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Jonah Goldberg: The dangers of arrogant ignorance

During President Trump's speech in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, he memorialized Pope John Paul II's momentous 1979 visit to the city. For many historians, the Polish-born pope's mass in Victory Square, more than anything else, set in motion the events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall a ...

Andy Schmookler: To Trump supporters: Do you want to take so great a risk?

A word, please, with you who still support President Trump. Let us momentarily set aside our political differences and talk at a different level: our shared concern for the lives of our children and grandchildren. That sounds dramatic, I know. But let me ask you two questions: Would it be ...

Diane Dimond: Frequent payouts compound ‘Ferguson Effect’

The parents of Michael Brown, who was killed by police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, have just gotten a financial windfall. The city's insurance company has agreed to pay them $1.5 million to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against the town, the former police chief ...

Andy Schmookler: The quiet pleasures of frugality

Both my parents grew up poor. Born in the second decade of the 20th century, they and their families struggled to get by -- even before the Great Depression. Especially my mother, who said of her childhood, “We didn’t have two nickels to rub together.” Her father had died in the great ...

Leonard Pitts: The ‘United’ States is anything but

"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead." -- Martin Luther King Jr., April 3, 1968 "But what we know -- what we have seen -- is that America can change." -- Barack Obama, March 18, 2008 Some of you may recognize the epigraph above from my novel, ...

Peter Brookes: A North Korea missile can now reach the U.S.

The threat is deadly serious. North Korea's ominous launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile on July Fourth means that Pyongyang can reach out and touch the continental United States in a mushroom-cloud sort of way. According to North Korea's KCNA news agency, the Hwasong-14 ...

Jules Witcover: Two obtuse birds of a feather

WASHINGTON -- While Donald Trump was basking in the patriotic sunshine of Independence Day at the White House, his onetime pet Republican governor, Chris Christie of New Jersey, was doing his basking on the beachfront property of his state-owned summer house on the Jersey Shore. The problem ...

Rich Lowry: The neglected Reagan

Does anyone really know Ronald Reagan? In his new book "The Working Class Republican," a bracingly revisionist account of the 40th president, Henry Olsen answers "no." One of the most astute political analysts at work today and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Olsen argues that ...

Kathleen Parker: Indecent overexposure

WASHINGTON -- For months, Trump watchers have wondered: What will it take? Meaning: What would finally force Republicans to face the fact, so obvious to so many, that Donald Trump isn't quite right? Not in the correct sense but in the head sense. The answer, apparently, is Mika Brzezinski of ...

Scott Rasmussen: In declaring independence, politicians lagged behind

The Declaration of Independence deserves its place as one of the most important documents in the history of the world. But, despite its significance, the declaration did not lead the nation to independence or inspire people to take up arms and begin a revolution. Instead, the Continental ...

Kathleen Parker: Punch-drunk Trump

WASHINGTON -- As the nation was preparing to celebrate its storied independence from the British crown, the president secured his place as history's greatest jester. Or America's first toddler president. Take your pick. Trump did so by tweeting a doctored video clip of himself from several ...

Breast Cancer-Wine Link: Scary or Just a Scare?

Breast Cancer-Wine Link: Scary or Just a Scare? Many women obsess over their risk for breast cancer. That's why news media flash blazing headlines whenever a study suggests a link between breast cancer and some "exposure." That's why television news shows that rarely spare even five minutes ...

Something is very wrong with the GOP

Dear Colleagues: We're doing it again. Remember last year's campaign? Remember how dogged and relentless we were in covering Hillary Clinton's sloppy handling of her emails? Remember the comparatively free ride we gave Donald Trump despite his repeated demonstrations that he was unserious, ...

Trump’s relationship with the media is one of codepency

On the Saturday before the Fourth of July, Donald Trump tweeted, "My use of social media is not Presidential -- it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!" I joked on Twitter that I thought this was a perfectly apt explanation for a real estate guy. After all, that's how President ...

Robert B. Reich: Health care bill a wealth transfer to rich

The Senate's bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a health care bill. It's a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in health-care funding for approximately 23 million poor, disabled and working middle-class Americans. America's wealthiest taxpayers ...

George F. Will: The scars of our nation’s violent birth

PHILADELPHIA -- Some American history museums belabor visitors with this message: You shall know the truth and it shall make you feel ashamed of, but oh-so-superior to, your wretched ancestors. The new Museum of the American Revolution is better than that. Located near Independence Hall, it ...

Mona Charen: GOP is big-government party too

We now have the answer to a question that has hung in the air for months: Why did the Republican leadership not have an Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan on the shelf and ready to go the minute the election went their way? Why didn't they use the time since the law's 2010 passage to craft the ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: How Americans are born

He called it a lesson in "How Republicans are born." Grover Norquist, the anti-tax crusader, was on Twitter Sunday, recounting how his 8-year-old "has been saving up to buy her first Guitar. Found it for $35. She had 35 exact. Then ... sales tax." If he could, one suspects Norquist would have ...

Froma Harrop: You should know, the flag is not a rag

We've seen American flag bikinis -- stars on the bottom and stripes on top or the other way around. Flags are used as bandanas and curtains. They decorate paper napkins on which we wipe hamburger grease. They appear on disposable diapers and are draped over car hoods. It happens that strict ...

Kathleen Parker: What’s ailing health care

WASHINGTON -- The Senate health care bill, which was scuttled Tuesday until after July 4, was doomed by two narratives: Republicans are mean, and poor people would be dropping like flies. Assisting the opposition was none other than President Trump, who called the earlier version passed by the ...