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Opinion

Froma Harrop:Here’s to people who work with their hands

Columnists

After leaving high school, my father worked in factories and drove trucks. College was never in the cards for him. Though a good thinker -- the Navy put him in a program dominated by college grads -- he never excelled academically. And in any case, he had parents and young brothers to ...

Letter to the Editor: Stop Trump at the polls

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I have only hated two people in my life. The first was Adolph Hitler. I was 9 years old when World War II started. I would go to a local theater and they would show a newsreel called "News of the Day." That is how I kept up on news of the war. I saw pictures of dead bodies of Jews ...

Diane Dimond: The reality of young people sentenced to life

Columnists

Last week, I wrote about the plight of Pamela Smart, who, in 1991, at the age of 22, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband. Gregg Smart was shot dead by his wife's 16-year-old lover and another teenager. Pamela was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. To ...

Jules Witcover: On the loss of John McCain

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- The death of John McCain at 81 leaves a huge void in the Senate, in the country and most importantly in the ranks of truth-tellers in American politics. As such, his passing is a particular loss to my news-business fraternity, which depends on his like to sort out the wheat from ...

Mark Shields: ‘Officers eat last’

Columnists

The Marine Corps lives by one hard-and-fast rule foreign to American corporate and financial life: "Officers eat last." Simply stated, the Marine officer in command does not eat until all the Marines he is responsible for -- beginning with the corporals and the privates -- have first been fed. ...

Kathleen Parker: The juror who could save America

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Juror No. 0302 may not have sought fame, but Paula Duncan will long be remembered in connection with Paul Manafort, whom she and 11 others convicted on eight counts of financial crime. What makes Duncan memorable, besides her being the only juror to speak out since the trial ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trump’s self-interest vs. the public interest

Columnists

The president of the United States will not talk to special counsel Robert Mueller because his lawyers want to prevent him from walking -- or, rather, talking -- into a perjury trap. Rudy Giuliani, the president's most visible lawyer, insists that no attorney worth his license would permit a ...

Rich Lowry: Trump should come clean

Columnists

If it wasn't obvious before, it should be now: President Donald Trump is in an impeachment fight. It hasn't fully ripened yet. That won't happen unless Democrats take the House and do so with a healthy margin in the fall. But Michael Cohen's statement that he committed campaign finance ...

Froma Harrop: Mothers who do too much

Columnists

Here's a true story about a fine woman with an advanced degree whom I will not name for obvious reasons: We were chatting one day, when her little girl broke in to say she was hungry. It was 4:30 in the afternoon. Rather than respond with "Here's a cookie to hold you until family dinner," the ...

Andy Schmookler: The cult of personality and the danger to America

Columnists

Back during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump himself seemed genuinely surprised by the nature of his support when he memorably said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” He seems to have been right in making that claim. Trump ...

Scott Rasmussen: On the eve of the fall campaign season

Columnists

While political activists have been caught up in the 2018 midterm elections for most of the past two years, most Americans haven't been paying attention. That will begin to change after Labor Day as people who don't obsess about politics begin to consider the choices before them. Because so ...

Diane Dimond: How long a prison sentence is enough?

Columnists

A petition has been filed with the governor of New Hampshire that breathes new life into an old and very sensational case. It asks Gov. Chris Sununu to embrace this era's evolved thinking on prison sentencing, specifically the sentence of life without parole. A key section of the 695-page ...

George Bowers Sr. When dad got skunked

Guest Columns

Mention either of two very different animals, and you are sure to trigger an outbreak of free entertainment. Allude to either snakes or skunks, then sit back and listen as the tales spill out. This is one such story about a skunk that my dad shared with us years ago. When our father was a boy, ...