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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 ...

Kathleen Parker: The crying-child Rorschach

WASHINGTON -- Is there a psychiatrist in the house? Like so many Americans, this columnist longs for the voice of another, the great and good Charles Krauthammer, who died last week, leaving us mortals to plod through the darkness without the light of his reasoned guidance. A revered ...

Walter E. Williams: Diversity and inclusion harm II

My column a fortnight ago, titled "Diversity and Inclusion Harm," focused on the dumbing down of science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula to achieve a more pleasing mixture of participants in terms of race and sex. Heather Mac Donald, a senior fellow at the Manhattan ...

Froma Harrop: Tax cuts delivering little economic bang

Before last year's big tax cuts, the economy was improving nicely. After the tax cuts, the economy is doing the same -- for now, anyway. What's different is the $1.9 trillion the tax cuts have tacked onto deficits. If President Trump and allied Republicans were so determined to blow a huge ...

Rich Lowry: What Donald Trump gets

In the 1950s, the great neo-conservative intellectual Irving Kristol acknowledged Joe McCarthy's stark failings, but famously refused to take the side of his critics. "For there is one thing," he wrote, "that the American people know about Senator McCarthy: He, like them, is unequivocally ...

Robert B. Reich: Real patriotism involves strengthening our democracy

On this coming Fourth of July, it's worth pondering the true meaning of American patriotism -- as opposed to the malignant, distorted view of it propounded by Donald J. Trump. For Trump, the central challenge of American patriotism is to secure our borders. "A nation without borders is not a ...

Michael Barone: The Supreme Court’s ‘Bartleby’ decision

"I would prefer not to." That was the invariable reply of the title character of Herman Melville's 1853 story "Bartleby, the Scrivener," when asked by his employer to perform a task. It's also a phrase you might use to describe the opinion of the Supreme Court in its latest redistricting -- or ...

Leonard Pitts. Jr.: Not how justice is supposed to work

So it looks like Charles Rhines is going to be executed – and it's probably because he's gay. Well, not only that. There's also the matter of his committing an especially heinous murder in 1992. Rhines, caught burglarizing a doughnut shop in Rapid City, South Dakota by an employee named ...

Marc A. Thiessen: The Southern Poverty Law Center has lost all credibility

WASHINGTON -- After years of smearing good people with false charges of bigotry, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has finally been held to account. A former Islamic radical named Maajid Nawaz sued the center for including him in its bogus "Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists," and last ...

Mark Shields: The question GOP candidates fear most in 2018

Alan Baron, who was a wise and witty man of politics, used to tell this true story to remind those who worked in politics like he did that in some election years, the outcome is determined by events and forces completely beyond any candidate's or her campaign's control. As a 21-year-old, Baron ...

Rich Lowry: Enforcement, not separation, is the issue

President Donald Trump climbed down on separating families at the border, but the underlying argument is not going away. The central question isn't whether we should separate families -- even most immigration hawks would prefer to hold families together -- but whether migrants should stay in ...

Jules Witcover: The Trump facade crumbles at the border

WASHINGTON -- Public outrage over Donald Trump's heartless corralling of small children from their immigrant parents has finally unmasked his political strategy of fake strength. After weeks of arguing that the policy was invented by the Democrats and required them in Congress to undo it, ...

Andy Schmookler: Wired for the human scale

We live in a big and complex world, but we are wired to respond to what's visible on the human scale.That's why, while our present political landscape is littered with outrages, it is only this one that has ignited a firestorm of moral outrage in America: the tearing of children away from ...

Connie Schultz: A teen’s visit to border and mile that changed her

If she wanted to, 17-year-old Mary Grace Geise could pretend that what is happening to migrants at our southern border has nothing to do with her lucky life. She lives with both parents and her younger sister in Bay Village, a predominantly white, affluent suburb of Cleveland. She is a rising ...

Rich Lowry: Harvard’s anti-Asian-American microaggression

The Harvard University admissions process appears to be an ongoing microaggression against Asian-Americans. A group called Students for Fair Admissions is suing the school for alleged racial discrimination and has filed documents in federal court making a persuasive case, based on data ...

Jonah Goldberg: Reasonable politicians need to take immigration more seriously

Nearly everyone can agree: the scene at the southern border is a horror. Even those who somehow think that it isn't a moral horror to see little kids pulled from their parents and put in cages -- or, to use the preferred term among White House defenders, "chain-link partitioned holding areas" ...

Robert B. Reich: Why only answer is to break up biggest Wall Street banks

Federal bank regulators are proposing to allow Wall Street more freedom to make riskier bets with federally insured bank deposits – such as the money in your checking and savings accounts. Watch your wallets. The new proposal waters down the so-called "Volcker Rule" (named after former ...

Kathleen Parker: Inhumanity rules the border

WASHINGTON -- Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea. Would it work for you because you're a stickler for obedience to rules -- no exceptions? ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Immigrant children are real children

"Illegals" have faces. This is what Republicans are learning to their chagrin amid mounting international outrage over the new policy of separating immigrant children from their families at our southern border. For years, the party has pretended otherwise. It has denied undocumented immigrants ...

Walter E. Williams: Blind to real problems

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said: "Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder that it ...