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Opinion

Walter E. Williams: Our rules of the game, U.S. Constitution

Columnists

Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, leading to President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown progressives, the Democratic Party and the news media into an out-and-out tizzy. The online magazine Slate declared, "Anthony Kennedy Just Destroyed His ...

Froma Harrop: Requiem for a pretty boy with dignity

Columnists

Tab Hunter died this month at 86. Blond and blue-eyed with a sweet smile, Hunter fit the 1950s bill for a Hollywood heartthrob. But he had no interest in the girls who swooned over him -- or for girls in general. Hunter was one of several closeted gay movie stars leading complicated double ...

Robert B. Reich: How to stop Trump’s lie machine

Columnists

As the political season heats up, Donald Trump is ramping up his lies through three amplifiers: his rallies, Fox News and his Twitter account. The three function as a big propaganda machine. According to the Fact Checker's database, the average daily rate of Trump's false or misleading claims ...

Jules Witcover: Helsinki: The self-immolation of Donald Trump

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- In what was perhaps the most astonishing public performance by an American president in history, Donald Trump personally bolstered the case for the demise of his presidency Monday in his surrender to Vladimir Putin over the Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential ...

Mark Shields: Chico Marx for president

Columnists

In a scene in the 1933 film "Duck Soup," the character played by Chico, the most underrated of the funny Marx Brothers, is dressed like another character, and when the other man leaves the room, the woman who remains is surprised to see Chico. She tells him she saw him leave. Chico's response ...

Kathleen Parker: Saving NATO from Donald Trump

Columnists

When it comes to President Trump, it's hard to pick his worst decision from the plethora he has provided. His most recent -- to brazenly insult our NATO allies -- surely ranks among the top three in my book, the others being his romancing of Russia without commensurate leverage and, likewise, ...

Jonah Goldberg: Business Insider waves white flag in Johansson flap

Columnists

A fascinating series of controversies erupted this week, and they had nothing to do with Donald Trump or Robert Mueller. Business Insider ran a column defending actress Scarlett Johansson from fierce criticism for her decision to play a transgender man in a forthcoming film called "Rub and ...

George F. Will: Don’t fix baseball, even if it may be broken

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- It is a prudential axiom: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that they often are larger than and contrary to intended ones. As baseball reaches the all-star break amid ...

Letter to the Editor: Do we really want a dictator?

Letters to the Editor

Editor: So Donald Trump thinks a president should be above the law: No investigation, and no prosecution, while in office. He also thinks the Chinese are pretty smart to have elected a "president for life." He also thinks we ought to "try it sometime." What do we call a ruler who is there ...

Andy Schmookler: Clues today’s Republicans somehow ignore

Columnists

It’s hard to figure whether today’s Republicans have lost their values, or their ability to interpret the evidence right in front of their faces. Putin’s choice Do you remember when the Republican Party was the party that most often proclaimed its patriotism? But now, as the GOP has ...

Kathleen Parker: Catholics rock the courthouse

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Even before President Trump announced his nomination Monday of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill departing Justice Anthony Kennedy's slot on the Supreme Court, the foul scent of anti-Catholicism began seeping into public commentary. In particular, an article ...

George Bowers Sr. Some books can kill you

Guest Columns

Last week, librarians in Denmark learned that three of their books from the 1500s and 1600s could easily kill them. While using x-rays to examine the composition of the inks used, they discovered instead that the covers of these books had very high levels of arsenic. Best known, perhaps, for ...

Rich Lowry: Don’t cry for Angela Merkel

Columnists

Angela Merkel is, her supporters like to gloat, the leader of the free world. Just don't ask her to spend as if she is. Donald Trump has made the German chancellor one of his favorite rhetorical targets, especially over Germany's anemic defense expenditures. This has led to worries about the ...

Scott Rasmussen: The culture leads, not the Supreme Court

Columnists

Just about every American election year is peppered with quotes from seemingly very serious people claiming that, for some reason, this is the most important election of our lifetime. This year, we're also being told that the political battle to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony ...

Connie Schultz: Mr. Rogers and parents at the border

Columnists

In these warm Ohio months, when my daughter was an infant, I'd strap her into the stroller most evenings and take her for a long walk before bedtime. One neighbor, just a few houses down, had his own evening habit of dragging his hose with a rotating sprinkler to the edge of his lawn and ...

Tom Crosby: Toyota launches eye-catching small SUV for 2018

Columnists

Last year Toyota discontinued its Scion brand designed to lure and acquaint young first-time buyers to its brand. But some Scion DNA remains intact with Toyota’s new 2018 C-HR subcompact SUV designed with a quirky and attention-getting exterior. It looks built for speed with squinty ...

Robert B. Reich: Trump’s art of the no-deal

Columnists

Donald Trump promised to be America's dealmaker in chief. "We need a leader that wrote 'The Art of the Deal,'" he said in the speech announcing his candidacy. "I'm a negotiator. I've done very well over the years through negotiation," he said during a Republican debate. "That's what I do, is ...