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Mark Shields: Republicans and patriotism

  The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: "I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more ...

Kathleen Parker: To mock or mentor, that is question at Marquette University

WASHINGTON -- There are few sympathetic characters in the landmark lawsuit between Marquette University and a suspended professor that's heading later this month to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The professor, John McAdams, is suing the university for indefinitely suspending him without pay, ...

Jonah Goldberg: Like Lincoln, King now belongs to the ages

  One of the best things about the passage of historical time is how the partisanship of a given moment melts away. If you've seen the musical "Hamilton" (or paid attention in civics class) you'd know that long before George Washington left office, the Founding Fathers were bitterly ...

Rich Lowry: Don’t talk to Mueller, Mr. President

The chief threat to Donald Trump at the moment isn't that he'll fire Robert Mueller, but that he'll cooperate too readily. The president's legal team has been roiled and his White House advisers divided by his determination to sit down for a deposition with Mueller's team of prosecutors. ...

Andy Schmookler: Our inherent uncertainty about the future

I observed something strange and interesting about myself the other night as I was watching “A Night to Remember” – a 1958 British film about the voyage and sinking of the Titanic. And my guess is that what I observed in myself is true about us humans generally. What I noticed is that -- ...

Froma Harrop: Nature’s great bird migration under threat by you-know-who

You could call it the Nebraska bird eclipse. At the first dart of morning light, so many sandhill cranes take off from the banks along the Platte River they darken the sky. This primeval spectacle, part of a massive spring migration from South America to the northern reaches, draws viewers from ...

Connie Schultz: 50 years of white what-ifs

America's white working class has never had a champion more eloquent than the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I don't mean to suggest that this was his mission, but it was the inevitable outcome of his generosity of spirit. King was the central force of the civil rights movement for black ...

Kathleen Parker: Fake news vs. ‘Fake news’

WASHINGTON – When fake news blasts traditional media for being "fake news," how does one respond? Do you shout, I'm not fake, you are? Do you ignore the charge? If you don't fight back, are you affirming the fool? If you do, doth thou protest too much? The risk of doing nothing, of course, ...

George F. Will: Making the government less larcenous

WASHINGTON -- After two years of stonewalling about its theft of Gerardo Serrano's 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck, the government suddenly returned it. It sparkled from having been washed and detailed, bumper to bumper, and it had four new tires and a new battery. The government probably hoped ...

Walter E. Williams: Sowell’s book lays waste to myths

I don't mind saying that this column represents a grossly understated review of "Discrimination and Disparities," just published by my longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell. In less than 200 pages, Sowell lays waste to myth after myth not only in the United States but around the ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trumpism does not mirror Reagan-style populism

  For a while, a set of liberals has argued that Donald Trump isn't an aberration from other Republican presidents. Now, some surprising conservatives, including friends and colleagues of mine, are starting to agree. The conservative arguments take several forms, but a key point ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What killed Martin Luther King?

MEMPHIS -- Martin Luther King's men had a different question. At least, according to his aide, Andrew Young, they did. When the first reports went out that King had been gunned down while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in this city, America and the world demanded to know one ...

Jules Witcover: 50 years on, remembering the violent shock of 1968

  WASHINGTON -- On April 4, 1968, only four days after Lyndon Johnson jolted the country with his televised decision not to seek another presidential term, a second cataclysmic episode shattered America. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was in Memphis leading a strike of prominently ...

Rich Lowry: Amazon isn’t a villain

President Donald Trump gets results. His attacks on Amazon have tanked the company's stock. It's hard to think of a more pointlessly destructive act of presidential jawboning in our history. The online retailer is a jewel of our market economy that has delivered more choice and convenience at ...

Froma Harrop: Boycott Ingraham’s advertisers? What about all of Fox News?

For Laura Ingraham, the decline came well before the fall. The Parkland teens' success in pressuring advertisers to flee her Fox News Channel show could cut her career down to tweet size. Ingraham made the mistake of mocking student leader David Hogg's reaction to being turned down by several ...

Diane Dimond: Your privacy in this digital world

Here we go again. Facebook critics are up in arms, outraged over the idea that their personal information might have been mishandled by the U.K.-based company Cambridge Analytica, Facebook or both. It's as if people are surprised that digital information is shared or outright sold to other ...

Mark Shields: Helpful hints for candidates

Successful politicians, those who have won election and re-election to office, almost always have an extra olfactory nerve that somehow endows them with the ability to smell which way the political winds will blow in a given election year -- and whether a gale-force blast is forming that might ...

Robert B. Reich: Dollars for decency

Last week, Laura Ingraham, Fox News' queen of snark, tweeted that David Hogg -- a 17-year-old who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has been among the eloquent advocates for gun control -- "whines about" being rejected by four universities to which he applied. She linked to ...

Jonah Goldberg: Stevens makes at least one good point in controversial essay

  Two and a half cheers for Justice Stevens! Let me say it up front: I don't think we should repeal the Second Amendment. But I applaud retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens for arguing that we should. In case you missed it, Stevens penned an essay for The New York Times ...