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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Ari Fleischer asks if we’re being fair to Brett Kavanaugh

Ari Fleischer wants to know if we're being fair. "How much in society should any of us be held liable today when we've lived a good life, an upstanding life by all accounts, and then something that maybe is an arguable issue, took place in high school? Should that deny us chances later in ...

Froma Harrop: Can we have a sensible immigration policy?

What would a sensible immigration policy look like? It would have three goals: be humane, enforce the laws and meet America's need for labor. This can happen only if our political fringes get out of the way. Some on the far right simply don't like most of the immigrants, mainly because of ...

Marc A. Thiessen: How much evidence is needed to destroy someone?

WASHINGTON -- Christine Blasey Ford has accused Brett M. Kavanaugh of attempted rape while they were both in high school - a charge he unequivocally denies. She can't remember the date the alleged attack took place. She isn't even certain about the year (although she reportedly thinks it may ...

Diane Dimond: Tackling the opioid crisis – finally

Can I get a round of applause for our United States Congress? Yes, indeedy, ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for both Democrats and Republicans! They have miraculously come together to approve one of the only major pieces of legislation set to become law this year. Amazing. It was ...

George F. Will: Fear-based parenting: A transmissible social disease

WASHINGTON -- Police came to Kim Brooks' parents' door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. It ...

Connie Schultz: Nothing normal about allegations against teenager Kavanaugh

Tuesday evening, I was scrolling Twitter for news updates when I came upon this post by Emma Thatcher: "Hello, female high school student here. I would just like to say that the emergence of this whole 'teenage boys should get a pass because they're not mature enough to understand consent' ...

Mark Shields:The downside of being right

It is always dangerous to be right, noted Voltaire, in matters where the established authorities are all wrong. In 2002, barely a year after the attacks of 9/11, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, three papers that rarely agree editorially on anything more ...

Kathleen Parker: Is there a Kavanaugh doppelganger?

WASHINGTON -- In one of Brett Kavanaugh's responses to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl when he was in high school, a charge he has denied "categorically and unequivocally," he suggested that, perhaps, this was a case of mistaken identity. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a ...

Star Parker: Feinstein v. Kavanaugh

While questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about abortion during his Senate confirmation hearings, Senator Dianne Feinstein grossly misstated statistics about abortion deaths before Roe v. Wade. "In the 1950s and 1960s, two decades before Roe, deaths from illegal abortions in this ...

Diane Dimond: Gun violence target: The bullets

The mantra "It's the economy, stupid," propelled Bill Clinton's candidacy during the presidential campaign in 1992. His decision to highlight the nation's then-struggling economy (and promise to fix it) helped him win the White House. One theme in this year's midterm elections is the renewed ...

Kathleen Parker: Eleventh-hour slander

WASHINGTON -- After several days of showboating and judicial hazing, Democrats pulled out their biggest weapon against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh -- a letter from an anonymous woman claiming sexual misconduct in high school. There are no words -- except perhaps desperate, scurrilous ...

Rich Lowry: Kavanaugh’s Kafkaesque nightmare

If Franz Kafka had written about confirmation hearings, he couldn't have come up with a better scenario than the one now unfolding in the U.S. Senate. Brett Kavanaugh, who the day before yesterday was an unimpeachable pillar of the legal establishment, stands accused of a heinous offense that ...

Rich Lowry: An economic boom is a terrible thing to waste

President Donald Trump is showing that it's possible to preside over a period of peace and prosperity and still be notably unpopular. Over the past several months, Trump has opened even more of a wedge between the largely benign material conditions in the country and his own political ...

Andy Schmookler: The American people are the jury

The one Manafort juror to go public, Paula Duncan, was a strong supporter of President Trump. She voted for him in 2016, and she apparently plans to vote for him again in 2020. “I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty,” she said after the trial in an interview on Fox News. “but he ...

Froma Harrop: Sometimes voters just want competence

In our highly polarized era, we too often judge election results from the confines of partisan politics. That's not nearly as useful on the state and local levels, where elected officials have roads to fix, kids to educate and budgets to balance. Voters want people who can do the job. Ideology ...

George F. Will: The college campus’s cult of fragility

WASHINGTON -- The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called "the leakage of reality from American life." Colleges and universities are increasingly susceptible to ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Both-sideism not just a journalistic problem

A prediction. When the history of this era is written, when future generations wonder how a mostly educated and largely literate nation became mired in "truthiness," when they ask how we became so mentally muddled that we lost the ability to identify facts and the capacity to care, they'll ...