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Andy Schmookler: What makes a class reunion worth attending

I had not asked for the assignment. This was going to be our high school class’s 55th reunion. Because I’d thought that the “entertainments” we’d had at the 45th and the 50th had been a distraction from our reasons for coming together, I’d written to a friend of mine on the Reunion ...

Froma Harrop: Identity politics are a double-edged sword

The recent primaries, particularly on the Democratic side, have unleashed a pack of first-ism cliches. If elected in November, Andrew Gillum would become "Florida's first black governor" (CNN). Stacey Abrams in Georgia could be "America's first black female governor" (Time). Jared Polis, the ...

Jules Witcover: Who leads the Democratic Party?

WASHINGTON -- As the rest of the Republican Party essentially stands by and allows Donald Trump to remake it in his demagogic and racist image, the rival Democratic Party staggers devoid of national leadership of its own. It is a headless horseman devoid of a single dominant figure, relying so ...

Robert B. Reich: Conditions are ripe for another economic crash

Sept. 15 will mark the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and near meltdown of Wall Street, followed by the Great Recession. Since hitting bottom in 2009, the economy has grown steadily, the stock market has soared, and corporate profits have ballooned. But most Americans are ...

Rich Lowry: The spirit of 1968

The Battle of Michigan Avenue is finally over, and it was won by the protesters. The lopsided fight between anti-war demonstrators and the brutish police force of Chicago's Democratic mayor Richard Daley the night of Aug. 28, 1968, in the midst of the Democratic convention, was a debacle for ...

Marc A. Thiessen: Impeachment is just a liberal fantasy

WASHINGTON -- Michael Cohen's decision to plead guilty for making hush-money payments on Donald Trump's behalf has raised the prospect that if Democrats take control of Congress, they might try to impeach the president over a matter completely unrelated to a perceived criminal conspiracy with ...

Connie Schultz: What I want to remember about John McCain

On May 14, 1973, two months after John McCain's release from a North Vietnamese prison, U.S. News & World Report published his 43-page essay about what he had endured there. His narrative of his 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war -- the torture, the starvation, the intermittent waves of ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Who will write your eulogy?

Dear Donald Trump: Do you ever think about your own funeral? The question is not meant to be morbid or to wish ill upon you. But given how churlishly you have behaved after the death of Sen. John McCain -- was it really that hard for you to issue a laudatory statement and lower the flag in ...

Rich Lowry: Fixing the kangaroo courts

A judicial process that doesn't allow the accused to cross-examine his accuser or reliably see the evidence against him is a civil libertarian's nightmare. It traduces every principle of fairness and is blatantly un-American. Yet Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is about to get savaged for ...

Andy Schmookler: Bob Goodlatte, worse than I thought

I spent 20 months (in 2011-12) running against Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke). So naturally I gave a lot of thought to the man, trying to see him clearly and understand what made him tick. What I came to believe was that Goodlatte was inherently a basic Republican who likely would have ...

Kathleen Parker: A hero’s farewell

WASHINGTON -- The world seems already a lesser place with the passing of Sen. John McCain. The ensuing deluge of accolades and tributes -- notwithstanding the president's limp and late acknowledgement of McCain's service to the nation -- has revealed a level of reverence we don't see often. ...

Jonah Goldberg: How McCain’s patriotism can still best Trump’s nationalism

The death of Sen. John McCain has elicited an enormous amount of commentary about the differences between the former Navy pilot and POW and the current president of the United States, who received five draft deferments, one of them for "bone spurs," and who once remarked that avoiding getting a ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: John McCain, a man of integrity and honor

A few words about the political integrity of John McCain. Integrity was, of course, the byword of the Arizona senator, who died of brain cancer Saturday. The trait was most famously displayed in a POW camp in Hanoi when his captors, hoping for a propaganda bonanza from this son and grandson of ...

Robert B. Reich: Can we get an annulment instead of an impeachment?

The only way I can see the end of the Donald Trump presidency is if there's overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election -- in which case impeachment isn't an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled. Let me explain. Many people are convinced we're already witnessing the ...

Froma Harrop:Here’s to people who work with their hands

After leaving high school, my father worked in factories and drove trucks. College was never in the cards for him. Though a good thinker -- the Navy put him in a program dominated by college grads -- he never excelled academically. And in any case, he had parents and young brothers to ...

Diane Dimond: The reality of young people sentenced to life

Last week, I wrote about the plight of Pamela Smart, who, in 1991, at the age of 22, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband. Gregg Smart was shot dead by his wife's 16-year-old lover and another teenager. Pamela was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. To ...

Jules Witcover: On the loss of John McCain

WASHINGTON -- The death of John McCain at 81 leaves a huge void in the Senate, in the country and most importantly in the ranks of truth-tellers in American politics. As such, his passing is a particular loss to my news-business fraternity, which depends on his like to sort out the wheat from ...