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Froma Harrop: Trump rates close to zero on opioids war

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another dead overdosed couple, heads back and mouths ...

George F. Will: Get the shovels in the ground

WASHINGTON -- Sensing that his Scottish enemies had blundered at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, Oliver Cromwell said, "The Lord hath delivered them into our hands." Philip K. Howard, were he the exulting type, could rejoice that some of his adversaries have taken a stand on indefensible terrain. ...

Mark Shields: Virginia shows the future

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don't forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick Henry and ...

Kathleen Parker: Boy Scout Comey is no match for The Donald

WASHINGTON -- As it turns out, Donald Trump is the hope-and-change president. According to James Comey, Trump hoped that the then-FBI director would find a way to drop his investigation of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and help blow away "the cloud" concerning the Trump ...

Robert B. Reich: Why is Trump doing Putin’s bidding?

Say you're Vladimir Putin, and you did a deal with Donald Trump last year. I'm not suggesting there was any such deal, mind you. But if you are Putin and you did do a deal, what might Trump have agreed to do for you? Here's a hypothetical list: 1. Repudiate NATO. NATO is the biggest thorn ...

Andy Schmookler: Enmity in America, echoes of the Civil War era

The other day, I saw some poll results that disturbed but did not surprise me. It revealed how deeply divided Americans have become: more than 80 percent of both Trump voters and Clinton voters regarded their fellow citizens on the other side as "enemies." Is there anyone who will deny that ...

Michael Barone: Is college worth it?

"Too many people are going to college," writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That's not a response to the mob of students who attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It's the title of the third chapter ...

Peter Brookes: Qatar issue is worrisome

Despite President Trump's successful jaunt to the Middle East last month, advancing U.S. interests in that part of the world got tougher this week with the breakdown in relations between Qatar and several key regional states, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Indeed, the last thing the United ...

George F. Will: Engineering without a license

WASHINGTON -- Beginning this week, Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without a license. This happened to ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Where did Maher get idea he could say that word?

Here's a good rule of thumb for aspiring comics. Whenever you are compelled to say, "Hey, it was a joke," it probably wasn't. At the very least, it didn't land like one. Bill Maher is an accomplished comic, not an aspiring one, but he deftly illustrated that rule Friday night on his HBO show, ...

Kathleen Parker: You usually can’t fire family

WASHINGTON -- The great thing about hiring family members: You can usually trust them more than others. The really awful thing about hiring family members: You can't fire them. Unless, of course, you're Michael Corleone. Poor Fredo. It's no mere coincidence that "The Godfather" comes to mind ...

Kathleen Parker: Trump’s accidental call to action

WASHINGTON -- A curious thing happened on President Trump's way out of the Paris climate accord. American mayors, governors, corporate leaders and others immediately committed to meeting the agreement's terms, anyway. All politics is local, they say, and personal responsibility begins at home. ...

Rich Lowry: Can Wonder Woman just be Wonder Woman?

In the new "Wonder Woman" movie, the heroine is mystified by the ways of humankind -- and she doesn't even read the internet. The fevered commentary about the new hit film raises the question, "Can't an Amazonian superhero wield her Lasso of Truth and bullet-deflecting bracelets while wearing ...

Froma Harrop: Trump’s lousy numbers spell doom

Thing about Donald Trump is he doesn't have the numbers. That became apparent starting on Election Day, when he trailed Hillary Clinton, a flawed candidate, by 3 million votes. And that was a high point. Ever since then, except for a few blips, Trump's numbers have been going down, down and ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What it means when a generation dies

There were 13 of them in all, born over a period of 27 years. Lillian, who grew up to run a numbers racket, was the first, born in 1906. She was followed by Sadie, Vivian and Virgie. Richard, a college professor and poet came next, followed by Paul, Vina, Annie, Edna and Leonard, my dad. Then ...

Jules Witcover: Biden keeps the flame flickering

WASHINGTON -- At age 74, Joe Biden has announced formation of a new political action committee called American Possibilities. He say it's a call to reawaken the nation's track record of "ordinary people doing extraordinary things," including finding a cure for cancer, a cause to which he ...

Scott Rasmussen: Two ways of looking at America

There are two ways of looking at America. One approach offers hope for a bright future, focuses on common ground shared by most Americans and is grounded in pragmatism and reality. The other offers a depressing outlook, encourages polarization and is grounded in ideology and fantasy. The ...

Diane Dimond: The president is likely here to stay – get used to it

As you read this, the president of the United States might very well have said or tweeted out more intemperate things. It is pretty clear that Donald J. Trump plays fast and loose with the English language, and that diplomatic speak is not in his wheelhouse. He shoots from the lip and worries ...

Jonah Goldberg: Hillary blames America first

In one of the great scenes in American cinema, Jake Blues (John Belushi) of the Blues Brothers, explains -- at gunpoint -- to his ex-fiancee (Carrie Fischer) why he left her at the altar. "I ran out of gas! I had a flat tire! I didn't have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn't come back ...

Mark Shields: Two polar opposite examples

For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial's on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league's MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and had 3,630 career ...