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Scott Rasmussen: GOP Civil War could hand Senate to Democrats

With Doug Jones' victory in Alabama, Democrats now have at least a plausible path to winning control of the U.S. Senate in the 2018 elections. It's a difficult path to be sure, but it could happen. The first step will be for Democrats to successfully defend all of their Senate incumbents next ...

Jonah Goldberg: Tax reform could be the GOP’s Obamacare

Will the tax reform effort be the GOP's version of Obamacare? I don't know, and neither does anyone else. We have little idea what the final legislation will look like, and even if we did, it's hard to predict its overall effect. But there are some similarities already, starting with the ...

Robert B. Reich: Tax cuts won’t benefit American workers

Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order "to restore our competitive edge," as Trump says. Our competitive edge? Who's us? Most American corporations -- especially big ones that would get most of the planned corporate tax ...

Diane Dimond: Sanctuary city policies can put us all at risk

Laws are a necessary evil in civilized society. You obey the laws, and the government will do its best to protect you and yours. But what happens when there's a conflict between a state and a federal law? That is the situation across America today. So far, California, Colorado, Illinois, New ...

Rich Lowry: Too anti-Trump to check

It's a wonder that President Donald Trump devotes so much time to discrediting the press, when the press does so much to discredit itself. The media's errors over the past week haven't been marginal or coincidental, but involved blockbuster reports on one of the most dominating stories of the ...

Froma Harrop: Whom do we thank for today’s strong economy?

A president deserves partial credit for a strong economy. The current economic numbers are good, so to the extent that gratitude is due, let us offer it. Thank you, President Obama. The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was ...

Walter E. Williams: Moral values and customs vs. laws

I'm approaching my 82nd birthday, and my daughter will occasionally suggest that modernity is perplexing to me because I'm from prehistoric times. As such, it points to one of the unavoidable problems of youth -- namely, the temptation to think that today's behavioral standards have always ...

Jules Witcover: Time honors women who stood up to sexual assault

WASHINGTON -- Time magazine, a shell of its former self, has named the women who blew the whistle on a small army of prominent men in politics, entertainment and journalism as the collective Persons of the Year. They earned it for putting sexual assault and harassment in the workplace on the ...

Connie Schultz: Time gets it right: We’ve changed

It's that sleeved elbow in the Time cover photo -- the one attached to an unidentified woman sitting to the right -- that magnifies the message. Five elegant women -- actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu and Mexican agricultural ...

Robert B. Reich: The true path to prosperity

It's often thought that Democrats care about fairness and not economic growth, while Republicans care about growth even at the cost of some fairness. Rubbish. Growth and fairness aren't opposites. In reality, Democrats have been the party of economic growth and fairness. Republicans are the ...

Mark Shields: Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans

To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation's long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his deathbed. Alejandro: ...

Michael Barone: Real target of GOP tax bills: Feds, eds, meds bloat

Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on "feds, eds and meds"? That's a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have been ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trump puts fact ahead of fiction in Israel

The most exhausting thing about the Middle East -- except for the bloodshed, poverty, tyranny, etc. -- is that it refuses to conform to how it's described in the West. It's like journalists, diplomats and politicians want to announce a football game, but the players keep insisting on playing ...

Scott Rasmussen: Thank you, Eleanor Roosevelt

There are events in history that no one alive will ever forget. But time moves on and those who will never forget eventually leave this earth. The rest of us know it only from the history books. One of those events was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Only a handful of Americans alive ...

Jules Witcover: Trump risks party damage in Alabama race

WASHINGTON -- At precisely the time sexual harassment has become an issue of national concern, next week's special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a litmus test for the soul of the Republican Party. Its elected leader, President ...

Froma Harrop: In Meghan Markle’s ‘Suits,’ the men wear them

Meghan Markle, the divorcee from Los Angeles now engaged to Britain's Prince Harry, is a lovely woman. But though the actress has ennobled herself as an advocate for women, she lives in the public eye as a character on "Suits." That's unfortunate, because the cheesy TV series could serve as a ...

Diane Dimond: So, where’s that wall?

It has been nearly a year since Donald J. Trump assumed the office of the presidency of the United States. So, where's that wall he promised voters? Back in 1986, an audacious young Trump boldly told the city of New York to step aside from a long-stalled plan to renovate a skating rink in the ...