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Froma Harrop: The right lesson to take from Alfie Evans tragedy

The baby Alfie Evans has died. Born in Liverpool with a degenerative brain condition, Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state for over a year. Against his parents' wishes, the hospital took Alfie off ventilation. The parents had wanted to move him to a Vatican hospital in Rome that would ...

Robert B. Reich: How Democrats can stop Trump

  Why did working-class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful megalomaniac for president? With the 2018 midterms around the corner, and prospective Democratic candidates already eyeing the 2020 presidential race, the answer is important ...

Scott Rasmussen: Microtrends, not politics, lead the nation

If you want to understand where America is heading, a good place to start is with Mark Penn's new book, "Microtrends Squared." Penn came to fame in the 1990s as a pollster in the Clinton White House, later served as chief strategy officer for Microsoft, and is now chairman of the Harris ...

Diane Dimond: Child sex abuse: Men break their silence

Each of the men on the dais was successful in his field. There was a Broadway actor from the hit musical "Hamilton," a popular TV personality and a district attorney. All came to talk about have been sexually abused as a child and how it had impacted their life. Each story was unforgettable ...

Mark Shields: It’s called the Democratic Party

  It's an established American tradition to call people what they wish to be called. That's why after he converted religions, nearly everyone -- except a few die-hard bigots -- called the heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali instead of Cassius Clay. Marion Morrison chose to become John ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fighting for our country

  Dear Sen. Marco Rubio: So I see where you came after me on Twitter. I'm flattered. Never knew you cared. "This well known national writer," you tweeted about my last column, "states very clearly that the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump are haters who should not be heard ...

Rich Lowry: Judges for the #resistance

There is a lawlessness rampant in the land, but it isn't emanating from the Trump administration. The source is federal judges who are making a mockery of their profession by twisting the law to block the Trump administration's immigration priorities. If the judges get their way, there will, ...

Froma Harrop: Trump’s people would dirty everyone’s nest but own

It's easy to tell when the Trump administration has nasty plans for the environment. The officials in charge spare the places where they or their political allies operate. The examples are as egregious as they are bizarre. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is on a big push to transfer large ...

George F. Will: Gowdy aimed to close circle of South Carolina’s history

WASHINGTON -- Trey Gowdy's emotions sometimes bubble disconcertingly close to the surface, but unlike many members of the political class, he is not all surface. At a breakfast four years ago, the South Carolina Republican had tears in his eyes as he explained when he would leave Congress: ...

Froma Harrop: Bernie the good vs. Bernie the bad

Bernie Sanders is back in the news, showing us all both his good side and the bad. Let's start with the good. "If Democrats control either the House or the Senate," he recently told The New York Times, "Trump's agenda is dead." Here is Bernie at his best -- blunt and colorful, the senator ...

Jonah Goldberg: N. Korean regime can’t be swayed through diplomacy

Responding to reports that North Korea said it "no longer needs" nuclear tests, Jim Hanson, president of the generally pro-Trump Security Studies Group, credited President Trump. "No one was expecting anything to come of Trump's fiery rhetoric, except people who understand that diplomacy works ...

Marino de Medici: Macron and French soft power

“Make France Great” seemed to be the mission of French president Emmanuel Macron while visiting the American president who had launched his electoral campaign on a similar slogan. In truth, Macron aims at “making our planet great again,” as his office has put it, by embarking on a ...

Andy Schmookler: What’s it take to get it about climate change?

We now know, from Exxon’s own communications, that Exxon itself understood -- even 40 years ago -- that the burning of fossil fuels was creating a problem. In the 40 years since, the scientific evidence for that problem has grown huge. Yet still the United States remains crippled in its ...

Kathleen Parker: Theta Tau’s video shows unraveling of decent society

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Courage isn't required to condemn the Syracuse University chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity for simulating a sexual assault on a disabled student. Video of this ape-ish display, now in wide circulation, should horrify anyone with an ounce of decency. That is, assuming ...

Star Parker: Who is Jim Jordan?

Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan has confirmed that he is looking to run for House speaker when current Speaker Paul Ryan departs at the end of the year. This puts Jordan up alongside the other principal candidates, current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., whom Ryan has endorsed ...

Diane Dimond: Punished because he asked for help

Could everyone reading this just pause for a bit and really think about our fellow citizens who put their lives on the line for us every day? I'm talking about police officers and firefighters who face deadly dangers and serious stressors on a regular basis: gruesome car accidents, raging ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Racism is a white problem

Racism is a white problem. I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation. They'll note the self-evident truth that prejudice is confined to no one culture or color. Having known more than a few African-American bigots, homophobes and anti-Semites, ...

Robert B. Reich: The shameful silence of the CEOs

  Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Donald Trump if their major financial backers -- big business and Wall Street -- had more backbone. Ever since 1971, when then-future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, ...

Mark Shields: Touching the nation

She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York's Westchester County. She would leave college before graduating to marry. She never had a career beyond wife, mother and citizen. But her death, in her 10th decade, evoked an almost spontaneous ...