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We have laws and rules about texting while driving. However, judging from the number of injuries and deaths on the highways caused by texting, it would appear that some people pay no attention to the rules.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an excerpt from Cal Thomas’ new book “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires and Superpowers . . . and the Future of the United States.” Copyright (C) 2020 by Cal Thomas. Used by permission of Zondervan.

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Are you tired of churches arguing over who is right and who is wrong? Fighting over seemingly little details, especially considering they are supposed to all be serving and talking to the same God? 

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Trump's call to Ukraine's president, which is at the heart of the impeachment articles, does not meet the standard of seriously harming the public or compromising the president's ability to do his job as shown by the China trade deal and the USMCA trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, both signed and passed days after impeachment.

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Mama was real good at money. She could get as much out of a dollar bill as a lot of people could get out of five dollars.

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The latest protests in Iran by people angry over the Iranian military's missile launch that "unintentionally" downed a Ukrainian jetliner killing many Iranians, Canadians and others, is different from past protests over rigged elections, rising gas prices, and what Americans like to call "voter suppression."

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Remember the children’s story about Chicken Little? A bird dropped an acorn and conked him on the head, and he became hysterical. He went around screaming “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” to anyone who would listen. And there were plenty of gullible animals willing to listen.

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Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, "Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither."

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It was the beginning of summer, the beginning of dusk edging toward twilight as we headed home from dinner with friends.

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Prior to Iran's missile attacks on U.S. bases inside Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, "We are not seeking war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one." Esper said the U.S. prefers a "diplomatic" solution to the escalation of tensions in the region.

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Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime?

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Just when I thought it was safe to head to the kitchen again, I turned on the television set — to one of those feel good morning “news” shows — and learned that this week marks the beginning of Girl Scout cookie season.

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There is an adage in the publishing business that you can’t judge a book by its cover but you can sell a book by its cover.

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I guess the U.S. has given a little quid pro quo to the thugs in Iran who think it is acceptable to fire rockets at military bases housing U.S. soldiers and contractors.

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I have a Christmas story for you. I am sharing, with permission, an excerpt from one of the best Christmas columns I have ever read, written by Mark Evanier. Mr. Evanier is a Los Angeles-based writer who has inspired me for many years.

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For the past four years, my New Year’s resolution has been the same. It has nothing to do with weight, being a better person or cleaning the house more often.

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It’s ironic that in the very same week that freedom fighters in Hong Kong were taking to the streets by the thousands waving American flags and singing “The Star Spangled Banner” that we – who actually live in the Land of the Free – are so divided. 

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After all of the decorating and shopping and wall-to-wall Christmas songs on the radio and fretting over what to buy for which person, and everything else that goes into how we celebrate the season, it’s Christmas Day.

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"It's the most wonderful time of the year," Andy Williams reminds us over tinny speakers in crowded shopping malls. It may be wonderful for the majority, but for those whose fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers or children have died in Iraq and Afghanistan there is a void this Christmas, and Christmases to come, that can never be filled. It is the same in every war.

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While watching "Jeopardy" the other night, I had a fantasy. Suppose Alex Trebek had a Final Jeopardy category called "The Ultimate Impeachment Hypocrite"?

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"Blowout" was how one UK newspaper described the decisive victory of Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in last week's election.

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When Tink first moved to the place which he now firmly and alternately calls “my home” or “the place where I belong,” I often had advice on adjusting to the South. One piece was constant: “Be careful what you say about people because you never know who’s kin to who.”

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One of the great treats that comes from my job as a writer are all the wonderful, handwritten letters I receive. Few are typed and though I receive many emails, these scripted letters are always the most joyous.

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Not many people think of the Ten Commandments these days, unless some group is trying to fight a legal battle to place them on public property.

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