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Rich Lowry: Fixing the kangaroo courts

A judicial process that doesn't allow the accused to cross-examine his accuser or reliably see the evidence against him is a civil libertarian's nightmare. It traduces every principle of fairness and is blatantly un-American. Yet Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is about to get savaged for ...

Andy Schmookler: Bob Goodlatte, worse than I thought

I spent 20 months (in 2011-12) running against Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke). So naturally I gave a lot of thought to the man, trying to see him clearly and understand what made him tick. What I came to believe was that Goodlatte was inherently a basic Republican who likely would have ...

Kathleen Parker: A hero’s farewell

WASHINGTON -- The world seems already a lesser place with the passing of Sen. John McCain. The ensuing deluge of accolades and tributes -- notwithstanding the president's limp and late acknowledgement of McCain's service to the nation -- has revealed a level of reverence we don't see often. ...

Jonah Goldberg: How McCain’s patriotism can still best Trump’s nationalism

The death of Sen. John McCain has elicited an enormous amount of commentary about the differences between the former Navy pilot and POW and the current president of the United States, who received five draft deferments, one of them for "bone spurs," and who once remarked that avoiding getting a ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: John McCain, a man of integrity and honor

A few words about the political integrity of John McCain. Integrity was, of course, the byword of the Arizona senator, who died of brain cancer Saturday. The trait was most famously displayed in a POW camp in Hanoi when his captors, hoping for a propaganda bonanza from this son and grandson of ...

Robert B. Reich: Can we get an annulment instead of an impeachment?

The only way I can see the end of the Donald Trump presidency is if there's overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election -- in which case impeachment isn't an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled. Let me explain. Many people are convinced we're already witnessing the ...

Froma Harrop:Here’s to people who work with their hands

After leaving high school, my father worked in factories and drove trucks. College was never in the cards for him. Though a good thinker -- the Navy put him in a program dominated by college grads -- he never excelled academically. And in any case, he had parents and young brothers to ...

Diane Dimond: The reality of young people sentenced to life

Last week, I wrote about the plight of Pamela Smart, who, in 1991, at the age of 22, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband. Gregg Smart was shot dead by his wife's 16-year-old lover and another teenager. Pamela was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. To ...

Jules Witcover: On the loss of John McCain

WASHINGTON -- The death of John McCain at 81 leaves a huge void in the Senate, in the country and most importantly in the ranks of truth-tellers in American politics. As such, his passing is a particular loss to my news-business fraternity, which depends on his like to sort out the wheat from ...

Mark Shields: ‘Officers eat last’

The Marine Corps lives by one hard-and-fast rule foreign to American corporate and financial life: "Officers eat last." Simply stated, the Marine officer in command does not eat until all the Marines he is responsible for -- beginning with the corporals and the privates -- have first been fed. ...

Kathleen Parker: The juror who could save America

WASHINGTON -- Juror No. 0302 may not have sought fame, but Paula Duncan will long be remembered in connection with Paul Manafort, whom she and 11 others convicted on eight counts of financial crime. What makes Duncan memorable, besides her being the only juror to speak out since the trial ...

Jonah Goldberg: Trump’s self-interest vs. the public interest

The president of the United States will not talk to special counsel Robert Mueller because his lawyers want to prevent him from walking -- or, rather, talking -- into a perjury trap. Rudy Giuliani, the president's most visible lawyer, insists that no attorney worth his license would permit a ...

Rich Lowry: Trump should come clean

If it wasn't obvious before, it should be now: President Donald Trump is in an impeachment fight. It hasn't fully ripened yet. That won't happen unless Democrats take the House and do so with a healthy margin in the fall. But Michael Cohen's statement that he committed campaign finance ...

Froma Harrop: Mothers who do too much

Here's a true story about a fine woman with an advanced degree whom I will not name for obvious reasons: We were chatting one day, when her little girl broke in to say she was hungry. It was 4:30 in the afternoon. Rather than respond with "Here's a cookie to hold you until family dinner," the ...

Andy Schmookler: The cult of personality and the danger to America

Back during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump himself seemed genuinely surprised by the nature of his support when he memorably said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” He seems to have been right in making that claim. Trump ...

Scott Rasmussen: On the eve of the fall campaign season

While political activists have been caught up in the 2018 midterm elections for most of the past two years, most Americans haven't been paying attention. That will begin to change after Labor Day as people who don't obsess about politics begin to consider the choices before them. Because so ...

Diane Dimond: How long a prison sentence is enough?

A petition has been filed with the governor of New Hampshire that breathes new life into an old and very sensational case. It asks Gov. Chris Sununu to embrace this era's evolved thinking on prison sentencing, specifically the sentence of life without parole. A key section of the 695-page ...

George F. Will: A pistol-packing Republican vs. oatmeal Democrat

NASHVILLE -- The easternmost bit of Tennessee is east of Atlanta, the westernmost bit is west of New Orleans, and all of this horizontal state is the epicenter of 2018 politics. Its U.S. Senate race will reveal whether, for Republicans, fealty to the president is not only necessary but ...

Robert B. Reich: Musk, Trump and the second Gilded Age

I've long admired Elon Musk as a technological visionary. But I worry about his sense of responsibility to the public. Earlier this month, Musk announced on Twitter that he intended to turn Telsa, the electric-car maker he founded, into a private company. He said the funding was "secured" -- a ...