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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, ...

Kathleen Parker: Distracting ourselves to death

WASHINGTON -- When President Trump said a few days ago that now isn't the time for a debate about gun control, presumably he meant that we should respect a decent interval of time for mourning after the Las Vegas shooting before launching into a political discussion that historically has led ...

Diane Dimond: Congress steps up to control court-ordered guardianships

Finally, Washington is taking steps to protect older Americans who have fallen into an exploitation trap set for them by state courts. Federal officials should soon be empowered to go into states to investigate -- and prosecute -- unscrupulous court-appointed guardians and conservators who prey ...

Mark Shields: War is not a spectator sports

On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: ''I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely ...

Rich Lowry: Tillerson should go

If Secretary of State Rex Tillerson resigned, how would anyone know? He has become the nation's least influential top diplomat in recent memory. His relationship with the president of the United States is strained at best, he has no philosophy or signature initiative, he has barely staffed his ...

Andy Schmookler: End gerrymandering altogether

Gerrymandering is as old as the nation. Even so, it violates basic values of the American republic. In particular, I would argue, it violates the notion that no citizen should be denied “equal protection of the laws.” And a more just, more democratic alternative is readily at hand. Let’s ...

Froma Harrop: America creates industry to clean up massacres

America woke up Monday to news of the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. As of last count, 59 dead, hundreds wounded. And you know what jumped into my head? Oh, another one. Took place in Las Vegas? Uh-huh. Horrifying? Yes. Shocking? No. But something made this story stand out. It ...

Kathleen Parker: Just a guy and the search for meaning

WASHINGTON -- The horror the horror. The English language, expansive as it is, lacks sufficient vocabulary for the near-ceaseless popping sound of an automatic weapon pounding bullets into terrified people as they run away from and toward -- the unknown. How do you express the inconceivable, ...

Connie Schultz: Such empty thoughts and prayers

No matter how great one's faith in God, after yet another massacre of innocent people, it's impossible to believe that prayer alone is going to save us from ourselves. We're living and grieving this essential truth, no matter how many times we try to tell ourselves and anyone who will listen ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: We were idiots then

We were such idiots then. That realization is, if you are a guy, an unavoidable hazard of seeing the new movie, "Battle of the Sexes." The film, in which Emma Stone and Steve Carell recreate the 1973 tennis face-off between "women's libber" Billie Jean King and "male chauvinist pig" Bobby ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Trump’s incentive-packed tax plan

Much as he did in his command performance before the United Nations, when he took back control of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has seized and energized the tax cut issue. Almost daily, he is pounding away on the themes of faster economic growth and more take-home pay, arguing ...

Jonah Goldberg: GOP base is beyond Trump’s control

The conservative movement is caught in a Catch-22 of its own making. In the war against "the establishment" we have made being an outsider the most important qualification for a politician. The problem? Once elected, outsiders by definition become insiders. This isn't just a semantic point. The ...

Rich Lowry: The GOP identity crisis

The Republican Party can't pass Obamacare repeal, but it can nominate Roy Moore. This is the state of the GOP in a nutshell. It is a party locked in mortal combat between an establishment that is ineffectual and unimaginative and a populist wing that is ineffectual and inflamed. Donald ...

Froma Harrop: Taxing income already taxed won’t happen

Nice try, Republicans. You'd like to end the federal deduction for state and local taxes. That would stick the expensive-to-live-in blue states with more of the nation's bills. It would amount to taxing income that has already gone to taxes. Not gonna happen. Not gonna happen because of ...

Robert B. Reich: Trump’s presidency is becoming increasingly irrelevant

Announcement: Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States. Oh, sure, he has the title and he has the bully pulpit -- from which he's bullying everyone from NBA players to people protesting white supremacists to DACA kids. But he's not actively governing the United States. ...

Mark Shields: Democrats, don’t blame voters who are not racist

One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I've gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, he ...