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Rich Lowry: The prig vs. the president

James Comey did it, naturally, for the children. Why does anyone in Washington take advantage of the most opportune moment to make a mint off publishing a tell-all book? It's never for the profits or the sheer satisfaction of sticking it to your enemies and putting yourself in the best ...

Mark Shields: Paul Ryan is no Margaret Chase Smith

Shortly after Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union and I was still a semi-young wiseguy, smugly sure that a celebrity candidate whose prospective campaign had sparked public interest would become a serious White House challenger, a grizzled political reporter brought me up short with this ...

Kathleen Parker: The dogs of war are howling

WASHINGTON -- As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump's words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind: "I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity," he said. "Without a major event where people pull ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘Excuses for Donald Trump’

  We kind of gave him -- 'All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here." Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump's alleged tryst with a porn star "He's new at government, and so therefore I think that he is learning as ...

Rich Lowry: The last special counsel

Donald Trump shouldn't fire Robert Mueller, but Mueller should be the last special counsel. The Mueller probe just took a Ken Starr turn with its lurch, via the Southern District of New York, into the Stormy Daniels affair. After the Starr investigation in the 1990s, there was a consensus ...

Diane Dimond: Even baby steps to curb sex trafficking are valuable

WASHINGTON -- "The Justice Department announces the seizure of Backpage.com, the Internet's leading forum for prostitution ads, including ads depicting the prostitution of children." All I can say is, it is about time. Since 2010, state and federal politicians and law enforcement have known ...

Connie Schultz: Paul Ryan’s family legacy

House Speaker Paul Ryan's stated reason for leaving office after this year's election sure is getting a lot of traction. "If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad," he said. "I just can't let that happen. So I will be setting new priorities in my ...

George F. Will: State asks court to circumvent Congress, market

WASHINGTON -- South Dakota has become what South Carolina once was -- stubborn, pugnacious and wrong. In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to vote to secede. In 2016, South Dakota's legislature picked a fight in the hope that the U.S. Supreme Court would reverse a prior decision, ...

Froma Harrop: Facebook clearly won’t fix itself

Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: "We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them." Zuckerberg in 2010: "Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to ...

Marino de Medici: A Hungarian politician’s chutzpah

Hungary presents Europe with an unprecedented case of chutzpah, through the arrogance of a politician who has found a way to defy rules and to bite the hand that feeds him. Newly elected premier Victor Orbán has succeeded in achieving the two-thirds majority in the Hungarian elections and in ...

Andy Schmookler: Questions for Republican voters

I don't know anyone who spends as much time trying to understand Republican/Trump supporters as I do. But I'm still puzzled. The main puzzle is this: Do they not see what I'd expect them to see? Or do they not care about what I'd expect them to care about? Here are some specific areas on ...

Scott Rasmussen: An epic power struggle: Gov’t vs. tech

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Capitol Hill is merely the latest round in an ongoing power struggle between official Washington and the tech industry. It's a struggle that stems from a core reality identified years ago by Harvard's Nicco Mele. "The devices and connectivity so ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Shaun King: Controversial, but he’s no terrorist

  Shaun King is a controversial guy. As an activist and journalist, he's been prominent in the Black Lives Matter movement, defended the Palestinians and attacked the Republican Party. On Monday, apparently as a result of his politics, King was briefly detained at JFK Airport by an ...

Kathleen Parker: The downing of a president

WASHINGTON -- We've seen this movie before. It would seem but a matter of time before the president of the United States is asked a question under oath and gives a false answer. A lie, in other words. In the prequel, starring Bill Clinton, impeachment followed. When the FBI, after a referral ...

Rich Lowry: Mark Zuckerberg’s insufferable tripe

Once again, Mark Zuckerberg is sorry. The founder of Facebook, who has apologized for privacy breaches throughout much of his company's existence, is back at it, on a much larger stage than ever before. The proximate cause is the Cambridge Analytica controversy. In violation of Facebook's ...

Star Parker: Trump should focus on debt crisis

Donald Trump achieved the presidency telling the American people he would "Make America Great Again." Given that during eight years of Barack Obama's presidency there was not a single year in which national satisfaction, as measured by Gallup, averaged above 30 percent, tapping into Americans' ...

Robert B. Reich: The dangers of an untethered Trump

The petulant adolescent in the White House -- who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog -- lacks adequate supervision. Before, he was merely petty and vindictive. He'd tweet nasty things about people he ...

George F. Will: How should U.S. respond to chemical weapons use?

WASHINGTON -- On April 22, 1915, chlorine gas, wafted by favorable breezes, drifted from German lines toward enemy positions held by French troops near Ypres, Belgium. This was the first significant use of chemical weapons in a war in which 100,000 tons of chemical agents would be used by both ...

Froma Harrop: Trump didn’t lie to farmers

  Farmers keep asking why Donald Trump is hurting them on trade when they helped elect him. The better question is: Why did they help elect him? Candidate Trump promised a trade war, and he delivered. No hidden agenda here. Farmers and ranchers had a choice between trade-friendly ...

Diane Dimond: Beware the con in uniform

They blend in to veterans groups and military parades, and usually sport a hat or jacket displaying the logo of a branch of the service. They tell intriguing stories about their military exploits with highly trained and super-secret special operations forces like the Navy SEALs, Green Berets or ...