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Andy Schmookler: Democracy on the ropes?

This is a dark time for democracy. At this point, Turkish democracy exists in name only. The leader of the Philippines has unleashed extrajudicial killing squads. Democracy in Hungary and Poland has veered sharply toward fascism. But the situations I’ve been wondering about are those in ...

Jonah Goldberg: The fallacy of ‘crumbling’ American infrastructure

It's Infrastructure Week (again), and who among us can contain his excitement? The president, for one. According to reports, President Trump wanted to announce the biggest investment in public works since President Eisenhower unveiled the interstate highway system. But in the wake of tax ...

Connie Schultz: Clinging to moments of unexpected grace

Every so often, my two sisters and I manage to carve out enough time to meet at a restaurant for a meal we don't have to cook. We eat, of course, and pick at one another's plates, but it's about so much more than food. We convene, in person, to share updates from our lives in ways that unfold ...

Peter Brookes: Israel won’t tolerate Iranian threat from Syria

Hard to believe it's even possible, but the Middle East got more troublesome over the weekend with the Israel Defense Forces' shoot-down of an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle – a UAV, or "drone" – that violated Israeli airspace. Israeli forces not only destroyed the Syria-based drone, they ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Taking this latest White House scandal personally

I am a child of domestic violence. As a boy, I couldn't fall asleep until I heard my father return from his nocturnal ramblings. I'd listen hard, trying to gauge his mood from the tone of his voice, trying to determine if it was safe to close my eyes. Some nights, it was. Other nights, it was ...

Jules Witcover: Abusers in the White House

WASHINGTON -- Apparently, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, like his boss, President Donald Trump, has dodged the sexual abuse epidemic that has gripped the country. Unlike Trump, who remains haunted but unbowed by accusations against him from multiple women, not to mention that ...

Rich Lowry: No, #MeToo isn’t going to chase Trump from office

Kirsten Gillibrand, dubbed the #MeToo senator by "60 Minutes," wants President Donald Trump's scalp. "I think he should resign," she told the TV program, "and if he's unwilling to do that, which is what I assume, then Congress should hold him accountable. We're obligated to have ...

Froma Harrop: Drop the shock: Just get creeps out of office

There were actually two shocking things about the Rob Porter story. The obvious one was that President Trump kept a man known to have physically attacked both ex-wives and a former girlfriend as his staff secretary. The other was that Hope Hicks, occupying the high-ranking job of Trump's ...

Diane Dimond: A call to judges to better protect children

There is way too much killing in America. Murders, accidental shootings, executions, deadly domestic abuse, despondent people who kill themselves, and then there is filicide. That's when parents kill their own child. We would like to think this sort of heinous crime doesn't happen, but it ...

Kathleen Parker: Governing with the enemy

WASHINGTON -- When White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday amid allegations that he abused his two ex-wives and a former girlfriend, he parted the curtains on a Trumpian-scale personnel and security disaster. Bottom line: You don't keep people in the White House who've been ...

Mark Shields: Finally, a unifying theme for 2018

Democrats whom I talk to confess privately that despite President Donald Trump's unpopularity and the fact that nearly all polls show their party with a lead over Republicans when it comes to the upcoming midterm elections, they are increasingly nervous about 2018. Fueling the Democrats' ...

Jonah Goldberg: Reminders that in China, life is a job

"Vita est lavorum." That's Latin for "Life is a job." I didn't learn that in school or even from a book. I learned that from Father Guido Sarducci. For younger readers, that name may draw a blank. Father Guido wasn't a real person. He was a fictional priest played by comedian and writer Don ...

Connie Schultz: Tip thievery, codified

Fourteen years ago, I wrote a column about a tip jar in Cleveland and how the managers took all the money in it instead of giving it to the workers who had earned it. ourteen years later, I could still write that column about tip jars in too many restaurants and party centers across the ...

Scott Rasmussen: One major difference between 2010, 2018

Republicans are understandably nervous about the parallels between the 2010 midterm elections that brought them to power and the 2018 midterms where Democrats envision a return to power. Eight years ago, a polarizing new president was facing his first midterm election. Progressives and ...

Froma Harrop: Clean energy and dollars are both green

Some of the nation's fiercest winds tear across the 100-odd miles separating Casper and Rawlins, making Wyoming a potential colossus of wind power. So why is Wyoming the only state to tax wind power? Ask the politicians representing America's biggest producer of coal. Or simpler, check their ...

Andy Schmookler: Trying to understand my countrymen

Every day, I work to understand our Trump-supporting fellow Americans. But I’m far from satisfied with the understanding I’ve reached so far. Take for example the results of a recent Quinnipiac University National Poll that asked Americans whether Donald Trump is a good role model for our ...

George F. Will: Snakes on a plane for emotional support?

WASHINGTON -- When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America's ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel. You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize -- say, 7-feet long -- boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so you ...

Kathleen Parker: Karma loves football

WASHINGTON -- The delirium over the Philadelphia Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots seems to have been matched by delight in Tom Brady's defeat and the phantom throw of the century. There he was, arguably the greatest quarterback ever to caress the pigskin, about to throw a crucial ...

Robert B. Reich: Trump’s divide-and-conquer strategy is working

If special counsel Robert Mueller finds that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 election, or even if Trump fires Mueller before he makes such a finding, Trump's supporters will protect him from any political fallout. Trump's base will stand by him not because they believe Trump ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: The question Trump failed to answer

This is about a question Donald Trump failed to answer. Granted, there are a lot of those, but this was a particularly tough one. Indeed, it was likely more difficult in its way than anything April Ryan or Lester Holt has ever asked him. But then, they're only adults. Ava Rose Olsen is 7 years ...