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Jonah Goldberg: Theater of the absurd has taken over Senate

Supreme Court confirmation hearings have mostly been theater for a long time. The dismaying thing about the latest episode -- the Brett Kavanaugh show -- is that it became the theater of the absurd. In the classic absurdist dramas of the 1950s and 1960s, Brittanica.com explains, European ...

Froma Harrop: How about Medicare Advantage for all?

A resurfaced Barack Obama has uttered those three little words: "Medicare for all." Does that mean that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was a bad idea? Not at all. The ACA was a triumph in that it cut the number of uninsured Americans by 20 million. And it hardened the idea that no ...

Walter E. Williams: It’s our constitution – not Kavanaugh

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the "Father of the Constitution": "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. ...

Jules Witcover: Obama joins the midterm fray

WASHINGTON – After more than 19 months on the political sidelines of the approaching midterm congressional battleground, former President Barack Obama has jumped in with both feet, rallying Democrats and other voters against Donald Trump. In what clearly has evolved as a litmus test on his ...

Diane Dimond: A come-to-Jesus moment for the U.S. Catholic Church

Pope Francis has called for silence and prayer from those who criticize the Catholic Church's attempts to root out and punish priests who are committing sexual abuse. But it is clear the time for silence has long passed. Priests who prey on children are criminals, not souls to be saved for the ...

Kathleen Parker: No, I’m Spartacus!

WASHINGTON -- It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator. His eyes glimmering pools of earnestness, Booker girded his loins and told the chamber that he was going to do the unthinkable. He was going ...

Rich Lowry: A new standard for stupid

It's not easy to set a new standard for stupid in 2018, but a few left-wingers on Twitter managed it during Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. They claimed to have seen one of Judge Kavanaugh's former law clerks, Zina Bash, making a white-power symbol while sitting behind him at the ...

Froma Harrop: On climate threat, states refuse to surrender

As large parts of America burn or drown under weird weather conditions made more extreme by global warming, California and other states are doggedly pursuing solutions. What do you say to those who deny climate change is happening -- or who dismiss the scientific consensus that humankind is ...

Andy Schmookler: What makes a class reunion worth attending

I had not asked for the assignment. This was going to be our high school class’s 55th reunion. Because I’d thought that the “entertainments” we’d had at the 45th and the 50th had been a distraction from our reasons for coming together, I’d written to a friend of mine on the Reunion ...

Froma Harrop: Identity politics are a double-edged sword

The recent primaries, particularly on the Democratic side, have unleashed a pack of first-ism cliches. If elected in November, Andrew Gillum would become "Florida's first black governor" (CNN). Stacey Abrams in Georgia could be "America's first black female governor" (Time). Jared Polis, the ...

Jules Witcover: Who leads the Democratic Party?

WASHINGTON -- As the rest of the Republican Party essentially stands by and allows Donald Trump to remake it in his demagogic and racist image, the rival Democratic Party staggers devoid of national leadership of its own. It is a headless horseman devoid of a single dominant figure, relying so ...

Robert B. Reich: Conditions are ripe for another economic crash

Sept. 15 will mark the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and near meltdown of Wall Street, followed by the Great Recession. Since hitting bottom in 2009, the economy has grown steadily, the stock market has soared, and corporate profits have ballooned. But most Americans are ...

Rich Lowry: The spirit of 1968

The Battle of Michigan Avenue is finally over, and it was won by the protesters. The lopsided fight between anti-war demonstrators and the brutish police force of Chicago's Democratic mayor Richard Daley the night of Aug. 28, 1968, in the midst of the Democratic convention, was a debacle for ...

Marc A. Thiessen: Impeachment is just a liberal fantasy

WASHINGTON -- Michael Cohen's decision to plead guilty for making hush-money payments on Donald Trump's behalf has raised the prospect that if Democrats take control of Congress, they might try to impeach the president over a matter completely unrelated to a perceived criminal conspiracy with ...

Connie Schultz: What I want to remember about John McCain

On May 14, 1973, two months after John McCain's release from a North Vietnamese prison, U.S. News & World Report published his 43-page essay about what he had endured there. His narrative of his 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war -- the torture, the starvation, the intermittent waves of ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Who will write your eulogy?

Dear Donald Trump: Do you ever think about your own funeral? The question is not meant to be morbid or to wish ill upon you. But given how churlishly you have behaved after the death of Sen. John McCain -- was it really that hard for you to issue a laudatory statement and lower the flag in ...