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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 ...

Robert B. Reich: Patriotism, taxes and Trump

Selling the Donald Trump/Republican tax plan should be awkward for an administration that has made patriotism its central theme. That's because patriotism isn't mostly about saluting the flag and standing during the national anthem. It's about taking a fair share of the burden of keeping ...

Mark Shields: First ‘pre-mortem’ of 2018 elections

American voters, almost invariably dissatisfied with the political status quo, generally endorse change. In 2016, Donald Trump was certainly the candidate of change, and Hillary Clinton, seeking a third consecutive Democratic term in the White House, represented continuity. Voters' enthusiasm ...

Kathleen Parker: Looking back at Election Day 2016

WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016. Donald Trump's victory places last year as one of the most significant in modern American history. Not only did he change how politics is played, but he probably destroyed the Republican Party as we ...

Andy Schmookler: The power of the spirit

Something reminded me recently of when I first saw how America’s secular culture greatly underestimates the potential power of the spirit. It was at the beginning of the 1980s, when I was working in Washington on American national security. The overthrow of the Shah of Iran by the Ayatollah ...

Jules Witcover: Good thing Brazile’s scheme never came to pass

WASHINGTON -- You may think politics in Washington is beyond the pale now. But imagine if Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, had followed through on her notion of removing Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee in 2016 and replacing her ...

Rich Lowry: In Texas, two very American heroes

Before the Texas church shooter encountered any police officers, he was run off a highway and dead. He had been shot and chased by two private citizens who took it upon themselves to respond to a heinous crime when no one with a badge was anywhere to be found. The church shooting in ...

Leonard Pitts Jr. Why are we OK with mass shootings?

I hate mass shootings. Everybody hates them, of course: innocent death, fathers, fiances, best friends, and sons snatched violently away, sudden carnage crashing ordinary days. But I hate them for an additional reason. When things like this happen, you see, it's my job to have something to ...

Froma Harrop: From real estate to the presidency and back

In Hawaii, "aloha" also means "goodbye." President Trump could not have missed the less-than-enthusiastic greeting during his brief touchdown in the U.S. state where -- facts are facts -- Barack Obama was born. Demonstrators there seemed to be following a new pattern among Trump foes, replacing ...

Jonah Goldberg: Could it be that both parties are doomed?

For all the obvious reasons, the Republican Party gets most of the attention these days. For starters, it controls the White House, the Senate and the House, and the party in power always warrants more scrutiny, even when it's operating smoothly. Of course, that's not happening. The GOP is ...