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Kathleen Parker: They slaughter horses, don’t they?

CAMDEN, S.C. -- When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean -- free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths. The chestnut steed was a standout in another ...

George F. Will: Pence is a model of governing by groveling

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America's most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is ...

Froma Harrop: Freeing predators to bilk little people hurts everyone

The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was that nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car ...

Jonah Goldberg: There’s no rush for Giuliani to get his facts straight

  If there were any doubt that the multi-front battle over the Russia investigation has become the political equivalent of a Tong war, Rudy Giuliani removed it. The former mayor of New York City made his debut on Sean Hannity's Fox News show last Wednesday as a "cleaner" of sorts, ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Ignore reality, and pay the price

"If Reality Is Altered, What Can We Believe In?" In 1994, that was the headline of the first column I ever wrote about the manipulation of images and words -- digital lies that made it difficult to know what was really real. Small wonder, I said, we were a nation "paralyzed by ...

Star Parker: Draining the food stamp swamp

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is high on the Republican list of programs targeted for reform -- and justifiably so. The program has gone from 17 million enrollees in 2000 to about 43 million today, with outlays up from about $25 billion to more than $70 billion. The Trump ...

Rich Lowry: Tell the truth about Stormy Daniels

Rudy Giuliani's account of Donald Trump's role in the payment to Stormy Daniels has collapsed into near-incoherence. In his latest interviews, the newly minted Trump lawyer has adopted a posture of impenetrable epistemological modesty -- there's nothing he knows about the case, or can possibly ...

Mark Shields: Character does matter

With news that Sen. John McCain's last book, "The Restless Wave" -- the seventh he has written with his friend and former speechwriter Mark Salter -- is about to come out, I thought of the man I covered and traveled with and grew to both like and respect enormously. On election night 1986, ...

Kathleen Parker: Paul Ryan’s failed exorcism

WASHINGTON -- Given the cornucopia of issues Americans have to select from each day, the recent firing and rehiring of the House of Representatives' chaplain may not have bestirred many to form an opinion. But these days, the Hill is alive with buzz as people absorb the odd goings-on between ...

Diane Dimond: Confronting tough questions following #MeToo movement

Bill Cosby is a convicted felon. A jury has declared him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault. If you'd told me a few years ago that I would one day be writing lines like that about the actor called "America's Favorite Dad," I would have thought you were nuts. But there ...

Froma Harrop: Dems need own version of ‘America First’

"America First" would be a harmless phrase were it not loaded with dark undertones. It harks back to the America First Committee, a group advocating U.S. neutrality in World War II. Some members were Nazi sympathizers, while others simply wanted to keep America out of another bloody conflict in ...

George F. Will: Are we now trapped in a debt spiral?

WASHINGTON -- From Scotland, where Adam Smith pioneered systematic thinking about economics, comes an adjective, "carnaptious," that fits people who are allergic to economic euphoria. It means cantankerous. Let's think carnaptiously about this fact: The interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds ...

Jules Witcover: Trump, Giuliani declare war on Mueller

  WASHINGTON -- After more than a year of deceptive bobbing and weaving in the Robert Mueller investigation, President Trump has bought into the strategy that best suits his personal style: standing and fighting back. In buying into the modus operandi of his latest defense lawyer, ...

Andy Schmookler: Response to the right-wing troll

“More anti-TRUMP garbage from a well known LOSER!” That was the only disagreeing comment I found on the website of a newspaper where a piece of mine had been published. My piece had argued that the fact that some 37 percent of Americans “approve” of Trump’s presidency was a clear ...

Connie Schultz: Well, good for Michelle Wolf, anyway

Things are happening at warp speed these days, and maybe you've already moved on from comedian Michelle Wolf's performance at last weekend's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Alas, I haven't. Not just yet. The annual dinner is that one night of the year when Washington ...

Jonah Goldberg: Criticism of Wolf, West shows our coalition instinct

  Last year, John Tooby, a founder of evolutionary psychology, was asked by the website Edge.org what scientific concept should be more widely known. He argued for something called the "coalition instinct." In our natural environment, humans form coalitions. Coalitions are slightly ...

Rich Lowry: Hold the Nobel Peace Prize

Who would have guessed that a Trump crowd 15 months into his presidency would be chanting, "Nobel! Nobel! Nobel!" As in Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor and philanthropist who created the eponymous prizes, including one for peace. The prize was on the minds of Trump fans thanks to ...

Walter E. Williams: Colleges: Anti-diversity and pro-exclusion

Just within the past week or so, some shocking professorial behavior has come to light. In the wake of Barbara Bush's death, California State University, Fresno professor Randa Jarrar took to Twitter to call the former first lady an "amazing racist." Jarrar added, "PSA: either you are against ...

Kathleen Parker: An assassin in Wolf’s clothing

PAWLEY'S ISLAND, S.C. -- When I moved to Washington several years ago, a D.C. veteran whispered a warning that she had learned from her father: New York is tough, but Washington is mean. Truer words, my friend, truer words. Yet, apparently, even Washington can be offended by too much ...