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Connie Schultz: No recess for the American public

On Tuesday, public outrage forced the Republicans to postpone their vote to gut the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. Two hours later, I stood with a loved one in an emergency room in small-town Ohio and got an earful from the nurse taking care of him. The nurse, with more than 20 years in ...

George F. Will: ‘Repeal and replace’? Try ‘tweak and move on’

WASHINGTON -- Two Junes ago, when the Supreme Court upheld, 6-3, a challenged provision of the Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, vented: "Congress wrote key parts of the Act behind closed doors. ... Congress passed much of the Act using a complicated ...

Linda Chavez: A new Iran policy

Five-plus months into the Trump administration, the outlines of a new foreign policy remain unclear. One of Donald Trump's frequent applause lines when he was a candidate was his promise to "rip up" the Iranian nuclear agreement, which Trump and other critics claimed was one-sided because it ...

Jules Witcover: Donald Trump under siege

WASHINGTON -- Only five months into his presidency, Donald Trump's promise to make America great again is at best on hold, as he squirms to get out of the defensive crouch his ad hoc decision-making, incompetence in governing and self-inflicted wounds have placed him in. He faces possible ...

Jonah Goldberg: Rhetoric boils over in health-care debate

Even by Washington standards, this is a particularly dumb political moment. Earlier this month a political zealot went to a baseball practice intending to kill as many Republican congressmen as he could. As often happens after such horrible events, various politicians and media figures ...

Scott Rasmussen: Happy 10th birthday, iPhone

Societal changes take place so slowly that we rarely see them unfold on a day-to-day basis. Our culture and lifestyles adapt so quickly to new technology that we soon can't remember life without the latest innovation. But when we look back over any significant period of time, the scale of ...

Froma Harrop: Democrats need to shake their depression

Elvis said, "When things go wrong, don't go with them." Depression warps one's thinking. It saps energy and magnifies problems, making it hard to deal with them calmly. Democrats' overreaction to the recent loss in a Georgia special election bore all the trademarks of depression. "Why Do ...

Peter Brookes: We need to get serious about Pakistan

With all the discussion about Afghanistan policy, including talk of a new U.S. strategy and additional troops, the cold, hard fact is that you can’t get Afghanistan right without getting Pakistan right. Period. After nearly 16 years of war, the challenges in Afghanistan — a conflict ...

Star Parker: How we can start taking back our country

Americans are justifiably frustrated regarding what is going on in Washington, D.C. But let's not forget that we elect these folks. We may have a mess, but we can at least be proud that it's our mess. There is one unique problem. Unlike business, where change can be made quickly, government ...

Mark Shields: Character beyond measure

Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s. The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater today ...

Diane Dimond: Automatic citizenship – is it smart?

A reader from New Hampshire wrote to me to ask: "Why, just because you are born here, are you an American citizen? I know the history of this law but it is out of date and just encourages more illegal immigration." Well, I cannot argue with that. The reader, who goes by the handle Rocheleau, ...

Kathleen Parker: How can you still doubt Trump’s intelligence?

WASHINGTON -- Five months into Donald Trump's administration, only the unwise doubt the president's intelligence. Just ask former FBI Director James Comey, who, in addition to being fired by Trump, has been redefined by the president as a dishonest leaker who might have lied were it not for ...

Froma Harrop: Morality tale at Uber: Reputation still counts

Travis Kalanick helped found and build Uber into a corporate giant worth more than Ford Motor Co. On Tuesday, Uber's board effectively fired Kalanick. This was a direct reaction not to Kalanick's infamously immature bad-boy behavior but to what his toxic personality was doing to the ...

George F. Will: Baseball’s pace of play needs some juice

OMAHA, Nebraska -- From Little League on up, players emulate major leaguers, so Major League Baseball's pace-of-play problem is trickling down. Four innings into a recent College World Series game here, just seven hits and three runs had consumed 96 minutes. During a coach's visit to the ...

Connie Schultz: Run, woman, run

After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race, there were a few days there when it looked as if a lot of women would be done with politics. If we couldn't elect the most qualified person ever to run for president, what was the point, right? Being women, however, we quickly recalibrated. ...

Scott Rasmussen: It’s not about Trump, it’s about his voters

In Election 2016, Democrats seemed to assume that the unpopularity of Donald Trump would be enough to keep him out of the White House. It's true that most Americans viewed him unfavorably, but the same was also true of Hillary Clinton. Given such an unappealing choice, millions of voters ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: You can’t take the low road to the high place

The other day, a Muslim saved a terrorist. It happened just after midnight Monday in London. The terrorist, according to authorities, was Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales, who drove a rented van 150 miles to the British capital, where he jumped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of ...