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Opinion

Robert B. Reich: Plan shows Trump unwilling to tackle Big Pharma

Columnists

  Donald Trump promised to rein in drug prices. It was his only sensible campaign promise. But the plan he announced Friday does little but add another battering ram to his ongoing economic war against America's allies. He calls it "American patients first" and takes aim at what he ...

Kathleen Parker: Making hay from horse sense

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- When Donald Trump said, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters," it's a good thing he didn't say horses. The stampede would have been swift and ugly. I should know. In a previous column published on the hooves of the Kentucky ...

Rich Lowry: Donald Trump, man of his word

Columnists

The instant analysis on cable TV of President Donald Trump's decision to dump the Iran deal had a weary resignation to it: He said he would do this. Indeed, he had. Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail to pull out of the deal and had made it a target from the time that President ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: How did we ever forget this song?

Columnists

  It's like listening to a song you used to know. It's an old sweet song, a hymn of hope and possibility. It's a tune you haven't heard in far too long. That's how it is when Rev. Dr. William Barber speaks morality. It's not just that Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in ...

Scott Rasmussen: Was the Blankenship momentun real?

Columnists

  In the final days before the West Virginia primary, breathless media coverage suggested that businessman Don Blankenship was gaining ground rapidly and had a real shot at winning the Republican Senate nomination. ABC News quoted a "national Republican operative" who said it's "down ...

Mark Shields: Which politicians look like their home state?

Columnists

  West Virginia -- which, between 2015 and 2016, was the only state to see both more deaths than births and more citizens move out than move in -- could understandably be expected to be somewhat unwelcoming to the recent arrival who seeks public office. The Mountain State's last ...

George F. Will: After nixing Iran deal, is containment only option?

Columnists

WASHINGTON – The path to today's problems with Iran passed through the University of Chicago squash court where on Dec. 2, 1942, for 4.5 minutes physicist Enrico Fermi, making calculations on a slide rule, achieved the controlled release of energy from an atomic nucleus. Historian Richard ...

Jules Witcover: The decline of the vice presidency

Columnists

  WASHINGTON -- Four years ago I wrote a history of the American vice presidency, published by Smithsonian Books. It was subtitled "From Irrelevance to Power," and it traced the office's progression from non-entity to respectability over the previous 227 years. The improvement in the ...

Andy Schmookler: The best of times, the worst of times

Columnists

I feel exceptionally fortunate in the time and place I have lived my life. Born soon after World War II, my whole age cohort grew up in a mostly prosperous and peaceful American society. As we Americans were often told back then – even if our abundance was lean by later standards -- we were ...

Connie Schultz: You, too, would do this to save your child

Columnists

Three years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights, I sat in an Alabama church pew with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions. He wore the flushed, impatient face of someone who had to be there. Sessions sat on the other side of my husband, his colleague Sherrod ...

George Bowers Sr. Avoiding evil’s appearance

Guest Columns

Mother’s Day always brings happy memories for the wonderful blessing of my mom. Although I think of her often, this annual holiday is a special reminder of one of the best gifts God ever gave me. As I’ve shared before, our mother, like many others, was a woman of incredible faith. She ...

Kathleen Parker: They slaughter horses, don’t they?

Columnists

CAMDEN, S.C. -- When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean -- free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths. The chestnut steed was a standout in another ...

George F. Will: Pence is a model of governing by groveling

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America's most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is ...

Froma Harrop: Freeing predators to bilk little people hurts everyone

Columnists

The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was that nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car ...

Letter to the Editor: Shop at small businesses

Letters to the Editor

Editor: On behalf of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, I joined our many small businesses in Shenandoah County in celebrating Small Business Week last week. This week of celebration and recognition was led by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). According to the SBA, more ...

Letter to the Editor: Old woman cares about town

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Once again I talked to the old woman who is concerned about Strasburg, her hometown. She tells me things I’d like to share with you. She said: “Did you read the Northern Virginia Daily Thursday, April 12. Why would someone complain about the sign in that window?” Oh, yes the ...

Letter to the Editor: Shields’ column is petty

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I thought the Mark Shields article, “It's called the Democratic Party,” was somewhat petty. Really? Is this what we waste space in the newspaper to write about? Nitpicking about the name “Democrat” vs. “Member of the “Democratic Party” seems like a silly complaint. In ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Ignore reality, and pay the price

Columnists

"If Reality Is Altered, What Can We Believe In?" In 1994, that was the headline of the first column I ever wrote about the manipulation of images and words -- digital lies that made it difficult to know what was really real. Small wonder, I said, we were a nation "paralyzed by ...

Star Parker: Draining the food stamp swamp

Columnists

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is high on the Republican list of programs targeted for reform -- and justifiably so. The program has gone from 17 million enrollees in 2000 to about 43 million today, with outlays up from about $25 billion to more than $70 billion. The Trump ...