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Opinion

Kathleen Parker: Relief is yet to come

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a disorderly House. Unlike the tea party revolution of ...

Mark Shields: The remaining election of 2018

Columnists

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught us that "character is destiny." Nowhere is character more apparent than in how one responds to adversity. After the failed U.S.-organized invasion of Fidel Castro's Cuba, President John F. Kennedy rightly took responsibility: "Victory has 1,000 fathers, ...

Walter E. Williams: Skin in the game

Columnists

In describing the GOP tax cuts, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that they and bonuses American workers were getting were "crumbs." They were "tax cuts for the rich." Some argued that the tax cuts would reduce revenues. Pelosi predicted, "This thing will explode the deficit." How about ...

Froma Harrop: Democrats need an immigration policy fast

Columnists

In recent months, the political leadership of two neighboring countries with large immigration programs issued very different messages. They would be the United States and Canada. In the United States, President Trump and his Republican allies vilified the "caravan" of Central Americans making ...

Scott Rasmussen: The election’s over, now what?

Columnists

It was almost unsettling to wake up the morning after the election and realize it turned out pretty much as we expected. There were, of course, some individual surprises, but nothing on the seismic shock scale of 2016. For months, it had been expected that Democrats would win a modest House ...

Jason Wright: Billionaire NBA owner irons

Guest Columns

When Gail Miller and her late-husband Larry were spinning in the busy blender of parenthood and managing their businesses, they could have easily afforded a weekly trip to a dry cleaner. Or to buy one. Instead, Utah Jazz owner, billionaire, and philanthropist Gail Miller woke up each day ...

Marc A. Thiessen: The short-term memory of the outrage machine

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- When the president announced that he was sending the U.S. military to help secure our southern border, he received bipartisan praise from members of Congress. The Washington Post reported that the move was seen as "smart politics." The year was 2011, and the president was Barack ...

Jules Witcover: Ousting AG, Trump barrels into Nixon territory

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's long-expected firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be a prelude to an outrageous, blatant political crime that could make the Watergate scandal of the 1970s pale in comparison. Trump's accompanying appointment as acting attorney general of Matthew ...

George Bowers Sr.: Wagering with Pascal

Guest Columns

All serious math and science students will recognize the name of Blaise Pascal, for he pioneered many developments that are still utilized today. In addition, he was a physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. Pascal lived a relatively short life of only 39 years in the ...

Froma Harrop: Responding to domestic terrorists

Columnists

It surprised few to learn that Robert Bowers, who is charged in the massacre of 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue, was a social misfit and psychotic wreck. Most domestic terrorists are. They latch onto some extreme ideology to obscure the mess in their head. It can be hard to focus on ...

Letter to the Editor: Rebuttal to recent letter

Columnists

Editor: It is obvious that some racists have appropriated and desecrated the Confederate battle flag for their pathetic causes, but those hateful folks also commonly display the Christian cross and the American flag. Do those symbols also inspire racism? Perceptions of the flag depend upon ...

Jules Witcover: A first significant step in reining in Trump

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- In arguably the most critical midterm congressional elections in our history, the Democrats acquired a down payment on their challenge to halt President Donald Trump's reign of public division, anger and hate. It fell short of the "blue wave" vote they sought to undo him, but it ...

Marc A. Thiessen: The Kavanaugh debacle cost the Democrats the Senate

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats' campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the ...

Letter to the Editor: Birthright citizenship

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Donald Trump's father claimed he immigrated from Sweden, when in fact he apparently immigrated from Germany. This would make Fred Trump Sr. an illegal immigrant. If that is, indeed, the case, and if the president succeeds in his hateful, vicious, brainless attack against birthright ...