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Mark Shields: You can’t choose your relatives

George Mitchell, a former federal judge and Senate majority leader, was the chief negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought to a peaceable end 30 years of civil war in Northern Ireland. He was a kid from Waterville, Maine, whose father was the orphaned son of Irish immigrants and ...

Jonah Goldberg: Political parties can no longer harness their bases

For Release 11/07/2018 It is perhaps the central irony of our politics today: We live in an incredibly polarized and partisan moment, but our political parties have never been weaker. As odd as it sounds, political parties in democracies have an important anti-democratic function. ...

Froma Harrop: Funny how the stock market tweets come and go

After a long absence, another "Stock Market up" tweet was issued Wednesday by Donald Trump. He'd been the troubadour singing his own praises when the Dow Jones industrial average hit new highs, but when falling stock prices wiped out most of the gains for 2018, the music stopped. He was back ...

George F. Will: Madness of college hoops goes beyond March

WASHINGTON -- Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the "student-athletes" who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry's billions. Last week, however, a New York ...

Marc A. Thiessen: We survived Nixon. We’ll survive Trump

WASHINGTON -- This week marks the 50th anniversary of the election of President Richard Nixon. It is a chance for some perspective. While many seem convinced that the United States will never recover from the Donald Trump presidency, the truth is conservatism, the Republican Party and our ...

Andy Schmookler: Vote for checks and balances

We can know how America’s founders would want for us Americans to vote in these upcoming elections. A compelling case can be made that they’d want us to vote for checks and balances. The first step in making that case is to listen to what our founders have told us, through the ...

Rich Lowry: Trump should put away his pen and phone

All of a sudden, we're all originalists and believers in the sagacity and inviolate handiwork of long-ago white males. President Donald Trump's trial balloon about changing birthright citizenship via executive order has brought a hail of denunciations. He wants, the critics say, to change the ...

Diane Dimond: DOJ to voters: Beware the propaganda

You've probably seen a spunky witness or lawyer on a TV courtroom drama spout out an unacceptable line and the judge caution the jury, "Disregard the testimony you just heard." This effort has been likened to trying to put toothpaste back in the tube. After all, you can't unhear a comment, ...

Jules Witcover: The midterms: all about Trump

WASHINGTON -- Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, he has made next week's' midterm congressional elections all about him. He has told his faithful flock so in no uncertain terms, saying it's irrelevant that his name won't be on the ballot anywhere. Candidates of both major parties will be ...

Marc A. Thiessen: No, the president cannot end birthright citizenship

WASHINGTON – In an interview for "Axios on HBO," President Trump announced he will sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship. When challenged on the constitutionality of doing this by executive order, Trump replied: "You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trump didn’t encourage shooter, but he’s not helping

The debate over whether or not President Trump encouraged the man who set out to slaughter Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh really isn't a debate at all. It's a shouting match. "Yes, he did!" "No, he didn't!" And it will likely only make things worse, as each side grows ...

Froma Harrop: Forget about cheaper drugs on Trump’s watch

President Trump's plan for lowering Medicare drug costs is good, even cutting-edge. As Democrats successfully campaign on health care, Trump has come back with a proposal that could save Medicare patients and taxpayers $17.2 billion over five years. Too bad its chances of happening are close to ...

Jules Witcover: The midterm elections: a turning point?

WASHINGTON -- The attempted mail bombings last week and the slaughter of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend have occurred at a time when American voters have an opportunity to say what they think of the ugly and destructive turn of events. Next week's midterm elections have ...

George F. Will: Missouri’s Hawley is an actual, not a pretend, conservative

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Here in the state's southeast, which calls itself the Bootheel and nurses a genial distrust of Missouri's metropolitan fleshpots (St. Louis, Kansas City), the loudspeaker is blasting out John Mellencamp's "Small Town" as Josh Hawley's cowboy boots alight from his campaign ...

Star Parker: Fake news threatens our national health and wealth

President Donald Trump was right to tweet out: "There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true enemy of the people, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news honestly and ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Donald Trump sets a poisonous tone

Rob Rogers is an editorial cartoonist who was fired in June after 25 years with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His departure, he said, came after weeks of tension with a publisher who wanted a more pro-Trump stance. "We're living in a very dark time," Rogers told the local NPR station, "in terms ...

Kathleen Parker: A word from our president (not really)

WASHINGTON -- Network announcer: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for this special message from the president of the United States. My fellow Americans. I want to speak to you tonight as I've never spoken before, maybe ever -- from my heart. I stand before you both humbled and ...

Kathleen Parker: Avenatti’s white-man offense and red-hot lies

WASHINGTON -- At last, Democrats and Republicans have found common ground in hoping that Michael Avenatti, the wannabe progressive president, will soon disappear. Best known as the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels and more recently for representing Julie Swetnick, who leveled a dubious ...

Rich Lowry: America has a loser problem

It's not any less awful for being so familiar. The last three high-profile attacks that have convulsed the nation, two in just the past week or so, have been carried out by fringe loners who fit the stereotype of the perpetrators of such crimes precisely -- they didn't fit in, they were "off," ...

Walter E. Williams: Price gouging during a natural disaster

Thirteen states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia -- have enacted laws to combat what is seen as price gouging in the wake of natural disasters. Price gouging is legally ...