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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 ...

Mark Shields: False humility is better than none at all

Thanks to the reliable American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which keeps careful track of such information, we know that in 2000, President Bill Clinton gave -- at one hour and 28 minutes -- the longest State of the Union address. In marked contrast, to ...

Rich Lowry: Robert Mueller is no Ken Starr

No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He's not Ken Starr. The punctilious, mild-mannered independent counsel appointed by a three-judge panel in the 1990s, Starr investigated all manner of Bill Clinton scandals, most spectacularly ...

Walter E. Williams: Let’s limit federal spending

Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the federal budget is always balanced. The value of ...

Diane Dimond: Don’t let media make up your mind on Trump’s speech

Following President Trump's first State of the Union, I was left shaking my head at some journalists' analysis of what was said. Especially troublesome to see from my crime-and-justice perch was reporters tying Trump's mention of deadly MS-13 gang activity to all undocumented immigrants. The ...

Jules Witcover: What Trump could learn from Woodrow Wilson

WASHINGTON -- A century ago, President Woodrow Wilson addressed a class of newly naturalized American citizens upon their oath-taking at the hallowed Philadelphia Convention Hall. He had some wise words for them that would well-serve his present successor amid his conspicuously ruinous efforts ...

Jonah Goldberg: Policy quakes have ground shifting beneath our feet

One of the more annoying things about politics is that you can swing from left to right, or vice versa, without ever changing positions. For instance, in 2002, I came in favor of same-sex domestic partnerships, or "civil unions." This was widely seen as a compromise between advocates of gay ...

Scott Rasmussen: Trump presses his advantage on immigration

Two weeks ago, I noted that President Trump won the shutdown because he instinctively understood the strategic situation far better than Senate Democrats, establishment Republicans, and his other beltway critics. He knew he had a stronger position than the Democrats and used that understanding ...

Connie Schultz: Greetings from this ‘career-obsessed banshee’

Thanks to recent national coverage of Missouri Senate candidate Courtland Sykes and his self-declared expertise on "nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she devils," we're all getting a glimpse into the darker recesses of his mind. It's as if he threw open the doors to his cranial cellar ...

George F. Will: Frederick Douglass, a champion of American individualism

WASHINGTON -- It was an assertion of hard-won personal sovereignty: Frederick Douglass, born on a Maryland plantation 200 years ago this month, never knew on what February day because history-deprivation was inflicted to confirm slaves as non-persons. So, later in life, Douglass picked the ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Understanding is the last thing they want

What we've got here is failure to communicate. Except it's not really failure. It's actually unwillingness to communicate, fear of what communication might mean. After all, if you communicate, you might understand some painful truths -- and then where would you be? That's why discussing race ...

Andy Schmookler: The mystery of GOP’s choice to become Trump’s accomplice

For years, I’ve been watching the transformation of the Republican Party – with alarm, but also with a sense that I understand what I’m seeing. But while what the (most visible) Republicans are doing now is as alarming as any political conduct we’ve seen in America in our lifetime, I ...