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Leonard Pitts Jr.: The GOP puts on quite a show

Give the Republicans credit: they worked hard to create the appearance of enlightened compassion. Meaning, of course, last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into claims by psychology professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that, 36 years ago, when she was 15 and he 17, Supreme Court ...

George F. Will: In today’s politics, there’s no such thing as rock bottom

WASHINGTON -- When John Keats said that autumn is the season of "mists and mellow fruitfulness," he did not anticipate this American autumn. It resembles the gorier Shakespearean plays in which swords are brandished, people are poisoned and stabbed, almost everyone behaves badly and those who ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘What boy hasn’t done this in high school?’

Gina Sosa is not impressed by attempted rape. "What boy hasn't done this in high school?" she asks. "Please, I would like to know." Since she asked so nicely, I went on Twitter, looking for men who managed to get out of school without committing attempted rape. Turned out to be pretty easy. I ...

Star Parker: Kavanaugh show will help Republicans in November

A new report from Gallup should sober up those expecting a "blue wave" in the November elections. According to this recently released report, the percent of Americans saying they have a "favorable" view of Republicans now stands at 45 percent, up from 36 percent. Favorability for Democrats ...

Marc A. Thiessen: A smear, pure and simple

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats seeking to derail Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination knew they had a problem. In other prominent cases of the #MeToo era, multiple victims had come forward to corroborate each other's stories and present a pattern of predatory behavior. But in ...

Kathleen Parker: Kavanaugh circus includes plenty of sideshows

WASHINGTON -- If the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process has revealed anything, it is that there's an antidote for disaffection toward Republicans: Give Democrats the upper hand for about five minutes. Anyone tuning in to the first Senate Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this month surely ...

George F. Will: Confirmation process becomes a maelstrom of insincerities

WASHINGTON -- The current era of scorched-earth politics began five years after there was, according to Christine Blasey Ford, in 1982, an alcohol-soaked party in a suburban Washington home. There her 15-year-old self was, she says, assaulted by 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, who categorically ...

Marino de Medici: A tense welcome to Republic of North Macedonia

Once again, Putin is spreading his malware to obstruct a step forward in the construction of a new and peaceful Europe. In a few days, on Sunday, the citizens of Macedonia will vote in a referendum to ratify a deal with neighboring Greece that will see their country renamed as the “Republic ...

Rich Lowry: The assault on Kavanaugh validates Trump

The attempted political assassination of Brett Kavanaugh is bad for the country, but good for a Trumpian attitude toward American politics. The last-minute ambush validates key assumptions of Donald Trump's supporters that fueled his rise and buttress him in office, no matter how rocky the ...

Jules Witcover: Trump and the limits of presidential power

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump. who runs the presidency as if he were a king, is learning the limits of presidential power in his struggle against political adversaries seeking to dethrone him by constitutional means. The principal serious endeavor is the Justice Department investigation by ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Ari Fleischer asks if we’re being fair to Brett Kavanaugh

Ari Fleischer wants to know if we're being fair. "How much in society should any of us be held liable today when we've lived a good life, an upstanding life by all accounts, and then something that maybe is an arguable issue, took place in high school? Should that deny us chances later in ...

Froma Harrop: Can we have a sensible immigration policy?

What would a sensible immigration policy look like? It would have three goals: be humane, enforce the laws and meet America's need for labor. This can happen only if our political fringes get out of the way. Some on the far right simply don't like most of the immigrants, mainly because of ...

Marc A. Thiessen: How much evidence is needed to destroy someone?

WASHINGTON -- Christine Blasey Ford has accused Brett M. Kavanaugh of attempted rape while they were both in high school - a charge he unequivocally denies. She can't remember the date the alleged attack took place. She isn't even certain about the year (although she reportedly thinks it may ...

Diane Dimond: Tackling the opioid crisis – finally

Can I get a round of applause for our United States Congress? Yes, indeedy, ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for both Democrats and Republicans! They have miraculously come together to approve one of the only major pieces of legislation set to become law this year. Amazing. It was ...

George F. Will: Fear-based parenting: A transmissible social disease

WASHINGTON -- Police came to Kim Brooks' parents' door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. It ...

Connie Schultz: Nothing normal about allegations against teenager Kavanaugh

Tuesday evening, I was scrolling Twitter for news updates when I came upon this post by Emma Thatcher: "Hello, female high school student here. I would just like to say that the emergence of this whole 'teenage boys should get a pass because they're not mature enough to understand consent' ...

Mark Shields:The downside of being right

It is always dangerous to be right, noted Voltaire, in matters where the established authorities are all wrong. In 2002, barely a year after the attacks of 9/11, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, three papers that rarely agree editorially on anything more ...

Kathleen Parker: Is there a Kavanaugh doppelganger?

WASHINGTON -- In one of Brett Kavanaugh's responses to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl when he was in high school, a charge he has denied "categorically and unequivocally," he suggested that, perhaps, this was a case of mistaken identity. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a ...

Jules Witcover: Trump’s lawyer rightly feared a perjury trap

WASHINGTON -- Bob Woodward in his inside-the-White-House book, "Fear," explains why lawyer John Dowd resigned from President Donald Trump's defense team. It was, he writes, because "Dowd knew he could not bring himself to tell the president: 'You're a f---ing liar.' " The profane explanation ...