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Opinion: On JFK's 100th birthday, Trump repudiates his legacy

Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are both over 90, and still with us — making it just barely conceivable that John F. Kennedy might have lived to celebrate his 100th birthday on Monday, if he had not been assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Surely JFK would have noted a contrast between his Jan. 20, 1961, inaugural address and that of his succcessor Donald Trump...

Opinion: Assault on Guardian reporter is not a gray area

The first question you have to wonder concerning the assault and battery allegedly committed by Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte is: How could he possibly have put out a miserable, lying cover story when there were at least four witnesses in the room? The second question is: Do you regret early voting yet? Here’s the account from Greg Gianforte’s press aide Shane Scanlon...

Opinion: The futile act of pouring water on concrete

I call it pouring water on concrete. You make a splash, but nothing sinks in. That’s what it has felt like lately arguing via tweet and email with supporters of President Dumpster Fire who insist there is “no evidence” he did anything to merit the investigations and talk of impeachment he now faces. It is, of course, an astounding claim. Donald Trump stands accused not simply by...

Opinion: How to restore American self-reliance

WASHINGTON — When in the Senate chamber, Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, sits by choice at the desk used by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. New York’s scholar-senator would have recognized that Sasse has published a book of political philosophy in the form of a guide to parenting. Moynihan understood that politics is downstream from culture, which flows through families. Sasse, a Yale...

Collins: Trump Can’t Add Things

We’re now getting a feel for what it was like to work in a business run by Donald Trump. His budget is out, and it predicts we will have super-duper, excellent, great — no, huge — economic growth based on monster tax cuts for the rich and cuts in spending that will leave the poor with no money to buy anything. It was produced in concert with that great health care bill, which the...

Krauthammer: Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

“Whom the gods would destroy, they first tempt to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.” — Irving Kristol The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. The Trump administration is no different. It will fail as well. To be sure, no great harm has, as yet, come from President Trump&rsquo...

OPINION: This and other attacks on girls

The vicious attack in Manchester, England, is one more added to an ever-growing list that works to dull our senses. But then I started to think about it, and I got angry — more angry than I have been about an attack in a while, which says a lot about how humans adapt to stress that becomes the “new normal.” I was angry that, once again, girls were a target, just as they have been...

COMMENTRARY: Alienation and the inability to govern

The campaign of 2016 was an education in the deep problems facing the country. Angry voters made a few things abundantly clear: that modern democratic capitalism is not working for them; that basic institutions like the family and communities are falling apart; that we have a college-educated elite that has found ingenious ways to make everybody else feel invisible, that has managed to transfer wealth...

Opinion: Trump should get a special prosecutor for criminal leaks

Who is the real threat to the national security? Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners? Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, and splashed the details on its front page, alerting the world, and ISIS, to what we knew. President Trump has the...

COMMENTARY: Cheers to Melania and Ivanka for showing how it’s done

By now you’re exhausted by all the head-swiveling news — the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president’s trip to Everywhere; and investigation upon investigation of the possible collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, and liars by the dozen. Which is why I’m sitting in Palm Beach, Fla., practicing Lilly Pulitzer’s dictum: “Being happy never goes out...

COMMENTARY: Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia was an awkward misstep

The best way to describe the speech that President Donald Trump gave Sunday in Saudi Arabia is “Dr. Strangelove meets National Lampoon.” I don’t know how he was able to read it with a straight face. Announcing a $110 billion Saudi weapons purchase, Trump said, “This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations.” Where is the incentive...

Opinion: Trump’s policies weaken womens’ health around the world

When video surfaced last fall of Donald Trump boasting about sexual assault, outrage erupted. But if Trump’s words about women were offensive, his policies are incomparably more consequential — and may cost more lives than in any other area of his governance. Yes, the phrase “war on women” may seem hyperbolic, but it also reflects the devastating impact of Trump’s policies...

COMMENTARY: Trump ‘s warm welcome in Middle East is no surprise

“We just got back from the Middle East,” President Trump said to the president of Israel after his flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, which is also in the Middle East. As Trumpisms go, this one is easy to forgive, particularly given how exhausted the president must have been after a weekend of jet-lagged diplomacy, (non-alcoholic) bacchanalia and sword dancing. But it does...

COMMENTARY: Roger Ailes turned news into a lifestyle choice

For years I boasted about graduating from the same university as Fox News chief Roger Ailes. My boast became somewhat muted after Ailes was forced out last year in a sexual harassment scandal. Yet my fellow Ohio University graduate, who died Thursday at age 77, left such a deep and indelible impression on the worlds of politics and media over the past half-century that we ignore his ideas and influences...

COMMENTARY: Remembering Watergate’s lessons

Given all the other excitement coming from Washington recently, you might have missed this historical anniversary. On May 17, 1973, millions of Americans sat down in front of their TVs to watch the start of the Congressional hearings on Watergate. And on May 17, 2017, 44 years later, Robert Mueller was appointed to be a special prosecutor to investigate any collusion between Team Trump and the Russian...

TODAY’S MODERATOR: New fireworks law in Ohio?

