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Diane Dimond: Breaking the blue wall of silence

For the first time in nearly 50 years, a Chicago police officer has been convicted of murder after shooting a civilian to death while on duty. It took a while, but officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery, one count for each of the 16 ...

Rich Lowry: The caravan is real

The last thing the left wants prior to the midterms is an image dramatizing the weakness of our southern border. So the caravan of thousands of migrants, emanating from Honduras and headed toward the United States, is considered an illegitimate story, a shoddy excuse for President Donald ...

Jules Witcover: Trump doubles down against the embattled news media

For Release 10/28/2018   WASHINGTON -- After a brief call for more civility in response to the flurry of bombs sent to past and current Democratic leaders, President Trump still clings to his campaign against the press as "the enemy of the people." His initial response Wednesday at ...

Walter E. Williams: Democratic-controlled House

Democrats are hoping the coming election will give them a majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans and much of our nation dread that prospect. My question is: What would a House majority mean for the Democrats? Let's look at it. To control the House of Representatives, Democrats ...

Kathleen Parker: 2018 midterms: He vs. she

WASHINGTON -- Slowly but inevitably, the two major political parties have become the party of women and the party of men -- guess which is which -- so that the 2018 midterms are shaping up as a climactic battle in the war between the sexes. This is largely the Trump Effect -- his attitude and ...

Andy Schmookler: Don’t choose hatred

What President Trump is doing with that caravan of people moving northward out of Central America toward the United States tells us all that anyone should have to know about the spirit of Donald Trump’s politics. Making this group of migrants one of the main themes of his campaigning for the ...

George F. Will: Hate crime law unwise and unconstitutional

WASHINGTON -- After showing off his swastika tattoo, Randy Metcalf became involved in a barroom brawl. One of his opponents was an African American, who he and his friends knocked unconscious. Metcalf repeatedly kicked him in the head and, according to a witness, said, "Die, [N-word], die." ...

Star Parker: It’s Democrats who shred American values

While campaign stumping in Las Vegas, former Vice President Joe Biden said that American values are being "shredded" by President Donald Trump. According to Biden, the United States was founded "on an idea, an American idea, basic fundamental decency, and it's being shredded." Considering ...

Connie Schultz: Again, we fight for the vote

Coretta Scott King saw this coming. "Struggle is a never-ending process," she wrote a year after her husband, Martin, was killed. "Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation." The fight is upon us, again. First stop: Dodge City, Kansas. Two weeks before Election ...

Froma Harrop: So now it’s real explosive devices

What Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, CNN and George Soros have in common is that each looms large in the right wing's pantheon of liberal demons. And each has been sent a pipe bomb. So much for Donald Trump's fantasies of left-wing mobs fomenting violence. ...

George A Bowers Sr.: Two ingredients for long marriages

This coming Monday would have been my mom and dad’s 68th wedding anniversary. Although dad’s passing in 2008 prevented them from reaching that earthly milestone together, they were able to enjoy 58 happy years together and today they are reunited in heaven. They may not have agreed on ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: A walk down memory lane…with Stevie, Aretha, Gladys…

Boy, this takes me back. That's what I kept thinking the other night as I paged through a new coffee table book, "Soul R&B Funk: Photographs 1972-1982" by my friend and former colleague, Bruce W. Talamon. Another friend had sent it for my birthday – thanks, Herschel – and I opened ...

Jonah Goldberg: Mistakes of past complicate Khashoggi affair

The biggest mistake the Trump administration made in the Jamal Khashoggi case occurred while Khashoggi was still alive: letting Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, think he could get away with something so heinous -- and so heinously stupid. But the bell was rung, as it were, and ...

Rich Lowry: Trump blows the whistle on Russian cheating

Is the INF Treaty so important that the Russians should be allowed to cheat on it without consequence? That's the implication of the criticisms of President Donald Trump for saying that he's pulling out of the Cold War-era arms-control agreement. Mikhail Gorbachev deemed Trump's stated ...

Mark Shields: What Gerald Ford could teach Beto O’Rourke in 2018

When people learn that I have spent the past 50 years either working in or covering the past 13 presidential campaigns, I'm often asked my opinion of what was the best-run national campaign. My answer – the losing 1976 Republican presidential campaign of President Gerald Ford – surprises ...

Kathleen Parker: What’s your DNA?

WASHINGTON -- Now that the DNA is out of the bag, Sen. Elizabeth Warren can put her Native American heritage down for a nap -- maybe. After two and a half years of being mocked by Donald Trump as "Pocahontas," referring to the Massachusetts Democrat's claim that she's part American Indian, ...

Jules Witcover: Trump rolls the dice, making the midterms all about him

For Release 10/21/2018   WASHINGTON -- President Trump has accepted the Democrats' challenge to convert next month's midterm congressional elections into a referendum on his presidency. Never one to deal in subtlety, he has instructed his political flock in rallies in key Rust Belt ...

Froma Harrop: Will you stop obsessing over Trump insults?

RELEASE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018   It's getting harder by the day to tune in to MSNBC. My chief complaint isn't the leftish slant. It's the news channel's obsession with the latest idiocy to emerge from the Trumpian yap. Anyone who wants to express dismay that Trump called a woman ...

Robert B. Reich: Democrats, don’t go high or low. Go big and bold.

For Release 10/22/2018   Donald Trump says the midterm elections are a "referendum about me." Of course they are. Everything is about him. Anyone who still believes the political divide runs between Republicans and Democrats hasn't been paying attention. There's no longer a ...