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Jonah Goldberg: Our strange relationship with the word ‘patriotism’

There are many definitions of patriotism. Mark Twain said patriotism means supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. I like this, but it's flawed. Sometimes your country -- i.e., the people -- can do things that require the government to correct its ...

Andy Schmookler: Dealing with the pain and despair

This time I would like to address those on the same side as I of the fracture that runs through America right now: the fracture between those who support what’s being done through this Trump presidency, and those who are heart-sick to witness the damage being done to our America right before ...

The demagoguery of Ocasio-Cortez

Now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has rocketed into the national spotlight as result of her stunning primary victory over incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in New York's 14th Congressional District, what's the message for national politics? How did this young woman, who has never held or run for ...

Connie Schultz: After attack in Annapolis, the anger stage of grief

It's a big deal, as a journalist, to work for The New York Times, The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal. Wielding the press badge of one of the biggest newspapers in the country is a fast-track pass onto talk shows, including ones that cover the practice of journalism. Even as just a ...

‘Living Constitution’ faces a mercy killing

How dare an 81-year-old man retire from the Supreme Court? How dare he? That, in a nutshell, seems to be the widespread reaction among many liberals to the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will step down from the bench next month. “Anthony Kennedy Just Destroyed His ...

Froma Harrop: Ocasio-Cortez is off to mostly fabulous start

As most everybody knows, a remarkable Bronx resident named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just won a Democratic primary against a 10-term congressman. That she is a 28-year-old Latina and an unapologetic progressive has many Democrats over the moon. She is perfect, almost. The attention paid her ...

Walter E. Williams: College destruction of black students

Amy Wax, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, has come under attack and scathing criticism because she dared criticize the school's racial preferences program. In an interview with Brown University economist Glenn Loury, discussing affirmative action, Wax mentioned how racial ...

Mark Shields: Odds and ends

Thanks to President Donald Trump's 2017 tax cuts, we learned this week from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, an additional $2.3 trillion (with a "t") will be added to our national debt over the next decade. Soon, for the only time since World War II, nearly three-quarters of a ...

Diane Dimond: Let’s drain the congressional money-spending swamp

Whether you believe the involvement of the federal government in our everyday lives is a good thing or a bad thing, I'm betting we can all agree on one thing: Lawmakers in Washington continue to misspend our money. Big time. There ought to be a law, but there isn't. Pork barrel politics is ...

Kathleen Parker: Fearing the worst

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It was far too easy to assume the worst -- that the inevitable, finally, had come to pass. When news broke Thursday afternoon that a shooter had opened fire in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom, more than a few minds converged on the same thought: Donald Trump. The ...

Jonah Goldberg: Partisans on both sides are hell-bent on total victory

After the deadly shooting in Tucson that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, many people erroneously and instantaneously blamed Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and others on the right for their violent or "eliminationist" rhetoric. In the wake of that tragedy, President Obama called for ...

Jules Witcover: Gun violence invades a newsroom

WASHINGTON -- Amid President Trump's war on American mainstream journalism as "fake news," an offended reader of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, shot and killed five editorial workers in its newsroom Thursday, with no indication that anything Trump had said had anything to do with ...

Froma Harrop: Funny, we don’t worry about mad romaine disease

Come July Fourth, millions of Americans will toss burgers on the grill without a second thought. It was different 14 years ago. Remember "mad cow disease" -- the health crisis that never happened? Shortly before Independence Day 2004, the U.S. Agriculture Department announced -- James ...

Andy Schmookler: When bad politics are supported by good people

To the best of my knowledge, I am the only commentator of a liberal bent who regularly tries to reach an audience on the other side of our political divide. The reason I care so much about these conservative, Republican, Trump-supporting readers is that for many years I had a relationship with ...

Kathleen Parker: The Max vs. The Don

WASHINGTON -- If I were a cartoonist ... , I would often say to my friend Doug Marlette, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who died 11 years ago. He'd listen patiently as I described my vision for his work, whereupon, he'd occasionally sometimes say, "Not bad." Today's ...

Scott Rasmussen: The immigration mess

Problems with U.S. immigration policy played a big role in the 2016 presidential election and are likely to do so in election after election until significant changes are made. It's a serious issue worthy of substantial public debate. However, what passes for a public dialogue on the issue is ...

Star Parker: America divided against itself, again

On May 22, 1856, Representative Preston Brooks entered the floor of the United States Senate, approached abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner, and beat the senator with a cane, almost taking his life. Brooks was provoked by a passionate anti-slavery speech that Sumner had delivered in the ...

George F. Will: For first time, conservatives might thank God for Kennedy

WASHINGTON -- As many conservatives saw it, Justice Anthony Kennedy's 1988 ascent to the nation's highest bench was reason for only muted celebration, if any, because he settled into the seat that his nominator, President Ronald Reagan, had first tried to fill with the conservatives' favorite ...

Connie Schultz: Let’s not confuse civility with surrender

Before I sat down to write this column about what it means to be civil in today's political climate, I took my dog for a walk through our neighborhood. We live in the largest development built in the city of Cleveland since World War II. It's diverse, racially and economically, and home to ...

Diane Dimond: Shame on Washington for allowing immigration mess to fester

What was that all about? After months of defending his policy that separated children and parents who illegally enter the U.S., after searing images of crying children being held in chain-link cages were met with howls of worldwide disapproval, President Trump declared, "we want to keep ...