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Kathleen Parker: Relief is yet to come

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a disorderly House. Unlike the tea party revolution of ...

Walter E. Williams: Skin in the game

In describing the GOP tax cuts, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that they and bonuses American workers were getting were "crumbs." They were "tax cuts for the rich." Some argued that the tax cuts would reduce revenues. Pelosi predicted, "This thing will explode the deficit." How about ...

Froma Harrop: Democrats need an immigration policy fast

In recent months, the political leadership of two neighboring countries with large immigration programs issued very different messages. They would be the United States and Canada. In the United States, President Trump and his Republican allies vilified the "caravan" of Central Americans making ...

Scott Rasmussen: The election’s over, now what?

It was almost unsettling to wake up the morning after the election and realize it turned out pretty much as we expected. There were, of course, some individual surprises, but nothing on the seismic shock scale of 2016. For months, it had been expected that Democrats would win a modest House ...

Marc A. Thiessen: The short-term memory of the outrage machine

WASHINGTON -- When the president announced that he was sending the U.S. military to help secure our southern border, he received bipartisan praise from members of Congress. The Washington Post reported that the move was seen as "smart politics." The year was 2011, and the president was Barack ...

Jules Witcover: Ousting AG, Trump barrels into Nixon territory

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's long-expected firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be a prelude to an outrageous, blatant political crime that could make the Watergate scandal of the 1970s pale in comparison. Trump's accompanying appointment as acting attorney general of Matthew ...

Froma Harrop: Responding to domestic terrorists

It surprised few to learn that Robert Bowers, who is charged in the massacre of 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue, was a social misfit and psychotic wreck. Most domestic terrorists are. They latch onto some extreme ideology to obscure the mess in their head. It can be hard to focus on ...

Letter to the Editor: Rebuttal to recent letter

Editor: It is obvious that some racists have appropriated and desecrated the Confederate battle flag for their pathetic causes, but those hateful folks also commonly display the Christian cross and the American flag. Do those symbols also inspire racism? Perceptions of the flag depend upon ...

Jules Witcover: A first significant step in reining in Trump

WASHINGTON -- In arguably the most critical midterm congressional elections in our history, the Democrats acquired a down payment on their challenge to halt President Donald Trump's reign of public division, anger and hate. It fell short of the "blue wave" vote they sought to undo him, but it ...

George F. Will: Political antibodies strengthening nation’s immune system

WASHINGTON -- America's body politic has recently been scarred by excruciating political shingles, and 2018 campaigning was equivalent to acid reflux. But Tuesday's elections indicated that some political antibodies are strengthening the nation's immune system. Tuesday was, on balance, ...

Marc A. Thiessen: The Kavanaugh debacle cost the Democrats the Senate

WASHINGTON -- Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats' campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the ...

Kathleen Parker: Remember Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON -- The midterm elections are finally over, more or less, and we got what we got -- Donald Trump is still president. Sorry, but someone had to say it. Now back to the cold realities of everyday life in the White House of Weird, beginning and ending with: Who ordered the brutal ...

Robert B. Reich: America has rejected Trumpism

Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism. No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans. The real battleground was the House, where Democrats had to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to ...

Diane Dimond: Equal justice #ForAll

Consider the fates of two prominent Americans, comedian Louis C.K. and former President Bill Clinton. Both have been accused of serious sexual misconduct. But unlike the comedian, whose recent tiptoe back into show business has been met with howls of protest, Clinton continues to enjoy public ...

Rich Lowry: Urban America’s vagrancy outrage

It's appropriate that the U.N. special rapporteur devoted to adequate housing has visited encampments in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Mumbai -- and San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. The homeless situation in those cities and others around the country is positively Third World, a blight that ...

Star Parker: The battle to MAGA continues

America's founders demonstrated that government is art, not science. The secret is in balance. Biennial congressional elections strike the right balance for the need for stability with the need for change. Midterm elections take place with the continuity of a sitting president. Whoever is in ...

Connie Schultz: Could this be our millennial moment?

Every student who knocks on my office door on Kent State's campus has likely noticed the illustrated bumper sticker affixed right above the door handle. The drawing depicts an older white man of a certain age wearing a suit and glasses and holding a lit pipe. He looks to be of an earlier era. ...