Opinion

Robert B. Reich: The true path to prosperity

Columnists

It's often thought that Democrats care about fairness and not economic growth, while Republicans care about growth even at the cost of some fairness. Rubbish. Growth and fairness aren't opposites. In reality, Democrats have been the party of economic growth and fairness. Republicans are the ...

Mark Shields: Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans

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To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation's long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his deathbed. Alejandro: ...

Michael Barone: Real target of GOP tax bills: Feds, eds, meds bloat

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Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on "feds, eds and meds"? That's a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have been ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trump puts fact ahead of fiction in Israel

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The most exhausting thing about the Middle East -- except for the bloodshed, poverty, tyranny, etc. -- is that it refuses to conform to how it's described in the West. It's like journalists, diplomats and politicians want to announce a football game, but the players keep insisting on playing ...

Scott Rasmussen: Thank you, Eleanor Roosevelt

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There are events in history that no one alive will ever forget. But time moves on and those who will never forget eventually leave this earth. The rest of us know it only from the history books. One of those events was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Only a handful of Americans alive ...

Jules Witcover: Trump risks party damage in Alabama race

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WASHINGTON -- At precisely the time sexual harassment has become an issue of national concern, next week's special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a litmus test for the soul of the Republican Party. Its elected leader, President ...

Froma Harrop: In Meghan Markle’s ‘Suits,’ the men wear them

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Meghan Markle, the divorcee from Los Angeles now engaged to Britain's Prince Harry, is a lovely woman. But though the actress has ennobled herself as an advocate for women, she lives in the public eye as a character on "Suits." That's unfortunate, because the cheesy TV series could serve as a ...

Diane Dimond: So, where’s that wall?

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It has been nearly a year since Donald J. Trump assumed the office of the presidency of the United States. So, where's that wall he promised voters? Back in 1986, an audacious young Trump boldly told the city of New York to step aside from a long-stalled plan to renovate a skating rink in the ...

George Bowers Sr. The same God who made burls made us!

Guest Columns

I’m sure all of us have enjoyed the craftsmanship of a woodworker displayed in a finely turned bowl or candlestick holder. My brother Dale has an incredible gift to work with wood and regularly produces items of exquisite beauty from his hands and his lathe. I have been fortunate to be on ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Trump’s an empty vessel with nothing to say

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"The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.' " -- ...

Kathleen Parker: Michael Flynn’s holiday cheer

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WASHINGTON -- At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversation with a Russian ambassador. First to pop a champagne cork was surely Matt Lauer, whose Icarus imitation put to shame ...

Lawrence Kudlow: I’d vote for it. You should, too

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Warts and all, if I were a voting member of Congress, I would certainly cast a yea for the tax-cut plans passed by the Senate and House that are headed for conference (to work out minor differences) in the weeks ahead. These bills are not perfect, especially on the individual side. But the ...

James Pinsky: The greatest column ever written

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  News reports around the globe are confirming the rumors, our planet is finally healthy. For decades, people around the world including Christians, Muslims, atheists, capitalists, communists, socialists, vegetarians, hunters, pacifists, men, women and children have all in one form ...

Rich Lowry: Trump presidency isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds

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The president of the United States wakes up some mornings seemingly determined to convince as many people as possible that he's unsuited to high office. Fortunately for him, he has a Twitter account allowing him to act on this impulse immediately and without any filter. Last Wednesday, Trump ...

Connie Schultz: Our Caribbean families are your fellow Americans

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About a month after Hurricane Maria, I stopped at a UPS store to ask if it was still offering a discounted rate to ship supplies to St. Croix. The young manager shook her head even as she answered yes. "We are, through the month. But I don't understand why we're helping them when we aren't ...

Walter E. Williams: Independence hypocrisy

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Officials in Catalonia, Spain's richest and most highly industrialized region, whose capital is Barcelona, recently held a referendum in which there was a 92 percent vote in favor of independence from Spain. The Spanish authorities opposed the referendum and claimed that independence is ...

Jonah Goldberg: New York Times does a super PAC imitation

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It was a crazy week, so you might have missed the news that The New York Times decided to operate like a super PAC. Here's what happened. The Times' editorial board changed the bio on the opinion section's Twitter account to inform the public that it was "temporarily taking over" the feed to ...

Mark Shields: Understanding Republicans

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It's important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional Democrats voted for ...

Jules Witcover: Trump refutes story on firing Tillerson as fake news

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump resumed his war on the American press Friday by tweeting that a widely circulated report that he was planning to fire his secretary of state was "fake news." In the tweet, he wrote: "The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be ...