Andy Schmookler: Is Trump en route to violating Constitution?

Andy Schmookler

December 10, 2016

On Jan. 20, Donald Trump is scheduled to take the oath of office, swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” But it looks as though Mr. Trump is already on course to be in violation of the Constitution.”

Letter to the Editor: This is how fascists gained ground

December 9, 2016

To this loser in the recent election, some things are understandable. When millions of workers have fallen behind in wages for years while the 1 percent wallow in vulgar wealth, why wouldn’t those millions want change? But why would they pick an agent of change who lost the election by over 2 ½ million votes, though he won where it counts, in the Electoral College

Scott Rasmussen: GOP hangs on to historic gains in state legislatures

December 8, 2016

While official Washington analyzes every tweet and meeting of President-elect Donald Trump, little attention is paid to the political dynamics of state government. This is unfortunate, since state and local governments often have a more direct impact on the lives of their citizens.

George F. Will: Trump’s Carrier ploy was a repudiation of conservatism

George F. Will

December 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — So, this is the new conservatism’s recipe for restored greatness: Political coercion shall supplant economic calculation in shaping decisions by companies in what is called, with diminishing accuracy, the private sector. This will be done partly as conservatism’s challenge to liberalism’s supremacy in the victimhood sweepstakes, telling aggrieved groups that they are helpless victims of vast, impersonal forces, against which they can be protected only by government interventions.

Michael Barone: The Left Coast

Michael Barone

December 7, 2016

They’re still counting the votes, going on four weeks after the election, in California. In Brazil, a nation with much more challenging geography, they manage to do it in five hours.

Froma Harrop: Trump and the real billionaires

Froma Harrop

December 7, 2016

EmailDonald Trump has long sold himself to a credulous public as a business genius worth many billions. So it was something of an inconvenience when New York Times reporter Timothy O’Brien put Trump’s holdings at barely a quarter of the way to one billion. Trump sued O’Brien for libel (and lost).

Diane Dimond: Cost of burying forgotten souls

Diane Dimond

December 5, 2016

Sources say the average cost of a North American funeral these days is between $7,000 and $10,000. Imagine, then, what it costs each state to bury inmates who die in prison, those whose bodies are unclaimed by family members.
Just like the population in general, the average age of prisoners is increasing. Coupled with the past trend of imposing long prison sentences, more and more inmates die behind bars.

Kathleen Parker: Trump’s demagogic illogic

Kathleen Parker

December 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — On the first stop of his “thank you” tour in Ohio Thursday, president-elect Donald Trump hit replay on several of his campaign tropes.
Among the crowd pleasers, he heckled the “crooked media,” prompting boos from the audience, and reiterated his pledge to criminalize flag burning.
And he’s not even president yet. More than a month and a half away from Inauguration Day, Trump’s only discipline seems to be making good on bad faith. His attacks both on the media and on those who, rather rarely, burn an American flag, are fundamentally assaults on the Constitution and the First Amendment.

Mark Shields: Marines invade Washington

December 5, 2016

Every year, when he was commandant of the Marine Corps between 1995 and 1999, Gen. Charles Krulak and his wife would spend the week before Christmas baking hundreds of cookies, which they wrapped in small packages.

George F. Will: The sensitivity police strike again

George F. Will

December 4, 2016

WASHINGTON — The word “inappropriate” is increasingly used inappropriately. It is useful to describe departures from good manners or other social norms, such as wearing white after Labor Day or using the salad fork with the entree. But the adjective has become a splatter of verbal fudge, a weasel word falsely suggesting measured seriousness. Its misty imprecision does not disguise, it advertises, the user’s moral obtuseness.

Andrew P. Napolitano: Is flag burning protected speech?

Andrew Napolitano

December 2, 2016

“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson

Froma Harrop: Hold the urchin tongues, let’s cook like grandma

December 2, 2016

‘Tis the season to do cooking. And the holidays are when folks yearn for the old classics, just like ones we used to know. Even some hardcore “foodies” put away the experimental cuisine and make predictable dishes with recognizable ingredients.
One can understand why food writers persist in advocating “makeovers” of traditional dishes. If they didn’t put a new spin on standards, they’d have nothing to write about. They’d just reference a cookbook or provide links to the chicken potpie recipe on Epicurious (though I doubt the pioneers had access to dried chanterelle mushrooms).

Andy Schmookler: Asking Trump voters, does truthfulness matter?

Andy Schmookler

December 2, 2016

Liberals are debating how to understand the millions of Americans who voted for Trump. Since many of us see Trump – putting aside the usual liberal/conservative issues – as having demonstrated clearly that he is a dangerously defective person, it seems important to understand what his supporters did or didn’t see about him, or did or didn’t care about.