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Rich Lowry: Durbin-Graham is the problem, not the solution

After the experience of the past two weeks, it's not White House adviser Stephen Miller and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton who should be expelled from immigration negotiations, but Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham. The Illinois Democrat and South Carolina Republican teamed up for a comically ...

George F. Will: When protectionism is rampant, no bad deed goes unrewarded

WASHINGTON -- Like Horatius at the bridge, or the boy who stood on the burning deck whence all but he had fled, or the Dutch boy who saved the city by putting his finger in the dike -- pick your analogous heroism -- the Trump administration last week acted to stanch the flood of foreign-made ...

Andy Schmookler: America’s role in international order and, now, disorder

For the entire history of human civilization, the international system has been a particularly dangerous part of the human world. It is an arena in which all human societies have faced each other with no enforceable order to govern their interactions. Such anarchy makes a struggle for power ...

Jonah Goldberg: Wall should be bargaining chip on immigration

The Democrats' crusade to force a government shutdown in order to win permanent protections for "Dreamers" went down in flames Monday. The price extracted by Democrats was meager compared to what they wanted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) merely agreed to allow a floor debate ...

George F. Will: Some policy dentistry could combat truth decay

WASHINGTON -- It cannot be a sign of social health that the number of tweets per day worldwide exploded from 5,000 in 2007 to 500 million six years later. And this might be related, by a few degrees of separation, to the fact that whereas in the 1992 presidential election more than one-third of ...

Connie Schultz: A second wave of reflection

For decades, an old metal sign used to hang over the tool shed at the coal-fired plant where my father worked. Now it sits on top of the bookcase in my campus office. It is about 2 feet by 3 feet in size and painted dark green with large white block letters that read: THE BEST SAFETY ...

Jules Witcover: The Dreamers: Right fight, wrong time

WASHINGTON -- In the fierce political struggle between the Republican defenders of the troops in the field and the Democrats defending the American immigrant "Dreamers," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell clearly and deftly outfoxed Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. McConnell got the Senate ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democrats, you’ve been had!

Dear Democrats: That was no government shutdown. It was a long weekend. It was a snow day. Don't get me wrong. I am no fan of shuttering the federal government as a tactic of political negotiation. In the first place, it inflicts hardship on the people you're sworn to serve. In the second ...

Kathleen Parker: A matter of time

WASHINGTON -- It was probably only a matter of time before some unbalanced person decided that he needed to take out a few members of the "fake news" media. And it was inevitable that his actions -- in this case, his threats -- would be placed at the feet of Donald Trump, who has spent a ...

Star Parker: Trump acknowledges school choice week

Amidst the ongoing political noise and distractions in Washington, D.C., President Trump continues to focus on and address the nation's most deep-seated problems. In the wake of signing a temporary funding bill to get the government back open, the president directed attention to one of our ...

Rich Lowry: The limits of the resistance

Chuck Schumer started a government shutdown he couldn't finish. The New York Democrat, among the shrewdest operators in national politics, stumbled badly because he succumbed to the siren song of the anti-Trump resistance. He believed that any charge could be made to stick to President Donald ...

Walter E. Williams: We don’t need bad law

President Donald Trump said, "We are going to take a strong look at our country's libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts." The president was responding to statements made in Michael ...

Robert B. Reich: How Trump is destroying the GOP

America has never before had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn't good news for the Republican Party this November or in the future, because the GOP has sold its soul to Donald Trump. Three principles once ...

Kathleen Parker: Paging personnel: Grownups needed in White House

WASHINGTON -- If the name Taylor Weyeneth rings a tiny bell in your head, then you might be related to him. Otherwise, the 24-year-old was until a week ago an unknown if powerful member of the Trump administration: deputy chief of staff in the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Weyeneth's ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: One year later …

And here we are, one year later. If you are groping for markers by which to measure how profoundly we have been changed since Inauguration Day, here's one you might want to consider: In January of 1998, reports surfaced of a sexual affair between President Bill Clinton and a 24-year-old White ...

Froma Harrop: Bad date with Ansari not really a date

Nothing TV star Aziz Ansari did during that now-infamous one-night stand constituted sexual assault. It wasn't even a proper one-night stand. Ansari and the young woman never engaged in carnal intercourse. But the woman accused Ansari of being a sexist brute nonetheless. Herein lies a ...

Jules Witcover: Will U.S. remain beacon of freedom, opportunity?

WASHINGTON -- With Congress in disarray under an erratic and chaotic president who deeply divides the country, and with its two major parties at loggerheads over immigration law, American politics may have hit a new low of pessimism, bitterness and despair. Should upwards of a million ...

Andy Schmookler: Serving the few, conning the many

In a piece here some months ago, I argued that the especially dark nature of the Republican Party in our times is the result of the coming together of two forces that – for a century after the Civil War – had been aligned with opposing political parties. The corporatist force that had ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Journalism holds power accountable

I was wrong. Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation's drift toward "factish" and "truthy" logic. What was needed, I'd reply with misplaced confidence, is robust fact-checking. If news media were more aggressive in calling people out for lying, I ...

Jonah Goldberg: Should diversity be a core value?

What if diversity isn't our strength? Sen. Lindsey Graham says he scolded the president for saying something scatological about certain countries and their emigrants. "Diversity has always been our strength," Graham allegedly said. By my very rough count, this makes Graham the bazillionth ...