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Kathleen Parker: Repeal and regroup

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans' relatively muted regret over their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. It was never gonna happen. Not no how. Partly this is because the GOP ...

Jonah Goldberg: Rand Paul a man for all seasons on health care

The greatest trick any politician can pull off is to get his self-interest and his principles in perfect alignment. As Thomas More observed in Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons," "If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would make us ...

George F. Will: Air Force has dug into the equivalent of trench warfare

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- It is said that America's armed forces have been stressed by 16 years of constant warfare, the longest such in the nation's history. For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with enforcement of the no-fly zone in Iraq after Desert ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What is wrong with Trump?

So here we are, six months later. How time has trudged. But the calendar does not lie. On Thursday, we will be half a year through the Trump Era. And, contrary to his signature promise, America seems less great by the day. Nor are his other promises faring particularly well. There is no sign ...

Froma Harrop: The suicide epidemic: Social, economic or both?

Ours is a nation in despair. U.S. suicide rates have surged to a 30-year high, and it's not just among struggling middle-aged whites. Suicides by girls age 10 to 14 have spiked over the last 18 years. And there's been a shocking surge in children 17 or under dying from self-inflicted gunshot ...

George F. Will: Congress is in ‘Annie’ mode

WASHINGTON -- Predictably and sensibly, a three-judge panel of the nation's second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recently dismissed, unanimously, a lawsuit brought by a Yemeni man, two of whose relatives were collateral fatalities in a 2012 U.S. drone ...

Jules Witcover: It’s White House amateur hour

WAHINGTON -- A novice Trump administration that has already demonstrated its ineptness in conducting deft foreign policy has now been revealed as similarly ham-handed in the art of politics. Donald Trump Jr. made public an email exchange in which he confirmed his interest in information ...

Diane Dimond: Hit the high seas on vacation, but be careful

Summertime. Vacation time. No time to let your guard down. Traditionally, crime goes up during warmer weather, with property crimes and aggravated assaults on the rise. In some locations, murder rates increase, too. When temperatures rise, there are more windows left open, more sweaty and ...

Kathleen Parker: Trump’s unique gift to America

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Even the least popular presidents sometimes do great things. What might Donald Trump's great thing be? He has unified a divided nation. He has brought Republicans and Democrats together as only just wars can. He's brought women, scientists, minorities, teachers, ...

Rich Lowry: Reince for president

It's been a rough week for the White House, so reportedly -- yet again -- Reince Priebus might get fired. Surely, no high-level government official in American history has been on the verge of ouster so early and so often. Being the subject of shake-up rumors is practically Reince Priebus' job ...

Connie Schultz: Guiding children in the age of Trump

"You could be president some day." As recently as last year, this is what we told America's children. We said this to encourage them to banish those inner voices of doubt and imagine themselves at their fullest potential. See yourself in our first black president, and feel the obstacles ...

Scott Rasmussen: The Netflix revolution

While the nation's political elites obsess over daily controversies of official Washington, a far more significant development is taking place on television screens across America. After years of steady growth, the number of subscribers to streaming video services like Netflix has topped the ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: The right wing’s war on journalism

Somebody went after Rachel Maddow last week. You might not have heard about it. The story didn't get much traction in a week that began with video of Failed President Trump "wrestling" CNN and ended with his embarrassing trip to the G20 summit in Germany. Still, some of us would argue that it ...

Robert B. Reich: It’s time for Medicare for all

Mitch McConnell is stymied. He can't round up enough votes for a Senate Republican version of Trumpcare. Some Senate Republicans want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act entirely. Others don't want to cause 22 million Americans to lose their coverage, as the Congressional Budget Office ...

George F. Will: A measure to rein in Medicaid’s ‘mission gallop’

WASHINGTON -- Were it not for the provision that Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican, put into the Senate's proposed health care reform, this legislation would be moderately important but hardly momentous. Toomey's provision, however, makes it this century's most significant domestic policy ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Is notion of a genderless humanity going too far?

We don't even have pronouns for this. That's what accounts for the clumsy grammar of the statement parent Kori Doty issued about Doty's newborn baby, Searyl Atli Doty. For that matter, it also accounts for the clumsy grammar of the sentence you just read. Anyway, Kori Doty's statement read: ...

Kathleen Parker: The Trump-media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

WASHINGTON -- Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump's lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that his words were damaging to our international status and democracies around the world. Richard Haass, president of the Council on ...

Rich Lowry: No, China isn’t going to lead

The world has had its delusions about China over the years, but none quite as fantastical as the notion of Beijing assuming the mantle of global leadership. Ever since Donald Trump's election, it has been a journalistic trope to speculate that China is about to take the lead on globalization, ...

Froma Harrop: America’s dumb war against trade

Donald Trump bragged that he would put America in the driver's seat. He would keep us out of trade accords that let China swamp us with its products and take factory jobs away. Then he did the opposite. He pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. TPP was designed to help us  ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Trump has Putin over a barrel

A few years back, in one of his finest moments, Sen. John McCain said on a Sunday talk show, "Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country." It was right when he said it, and it's even more right today. Russian President Vladimir Putin's circle of corrupt oligarchs gouge whatever money ...