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Mark Shields: Bernie Sanders’ big crowds do matter

When Democratic presidential candidates have campaigned in Los Angeles, it has usually been around a private fundraising event featuring Barbra Streisand or Steven Spielberg or George Clooney — or some combination of the three. What it has not been about — especially some 15 months before ...

Robert B. Reich: The shameful ascent of CEO pay

The Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule last week requiring large publicly held corporations to disclose the ratios of the pay of their top CEOs to the pay of their median workers. About time. For the last 30 years, almost all incentives operating on American corporations ...

Diane Dimond: Citizen angels aid families of the missing

Sometimes out of tragedy comes triumph. Such is the case for Julie Pendley of Fayetteville, Arkansas. In May, her cousin Ben Baber and his best friend Cody Parrick went missing. The two 20-year-olds had driven from their homes in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, to attend a concert in Pryor, about an ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trump problem will fade, Sanders’ is just beginning

"We are trying to be reasonable," an organizer for Bernie Sanders' Seattle rally said."We are trying to be reasonable," an organizer for Bernie Sanders' Seattle rally said. The black female protesters who stormed the stage became enraged. "We aren't reasonable!" they shouted back. "If you do ...

Froma Harrop: GOP right provided Trump’s warmup act

There's this great scene from "Law & Order" where Detective Briscoe shows a victim's picture to a prostitute. He asks whether she knew of anyone who had "dated" him. "I didn't, but he's cute," she says. "You've been at this too long, honey." Briscoe replies. "He's dead." The ...

MIchael Barone: A tough day for Obama

Thursday was the biggest night of the political year so far, for what happened on the stage at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena and for what happened offstage as well. The stage was the scene of the first two Republican presidential debates, hosted by Fox News, which together lasted some 200 ...

Kathleen Parker: Making a good first impression

CLEVELAND -- Not to diminish the importance of the first Republican debate, but it felt like the first in a political survivor series. The question wasn't so much who won the prime-time skirmish but who eliminated himself to make room for Carly Fiorina -- the hands-down winner of the "Happy ...

Scott Rasmussen: Debate a lot of hype, little change

The big winner of the way-too-early first debate of the presidential primary season wasn't even on the stage for the prime-time event. Carly Fiorina won the "undercard" event earlier in the evening. She did so in convincing enough fashion that the next big question for political junkies will be ...

George F. Will: When history books make history

WASHINGTON -- History books can be historic events, making history by ending important arguments. They can make it impossible for any intellectually honest person to assert certain propositions that once enjoyed considerable currency among people purporting to care about evidence. The author ...

Linda Chavez: Facing my 50th class reunion

My 50th high school reunion is still a month away -- time enough to lose the 10 pounds that have crept back on after a successful diet a few years back. I have a feeling all my classmates are in the same boat. Well, maybe not all. As I look through the pictures of those brave enough to post ...

Froma Harrop: Ethical hunters shocked by Cecil story

BOZEMAN, MONTANA -- That picture of Cecil the lion's corpse and the American dentist posing triumphantly over it was ghastly. Cecil had apparently been lured out of a safe haven in Zimbabwe and illegally shot. It happens that the Cecil story appalled many of the hunting and fishing writers ...

Michael Barone: Too many to fit on stage

Why did Fox News decide to schedule two Republican presidential debates rather than one? Simple arithmetic: 90 minutes divided by 17 candidates equals 5 minutes and 29 seconds apiece. That's scarcely enough time for the oral equivalent of a few tweets. There won't be a similar problem for ...

Mona Charen: The core dishonesty of abortion defenders

For decades, I believed that displaying grisly photographs of aborted babies was the wrong way to make the pro-life case. Disturbing images, I thought, would only repel viewers, not persuade them. I now think I was wrong. There are many ways to make an argument. The Center for Medical ...

Mark Shields: Missing Richard Nixon

John P. Sears, before he was manager of Ronald Reagan's 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns, had spent the years from 1965 through 1970 working as a top political aide to Richard M. Nixon. Sears, a bright and witty man who found Nixon both complicated and fascinating, spoke about ...

Connie Schultz: ‘So long, ladies,’ says GOP

It's nice to already know the Republicans' strategy as they lurch toward the long and bumpy road to someone else's presidency. Removes the mystery. Their new mantra, in GOP-speak: So long, ladies. I'll give them this: They're no longer pretending to care about us. Yay for them for ...

Robert B. Reich: The revolt against the ruling class

"He can't possibly win the nomination," is the phrase heard most often when Washington insiders mention either Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. Yet as enthusiasm for the bombastic billionaire and the socialist senior continues to build within each party, the political establishment is ...

Rich Lowry: Planned Parenthood’s 3 percent dodge

The nation's premier provider of abortions doesn't want to be known for providing abortions. Planned Parenthood, embroiled in a scandal over secret videos capturing its cavalier dismemberment of unborn babies and sale of their body parts, insists that abortion is only 3 percent of what it ...

Froma Harrop: Fighting climate change for real

Time to drop this "war on coal" talk. Time to ignore the hollering by coal country politicians over President Obama's beefed-up plan to combat global warming. No, the Clean Power Plan will not ruin their local economies, because coal has already done that, certainly in Appalachia. Look at ...

George F. Will: Vocabulary of mutilation

WASHINGTON -- Don Winslow, novelist and conscientious objector to America's longest "war," was skeptical when he was in Washington on a recent Sunday morning. This was shortly after news broke about the escape, from one of Mexico's "maximum security" prisons, of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head ...