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Andy Schmookler: What will world look like in 500 years?

"Where there is no vision, the people perish," – Proverbs, 29:18 With times as dire as these are -- with dark turmoil in our politics threatening the survival of American democracy; with naked greed impeding our response to climate change; with brutal authoritarian regimes having taken ...

Kathleen Parker: The New Center seeks volunteers

NEW YORK -- This city's annual gridlock festival, otherwise known as the United Nations General Assembly, is a proper metaphor for America's current state of affairs. While Manhattan's already snarled streets filled beyond capacity with limos toting dignitaries, a quieter, less-theatrical ...

Froma Harrop: Trump could confuse our way back into climate deal

Will President Trump bring the country back into the Paris climate agreement? The bets are on, and this bet says he will. The past few days have produced clashing reports that he may or may not come around. Confusion is how Trump gets turnarounds past the base. What happened right after he ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Chances of tax cuts have risen

Financial markets and most media pundits are missing the new writing on the wall. For a variety of reasons surrounding shrewd moves by President Trump, the chances for significant tax cuts in the next 10 weeks have risen sharply. Since the Charlottesville blowup in mid August, when the ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Sean Spicer at the Emmys no laughing matter

"Was nothing real?" -- Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show" Funny covers a multitude of sins. That has long been my go-to explanation of a dynamic unique to comedy. Meaning the fact that you are allowed to be crude and shocking, to transgress all kinds of isms, all bounds of propriety, if you ...

Mona Charen: Do conservatives take rape seriously?

Have conservatives forsaken rape victims? That's one of the more challenging questions posed following the furor over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' announcement that her department will revise the Obama-era guidance on how sexual assault allegations are to be handled by universities. Because ...

Rich Lowry: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ lunacy

Donald Trump, much to his chagrin, never won an Emmy for "The Apprentice," but he can now take indirect credit for a clutch of the awards. The Hulu series "The Handmaid's Tale" won eight Emmys on Sunday night, a sweep fueled, in part, by the widely accepted belief in liberal America that the ...

Walter E. Williams: The welfare state’s legacy

That the problems of today's black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and poverty has achieved an axiomatic status, thought to be self-evident and beyond question. This is what academics and the civil rights establishment have taught. But as with so much of ...

Froma Harrop: Colleges come to their senses the hard way

Harvard University came under justified attack when it named Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. Critics asked how Harvard could honor a former U.S. Army officer convicted of leaking 750,000 classified or sensitive documents. The university rescinded the invitation, and Manning hit back, ...

Diane Dimond: NFL players deserve government protection, too

Football is proven to be dangerous to players' health. Why isn't it regulated? Our government -- both state and federal -- has countless laws and regulations designed to keep citizens safe and healthy, from safety standards on the foods we eat and the cars we drive, to laws that govern workers ...

Robert B. Reich: The danger of dynastic wealth

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that "only morons pay the estate tax." I'm reminded of Donald Trump's comment that he didn't pay federal income taxes because he was "smart." And billionaire Leona Helmsley's comment that "only the ...

Rich Lowry: The agony of The Wall

Build that wall! Eventually. Or at least patch up some existing fencing. If Chuck and Nancy will agree. Donald Trump's signature pledge to build a border wall, aka The Wall, is diminishing almost by the hour. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, said Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, ...

Jules Witcover: Trump becomes the key issue for both parties

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's two latest forays into legislative bipartisanship -- parleying with Democrats on raising the federal debt limit and on relief for undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children -- display his penchant for talking out of both sides of his mouth. Out ...

Kathleen Parker: How Democrats won the presidency

WASHINGTON -- Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty. Hillary Clinton -- who lost the 2016 election, in case you weren't sure -- is on a book tour with her campaign memoir, "What Happened." (Hint: She's a woman, the Comey letter.) Donald Trump ...

Mark Shields: The Vietnam War 2017

Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington's Kennedy Center on a cool September evening. They were there to discuss Ken Burns' historic 18-hour PBS project, ''The Vietnam War,'' which will deservedly ...

George F. Will: Documentary provides timely booster shot

WASHINGTON -- Many Americans' moral vanity is expressed nowadays in their rage to disparage. They are incapable of measured judgments about past politics -- about flawed historical figures who were forced by cascading circumstances to make difficult decisions on the basis of imperfect ...

Andy Schmookler: The sacred space of lovers

This past year, feeling depleted – even damaged – from looking so long into our national "heart of darkness," I wanted to turn to explore something good and whole. Some part of our human lives worth celebrating. The celebratory project I found myself most inspired to pursue is one I call ...

Scott Rasmussen: There’s More to Governing Than Government

There is a mistaken notion deeply embedded in our national political dialogue that society is naturally divided into public and private sectors. The public sector is thought of as the vehicle for governing society and looking out for the common good. The private sector is where people merely ...