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Opinion

Jules Witcover: Welcome to the Trump era

Columnists

  WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump, still officially only in the wings of power, had no hesitation horning in on the opening of Congress the other day. He castigated his own party's leaders for giving priority to a matter of House housekeeping rather than addressing his ...

Froma Harrop: The people saved ethics office, not the tweets

Columnists

  That went over well. In the darkness of night on a federal holiday, House Republicans voted to kill the Office of Congressional Ethics. That would have shut down independent investigations of corruption in Congress. You could almost hear the wheels turn: Lobbyists are hot to ...

Rich Lowry: The Sessions smear

Columnists

NAACP officials have already been arrested in an anti-Jeff Sessions protest. The Alabama senator's confirmation battle as attorney general is sure to generate lots of heat and very little light. He will likely prevail, but not before his name is dragged through the gutter in an execrable ...

Mark Shields: For GOP, the year of living nervously

Columnists

Outspent by nearly a 2-1 ratio by Hillary Clinton and conspicuously not endorsed by the two most recent Republican presidents or the two most recent Republican presidential nominees, Donald Trump was still able to capture six states Democrat Barack Obama had twice carried -- Florida, Iowa, ...

Letter to the Editor: Draining the swamp?

Letters to the Editor

  Editor: Sixth District Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Judiciary chairman, decided to try to remove the already weak commission that oversees congressional ethics as one of the first acts of the new Congress. We see his face everywhere on news feeds as the author of this idea. This was ...

Letter to the Editor: How will Goodlatte explain fiasco?

Letters to the Editor

Editor: When you drain a swamp the denizens like gators, serpents and other creatures (some politicians included) fight to protect their slimy turf at any cost. Our Rep. Bob Goodlatte, with support from several of his friends who have been investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics, ...

Letter to the Editor: Give peace a chance

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I am amused and irritated by comments made by Benjamin Netanyahu regarding our government and the U.N. Security Council vote. He and his like in the Israeli government remind me of this country's history regarding native peoples. First the Israelis tell the Palestinians they can ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Media must stake a moral stand

Columnists

  "Five minutes for Hitler, five minutes for the Jews." That, according to legend -- and a Facebook page for alumni of The Miami Herald -- was the routine response of an '80s-era editor whenever some hapless reporter was working overly hard to bring "balance" to a story where ...

Scott Rasmussen: Trump’s transition from rhetoric to policy

Columnists

Eight years ago, as Barack Obama prepared to move into the White House, he continued to offer the rhetoric of hope and change. Though many Republicans mocked it, that message was exactly what the American people were looking to hear. Candidate Obama promised to change the way Washington ...

George Bowers Sr.: The importance of turning right

Guest Columns

Every morning when I leave my home to head to work, I have to turn right out of my driveway onto Sherman Road. It may not seem like a very big deal and by now it has become a habit, but the necessity of doing so each day is still important. Even if I turn right most days of the week, but decide ...

Peter Brookes: Spitballs at Russia

Columnists

You have to admit that it's been nothing short of agony watching the Obama administration's "stewardship" of American foreign and national security policy recently as it runs down the clock after eight long years in office. If your head wasn't already pounding over the U.N. Security Council ...

Connie Schultz: We are not the enemy

Columnists

  On the last day of December, this was Donald Trump's greeting for America -- via Twitter, of course: "Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!" My immediate response to this ...

James Pinsky: Do overs, conservation style

Guest Columns

  Folks, we’re just getting started on a brand spanking New Year. In fact, 2017 is so new we might still be able to return it for a full refund. Anyone want 2016 back? I’m a big fan of recycling, but 2016 might be better off 6 feet under. Onward! Last week we learned ...

Jules Witcover: Coping with Russian hacking hangover

Columnists

  WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump was quick to agree with President Vladimir Putin that alleged Russian hacking into the American presidential election was overblown and irrelevant. It immediately put the president-elect on a collision course with his own U.S. intelligence community, on ...

Rich Lowry: The nation’s abattoir

Columnists

The city of Chicago is conducting a long, bloody experiment in what happens to a gang-ridden municipality in the absence of effective policing. It is keeping the morgue depressingly busy. Seven hundred sixty-two people were murdered in the city in 2016, a nearly unheard of 50 percent ...

Jonah Goldberg: Obama going out in blaze of self-interest

Columnists

  Of all Barack Obama's costumes, the most ill-fitting is that of the hawk. The guise doesn't work for all sorts of ideological and historical reasons. Plus there's the fact that he's rushing to put on the outfit as he's heading out the door. The new sanctions against Russia are ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Trump transition transcendent

Columnists

President-elect Donald Trump's transition continues to go smoothly. Actually, better than smoothly – confidently. More than confidently – transcendently. And to top it all off, the Dow is up 9 percent since the election, while economic-sensitive small caps have jumped nearly 16 percent. ...

George Will: Good riddance, 2016

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Viewing 2016 in retrospect -- doing so is unpleasant, but less so than was living through it -- the year resembles a china shop after a visit from an especially maladroit bull. Because a law says "the state of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the Confederacy ...

Mark Shields: Did I say that? I apologize

Columnists

For your semi-faithful correspondent, 2016 has been a 12-month exercise in humility. I apologize to you, gentle reader, for the errors – all unforced – to which I subjected you. My introduction to the 2016 campaign was to endorse the timeless wisdom of former Sen. Bill Cohen, a ...