Ready for some fireworks? Our Statehouse reporter, Laura A. Bischoff, writes that a new bill could radically change the state’s now-restrictive fireworks laws. She writes: “Fireworks could be going off in your neighborhood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if pending legislation becomes law. State representatives are backing a bill to dramatically change Ohioans’ access to consumer-grade...

But what about squirrels?

Reader Thelma Lewis sent in what may very well be the final word on our recent columns and emails about outdoor and feral cats, and whether they’re a danger to bird populations. She writes: “I’m reading much about the ‘cat problem’ in the community, however nothing about the serious squirrel problems. “Several weeks ago, I went to my car looking under the hood and...

Opinion: Political operator Stone sets stage for Anger Games

“Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The “evil political operator” pose is to some degree an artifice — a brand he’s selling. Still...
Opinion: Trump did this all to himself

Opinion: Trump did this all to himself

It took President Donald Trump all of 118 days to force the appointment of a special counsel, a speed record that will probably never be broken. At least I hope not. And make no mistake, this was entirely Trump’s doing. Set aside questions about the underlying facts and allegations, which cut to the core of our democratic system. The only reason that we have a special counsel investigating the...

Opinion: What will it take for GOP to impeach Trump?

Dear Republicans: So how much more will it take? What else do you need to see? Seriously: What Rubicon must yet be crossed, what crisis must be borne, what tragedy must befall, before you stop smiling queasy, nothing-to-see-here smiles, stand like grown-up women and men and say, finally, that enough is enough? You are posing for history here. The portrait is not flattering. Consider that in just the...

Opinion: Federal power spins its ever-growing web

WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government’s business. If it is, what isn’t? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which...

Krauthammer: The guardrails can’t contain Trump

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Donald Trump’s character — volatile, impulsive, often self-destructive — had not changed since the campaign. But it seemed as if the guardrails of our democracy — Congress, the courts, the states, the media, the Cabinet — were keeping...

Collins: Trump’s version of keeping us safe

Wow, Donald Trump can’t even give a commencement speech to the military without making it all about him. “Now I want to take this opportunity to give you some advice. Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve,” the president warned as he was addressing the Coast Guard Academy graduating...

Opinion: Comey and the Saturday Night Massacre

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx. On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night Massacre. Yet, the differences are stark. The resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General...

OPINION: Legal aid services are at risk

Just as the Good Samaritan accompanied the man he found robbed and injured on the road, our legal aid nonprofit law firms accompany low-income Ohioans as they achieve stable housing, safety from domestic violence, financial stability, and better health. Yet President Trump’s proposal to defund the Legal Services Corporation puts our legal aids and the critical services they provide at significant...

COMMENTARY: A quick end would be better

There is really only one issue in American politics at this moment: Will we accelerate our way to the end of the Trump story, or will our government remain mired in scandal, misdirection and paralysis for many more months — or even years? There is a large irony in the politics behind this question. The Democrats’ narrow interest lies in having President Trump hang around as close to the...

Opinion: Is Trump obstructing justice and checks on gov’t?

When George Washington was preparing to take office, everybody wondered what to call him. Senators proposed lofty titles like “Illustrious Highness” and “Sacred Majesty.” But Washington expressed irritation at such fawning, so today we are led by a modest “Mr. President.” Later, Washington surrendered office after two terms, underscoring that institutions prevail...
Opinion: Right-thinking Trump should move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Opinion: Right-thinking Trump should move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump will soon depart on his first overseas trip, which will include visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and Europe. Trump’s Israel visit coincides with a very special day — the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty after 2,000 years. Many, including me, hope that President Trump will announce that he will fulfill his campaign...

Opinion: Trump’s escape from Comey mess

President Donald Trump has obeyed the law since taking the oath of office. That is a better record than some feared. It is a better record than he himself promised many times during the campaign. In addition to expressing contempt for a sitting federal judge due to his ethnicity, he also volunteered that he would order the U.S. military to torture suspects. Told that this would be asking servicemen...

Judas, Tax Cuts and the Great Betrayal

The denarius, ancient Rome’s silver coin, was supposedly the daily wage of a manual worker. If so, the tax cuts that the richest 1 percent of Americans will receive if the Affordable Care Act is repealed would amount to the equivalent of around 500 pieces of silver each year. What inspired this calculation? The spectacle of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and Paul Ryan, the speaker...

Opinion: Culture thrives when it’s all shook up

WASHINGTON — In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song “That’s All Right.” When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents’ radio to the station and went to a movie. His mother pulled him from the theater because the DJ was playing the record repeatedly and wanted to interview the singer immediately...

Opinion: Trump administration a danger to American democracy

Republican Sen. James Lankford called for “clarity.” Republican Sen. John McCain pronounced himself “disappointed.” And Republican Sen. Marco Rubio essentially shrugged. He said he was “surprised” by the sacking of FBI Director James Comey, but added that, “It’s a decision the president’s made, and we’ll go from here.” It is not exactly...

Krauthammer: A political ax murder

It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It was implausible that Comey was fired by Donald Trump for having been too tough on Hillary Clinton, as when, at that July news conference, he publicly recited her various email misdeeds despite recommending...

