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Jonah Goldberg: Trump is the ‘talent,’ not the head of state

In high school civics I was taught that, in America, the president has many roles, often divided in other countries. He's commander in chief, head of state, chief administrator and executive, the head of his party, chief diplomat, legislative leader and, according to some lists, "the guardian ...

George F. Will: In blocking abortion bill, Dems will show cultural extremism

WASHINGTON -- What would America's abortion policy be if the number of months in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number -- say, seven or 11? This thought experiment is germane to why the abortion issue has been politically toxic, and points to a path toward a less bitter debate. ...

Star Parker: Trump’s timely evangelical appeal

President Trump addressed this year's annual Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. He is the first sitting U.S. president to do so. The Values Voters Summit is hosted by the Family Research Council, an organization whose mission is addressing public policy and culture from a Christian point ...

Kathleen Parker: #MeToo: Tipping point, or outrage du jour?

WASHINGTON -- Depending upon one's distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we've been waiting for -- or just another shark attack until the next one. If you're former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose book, "Be ...

Walter E. Williams: Who pays what in taxes?

Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation. Today some politicians argue that the rich must pay their fair share and label the proposed changes in tax law as tax cuts for the rich. Let's look at who ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: When making people uncomfortable is the point

It "makes some people uncomfortable." That was the explanation Kenny Holloway, a school board official in Biloxi, Mississippi, gave the Sun Herald newspaper last week, for the board's decision to remove from its eighth-grade curriculum a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, Harper Lee's ...

Diane Dimond: Russian attempts at American mind control continue

It is high time we accept the fact that the Russian government is engaged in a massive propaganda campaign aimed at getting Americans to fight with one another. It's been going on for a long time. You might have thought the Russians would back off their social-media misinformation campaign ...

Rich Lowry: Johnny Carson > Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel deserves credit for frankness, if nothing else. In an interview over the weekend, the ABC late-night host said he doesn't care about losing Republican viewers. We're a long way from Johnny Carson, whose "Tonight Show" was a national institution that enjoyed a broad audience -- and ...

Jonah Goldberg: GOP hog-tied by a divided Senate

Why can't we have nice things? That's the question, if not exactly the phrasing, so many conservatives are asking these days. Despite controlling the White House and both branches of Congress, the GOP can't get much done. Oh, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democrats need to move left

I've been struggling with this question for a month. It's been that long since a Democratic state legislator rose during the Q&A after a speech and asked me a deceptively simple thing: What should Democrats do now? What should their message be? I had no idea how to answer that, nor ...

Froma Harrop: Trump’s long history of holding health care hostage

The story of Donald Trump and health coverage rightly starts with the story of Donald Trump and William Trump. William was born in 1999, fighting for his life. He suffered seizures, and his breathing stopped twice. William's medical bills were enormous. That's when Donald tried to remove the ...

Mark Shields: Who will not be the 2020 presidential nominee

In 1963, the legendary Russell Baker, writing in The New York Times, explained how we in the press, years before the nation's next presidential campaign, are miraculously able to agree upon who qualify -- and, perhaps more importantly, who do not qualify -- as plausible White House contenders. ...

Kathleen Parker: A dearth of virtue and the death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON -- Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody's a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Or, more to the point, when everyone's slurping from the same trough, who's a pig? Today, hypocrisy is the smirk on Harvey Weinstein's face as he pursues ...

Rich Lowry: How the NFL lost to Trump

Donald Trump isn't exactly on a winning streak, but he is beating the NFL in a rout. The league's commissioner, Roger Goodell, signaled the beginning of a messy, divisive retreat with a memo stating, "Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem." Now he ...

Andy Schmookler: All the clues Americans should need

Like the clue that unravels a mystery, here’s a revelatory fact: the two Republicans who have lately sent important messages to the American people are both highly respected men who don’t expect to face their voters again. The two Republicans are Senators Bob Corker and John McCain. They ...

George F. Will: The auto industry has a glamorous past but an opaque future

DETROIT -- Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM's CEO Mary Barra is wagering that ...

Scott Rasmussen: Gun control debate not about guns

Every time a horrific event like the Las Vegas massacre takes place, it is followed by a frustrating and futile debate about the merits of gun control. People on both sides of the debate trot out talking points and talk right past each other without listening. Much of the frustration comes ...

Jonah Goldberg: Weinstein scandal leaves a trail of hypocrisy

If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let's start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn't fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one. The Weinstein Co. board members probably didn't know everything, but they surely knew ...

Rich Lowry: The great regulatory rollback

One by one, the artifacts of President Barack Obama's rule by administrative fiat are tumbling. The latest is his signature Clean Power Plan that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt says he will begin the arduous process of unwinding. The first year of Donald Trump's ...

Star Parker: An important new step for religious freedom

Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, ...