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Kathleen Parker: A groper’s gallery of the grotesque

WASHINGTON -- It seems more than coincidence that the first year of Donald Trump's presidency coincides with a trend that was heretofore unrecognized -- groping. Gropers abound, it seems. From Harvey Weinstein to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken -- ...

George F. Will: A nod, and a nodding off, to another year of hilarity

WASHINGTON -- Tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, is unjustly blamed for what mere gluttony does, making Americans comatose every fourth Thursday in November. But before nodding off, give thanks for another year of American hilarity, including: A company curried favor with advanced thinkers ...

Walter E. Williams: Diversity obsession

A common feature of our time is the extent to which many in our nation have become preoccupied with diversity. But true diversity obsession, almost a mania, is found at our institutions of higher learning. Rather than have a knee-jerk response for or against diversity, I think we should ask ...

Jonah Goldberg: Helping America isn’t part of Putin’s plan

Toward the end of his 12-day trip to Asia, President Trump tweeted, "When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always playing politics -- bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, ...

Froma Harrop: Go ahead, Republicans. Investigate Hillary. Again.

Whenever the legal walls start closing in on Donald Trump, the president releases a bad rabbit on the political field, a creature invisible to all but the haters of Hillary Clinton. The most recent example is his attorney general's call to "evaluate certain issues" regarding the sale of a ...

Mark Shields: The powerful waging war on the weak

The story is as timeless as it is ugly. The names of the actors change, but the plot remains the same. The powerful -- whether the undocumented maid's employer, the factory owner who signs the undocumented teenage worker's paycheck or the producer who can cast an aspiring actress -- are in ...

Rich Lowry: Roy Moore is pure Steve Bannon

Roy Moore is the Steve Bannon project in a nutshell. For the former Trump operative, the Alabama Senate candidate's tattered credibility is a feature, not a bug. If Moore had well-considered political and legal views, good judgment and a sterling reputation, he'd almost by definition be part ...

Connie Schultz: Our country turns to you, Alabama

Like so many women in recent days, I've discovered a renewed interest in who and what I was at age 14. My freshman portrait in my high school yearbook is smaller than most "forever" postage stamps. What a skinny, wide-eyed scaredy-cat I was back then. You could fit everything I knew about the ...

Andy Schmookler: Not taking our blessings for granted

It is natural to take for granted those good things that one has experienced as always being there. We take for granted that we’ll have good air to breathe and water to drink. Most of the time we can take for granted that when we flip the switch, the electricity will be there to light the ...

Rachel Marsden: Is a Trump doctrine already taking shape?

TANGIER, Morocco -- As current and former presidents, ministers and members of various government administrations from all over the world gathered here last week for an annual conference near Africa's northernmost point, attendees repeatedly circled back to one individual in their comments and ...

Jonah Goldberg: Moore’s supporters chalk up scandal to conspiracy

I'll cut to the chase: I think Roy Moore did it. And I can predict what Moore supporters will say: "Of course you would believe that!" After all, I called for conservatives to repudiate Moore, the Alabama Republican candidate for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, before the Washington ...

Kathleen Parker: What to my wondering ears did he say?

WASHINGTON -- Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: "I believe the women." All across America, forks dropped, glasses shattered and knees wobbled as women turned to each other in astonishment. (BEG ITAL)Wait. What? ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: As if you’re not worried enough … enter Brett Talley

You are not worried enough. Granted, that may seem a nonsensical claim. Assuming you don’t belong to the tinfoil hat brigades who consider Donald Trump the greatest thing to hit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Abraham Lincoln left for the theater, you’ve spent the last year worrying as much ...

Star Parker: The poor aren’t poor because the rich are rich

A new study released by the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., headlines what they see as shocking news that in America some people are much wealthier than others. Some findings of the study, titled "Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us," are: • ...

Jules Witcover: Biden leaves door open for run at president

WASHINGTON -- With a leaderless Democratic Party still trying to pick up the pieces from its shocking defeat at Donald Trump's hands in 2016, it is looking to next year's congressional elections for a comeback as a prelude to the next presidential election. But with Barack Obama in retirement ...

Rich Lowry: Roy Moore loses the ‘he said/she said’

Roy Moore's reputation depends on denying that he dated teenage girls as a grown man, and yet he can't quite bring himself to do it. The Alabama Republican's campaign for the Senate has been rocked by allegations of sexual improprieties with underage girls. While he's denied the worst of the ...

Walter E. Williams: Stalking horses

When hunting was the major source of food, hunters often used stalking horses as a means of sneaking up on their prey. They would synchronize their steps on the side of the horse away from their prey until they were close enough for a good shot. A stalking horse had a double benefit if the prey ...

Jonah Goldberg: GOP can’t afford to chase away its own

Politics is about addition, not subtraction. I don't know who first said it (the internet offers many possibilities), but it's an iron law of politics, not just democracy. You gain power by adding forces to your coalition, and you lose power by subtracting forces from your coalition. That's ...

Froma Harrop: Oil Has a Price. Wildlife? Priceless

The Bible tells how Esau sold his birthright for a "mess of pottage." It is a lesson on the foolishness of choosing immediate gratification over something of far more value but in the future. Esau, in sum, traded his right to be recognized as the firstborn son -- with all the advantages his ...