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Rich Lowry: Don’t fire, don’t pardon

With special counsel Robert Mueller unveiling his first indictments and a plea deal in the Russia case, President Donald Trump should do what's hardest for him -- nothing. The indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates -- together with news of a plea ...

Froma Harrop: College football haves, have-nots and dropouts

The University of Alabama's football coach ruffled surprisingly few feathers up north when he dismissively contrasted the game played by the University of Rhode Island with his school's. "When they play games -- you know, I think up there when Rhode Island plays whoever they play -- they have ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Trump needs stable dollar, tax cuts to maximize growth

President Trump is likely to name a new Federal Reserve chair over the next few days. Speculation is focused on current Fed governor Jay Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor. The list may be larger; it could still include current Chair Janet Yellen or Kevin Warsh. Trump is ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Men must do better, be better

How many is this now? I've lost track of the number of prominent men who've been accused of sexual harassment in the weeks since The New York Times outed movie producer Harvey Weinstein as an alleged serial offender. Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd are among the dozens of women ...

Mark Shields: An American president and the world

The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then an assistant ...

Jules Witcover: Trump’s delusions wreak havoc in his own administration

WASHINGTON -- When the late Muhammad Ali repeatedly proclaimed himself "the greatest," referring to his supremacy as a prizefighter, he backed it up with his fists. Over more than a decade, he held the world heavyweight championship three separate times. But in the field of braggadocio, Donald ...

Jonah Goldberg: The Clintons are just not that into you

I'm still trying to make sense of the news that the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign were the forces behind the infamous "Steele Dossier," a dodgy document full of hearsay about Donald Trump that was put together by an even dodgier outfit called Fusion GPS, which has done ...

George F. Will: The radiating mischief of protectionism

WASHINGTON -- What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive ourselves into believing that corporate welfare can be seemly. Consider the caper, both amusing and depressing, that began when mighty Boeing sought protection behind the skirts of the U.S. Department of ...

Jules Witcover: Is Trump already impeachable?

WASHINGTON -- As Special Counsel Robert Mueller plods on with his investigation into possible collusion between President Trump and Russians in the 2016 election, doubts remain that anything definitive will come from it. Many Democrats and other critics of the president ponder whether any ...

George F. Will: The fatal conceit of planning for the future

WASHINGTON -- Kevin Hassett evidently has not received the memo that economics is "the dismal science." The ebullient chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers is relishing the intellectual feast of applying to policymaking the predictive tools of a science that was blindsided by ...

Rich Lowry: The cognitive dissonance presidency

To paraphrase Groucho Marx, President Donald Trump has a position on the Lamar Alexander/Patty Murray health care deal, and if you don't like it, he has another one. Within hours, Trump veered wildly on the bipartisan compromise on Obamacare that the Tennessee Republican and the Washington ...

Andy Schmookler: Does the 25th Amendment apply here?

What should be included in the notion of the president being “unable to discharge the duties of his office”? (That’s wording in the 25th Amendment relating to the circumstances in which a president might be removed.) Clearly, it would include circumstances like those in 1919, when ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Donald Trump, the poster boy for white privilege

Perhaps you remember Barack Obama's so-called "patriotism problem." It was that some people said he didn't have any. The claim was based on the flimsiest of evidence: his failure to wear an American flag pin on his lapel and a picture, widely circulated online, that purported to show him with ...

Diane Dimond: When parents are in prison, so are their kids

Women and children: two segments of the population we cherish and try to protect. But, sadly, not if the woman is in the prison system. Now, don't think for a minute that I'm soft on women who commit crimes, because I'm not. But generational incarceration is a real thing, and we are doing ...

Jonah Goldberg: Self-anointed rainmaker Bannon only dances during cloudbursts

A Washington lobbyist once told me that the first rule of rainmakers is: "If it starts to rain, dance!" In other words, if you're hired to get something done, by all means take credit for it if it happens, even if you had nothing to do with it. Another version of the same principle is Ferris ...

Froma Harrop: Trump makes mess of trade, U.S. economy beware

America's closest neighbors, Mexico and Canada, rank high on Donald Trump's to-do list of allies to offend. The North American Free Trade Agreement, the president insists, is "the worst deal ever." Actually, it's been a mostly good deal for all three partners. But even if the U.S. stays in it, ...

Robert B. Reich: Is Donald Trump unraveling?

Last week, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview with the New York Times that Donald Trump was treating his office like "a reality show," with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation "on the path to ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trump is the ‘talent,’ not the head of state

In high school civics I was taught that, in America, the president has many roles, often divided in other countries. He's commander in chief, head of state, chief administrator and executive, the head of his party, chief diplomat, legislative leader and, according to some lists, "the guardian ...

George F. Will: In blocking abortion bill, Dems will show cultural extremism

WASHINGTON -- What would America's abortion policy be if the number of months in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number -- say, seven or 11? This thought experiment is germane to why the abortion issue has been politically toxic, and points to a path toward a less bitter debate. ...