Opinion

Scott Rasmussen: Gun control debate not about guns

Columnists

Every time a horrific event like the Las Vegas massacre takes place, it is followed by a frustrating and futile debate about the merits of gun control. People on both sides of the debate trot out talking points and talk right past each other without listening. Much of the frustration comes ...

George Bowers Sr. Guided hunts and guided lives

Guest Columns

Every year about this time, thousands of eastern hunters head west on quests for elk, mule deer, and other western game species not found in these parts. They generally return in a week or two with either antlers and meat or stories about the ones that got away. One year, God willing, I will be ...

Jonah Goldberg: Weinstein scandal leaves a trail of hypocrisy

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If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let's start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn't fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one. The Weinstein Co. board members probably didn't know everything, but they surely knew ...

Rich Lowry: The great regulatory rollback

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One by one, the artifacts of President Barack Obama's rule by administrative fiat are tumbling. The latest is his signature Clean Power Plan that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt says he will begin the arduous process of unwinding. The first year of Donald Trump's ...

James Pinsky: Fall, Mother Nature’s winter bedtime story

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Fall is best described as Mother Nature’s best impression of one of her most colorful children, the peacock. For the next few weeks the very proud parent of all living things will reward its onlookers with a parade of warm colors we only get to see once a year. The overwhelming sight of her ...

Star Parker: An important new step for religious freedom

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Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, ...

Robert B. Reich: A memo to Rex Tillerson

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To: Rex Tillerson From: Robert Reich Subject: The Moron I can understand why you feel Washington is a place of "petty nonsense," as you said last week when you called a news conference to rebut charges that you called Donald Trump a moron last summer at a meeting of national security ...

Walter E. Williams: Our broken moral compasses

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As George Orwell said, "some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them." Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn't infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is. Let's look ...

Tom Crosby: The new 201 330e BMW sedan has touch of green

Guest Columns

BMW went for a trifecta with the 2016 330e compact sedan – launching a robust five-seater performance vehicle combining electric plug-in with a hybrid vehicle operating on batteries and gasoline. It’s an innovative combination that helps the German manufacturer get discounts for U.S. ...

Froma Harrop: A Nobel Prize for cosmetic science

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Warning: What follows here is of no national consequence whatsoever. I don't know whether I should take this personally or it's a function of my age, but whenever I walk the aisles of a high-end department store, arms shoot out of the shadows offering samples of beauty serums. These things ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: When ignorance is impervious to fact

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You could call it a moment of truth, except that what actually came out of that moment was a realization of how little truth now matters. This is back in 2010, after I recounted in this space an astonishing feat of World War I heroism -- a small African-American soldier named Henry Johnson, ...

Kathleen Parker: Distracting ourselves to death

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WASHINGTON -- When President Trump said a few days ago that now isn't the time for a debate about gun control, presumably he meant that we should respect a decent interval of time for mourning after the Las Vegas shooting before launching into a political discussion that historically has led ...

Mark Shields: War is not a spectator sports

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On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: ''I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely ...

Rich Lowry: Tillerson should go

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If Secretary of State Rex Tillerson resigned, how would anyone know? He has become the nation's least influential top diplomat in recent memory. His relationship with the president of the United States is strained at best, he has no philosophy or signature initiative, he has barely staffed his ...

Richard W. Hoover: Harmony of reconciliation is being challenged

Opinion

I know what it's like to be engulfed heart and soul in the American Civil War. It all began, age 6, with my first sword. And even when my life was tragically turned upside down by years of school and work, I persevered with independent reading and travel. Eyes closed, I could imagine countless ...