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George F. Will: Documentary provides timely booster shot

WASHINGTON -- Many Americans' moral vanity is expressed nowadays in their rage to disparage. They are incapable of measured judgments about past politics -- about flawed historical figures who were forced by cascading circumstances to make difficult decisions on the basis of imperfect ...

Andy Schmookler: The sacred space of lovers

This past year, feeling depleted – even damaged – from looking so long into our national "heart of darkness," I wanted to turn to explore something good and whole. Some part of our human lives worth celebrating. The celebratory project I found myself most inspired to pursue is one I call ...

Scott Rasmussen: There’s More to Governing Than Government

There is a mistaken notion deeply embedded in our national political dialogue that society is naturally divided into public and private sectors. The public sector is thought of as the vehicle for governing society and looking out for the common good. The private sector is where people merely ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trump, supporters care about ‘wins,’ not ideology

I used to worry that Donald Trump was Lonesome Rhodes in a better suit. I'm starting to wonder if he's Chance the Gardener in a worse one. Just in case you don't get the references, Rhodes was the lead character, played by Andy Griffith, in Elia Kazan's 1957 film "A Face in the Crowd," the ...

George F. Will: Hilarious lesson on burdens of progressivism

WASHINGTON -- Life is exhausting -- and daily choices are unbearably burdensome -- for some Americans who are so comfortably situated that they have the time and means to make themselves morally uncomfortable. They think constantly about what they believe are the global ripples, and hence the ...

Peter Brookes: War games worry Russia’s neighbors

Let's just say the neighbors are nervous. And why not! Russia's massive military exercise with Belarus was scheduled to begin Thursday. The war games may have as many as 100,000 Russian and Belarusian troops operating near the Baltic States and Poland. For these frontline NATO states, the ...

Froma Harrop: Elite cities should share wealth

As Seattle ascended into the club of superstar American cities, its housing became expensive and its streets congested. That's the price of success. These factors helped prompt Amazon.com to announce plans to build a second headquarters somewhere else in North America. This move could herald a ...

Connie Schultz: All rise, or not, for the United States of Football

Once again, we've got a lot going on in my hometown of Cleveland that's attracting national attention. Even as I write on this Wednesday afternoon, the background noise of my television is making me dare to believe that our baseball team is about to make American League history by winning its ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Nickel prophets are a dime a dozen

"Be still and know that I am God." -- Psalms 46:10 It's an admonition some of us struggle to obey. Indeed, some of God's self-appointed spokespersons seem to find it especially difficult. Thus, before the first raindrop fell, the first palm tree bowed, or the first transformer blew, they ...

Star Parker: Dianne Feinstein’s war on Christian judges

Seems that for Senator Dianne Feinstein, being a believing Catholic is enough to disqualify a candidate for a federal judgeship. Feinstein stated as such at confirmation hearings for Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett, nominated by President Trump to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. "I ...

Robert B. Reich: Trump focuses on nonexistent problems, worsens actual problems

It's easy to get caught up in the deeply flawed character of Donald Trump. We also need to recognize the policy catastrophe of his presidency. Compare the trumped-up problems he's been focusing on with the real problems facing this country. Last week, for example, Trump ordered an end to the ...

Jonah Goldberg: Desperate for a win, Trump pivots

The news that President Trump abandoned Republicans to strike a deal with congressional Democrats on a three-month extension of the debt limit yielded a predictable response from his predictable cheerleaders: it was brilliant and typically shrewd for the author of "The Art of the Deal" to take ...

Rich Lowry: Turn off the TV, Mr. President

Donald Trump is the first president in U.S. history to have been baited into undermining his own negotiating position by negative TV coverage. Less than 12 hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained that the administration is ending DACA -- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- ...

Walter E. Williams: We’re all to blame

The largest threat to our prosperity is government spending that far exceeds the authority enumerated in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Federal spending in 2017 will top $4 trillion. Social Security, at $1 trillion, will take up most of it. Medicare ($582 billion) and Medicaid ...

Jules Witcover: Trump’s party apostasy

WASHINGTON -- All through Donald Trump's hostile takeover of the Republican Party last year, his masquerading as a loyal foot soldier in the ranks was transparently shallow. Now his deal with Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi tying hurricane relief to raising the ...

Jonah Goldberg: No, they aren’t terrorists, but stop appeasing antifa

The Obama Department of Homeland Security concluded that left-wing "antifa" forces were engaged in "domestic terrorist violence," according to documents obtained by Politico. Who am I to argue with the fine men and women of former President Obama's DHS? In fact, as someone who has been ...

Mark Shields: Happy New Year

Labor Day has already come, and summer is all but over. Autumn -- with shorter days, cooler nights and a new school year -- is upon us. Now -- in beautiful September and not in the dead of winter, overshadowed by Christmas -- ought logically to be New Year's Day, which means resolutions and ...

George F. Will: Will Congress be stirred from its slumber?

       "Congress has been dropping in relative power along a          descending curve of 60 years' duration, with the rate of          fall markedly increased since 1933. ... The fall of the          American Congress seems to be correlated with a more ...

Froma Harrop: Chuck, Nancy and Donald: The part that mattered

Donald Trump's deal with "Chuck and Nancy" has rained new angst on his party (the Republican Party). It extended the debt ceiling for three months and provided hurricane relief. "Republicans, sorry, but I've been hearing about Repeal & Replace for 7 years, didn't happen!" Trump ...

Andy Schmookler: Puzzled by Trump supporters

Where I went wrong In the fall of 2015, I made two predictions: 1) that Donald Trump was going to win the Republican nomination, and 2) that if he did, he would lose badly in the general election. Of course, on the second one, I was mistaken. As someone for whom getting the truth right is a ...