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Connie Schultz: Run, woman, run

After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race, there were a few days there when it looked as if a lot of women would be done with politics. If we couldn't elect the most qualified person ever to run for president, what was the point, right? Being women, however, we quickly recalibrated. ...

Scott Rasmussen: It’s not about Trump, it’s about his voters

In Election 2016, Democrats seemed to assume that the unpopularity of Donald Trump would be enough to keep him out of the White House. It's true that most Americans viewed him unfavorably, but the same was also true of Hillary Clinton. Given such an unappealing choice, millions of voters ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: You can’t take the low road to the high place

The other day, a Muslim saved a terrorist. It happened just after midnight Monday in London. The terrorist, according to authorities, was Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales, who drove a rented van 150 miles to the British capital, where he jumped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of ...

Jonah Goldberg: Free speech isn’t always a tool of virtue

There's a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in horror ...

Kathleen Parker: Can words be lethal?

WASHINGTON -- Words matter, journalists are fond of saying. This comes lately in the context of presidential tweets that conceivably could have serious repercussions. Otherwise, we seem conflicted about how much words should matter when used in a potentially consequential way among everyday ...

Robert B. Reich: Government by and for Trump

Last week, the White House invited reporters in to watch what was billed as a meeting of Donald Trump's Cabinet. After Trump spoke, he asked each of the Cabinet members around the table to briefly comment. Their statements were what you might expect from toadies surrounding a two-bit ...

Froma Harrop: Trump as Caesar: Irresponsible, nasty, fun

Lend me your ears. You'll be glad. Today's subject is the controversial production of "Julius Caesar" in which a Donald Trump-like figure gets assassinated. Given today's angry political climate, the costuming showed poor taste at the very least. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America withdrew ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Scalise, Pelosi and return to civility

Sometimes terrible tragedies can bring us together, and I'm hopeful that somehow a lasting good will come out of the ballfield shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. And maybe even a rebirth of civility, which has virtually disappeared from politics, and perhaps our culture as well. Rep. Steve ...

Mark Shields: Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon

In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew -- having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

Diane Dimond: Child brides are not a thing of the past

Sherry Johnson gave birth when she was 10 years old. When she turned 11, her parents, members of a conservative Pentecostal church, decided she should marry the 20-year-old man who had raped her. Their reasoning? Marriage would deflect a criminal case and help protect the reputation of the ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: A simple traffic stop left Ayanna Cruver terrified

Two weeks ago, a black woman driving alone in Princeton, Louisiana, was pulled over for no apparent reason. But she was not shot and killed. Or hauled from her car and body-slammed. Or even arrested for getting snippy. The officer explained that she was driving under the speed limit, ...

Kathleen Parker: Has third of nation been eating shrooms?

WASHINGTON -- In one of Walker Percy's brilliant novels, "The Second Coming," protagonist Will Barrett keeps falling down for no apparent reason. He also suffers trances during which he contemplates existential questions. Barrett comes to mind in the era of Donald Trump. I'm not falling down ...

Rich Lowry: He’s a Republican now

Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. The president may be besieged, unpopular and prone to lashing out self-destructively, but all of this cements his bond to his party rather than erodes it. Commentators who ...

Andy Schmookler: Rule of law in America? It’s up to Trump voters

Let me demonstrate, in a few steps, why it is likely up to Trump voters whether the rule of law will be upheld in America. At least up till 2019. First, it is pretty clear that Donald Trump has committed enough “high crimes and misdemeanors” to warrant moving toward his ...

Scott Rasmussen: Venmo is forcing big banks to innovate

Back in the 1960s, banks were not allowed to operate in more than one state. In fact, many states didn't even allow branch banking, so there were lots of small local banks around the nation. Since then, of course, the rules have changed and the industry is dominated by a handful of very large ...

Jules Witcover: Sessions digs in, in defense of self, Trump

WASHINGTON -- Beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, faced the lions before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, and survived with barely a scratch. For more than ...

Peter Brookes: Battle for Raqqa underway, could take some time

You're not hearing much about it in the news with so many other big stories out there today, but the battle for retaking Raqqa – the capital of the Islamic State caliphate in Syria – is reportedly well underway. This fight has been some three years coming, since ISIS took the ...

James Pinsky: Our new strategic plan

The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District knows saving the world can be a challenge. That’s why we have a plan. Known officially as our strategic plan, this focused, direct and forecasting document gives our staff, board and our customers a simple, concise and sincere roadmap to ...

Connie Schultz: A gunman shoots, and we become family

As the wife of a U.S. senator, I work hard to keep separate my marriage and my career as a newspaper columnist. Normally, I mention my husband, Sherrod Brown, only when the disclosure is necessary or I am writing a personal essay that has nothing to do with politics. However, on this ...