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Opinion

Mark Shields: Challenge us, don’t coddle us

Columnists

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

Rich Lowry: Why the media lose to Trump

Columnists

The best thing that happened to Donald Trump all week is that BuzzFeed published the raw Russia dossier about him. It can't be pleasant for anyone to see his name associated with prostitutes and a bizarre sex act in print -- the principle that all publicity is good publicity can be taken too ...

Jules Witcover: Repeal-and-delay won’t work for GOP on Obamacare

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In the congressional Republicans' rush to put some meat on the bones of the president-elect's pledge to bury Obamacare, they've already found themselves out of the starting gate without another horse to ride. After trying about 60 times to repeal the retiring president's health-insurance ...

Michael Barone: The intelligence community, Russia and Trump

Columnists

On Wednesday, in his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump came out swinging -- against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community. He had some legitimate reason. One was ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Godspeed, Mr. President

Columnists

  Dear Mr. President: "Barack Obama is not Jesus." Those were the first words of the first column I ever wrote about you - a poke in the eye to Democrats who were singing rhapsodic hosannas about a certain highly regarded young senator. "Yes," I griped, "he has great ...

George A. Bowers Sr.: What shoveling, forgiving have in common

Guest Columns

We’ve had our first snowfall of the New Year here in the valley, and if all the rest are like the first one, we should be in good shape. Aside from a few minor fender benders and school cancellations, we escaped relatively unscathed. I’m also thankful that I didn’t have to break out the ...

Connie Schultz: A call for activists for journalism

Columnists

  Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third person as he described Vladimir Putin's affection for him and ...

Tom Crosby: 2017 Kia Sorento SXL has luxury in abundance

Guest Columns

Kia’s Sorento, a big mid-size crossover SUV that received a major makeover last year, has added technological advances and safety features this year to help boost sales in a red-hot SUV sales market fueled by yearlong low gas prices. Bigger vehicles are safer in a crash and Sorento has ...

James Pinsky: Planning for the future

Guest Columns

  Chances are saving the world won’t happen by accident. We’re going to need a plan. The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District agrees, and we have embarked upon updating our own strategic plan for the residents in the counties of Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, ...

George F. Will: Academia may now be beyond satire

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WASHINGTON -- The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recollections of the perpetrator and of some who swallowed his gibberish is sobering. In 1996, Alan ...

Froma Harrop: Obamacare repeal game is a disgrace

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  The Republican majority in Congress has voted to kill the Affordable Care Act dozens of times. It's done this knowing that President Obama would veto the bill, thus sparing members from the consequences. So obviously, it was always a game. It was posturing before a public that ...

Robert B. Reich: The 15 warning signs of tyranny

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  As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically: 1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern -- claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide even after losing the popular vote. 2. Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in ...

Kathleen Parker: President-elect Trumpschenko

Columnists

    WASHINGTON -- First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. For years, Donald Trump was unrelenting in his insistence that ...

George F. Will: Obama’s unforced errors on foreign policy

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WASHINGTON -- When Barack Obama moves two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to 2446 Belmont Road in Washington's Kalorama neighborhood, he will live half a mile from 2340 S St., where Woodrow Wilson spent his three post-presidential years. Wilson's embittering foreign policy failure was the ...