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Jonah Goldberg: Don’t buy polls showing GOP approval of Helsinki performance

I think I can say, without fear of inviting reasonable correction, that the Helsinki summit did not go swimmingly. And yet, some 66 percent of Republicans told ABC News-Washington Post pollsters that they support President Trump's objectively disastrous performance. I don't buy it. No doubt ...

Star Parker: Senate should pass the First Step Act

It is rare these days in Washington to see bipartisan support for anything, let alone for a major issue with far reaching implications for the nation. This is why the bipartisan passage in the House, 360-59, of the First Step Act to reform our federal prisons is such big news. The 360 "yes" ...

Rich Lowry: The real conflict with Iran

It's Tehran's turn for the "fire and fury" treatment. In response to Iranian President Hasan Rouhani telling Donald Trump not to "play with the lion's tail" because "war with Iran is the mother of all wars," the president fired back in an emphatically all-caps tweet warning of "CONSEQUENCES ...

Froma Harrop: Trump’s targets – the view from Fifth Avenue

Donald Trump once famously said that he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and not "lose any voters." He hasn't shot anyone, though he's seriously wounded a number of economic interests. The most serious casualties, however, are far from Fifth Avenue. America's urban ...

Jonah Goldberg: Obama’s words on identity politics better late than never

"Democracy demands that we're able to also get inside the reality of people who are different than us, so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds, maybe they'll change ours." That was Barack Obama speaking in South Africa on the 100th anniversary of Nelson ...

Walter E. Williams: Can we trust experts?

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers predicted that if Donald Trump were elected, there would be a protracted recession within 18 months. Heeding its experts, a month before the election, The Washington Post ran an editorial with the headline "A President Trump could destroy the world ...

Diane Dimond: Harvey Weinstein behind bars: Don’t hold your breath

Eighty-seven women say Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. Some charge they were forcibly raped by the 66-year-old ex-movie maker. The now-disgraced Weinstein all but admitted his disreputable behavior when he reportedly said in a recent interview, "I did ...

Mark Shields: Nobody knows who 2020 presidential nominees will be, but…

As was wisely observed inside the world of renowned philosopher Peter Pan, "All this has happened before, and it will all happen again." Never is that more true than when American voters choose our presidential nominees. Recall 1976, when, after the criminality, corruption and involuntary ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democrats, take note: ‘Normal’ isn’t coming back

Smack them with their own bat. That was the gist of, "Hey Democrats, Fighting Fair is for Suckers," a provocative jeremiad that Politico ran on Independence Day. In it, writer Rob Goodman argued that, after Republicans have killed all the old political norms -- denying a Supreme Court nominee ...

Jules Witcover: Higher stakes now for Trump, and nation

WASHINGTON -- As the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election continues to plague Donald Trump, he has created an even more perilous development for himself in the shocking aftermath of his Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin. His astounding announcement that he has ...

Mona Charen: Putin speaks code. Does Trump understand?

Back when word first leaked that Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer and others offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, President Trump seemed to think he was supplying an exculpatory cover story. Flying home from Germany on Air Force One, Trump reportedly ...

Marc A. Thiessen: Trump can shut down Russia critics with one move

WASHINGTON -- If President Trump wants to shut down the critics of his performance this week in Helsinki and strengthen U.S. national security, he can do so with one bold move: announce he is moving out most U.S. forces currently stationed in Germany and sending them to Poland. The Polish ...

Froma Harrop: Foreigners boycott Trump’s America

Are President Trump's threats and insults against our allies just an obnoxious negotiating tactic? It hardly matters, because they haven't worked. And it's worse than not working. Trump has turned "made in America" into consumer poison around the globe. Trump is not content to wage a simple ...

Andy Schmookler: People who are different from ‘us’

How do we know that it was of major importance to Jesus how we treat people who are different from us? Because when he’s asked, in the Gospels, to explain his main ethical injunction, he places that issue front and center. Asked what he means by “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” Jesus ...

Connie Schultz: We’ll sing; you breathe

Signs of our growing anxiety, as a country and as citizens, are everywhere, it seems. Physicians describe surging numbers of patients seeking help for anxiety and stress. Casual get-togethers, those brief respites from the world's mayhem, are now ...

Betsy McCaughey: Dems’ big lie about Kavanaugh

Democrats are so desperate to torpedo Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court that they're resorting to scare tactics, telling Americans that his confirmation would put 130 million people at risk of losing their health insurance. Senate minority leader Chuck ...

Kathleen Parker: Helsinki hath no fury like a nation scorned

WASHINGTON -- Surely, now, we can concede that letting Trump be Trump has exhausted itself -- even among the smugly credulous. For a year and a half, we've heard his supporters say: Watch what he does, not what he says. Sure, he's rude and crude, they said, but he's going to make America great ...

Diane Dimond: Every state should adopt second-look sentencing plan

Do you believe in second chances? To be more specific, do you believe in second chances for convicted felons, even those sentenced to life in prison or life without the possibility of parole? Your answer probably depends on details of the original crime committed, right? You might say yes to a ...

Walter E. Williams: Our rules of the game, U.S. Constitution

Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, leading to President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown progressives, the Democratic Party and the news media into an out-and-out tizzy. The online magazine Slate declared, "Anthony Kennedy Just Destroyed His ...