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Froma Harrop: Bernie the good vs. Bernie the bad

Bernie Sanders is back in the news, showing us all both his good side and the bad. Let's start with the good. "If Democrats control either the House or the Senate," he recently told The New York Times, "Trump's agenda is dead." Here is Bernie at his best -- blunt and colorful, the senator ...

Jonah Goldberg: N. Korean regime can’t be swayed through diplomacy

Responding to reports that North Korea said it "no longer needs" nuclear tests, Jim Hanson, president of the generally pro-Trump Security Studies Group, credited President Trump. "No one was expecting anything to come of Trump's fiery rhetoric, except people who understand that diplomacy works ...

Marino de Medici: Macron and French soft power

“Make France Great” seemed to be the mission of French president Emmanuel Macron while visiting the American president who had launched his electoral campaign on a similar slogan. In truth, Macron aims at “making our planet great again,” as his office has put it, by embarking on a ...

Andy Schmookler: What’s it take to get it about climate change?

We now know, from Exxon’s own communications, that Exxon itself understood -- even 40 years ago -- that the burning of fossil fuels was creating a problem. In the 40 years since, the scientific evidence for that problem has grown huge. Yet still the United States remains crippled in its ...

Kathleen Parker: Theta Tau’s video shows unraveling of decent society

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Courage isn't required to condemn the Syracuse University chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity for simulating a sexual assault on a disabled student. Video of this ape-ish display, now in wide circulation, should horrify anyone with an ounce of decency. That is, assuming ...

Star Parker: Who is Jim Jordan?

Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan has confirmed that he is looking to run for House speaker when current Speaker Paul Ryan departs at the end of the year. This puts Jordan up alongside the other principal candidates, current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., whom Ryan has endorsed ...

Diane Dimond: Punished because he asked for help

Could everyone reading this just pause for a bit and really think about our fellow citizens who put their lives on the line for us every day? I'm talking about police officers and firefighters who face deadly dangers and serious stressors on a regular basis: gruesome car accidents, raging ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Racism is a white problem

Racism is a white problem. I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation. They'll note the self-evident truth that prejudice is confined to no one culture or color. Having known more than a few African-American bigots, homophobes and anti-Semites, ...

Robert B. Reich: The shameful silence of the CEOs

  Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Donald Trump if their major financial backers -- big business and Wall Street -- had more backbone. Ever since 1971, when then-future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, ...

Mark Shields: Touching the nation

She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York's Westchester County. She would leave college before graduating to marry. She never had a career beyond wife, mother and citizen. But her death, in her 10th decade, evoked an almost spontaneous ...

Rich Lowry: The Republican high-water mark

If Republicans aren't losing their congressional majority this coming fall, they are doing a good job of acting like it. Dozens of Republicans are leaving the House, and recently Paul Ryan said he is resigning as House speaker at the end of this Congress, and will not even run for his ...

Froma Harrop: Imagine a 2020 street fight between Cuomo and Trump

Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an ...

George F. Will: Gorsuch strikes blow against administrative state

WASHINGTON -- Last week, one week after the first anniversary of Neil Gorsuch's ascension to the Supreme Court, he delivered an opinion that was excellent as it pertained to the case at issue and momentous in its implications pertaining to the institutional tangle known as the administrative ...

Jules Witcover: The rule of law, and of sanity, in Trumpland

  WASHINGTON -- With our executive branch in the hands of Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled legislative branch now essentially subservient to him, the judicial branch and the Justice Department in his own administration now remain the principal defenders of the rule of law in ...

Andy Schmookler: How will people handle the truth?

In the film "A Few Good Men", the character played by Jack Nicholson delivers the famous line: “You can’t handle the truth!” We may be arriving at a moment in the foreseeable future where many Americans will be facing the challenge: how able are they to handle the truth? Because of how I ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What happened in Starbucks isn’t really about Starbucks

I don't drink coffee, so I can't boycott Starbucks. But I wouldn't if I could. Yes, I understand -- and share -- the national anger over viral video of last week's arrest of two African-American men at one of the company's Philadelphia stores. The men, who have yet to be identified, were ...

Scott Rasmussen: Politics polarize; community unites

  News outlets are routinely filled with commentary and analysis suggesting that 21st-century America is a deeply polarized nation. Countless stories are presented as a battle between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, private sector and public. Political ...

Connie Schultz: Barbara Bush was all that

In 1989, first lady Barbara Bush publicly disclosed that she had struggled with depression after her children had grown. The women's movement, she added, was a contributing factor. "I believe it made me feel inadequate. I'm not quite sure how. You were made to feel demeaned a bit." The ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trump’s message to Syria is a muddled one

President Trump was right to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad with airstrikes last Friday. Some have said that the bombing campaign didn't go far enough, and I'm sympathetic to that argument. Empty buildings in the middle of the night are useful targets if you want to demonstrate symbolic ...