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Froma Harrop: Big Pharma doesn’t own Amazon

President Trump offered few words about health care in his State of the Union address. He did mention drug prices, though. "One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs," he said. "In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United ...

Kathleen Parker: Can Trump sustain newfound aura of gravitas?

WASHINGTON -- It was a good speech. Calm down. I said good. Despite talking for an hour and 20 minutes, the longest speech since Bill Clinton's much-mocked 2000 stem-winder, Donald Trump's first State of the Union address did exactly what it needed to do: nothing. It wasn't strident; it ...

Star Parker: Bogus racist claims against Trump

As President Trump lays out and implements his vision for American success -- via his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again" -- there remain defiant naysayers. Among the most defiant are those who want to talk about race. They oppose Trump, claiming he is biased against ...

Robert B. Reich: Trump’s America: Open to global capital, not people

Trump to global CEOs and financiers in Davos, Switzerland, last week: "America is open for business." We're now a great place for you to make money. We've slashed taxes and regulations so you can make a bundle here. Trump to ambitious young immigrants around the world, including those brought ...

Jonah Goldberg: Have you heard the news?! It will change everything!

Washington is awash in so much muchness these days it's hard to follow the story. And that may be the point. Every new development or revelation is a "blockbuster" and smoking-gun proof that "this is bigger than Watergate." Every new dot is connected seamlessly and instantaneously to fit a ...

Diane Dimond: The forgotten #MeToo victims

In all the #MeToo talk about sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, it dawns on me that one category of victim remains undiscussed, almost taboo to talk about: the victims of childhood incest. Meet Elizabeth Spalter. Buoyed by today's open conversation about sexual crimes, Spalter wants ...

Rich Lowry: Donald Trump’s impure thoughts

President Donald Trump has had impure thoughts about special counsel Robert Mueller. That much, we know. The New York Times reported last week that Trump asked White House counsel Don McGahn to fire the special counsel. When McGahn resisted, Trump backed off and left Mueller in place. Talking ...

Jules Witcover: A familiar route to impeachment

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump certainly is no Richard Nixon, but his strategy to avoid possible impeachment is beginning to look more and more like the one that failed to avoid Nixon's ouster in the Watergate scandal of more than 43 years ago. The surprise decision of FBI Deputy Director Andrew ...

Peter Brookes: A preview of issues Trump may discuss tonight

No question that "kitchen table" domestic policy issues (for example, immigration, health care and infrastructure) will dominate President Trump's first State of the Union address tonight. That's to be expected - and understandable. But no less important to the interests of this country are a ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trump’s tariffs are statism on the march

The Trump administration is now moving to put some teeth on its promise to punish "unfair" trade from China and other countries. Last week it imposed punitive tariffs on Chinese and South Korean manufacturers of washing machines and solar panels. The move is ill advised on its own, but you can ...

Kathleen Parker: From ‘fake news’ to witch hunt

WASHINGTON -- Conspiracies. Secret societies. Witch hunts. During the past year, we've heard reference to all of the above to explain away any suggestion of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Allegedly, there's a secret society within the ...

Mark Shields: Patriotism on the cheap

For the first two centuries of U.S. history -- while Americans were proudly winning a war for independence, founding a nation, abolishing slavery, settling a continent and winning two world wars -- the patriot was that admirable fellow citizen willing to sacrifice his own individual well-being ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Trump presidency shows our vulnerability

What if Donald Trump were smart? It is likely not a question you've given a lot of thought. After all, the urgency of our ongoing disaster leaves little time for speculation. One is too busy tallying up the damage that's happening to worry about the damage that could. But maybe it's time we ...

Froma Harrop: A shutdown not to remember

By Groundhog Day, the government shutdown will have been largely forgotten. That's a guarantee. As memory of that long weekend fades, the matter of whether Democrats won, lost or tied in the deal to reopen the federal government will be of little consequence -- at least to those of us who have ...

Rich Lowry: Durbin-Graham is the problem, not the solution

After the experience of the past two weeks, it's not White House adviser Stephen Miller and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton who should be expelled from immigration negotiations, but Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham. The Illinois Democrat and South Carolina Republican teamed up for a comically ...

George F. Will: When protectionism is rampant, no bad deed goes unrewarded

WASHINGTON -- Like Horatius at the bridge, or the boy who stood on the burning deck whence all but he had fled, or the Dutch boy who saved the city by putting his finger in the dike -- pick your analogous heroism -- the Trump administration last week acted to stanch the flood of foreign-made ...

Andy Schmookler: America’s role in international order and, now, disorder

For the entire history of human civilization, the international system has been a particularly dangerous part of the human world. It is an arena in which all human societies have faced each other with no enforceable order to govern their interactions. Such anarchy makes a struggle for power ...

Jonah Goldberg: Wall should be bargaining chip on immigration

The Democrats' crusade to force a government shutdown in order to win permanent protections for "Dreamers" went down in flames Monday. The price extracted by Democrats was meager compared to what they wanted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) merely agreed to allow a floor debate ...

George F. Will: Some policy dentistry could combat truth decay

WASHINGTON -- It cannot be a sign of social health that the number of tweets per day worldwide exploded from 5,000 in 2007 to 500 million six years later. And this might be related, by a few degrees of separation, to the fact that whereas in the 1992 presidential election more than one-third of ...

Connie Schultz: A second wave of reflection

For decades, an old metal sign used to hang over the tool shed at the coal-fired plant where my father worked. Now it sits on top of the bookcase in my campus office. It is about 2 feet by 3 feet in size and painted dark green with large white block letters that read: THE BEST SAFETY ...