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Marc A. Thiessen: Trump isn’t attacking NATO – he’s strengthening it

WASHINGTON -- As President Trump put Germany and other allies on notice for the harm they are doing to NATO with their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, Democrats in Washington came to Germany's defense. "President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most ...

Jules Witcover: Helsinki: The self-immolation of Donald Trump

WASHINGTON -- In what was perhaps the most astonishing public performance by an American president in history, Donald Trump personally bolstered the case for the demise of his presidency Monday in his surrender to Vladimir Putin over the Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential ...

Mark Shields: Chico Marx for president

In a scene in the 1933 film "Duck Soup," the character played by Chico, the most underrated of the funny Marx Brothers, is dressed like another character, and when the other man leaves the room, the woman who remains is surprised to see Chico. She tells him she saw him leave. Chico's response ...

Kathleen Parker: Saving NATO from Donald Trump

When it comes to President Trump, it's hard to pick his worst decision from the plethora he has provided. His most recent -- to brazenly insult our NATO allies -- surely ranks among the top three in my book, the others being his romancing of Russia without commensurate leverage and, likewise, ...

Jonah Goldberg: Business Insider waves white flag in Johansson flap

A fascinating series of controversies erupted this week, and they had nothing to do with Donald Trump or Robert Mueller. Business Insider ran a column defending actress Scarlett Johansson from fierce criticism for her decision to play a transgender man in a forthcoming film called "Rub and ...

George F. Will: Don’t fix baseball, even if it may be broken

WASHINGTON -- It is a prudential axiom: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that they often are larger than and contrary to intended ones. As baseball reaches the all-star break amid ...

Andy Schmookler: Clues today’s Republicans somehow ignore

It’s hard to figure whether today’s Republicans have lost their values, or their ability to interpret the evidence right in front of their faces. Putin’s choice Do you remember when the Republican Party was the party that most often proclaimed its patriotism? But now, as the GOP has ...

Kathleen Parker: Catholics rock the courthouse

WASHINGTON -- Even before President Trump announced his nomination Monday of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill departing Justice Anthony Kennedy's slot on the Supreme Court, the foul scent of anti-Catholicism began seeping into public commentary. In particular, an article ...

George F. Will: Is Trump right? Is Mueller’s appointment unconstitutional?

WASHINGTON -- The president, who might not be fully acquainted with the pertinent Supreme Court case law, says the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel was unconstitutional. The president's opinion, because it is his, is prima facie evidence for the opposite conclusion. It is, ...

Rich Lowry: Don’t cry for Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel is, her supporters like to gloat, the leader of the free world. Just don't ask her to spend as if she is. Donald Trump has made the German chancellor one of his favorite rhetorical targets, especially over Germany's anemic defense expenditures. This has led to worries about the ...

Scott Rasmussen: The culture leads, not the Supreme Court

Just about every American election year is peppered with quotes from seemingly very serious people claiming that, for some reason, this is the most important election of our lifetime. This year, we're also being told that the political battle to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony ...

Connie Schultz: Mr. Rogers and parents at the border

In these warm Ohio months, when my daughter was an infant, I'd strap her into the stroller most evenings and take her for a long walk before bedtime. One neighbor, just a few houses down, had his own evening habit of dragging his hose with a rotating sprinkler to the edge of his lawn and ...

Tom Crosby: Toyota launches eye-catching small SUV for 2018

Last year Toyota discontinued its Scion brand designed to lure and acquaint young first-time buyers to its brand. But some Scion DNA remains intact with Toyota’s new 2018 C-HR subcompact SUV designed with a quirky and attention-getting exterior. It looks built for speed with squinty ...

Robert B. Reich: Trump’s art of the no-deal

Donald Trump promised to be America's dealmaker in chief. "We need a leader that wrote 'The Art of the Deal,'" he said in the speech announcing his candidacy. "I'm a negotiator. I've done very well over the years through negotiation," he said during a Republican debate. "That's what I do, is ...

Star Parker: Abortion and the Constitution

As we enter into what surely will be another contentious confirmation process for a new Supreme Court justice, let's consider underlying realities that deeply divide us and make it so hard to agree about how our Constitution should be interpreted and applied. The Declaration of Independence ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Now I know how the Gipper felt

"I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.'' -- Ronald Reagan Now I know how the Gipper felt. Once upon a time, you see, I thought I was a little bit conservative. Mind you, I could never side with the right on social justice matters like the treatment of LGBTQ Americans, ...

Kathleen Parker: At Marquette, conservatives got it wrong

WASHINGTON -- Free speech won; decency lost. This has become such a common observation that it hardly merits a headline. But in a Wisconsin Supreme Court case resolved Friday, the plaintiff was that rarest of victors these days -- a conservative professor defending his freedom of speech rights ...

Diane Dimond: America at 242: A Nation of Self-Imposed Segregation

A recent editorial cartoon by artist Gary Varvel features what appears to be a biracial couple at the maitre d' podium at an upscale restaurant. The pompous-looking greeter's line has stuck in my mind ever since I saw the cartoon in my local newspaper: "Dinner for two ... liberal or ...

Froma Harrop: Roe v. Wade is yesterday’s fight

If the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, the right to an abortion might no longer be law of the land. But the ability to obtain one would remain a fact of the land. It might be harder to end a pregnancy in some states, but there would be no returning to the pre-Roe world. That's ...

Mark Shields: Taking the Disraeli test

Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th-century British prime minister and writer, shrewdly advised that to be a successful political leader, a man (even though it was the Victorian era, it was still a man's game) must first know himself and then know and understand the times in which he lives. Whether ...