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Froma Harrop: Dems: Stop ingesting the Right’s propaganda

Donald Trump is fabulously adept at taking credit for and exaggerating every bit of good news, especially good economic news. When the news is bad, he changes the subject. Trump is the master, but Republicans generally are skilled at fine-tailoring reality for their benefit. Democrats are the ...

Jonah Goldberg: Why we’ve let actors become our moral guides

There's a great scene in the wonderful 1982 movie "My Favorite Year," which is set in 1954. Peter O'Toole plays a semi-washed-up actor named Alan Swann, famous for swashbuckling roles. For reasons too complicated to explain here, Swann tries to shimmy down the side of a building using a fire ...

Rich Lowry: Buy off Trump with the wall

There is a very easy way for Democrats to get major concessions from President Donald Trump on immigration: Give him his wall. This is the key to a deal codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era de facto amnesty for a segment of so-called Dreamers. All it ...

Jules Witcover: Oprah Winfrey for president?

WASHINGTON -- Thanks to Donald Trump, what otherwise would likely be widely dismissed as a pipedream or a joke, talk of a 2020 presidential candidacy of television superstar Oprah Winfrey, is being assessed as not out of the question. If Trump could run in 2016 and win, why not Oprah? Her ...

Mona Charen: Sofia Vergara, frozen embryos and forced procreation

The Supreme Court of Colorado will soon rule on whether a person has a constitutional right to not procreate. The dispute is between Drake Rooks and his ex-wife Mandy Rooks. The couple were married in 2002. They had three children using in vitro fertilization, but were left with six frozen ...

Mark Shields: ‘Always proud he was my president’

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, he ...

Robert B. Reich: It’s important to describe Trump accurately

Now that Donald Trump has been president for almost a year, it's time the media call his behavior what it is rather than try to normalize it. Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president. 1. Calling Trump's tweets "presidential "statements" or "press ...

Diane Dimond: Sessions’ doomed war on marijuana

So, the federal government is going to crack down on pot, is it? Really? How exactly is that going to work? There are 29 states that have legalized medicinal marijuana, eight of which have also OK'd recreational use. I'm thinking this cat is already out of the bag. There are federal laws ...

George F. Will: How merit-based college admissions became so unfair

WASHINGTON -- During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so central to the development of the atomic bomb that he ...

Froma Harrop: For one news cycle, Trump talks sense on immigration

One hesitates to assume that what the president says one moment won't be totally contradicted the next. But on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 9, Donald J. Trump made sense on immigration reform -- with just a few contradictions. Take a screenshot. Notably, he used the word "comprehensive" in ...

Connie Schultz: A few divorce tips for Steve Bannon

It occurred to me this week that many of us who've gone through a divorce could be mighty helpful right now to Steve Bannon. We know what it feels like to experience that personal earthquake that leaves you wondering, "Did I ever mean anything to this guy? Was it all a lie?" Barely a week has ...

Scott Rasmussen: Election 2018 scoreboards: Who’s up, who’s down?

Looking ahead to Election 2018, the numbers are close enough for either party to end up in control of the House, the Senate or both. The final outcome will be determined by a combination of the races in play, the fundamentals in each race, and the strength of the political winds in ...

Walter E. Williams: Pick your grade and other dirty college secrets

A frequent point I have made in past columns has been about the educational travesty happening on many college campuses. Some people have labeled my observations and concerns as trivial, unimportant and cherry-picking. While the spring semester awaits us, let's ask ourselves whether we'd like ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘Not enough white men in the room’

There were not enough white men in the room. Indeed, there were almost none, if we are to believe an anonymous witness who testified before the Washington, D.C., grand jury that has been handing down indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Donald Trump's campaign and ...

Diane Dimond: Fighting the opioid epidemic from behind a computer

Anyone remember when President Donald Trump declared America's escalating epidemic of opioid addiction "a national health emergency" that is ripping families apart? The October announcement may have gotten lost given the sheer amount of Trump news, but that declaration allowed the government to ...

Froma Harrop: Celebrate freedom, not pot

As many Californians reveled with unbridled joy over their new freedom to use marijuana for any reason, this writer felt the bit of mild disapproval tighten in her mouth. Make no mistake. She fully supports the legalization of pot, as well as the decriminalization of hard drugs. The war on ...

George F. Will: Dent’s departure makes Allentown vulnerable to Dems

WASHINGTON -- It is almost a law of our political physics: Those who choose to leave Congress thereby demonstrate qualities that make one wish they would linger here longer. After seven terms in the House of Representatives, which followed eight years in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives ...

Jonah Goldberg: ‘Fire and Fury’ is much ado about nothing new

There are plenty of shocking bombshells in Michael Wolff's new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," but is there anything actually new? I haven't read it yet, but I have been following the crowdsourced effort by other journalists to recount every salacious tidbit. The quotes ...

Mark Shields: A prophet who deserves a little honor

Anyone who cannot resist the temptation to offer public predictions about public events invites and can expect public ridicule. Even pre-eminent 20th-century American columnist and public intellectual Walter Lippmann, who was courted by presidents and prime ministers, is regularly remembered ...

Peter Brookes: U.S. should speak out on human rights in Iran

It’s not its perceived “enemies” in the United States, in Israel or Saudi Arabia that Iran really fears — it’s a liberating counterrevolution to the repressive 1979 Islamic Revolution that Tehran’s thuggish theocrats really dread. And rightfully so. The people of Iran have lots of ...