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Opinion

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 ...

Rich Lowry: Tell the truth about Stormy Daniels

Columnists

Rudy Giuliani's account of Donald Trump's role in the payment to Stormy Daniels has collapsed into near-incoherence. In his latest interviews, the newly minted Trump lawyer has adopted a posture of impenetrable epistemological modesty -- there's nothing he knows about the case, or can possibly ...

Mark Shields: Character does matter

Columnists

With news that Sen. John McCain's last book, "The Restless Wave" -- the seventh he has written with his friend and former speechwriter Mark Salter -- is about to come out, I thought of the man I covered and traveled with and grew to both like and respect enormously. On election night 1986, ...

Kathleen Parker: Paul Ryan’s failed exorcism

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Given the cornucopia of issues Americans have to select from each day, the recent firing and rehiring of the House of Representatives' chaplain may not have bestirred many to form an opinion. But these days, the Hill is alive with buzz as people absorb the odd goings-on between ...

Diane Dimond: Confronting tough questions following #MeToo movement

Columnists

Bill Cosby is a convicted felon. A jury has declared him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault. If you'd told me a few years ago that I would one day be writing lines like that about the actor called "America's Favorite Dad," I would have thought you were nuts. But there ...

Gerald Almy: How to avoid dangerous bear encounters

Guest Columns

Picture yourself hiking along a trail toward a distant gobbler or sneaking along a trout stream and suddenly coming face-to-face with a large black bear. He rears up on his hind legs, opens his huge mouth showing a sharp set of teeth, and lets out a loud roar. That’s a scary scene that many ...

Froma Harrop: Dems need own version of ‘America First’

Columnists

"America First" would be a harmless phrase were it not loaded with dark undertones. It harks back to the America First Committee, a group advocating U.S. neutrality in World War II. Some members were Nazi sympathizers, while others simply wanted to keep America out of another bloody conflict in ...

George F. Will: Are we now trapped in a debt spiral?

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- From Scotland, where Adam Smith pioneered systematic thinking about economics, comes an adjective, "carnaptious," that fits people who are allergic to economic euphoria. It means cantankerous. Let's think carnaptiously about this fact: The interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds ...

Jules Witcover: Trump, Giuliani declare war on Mueller

Columnists

  WASHINGTON -- After more than a year of deceptive bobbing and weaving in the Robert Mueller investigation, President Trump has bought into the strategy that best suits his personal style: standing and fighting back. In buying into the modus operandi of his latest defense lawyer, ...

Letter to the Editor: We have work to do

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Here's what we know about our president. He says his philosophy of life is revenge. He called those who turned the other cheek fools or idiots. He is racist through and through. He has been found guilty by the courts of discrimination against nonwhites in housing and employment. He is ...

Letter to the Editor: Center’s closing end of an era

Letters to the Editor

Editor: After steadfastly serving this community for nearly 70 years, Valley Health Warren Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Care Center welcomed its last patient this week. The decision to transition labor and delivery services from Warren to Winchester Medical Center was more than just ...

Andy Schmookler: Response to the right-wing troll

Columnists

“More anti-TRUMP garbage from a well known LOSER!” That was the only disagreeing comment I found on the website of a newspaper where a piece of mine had been published. My piece had argued that the fact that some 37 percent of Americans “approve” of Trump’s presidency was a clear ...

Connie Schultz: Well, good for Michelle Wolf, anyway

Columnists

Things are happening at warp speed these days, and maybe you've already moved on from comedian Michelle Wolf's performance at last weekend's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Alas, I haven't. Not just yet. The annual dinner is that one night of the year when Washington ...

Commentary: Farm Bill opportunity to connect all Americans

Opinion

Roughly every five years, Congress passes a Farm Bill – legislation that affects every aspect of America’s agricultural industry. From programs for farmers and ranchers and shifts in trade policy to conservation efforts and nutrition assistance, the Farm Bill is a vital piece of legislation ...

George Bowers: The miracle of the Israeli nation

Guest Columns

May 14 marks a special day in world history. On that date 70 years ago, a true miracle occurred when Israel was reborn. We should recognize this occasion and celebrate this anniversary with them. In AD 70, the Roman army obliterated Jerusalem following Jewish revolts and uprisings. Determined ...

Rich Lowry: Hold the Nobel Peace Prize

Columnists

Who would have guessed that a Trump crowd 15 months into his presidency would be chanting, "Nobel! Nobel! Nobel!" As in Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor and philanthropist who created the eponymous prizes, including one for peace. The prize was on the minds of Trump fans thanks to ...