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Diane Dimond: Russian attempts at American mind control continue

It is high time we accept the fact that the Russian government is engaged in a massive propaganda campaign aimed at getting Americans to fight with one another. It's been going on for a long time. You might have thought the Russians would back off their social-media misinformation campaign ...

Rich Lowry: Johnny Carson > Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel deserves credit for frankness, if nothing else. In an interview over the weekend, the ABC late-night host said he doesn't care about losing Republican viewers. We're a long way from Johnny Carson, whose "Tonight Show" was a national institution that enjoyed a broad audience -- and ...

Jonah Goldberg: GOP hog-tied by a divided Senate

Why can't we have nice things? That's the question, if not exactly the phrasing, so many conservatives are asking these days. Despite controlling the White House and both branches of Congress, the GOP can't get much done. Oh, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democrats need to move left

I've been struggling with this question for a month. It's been that long since a Democratic state legislator rose during the Q&A after a speech and asked me a deceptively simple thing: What should Democrats do now? What should their message be? I had no idea how to answer that, nor ...

Froma Harrop: Trump’s long history of holding health care hostage

The story of Donald Trump and health coverage rightly starts with the story of Donald Trump and William Trump. William was born in 1999, fighting for his life. He suffered seizures, and his breathing stopped twice. William's medical bills were enormous. That's when Donald tried to remove the ...

Mark Shields: Who will not be the 2020 presidential nominee

In 1963, the legendary Russell Baker, writing in The New York Times, explained how we in the press, years before the nation's next presidential campaign, are miraculously able to agree upon who qualify -- and, perhaps more importantly, who do not qualify -- as plausible White House contenders. ...

Kathleen Parker: A dearth of virtue and the death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON -- Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody's a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Or, more to the point, when everyone's slurping from the same trough, who's a pig? Today, hypocrisy is the smirk on Harvey Weinstein's face as he pursues ...

Rich Lowry: How the NFL lost to Trump

Donald Trump isn't exactly on a winning streak, but he is beating the NFL in a rout. The league's commissioner, Roger Goodell, signaled the beginning of a messy, divisive retreat with a memo stating, "Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem." Now he ...

Andy Schmookler: All the clues Americans should need

Like the clue that unravels a mystery, here’s a revelatory fact: the two Republicans who have lately sent important messages to the American people are both highly respected men who don’t expect to face their voters again. The two Republicans are Senators Bob Corker and John McCain. They ...

George F. Will: The auto industry has a glamorous past but an opaque future

DETROIT -- Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM's CEO Mary Barra is wagering that ...

Scott Rasmussen: Gun control debate not about guns

Every time a horrific event like the Las Vegas massacre takes place, it is followed by a frustrating and futile debate about the merits of gun control. People on both sides of the debate trot out talking points and talk right past each other without listening. Much of the frustration comes ...

Jonah Goldberg: Weinstein scandal leaves a trail of hypocrisy

If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let's start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn't fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one. The Weinstein Co. board members probably didn't know everything, but they surely knew ...

Rich Lowry: The great regulatory rollback

One by one, the artifacts of President Barack Obama's rule by administrative fiat are tumbling. The latest is his signature Clean Power Plan that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt says he will begin the arduous process of unwinding. The first year of Donald Trump's ...

Star Parker: An important new step for religious freedom

Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, ...

Robert B. Reich: A memo to Rex Tillerson

To: Rex Tillerson From: Robert Reich Subject: The Moron I can understand why you feel Washington is a place of "petty nonsense," as you said last week when you called a news conference to rebut charges that you called Donald Trump a moron last summer at a meeting of national security ...

Walter E. Williams: Our broken moral compasses

As George Orwell said, "some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them." Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn't infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is. Let's look ...

Jonah Goldberg: Politicians and guns: Follow the votes, not the money

An old rule of thumb holds that when someone says it's not about the money, it's really about the money. But there are exceptions to almost every rule. The National Rifle Association is a case in point. In the wake of the horror in Las Vegas this week, countless politicians, journalists and ...

Froma Harrop: A Nobel Prize for cosmetic science

Warning: What follows here is of no national consequence whatsoever. I don't know whether I should take this personally or it's a function of my age, but whenever I walk the aisles of a high-end department store, arms shoot out of the shadows offering samples of beauty serums. These things ...

Jules Witcover: Being ‘unpresidential’ not grounds for removing Trump

WASHINGTON -- As prominent Republicans fret over Donald Trump's "unpresidential" behavior, that broad and undefined sentiment was aptly summed up by GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who lamented that the White House has become "an adult day care center." In response to a fresh outburst from ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: When ignorance is impervious to fact

You could call it a moment of truth, except that what actually came out of that moment was a realization of how little truth now matters. This is back in 2010, after I recounted in this space an astonishing feat of World War I heroism -- a small African-American soldier named Henry Johnson, ...