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CAL THOMAS: Campaign conversion?

Following a meeting between a group of evangelical leaders and Donald Trump last week, Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, was interviewed by Pennsylvania pastor Michael Anthony. Dobson told Anthony that Trump had recently come “to accept a relationship with Christ” and is now a “baby Christian.”

A cost-benefit test defeats Texas abortion limits

Monday the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional right to abortion — and laid down a new framework for how courts should evaluate future legislation limiting it. For the first time, the court expressly held that laws limiting access to abortion must be evaluated on a cost-benefit basis, to see if health benefits to women outweigh the costs in making abortion less available. The cost-benefit scheme gives greater precision to the undue-burden test established in the landmark 1992 case of Casey v. Planned Parenthood. But it also raises the difficult question of how, exactly, costs and benefits should be determined if and when other states pass laws that limit abortion access while purporting to protect women’s health.

How Republicans blew it on Benghazi

WASHINGTON - There is plenty of evidence that the Obama administration less than two months before the November 2012 election tried to come up with a less damning explanation for the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Ben Rhodes was the author of a memo that sought immediately to elevate the anti-Muslim video as the official narrative. The president stuck to that cover story up through his Sept. 25 speech at the United Nations, long after we understood this was a planned attack, the outgrowth of the chaos festering in the wake of the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi.

Brexit is bad for America and Texas

The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. Although this may sound like a bureaucratic factoid from the other side of the ocean, it is not. This historic event will have serious negative consequences for the global economy, the politics of Britain and Europe, and the geopolitical interests of the United States.

CAL THOMAS: Britain to EU: Good riddance

Maybe it was those college courses on the history of Europe that soured me on the idea of a united continent. How could a conglomeration of nation states noted for invading each other, pillaging and warring against each other form a union? How could a continent with different languages, cultures and money become a united states of Europe modeled after the USA?

How can we stop domestic terrorism?

Since the attack earlier this month that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Americans have been debating how to best respond to so-called lone wolf attacks — those carried out by one or two self-radicalized people who’ve had no official contact with terror networks — that have become an increasing problem. (Other examples: the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting and the failed attempt to attack a draw Muhammad contest in Texas.)

Can we come to our senses?

The reaction from the two main presidential candidates to the stunning news from the UK on its Brexit vote and the economic earthquake threatening to send us tumbling into another recession was revealing, albeit predictable. (The Washington Post reported on the international shock waves that included a 600-point drop in the Dow: “The risk of another global recession escalated Friday after Britain’s stunning decision to leave the European Union plunged financial markets into free fall and tested the strength of the safeguards put in place since the last downturn seven years ago.”)

Can Brazil secure the Olympics?

The tweet went unnoticed at first, lost in the aftermath of the devastating Paris attacks of November 2015: “Brazil, you are our next target.” It was sent by Frenchman Maxime Hauchard, a self-declared jihadist and Islamic State affiliate. News of the post resurfaced in April this year after Brazil’s counter-terrorism czar, Luiz Alberto Sallaberry, confirmed that he was taking such threats seriously in the run-up to the Olympic Games in August.