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Andy Schmookler: The danger of making politics about group identity

Perhaps it is timely to ask the question: what are politics for? That question needs to be asked because it seems that a lot of people are missing the point. A recent article in the New York Times discussed the “tribal” nature of our politics. “For American voters,” the article said, ...

Kathleen Parker: Philadelphia’s unnecessary war on Catholics

WASHINGTON -- At a time when more than 400,000 children are in foster care nationwide, the city of Philadelphia is threatening to cut ties with Catholic Social Services because of the group's policy against placing foster children in same-sex households. On the surface, one might say this is a ...

Jonah Goldberg: Conspiracy theorists see black, white in ocean of gray

The Trump presidency is often a kind of political "Rashomon," with partisans on either side looking at the same facts and coming to wildly different conclusions. So it's all the more remarkable that the central controversy of our time isn't a fight over one story with different interpretations ...

George F. Will: Trump’s trade wars would avenge only mythical casualties

WASHINGTON -- America's government declares "war" promiscuously -- on poverty, on drugs, on cancer, etc. -- except when actually going to war, which the nation has done often since it last declared war (on June 5, 1942, on Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary). But the incipient war du jour is being ...

Walter E. Williams: From Russia with love

  Robert Mueller's investigation into whether President Donald Trump and the Russians colluded to rig the 2016 presidential election so far has borne little fruit. The Democrats and their media allies would love to find some Russian collusion and interference. I can help them discover ...

Froma Harrop: Does more debt lead to fewer babies?

Romper, a website for young mothers, asks a good question. Is crushing student debt a big factor in millennials' not having children? Its answer is yes. Members of the class of 2016 left school owing an average of $37,173 in student loans. And that "doesn't calculate the average amount of ...

Jules Witcover: Should we rewrite the Second Amendment?

  WASHINGTON -- Here we go again. Yet another school shooting has triggered a new round of prayer meetings, hand-wringing by public officials and standard NRA defenses of the Second Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear Arms." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan ...

Kathleen Parker: Meghan’s dad is the real love story

WASHINGTON -- You can have your royal wedding, your princess bride, your pomp and your circumstance. For a real love story, I'm going with Thomas Markle. As in the father of Meghan Markle, former actress and now bride of Prince Harry. Last week, in anticipation of Saturday's royal wedding, ...

Robert B. Reich: Donald Trump’s curious coalition

Donald Trump's strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America's white working class and the nation's ownership class. It's a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don't respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him. It just ...

Diane Dimond: Reducing racial profiling depends on all of us

The post-9/11 mantra "If you see something, say something" appears to have taken an ugly turn these days. It used to relate to concerns about terrorism. If you saw an abandoned backpack or van, or if you discovered evidence that could be construed as bomb-related, the instruction was to ...

Mark Shields: Politics as (un)usual

In Marine Corps jargon, a "duty station" is the military base or camp where a Marine is assigned to live. Reflecting our national inclination both to romanticize what is past and to criticize what is current, Marines will regularly gripe that there is no duty station better than the one they ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: For some, ‘faith’ has little to do with Jesus

  Today, we will discuss one of the most pressing threats to American Christianity. Meaning, of course, American Christians. Yes, that's an overly broad statement. All those Christians whose faith requires them to live the Good News, to feed the hungry, to house the homeless, speak ...

George F. Will: Battling campus oppression of the freedom of expression

WASHINGTON -- On election night 2016, Mark Schlissel, the University of Michigan's president, addressed more than 1,000 students, declaring that the 90 percent of them who had favored the losing candidate had rejected "hate." He thereby effectively made those who disagreed with him and with the ...

Rich Lowry: The Russia temptation

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, uttered a forlorn sentiment at a Center faro American Progress conference. She said Democrats can't spend all their time bemoaning President Donald Trump's existence, and that her voters care more about soybean exports than Russian bots. She's ...

Andy Schmookler: Why don’t people care much about justice?

Justice has been called the most important virtue for a society to have. And, since before my age broke double digits, I’ve had a passion for justice. Which makes it distressing for me to have discovered, many decades into my life, that so many of my countrymen do not seem to care much about ...

Scott Rasmussen: The state of the midterms

Last December, the midterm outlook looked bleak for Republicans. With the Democrats enjoying a 13-point lead on the Generic Ballot, pundits talked of a "big blue wave." The question was not whether the Democrats would win the two dozen seats needed to gain control of the House, but whether they ...

Froma Harrop: Time to put space between Trump stimuli, our responses

For Donald Trump's critics, it's tempting to jump on every juicy reveal regarding the president's sex romps. The swirl of accusations, denials, contradictions, backstabbing and confusion does keep us entertained. Today's story revolves around the hush money sent to porn actress Stormy Daniels. ...

Walter E. Williams: Kanye West and the Democrats

  In the aftermath of the Kanye West dust-up, my heart goes out to the white people who control the Democratic Party. My pity stems from the hip-hop megastar's November announcement to his packed concert audience that he did not vote in the presidential election but if he had, he ...