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Jonah Goldberg: Holy warriors of left, right

Mike Huckabee doesn't have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job. Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious -- and by all accounts decent -- man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed ...

Connie Schultz: First quote Jesus, then punish the poor

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker." -- Proverbs 14:31 It's not my habit to start a column with a quotation from the Bible, but this one's loaded with self-professed Christians, so why not? In the mid-1990s, during my time as a metro reporter and feature writer for The Plain ...

Robert B. Reich: The revolt of small-business Republicans

Can it be that America's small businesses are finally waking up to the fact that they're being victimized by big businesses? For years, small-business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses have lined up behind big-businesses lobbies. They've contributed to the ...

Mark Shields: Chris Christie channels Ralph Perk

History, just by what it selects to remember, can indeed be cruel. Consider, for example, Republican Ralph Perk, who, during the 1970s in heavily Democratic Cleveland, was elected mayor three times. But what Mayor Perk is mostly remembered for was that day in 1972 when, while using a ...

Diane Dimond: Doing what’s right

Some of us need laws to keep our behavior in check. Others just know the right thing to do. I do an awful lot of writing about the laws of this land and people who break them. This time, I want to write about the lesson learned from an honorable 17-year-old who lives in Susquehanna Township, ...

John Kass: Boycotting all talking heads

Some of you are probably done with ABC News over the George Stephanopoulos embarrassment. Of course, you wouldn't be wrong to boycott ABC News. You might be a fool not to. If you have any pretension to intellectual honesty, you either boycott ABC News over this Stephanopoulos mess, or you ...

Jonah Goldberg: Bush has bigger problems after Iraq war stumble

By now everyone has had their say about Jeb Bush's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. The consensus is that Bush misheard Megyn Kelly's "knowing what we know now" question about the Iraq war. I'm not convinced. Politicians routinely answer the question they wish they were asked ...

Rich Lowry: The rail fantasy

The Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia was an invitation for practically every politician in the Northeast and every transit expert in America to complain about lack of funding for the county's infrastructure. They didn't even wait to know what was the cause of the tragedy to take to the ...

Diane Dimond: Dead officers no reason for celebration

The right to freedom of speech in America gives every citizen almost absolute permission to say whatever they think about a given topic. Even if the comments are offensive to the majority, citizens have a right to express their opinion. So go ahead -- say what you want. But realize the law ...

Santorum: The return of the GOP’s runner-up

WASHINGTON -- A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012. Since ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Man finds GoFundMe much worse than Obamacare

Luis Lang would like you to send him some money. He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. Lang, who is 49 and lives in Fort Mill, S.C., is slowly losing his eyesight to diabetes. Without surgery, he'll go blind. Those grim facts ...

Kathleen Parker: Bush’s unfortunate honesty

WASHINGTON -- You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest. Even if the presumed front-runner hasn't officially announced his candidacy yet. Jeb ...

Mark Shields: Surviving gradution day

It's graduation time once again. And by some unwritten but strictly enforced law of nature, every graduation must have a speaker. Before I gave my very first graduation speech, some 25 years ago, I was frankly nervous. But the advice of a priest friend calmed me down. Remember, he counseled, ...

Mona Charen: Third-class temperament

Like cult members awaking to find their leader swigging gin and squirreling money into a Swiss bank account, liberals are rubbing their eyes in disbelief at President Obama's behavior. The figure they worshiped so fervently and for so long is now revealed to be a "sexist" -- at least according ...

Linda Chavez: Decisions show pope is leaning left

Pope Francis' decision to give formal recognition to a Palestinian state is puzzling at best. Some conservative Catholics -- most prominently scholar and papal biographer George Weigel -- have given a wide berth to the pope's views on income inequality, climate change and how best to integrate ...

William Zinsser believed in your story, too

If you're one of the millions of readers who cherish William Zinsser's book "On Writing Well," then you may feel this week that you've lost a dear friend. Zinsser died Tuesday, at 92. He wrote 19 books, the most famous of which is "On Writing Well," which was first published in 1976. The ...

John Kass: Deflategate vs. Jackie Robinson West

I'm not much of a Tom Brady hater or a New England Patriots detester, but it's clear the haters have lined up to vent their spleens. It's all about Deflategate, a rather ridiculous name for a cheating scandal involving the credibility of the multibillion-dollar NFL, the iconic pretty-boy ...

Peter Brookes: ‘No-shows’ at POTUS ‘party’

One of the unhappy truths of life is that you can get a pretty good idea of your power and popularity by the number of invited -- even more so, uninvited -- guests who show up at your personal party. The same might be said of international diplomatic meetings. So you can imagine how Team ...

Froma Harrop: Online dignity: Give it up

Three female professors at Eastern Michigan University were shocked to learn that some young scholars in their lecture hall had been on their cellphones attacking them with lewd public posts, complete with imagery. It was all done anonymously, courtesy of an unusually obnoxious social media app ...