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George F. Will: The college campus’s cult of fragility

WASHINGTON -- The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called "the leakage of reality from American life." Colleges and universities are increasingly susceptible to ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Both-sideism not just a journalistic problem

A prediction. When the history of this era is written, when future generations wonder how a mostly educated and largely literate nation became mired in "truthiness," when they ask how we became so mentally muddled that we lost the ability to identify facts and the capacity to care, they'll ...

Connie Schultz: Are we still pretending Donald Trump isn’t lying?

On the day after his inauguration, Donald Trump gave a speech at CIA headquarters. He lied about the number of people attending his inauguration, claiming the crowd was far larger than it was. He also lied about the media, falsely accusing journalists of manufacturing his feud with the ...

George F. Will: A Democratic template for a national victory

HOUSTON -- Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance ("Basket of deplorables"!) to the election of today's president, seems intent ("Impeach!"; "Abolish ICE!"; "Free stuff!", "I am Spartacus!") on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th Congressional ...

Andy Schmookler: Deep divisions among the American people

When I was running for Congress in 2012, a very nice couple who lived among the rolling hills of Augusta County offered to hold an event for me to meet-and-greet their friends and neighbors. They excitedly told me that their group would include some of their Republican friends from their ...

Rich Lowry: The blue-collar recovery

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country. The president is famous for his extravagant promises, involving, invariably, the biggest and the best. The landscape is littered with examples, although he never promised to create blue-collar jobs at the fastest clip since ...

Jonah Goldberg: Theater of the absurd has taken over Senate

Supreme Court confirmation hearings have mostly been theater for a long time. The dismaying thing about the latest episode -- the Brett Kavanaugh show -- is that it became the theater of the absurd. In the classic absurdist dramas of the 1950s and 1960s, Brittanica.com explains, European ...

Robert B. Reich: Kavanaugh will further divide us

Yale Law School, from which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got his law degree, issued a statement about him with glowing quotes from professors attesting to his impeccable legal credentials. Perhaps the Yale Law faculty deemed his credentials impeccable because he graduated from Yale ...

Star Parker: School disciplinary policies must be local

The Trump administration is considering rescinding a Dear Colleague Letter, sent to public school administrators nationwide in 2014, which provided guidelines regarding school discipline policies consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. According to Title VI, racial discrimination at ...

Kathleen Parker: Things left behind

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Tuesday morning, I did what millions of people have done in hundreds of places for centuries. I picked the few favorite items that I could take with me before abandoning my home to the fates of an impending disaster. They're only things, I told myself. Which, ...

Jonah Goldberg: Theater of the absurd has taken over Senate

Supreme Court confirmation hearings have mostly been theater for a long time. The dismaying thing about the latest episode -- the Brett Kavanaugh show -- is that it became the theater of the absurd. In the classic absurdist dramas of the 1950s and 1960s, Brittanica.com explains, European ...

Froma Harrop: How about Medicare Advantage for all?

A resurfaced Barack Obama has uttered those three little words: "Medicare for all." Does that mean that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was a bad idea? Not at all. The ACA was a triumph in that it cut the number of uninsured Americans by 20 million. And it hardened the idea that no ...

Walter E. Williams: It’s our constitution – not Kavanaugh

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the "Father of the Constitution": "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. ...

Jules Witcover: Obama joins the midterm fray

WASHINGTON – After more than 19 months on the political sidelines of the approaching midterm congressional battleground, former President Barack Obama has jumped in with both feet, rallying Democrats and other voters against Donald Trump. In what clearly has evolved as a litmus test on his ...

Diane Dimond: A come-to-Jesus moment for the U.S. Catholic Church

Pope Francis has called for silence and prayer from those who criticize the Catholic Church's attempts to root out and punish priests who are committing sexual abuse. But it is clear the time for silence has long passed. Priests who prey on children are criminals, not souls to be saved for the ...

Kathleen Parker: No, I’m Spartacus!

WASHINGTON -- It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator. His eyes glimmering pools of earnestness, Booker girded his loins and told the chamber that he was going to do the unthinkable. He was going ...

Rich Lowry: A new standard for stupid

It's not easy to set a new standard for stupid in 2018, but a few left-wingers on Twitter managed it during Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. They claimed to have seen one of Judge Kavanaugh's former law clerks, Zina Bash, making a white-power symbol while sitting behind him at the ...

Froma Harrop: On climate threat, states refuse to surrender

As large parts of America burn or drown under weird weather conditions made more extreme by global warming, California and other states are doggedly pursuing solutions. What do you say to those who deny climate change is happening -- or who dismiss the scientific consensus that humankind is ...