Opinion

Connie Schultz: New rules, same humans

Connie Schultz

February 23, 2017

On Tuesday morning, less than an hour after U.S. officials deported Guadalupe Olivas Valencia to Mexico, the 45-year-old man leapt to his death from a bridge that connects our two countries.

Rich Lowry: What’s happening in Sweeden

Rich Lowry

February 22, 2017

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a vague warning about immigration-related problems in Sweden.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Echoes of internment

Leonard Pitts Jr.

February 22, 2017

Imagine this. You are a boy, living in a child’s blissful unaware. You are not terribly different from other kids. Maybe you play stickball in the street and pretend to be Joe DiMaggio. Maybe you listen to “The Lone Ranger” on the Philco. Maybe you’re crazy for Superman.

Mark Shields: End of cold war, 2017 American politics

Mark Shields

February 22, 2017

In 1988, a full year before the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet empire broke up, Georgy Arbatov, a Soviet expert on the United States, offered this prophetic prediction about how the end of the Cold War would change the United States: “We are going to do a terrible thing to you. We are going to deprive you of an enemy.” He was right. Without the concrete threat of the Soviet Union, U.S. national policy would indeed lose both its organizing principle and its national consensus.

Michael Barone: Partisan lines stay fixed amid turmoil

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February 21, 2017

Amid the turmoil of the first month of the Trump administration, with courts blocking his temporary travel ban and his national security adviser resigning after 24 days, the solid partisan divisions in the electorate — modestly changed in 2016 from what they’d been over the previous two decades — remain in place.

George F. Will: An adult voice amid pandemic childishness

George F. Will

February 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, “All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s,” he explains why today’s distemper was incubated in that “burnt and ravaged forest of a decade.”

Star Parker: Democrats impede excellence in education

Star Parker

February 19, 2017

What is it about new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that so bothers Democrats that not a single Democratic Senator voted to confirm her, requiring Vice President Mike Pence to cast the deciding vote?
You would think, after years of Washington pumping tens of billions of taxpayer funds into public education with virtually no improvement in test scores, a new Education secretary that genuinely wants change would be celebrated.

Letter to the Editor: World is laughing at United States

February 19, 2017

Can this White House administration get any worse? President Bannon and sidekick Trump have only been in power for less than a month and it is a complete disaster. His national security adviser was fired, leaving questions about Trump’s involvement in this unlawful situation.

Rich Lowry: Public deserves to know facts

Rich Lowry

February 17, 2017

In an environment where every day has felt like a month and almost every news cycle has something that the media consider a potentially administration-shaking disaster, we finally have something worthy of the perpetually screaming headlines — a national-security adviser getting fired under a haze of suspicion about his dealings with Russia.

Letter to the Editor: Homeless count helps ID issues

February 17, 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires an annual head count of the homeless in each community. “The Point in Time Count,” its official name, aims to collect data on a homeless population that meets specific criteria.