think when a player looks like a rocker, a Fiat mechanic, a cable guy, a terrorist — anything but the very competitive athlete he is.

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Congratulations! You Have Arrived at the Greatest City on Earth

I have never failed to be moved by Grand Central’s incomparable (and irreplaceable) architectural grandeur.

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Sweat and Honor

Is a genuine sports hero possible in our fallen but oh-so-very-knowing times?

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The Artist Athlete

Jocks sometimes rise to genuine athletic distinction, but they are not artist athletes, who comprise a different, more elevated category altogether.

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Is Christmas Possible?

This question has no easy answer. It is so difficult that more than reason is required in its service.

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Reflections of a Casual Fan

I have but one love in sports and it is an unfortunate one. I love Northwestern football.

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A Couch Potato at a Time of Transition

We’re living in an age of transition, and no one feels the sense of transition more strongly than a couch potato as one sports season slides into another.

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Football’s Head Games: The Concussion Question

A snake has been let loose in the autumn Saturday and Sunday afternoon Edens of those couch potatoes among us who love to watch football.

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