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Opinion

Rich Lowry: An economic boom is a terrible thing to waste

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President Donald Trump is showing that it's possible to preside over a period of peace and prosperity and still be notably unpopular. Over the past several months, Trump has opened even more of a wedge between the largely benign material conditions in the country and his own political ...

Andy Schmookler: The American people are the jury

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The one Manafort juror to go public, Paula Duncan, was a strong supporter of President Trump. She voted for him in 2016, and she apparently plans to vote for him again in 2020. “I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty,” she said after the trial in an interview on Fox News. “but he ...

Froma Harrop: Sometimes voters just want competence

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In our highly polarized era, we too often judge election results from the confines of partisan politics. That's not nearly as useful on the state and local levels, where elected officials have roads to fix, kids to educate and budgets to balance. Voters want people who can do the job. Ideology ...

George F. Will: The college campus’s cult of fragility

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WASHINGTON -- The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called "the leakage of reality from American life." Colleges and universities are increasingly susceptible to ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Both-sideism not just a journalistic problem

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A prediction. When the history of this era is written, when future generations wonder how a mostly educated and largely literate nation became mired in "truthiness," when they ask how we became so mentally muddled that we lost the ability to identify facts and the capacity to care, they'll ...

Connie Schultz: Are we still pretending Donald Trump isn’t lying?

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On the day after his inauguration, Donald Trump gave a speech at CIA headquarters. He lied about the number of people attending his inauguration, claiming the crowd was far larger than it was. He also lied about the media, falsely accusing journalists of manufacturing his feud with the ...

George F. Will: A Democratic template for a national victory

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HOUSTON -- Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance ("Basket of deplorables"!) to the election of today's president, seems intent ("Impeach!"; "Abolish ICE!"; "Free stuff!", "I am Spartacus!") on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th Congressional ...

Andy Schmookler: Deep divisions among the American people

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When I was running for Congress in 2012, a very nice couple who lived among the rolling hills of Augusta County offered to hold an event for me to meet-and-greet their friends and neighbors. They excitedly told me that their group would include some of their Republican friends from their ...

Rich Lowry: The blue-collar recovery

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The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country. The president is famous for his extravagant promises, involving, invariably, the biggest and the best. The landscape is littered with examples, although he never promised to create blue-collar jobs at the fastest clip since ...

George Bowers Sr. What has caused Florence’s fury?

Guest Columns

By the time you read this article, Hurricane Florence will likely have made landfall in the southeastern United States affecting millions of people and, if forecasts prove accurate, causing billions of dollars in property damage. As I write this, I’m praying that God would minimize its impact ...

Jonah Goldberg: Theater of the absurd has taken over Senate

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Supreme Court confirmation hearings have mostly been theater for a long time. The dismaying thing about the latest episode -- the Brett Kavanaugh show -- is that it became the theater of the absurd. In the classic absurdist dramas of the 1950s and 1960s, Brittanica.com explains, European ...

Robert B. Reich: Kavanaugh will further divide us

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Yale Law School, from which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got his law degree, issued a statement about him with glowing quotes from professors attesting to his impeccable legal credentials. Perhaps the Yale Law faculty deemed his credentials impeccable because he graduated from Yale ...

Star Parker: School disciplinary policies must be local

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The Trump administration is considering rescinding a Dear Colleague Letter, sent to public school administrators nationwide in 2014, which provided guidelines regarding school discipline policies consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. According to Title VI, racial discrimination at ...

Kathleen Parker: Things left behind

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PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Tuesday morning, I did what millions of people have done in hundreds of places for centuries. I picked the few favorite items that I could take with me before abandoning my home to the fates of an impending disaster. They're only things, I told myself. Which, ...

Jonah Goldberg: Theater of the absurd has taken over Senate

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Supreme Court confirmation hearings have mostly been theater for a long time. The dismaying thing about the latest episode -- the Brett Kavanaugh show -- is that it became the theater of the absurd. In the classic absurdist dramas of the 1950s and 1960s, Brittanica.com explains, European ...

Froma Harrop: How about Medicare Advantage for all?

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A resurfaced Barack Obama has uttered those three little words: "Medicare for all." Does that mean that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was a bad idea? Not at all. The ACA was a triumph in that it cut the number of uninsured Americans by 20 million. And it hardened the idea that no ...

Marino de Medici: The murky future of Europe

Guest Columns

The United States is not alone in being judged harshly on the international stage for the disruptive policies of President Donald Trump, while the European Union seems to be imploding on account of the systemic threat to democracy coming from Hungary and other former communist countries of ...

Letter to the Editor: Is column author for real?

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I could not help but comment on Andy Schmookler’s article “Bob Goodlatte, worse than I thought.” Boy, Mr. Schmookler sounded like a “leftist” with his descriptions of Virginia’s Congressman Bob Goodlatte and the Repubican Party. I laughed when I read the Biblical/Christian ...

Walter E. Williams: It’s our constitution – not Kavanaugh

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One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the "Father of the Constitution": "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. ...

Jules Witcover: Obama joins the midterm fray

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WASHINGTON – After more than 19 months on the political sidelines of the approaching midterm congressional battleground, former President Barack Obama has jumped in with both feet, rallying Democrats and other voters against Donald Trump. In what clearly has evolved as a litmus test on his ...