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Kathleen Parker: Clinton’s cracked credibility

WASHINGTON -- The first question to Hillary Clinton from an audience member during Monday night's Democratic town hall in Iowa must have been a blow from one so young -- a potential new voter -- this close to the caucuses. The query came from a fellow who asked what her response is to his ...

Robert B. Reich: The volcanic core fueling the 2016 election

    Not a day passes that I don't get a call from the media asking me to compare Bernie Sanders' and Hillary Clinton's tax plans, or bank plans, or health-care plans. I don't mind. I've been teaching public policy for much of the last 35 years. I'm a policy wonk. But ...

Connie Schultz: Trash talking the working class

Bear with me, please, as I start this column with a brief story about my two grandmothers who lived in trailer homes. They lived in Ashtabula County, which is tucked into the northeast corner of Ohio, an hour east of Cleveland. If ever you've travelled a good distance along U.S. 90, you ...

Marino de Medici: The stormy politics of Europe

Americans may not be aware of it, bombarded as they are in the trial by fire that is the interminable American presidential election, but something very disruptive is happening in Europe, where the migrant crisis has set in motion the galloping populism and the resurgent nationalism that ...

Jonah Goldberg: Factions battle over trumps bid for top job

I've been hearing about the impending "conservative crackup" for nearly 25 years. The term was coined by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., the founder of the American Spectator. He meant that conservatism had lost its philosophical coherence. But the phrase almost instantly became a catchall for any ...

Diane Dimond: A Supreme Court decision that could change the presidency

It will be a monumental decision either way: one that has the potential to shape national politics and public policy for decades to come. And don't be fooled into thinking it's just about U.S. immigration policy. It is much bigger than that. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide ...

Froma Harrop: A New Yorker in the White House?

Many Americans used to regard New York City as a bankrupt foreign vessel docked on their Atlantic coastline. Then the place got cleaned up, and after the heroism (and stoicism) of Sept. 11, 2001, much of the hostility was replaced with affection. Perhaps nothing signifies the change in ...

Rich Lowry: Cruz dares to take on King Corn

Ted Cruz has dared to provoke the ire one of the most ruthless and vengeful political forces on the planet, and it's not Donald Trump. The Texas senator has crossed the ethanol industry in Iowa, which is a little like getting on the wrong side of the Catholic Church in Vatican City. Cruz's ...

Kathleen Parker: Bonfire of the vulgarities

WASHINGTON -- At first it seemed too weirdly awful to be true, but there she was: Sarah Palin standing next to Donald Trump last Tuesday and endorsing him for president. Like previously conjoined twins who had shared a brain before Dr. Ben Carson separated them, these two anti-everything, ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Track Palin, Sarah’s latest political opportunity

The police report paints a confusing and chaotic picture. Apparently, the young man and his girlfriend got into an argument over her ex-boyfriend. At some point, things became physical. When police arrived, they say they found the young man outside his parent's home, where he lives. He was ...

Lawrence Kudlow: We won’t destroy ISIS without war declaration

Speaker Paul Ryan's statesmanship may just get the job done. The speed of the news cycle and the media obsession with the presidential horseraces have crowded out a crucial development in the war on ISIS and related Islamic jihadist groups. House Speaker Paul Ryan has been appealing to ...

Robert B. Reich: Who lost the white working class?

Why did the white working class abandon the Democrats? The conventional answer is that Republicans skillfully played the race card. In the wake of the Civil Rights Act, segregationists like Alabama Gov. George Wallace led Southern whites out of the Democratic Party. Later, Republicans ...

Froma Harrop: It’s time to let 18 year olds drink

In America, alleged land of freedom, a 19-year-old soldier just back from Afghanistan can't sidle up to a bar and legally order a beer. In supposedly regulation-crazed Europe, meanwhile, an 18-year-old can order a martini. In the beer-drinking cultures of Belgium and Germany, a 16-year-old ...

Rachel Marsden: Lifting of Iranian sanctions prompts senseless worries

PARIS -- Iran effectively rejoined the international community a few days ago, as longstanding U.S. and European sanctions were lifted and the country was granted access to $32 billion of its previously frozen assets. It's the razing of the Berlin Wall all over again, as another country is ...

Connie Schultz: Trump and the myth of superiority

There are many reasons to recommend Elizabeth Strout's new novel, "My Name Is Lucy Barton," but this is not a book review, so I offer this single, searing paragraph: "I have said before: It interests me how we find ways to feel superior to another person, another group of people. It happens ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: It takes a calamity to make poor people visible

"Them that's got shall get. Them that's not shall lose" -- Billie Holiday It was in April of 2014 that the water turned bad. Residents of Flint, Michigan, reported that the stuff smelled. It was yellowish brown. You drank it and your hair fell out. Or you developed a rash. Or you were ...

Marino de Medici: Europeans watching U.S. race for president

Europeans, who are by far the foreigners most interested in American elections, are anxiously asking themselves: is a self-proclaimed socialist electable in the premier capitalist nation in the world? One would think that the answer would be a resounding “yes, why not?” And yet the ...

Froma Harrop: Sanders’ single-payer plan a distraction

  If you've successfully landed on the beaches, but your forces are still taking heavy fire, what do you do? Do you concentrate on trying to hold the line and make further advances or do you sit in a circle and design a better landing craft? The problem with Bernie Sanders' ...

Michael Barone: GOP race heats up while Clinton falters

The race for president is accelerating in high gear, or, rather, the races for president -- in the Republican and Democratic parties, in the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and primaries and caucuses to come. How's it going? Let's look at these separate races. The Iowa Republican ...

Jonah Goldberg: Can Congress get its swagger back?

According to the Constitution, the legislature is the first and most powerful branch of government. And yet, many believe -- on the left and the right -- that the institution has atrophied. By all accounts, House Speaker Paul Ryan is eager to change that. He has his work cut out for ...