Blow: Trump is insulting our intelligence

I feel as if we are being conditioned to chaos by a “president” who abhors the stillness of stability. Every day we awake to a new outrage. We now exist in a rolling trauma — exhausting and unrelenting. Yet even in that context, some things spike higher than others. Donald Trump’s firing of the FBI director, James Comey, is one of those things. This should shock the whole of...

COMMENTARY: McConnell may regret supporting Trump this time

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of the shrewdest politicians of his generation. But by speaking Wednesday on the Senate floor in defense of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, McConnell made what is likely to stand as the most important mistake of his long political career. McConnell, who is measured and calculating about everything, should have known better....

Opinion; Nixon and Trump, then and now

For two years, this writer has been consumed by two subjects. First, the presidency of Richard Nixon, in whose White House I served from its first day to its last, covered in my new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” The second has been the astonishing campaign of Donald Trump and his first 100-plus days as president...

Opinion: Memoir of Christian, Southern abortion provider shows need for choice

No issue in America is more toxic than abortion, and that’s partly because it is today so closely associated with religion. While many feminists see abortion as a matter of choice, some Christians see it as murder. Then there are people like Dr. Willie Parker. Parker is black, feminist and driven by his Christian faith to provide abortions in the South, where women seeking to terminate a pregnancy...
Opinion: Ryancare’s a needed fix for Medicaid, other liberal healthcare ills

Opinion: Ryancare’s a needed fix for Medicaid, other liberal healthcare ills

Passage of a new health care bill in the House means Congressional corridors are teeming with lobbyists fighting reform in order to protect the money they get under current law. When talking about Medicaid, current federal expenditures are $389 billion. The Congressional Budget Office projects this to increase to $650 billion by 2027. Medicaid has been a backdoor for getting the country on a single-payer...

Opinion: The People vs. the Press

President Trump and I have something in common. We were both invited to last Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner and we declined. The president wasn’t interested in hearing himself mocked by an industry that holds him to a different standard than his predecessor and I wasn’t interested in hearing the predictable jokes denigrating all things Republican, conservative...

What’s the matter with Europe?

How did things get to this point in Europe? Like everyone on this side of the Atlantic, I can’t help but see France in part through Trump-colored glasses. But it’s important to realize that the parallels between French and American politics exist despite big differences in underlying economic and social trends. To begin, while France gets an amazing amount of bad press, it’s actually...

Opinion: A president who does not know what it is to know

WASHINGTON — It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about Donald Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence. In February, acknowledging Black History Month, Trump said that “Frederick...

Opinion: The Groveland Four get a little justice

The Groveland Four finally received a little justice last week. Nearly seven decades after a white woman in Central Florida leveled a false charge of rape, the state legislature apologized for what was done to four young African-American men as a result. For 16-year-old Charles Greenlee being hung nude from a pipe in the basement of the jail, beaten about the groin with a rubber hose, cut by shards...

Collins: Way too many Trumps

Oh gosh, we’ve got another Trump. This has been very difficult, people. Every day concerned citizens put together their critique of the president’s policies, and before nighttime he’s a completely different dude. You remember the Somewhat Normal Republican Trump, who answers to both SNORE and SNORT, depending on his energy level at the moment. He mainly likes to repeal federal regulations...

Krauthammer: Trump presidency ‘normalized’ but it is still scary

With near unanimity, my never-Trump friends confess a sense of relief. It could have been worse. A deep apprehension still endures but the international order remains intact, the republic still stands, and no “enemy of the people” has (yet) been arrested. Admittedly, this is a low bar. And this is not to deny the insanity, incoherence and sheer weirdness emanating daily from the White...
Before Michelle, Barack Obama proposed to another woman, book claims

Before Michelle, Barack Obama proposed to another woman, book claims

A new book about the life of President Barack Obama emphasizes the former president’s commitment to career and political success at the expense of his personal relationships. >> Read more trending news  “Rising Star” by David J. Garrow “portrays Obama as a man who ruthlessly compartmentalized his existence; who believed early on that he was fated...
Working women upset about Ivanka Trump's new book, 'Women Who Work'

Working women upset about Ivanka Trump's new book, 'Women Who Work'

Ivanka Trump’s second book, “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success,” which was released Tuesday, didn’t receive an entirely warm welcome, especially from working women. >> Read more trending news  Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that teaches girls to learn how to write code, was featured in the book.  Saujani wasn&rsquo...

COMMENTARY: ‘Populism’ is getting a lousy rap these days

If words could bring legal actions, “populism” would sue for aggravated abuse. And President Trump would be a co-defendant. In a season of dispiriting tidings, few habits have been more infuriating than the ease with which political commentators of all stripes have applied the P-word to Trump. Trump has courted this with old-fashioned union hall rhetoric about his devotion to “hard-working...

Opinion: Nixon’s revenge: The fall of the adversary press

Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association dinner exposed anew how far from Middle America our elite media reside. At the dinner, the electricity was gone, the glamor and glitz were gone. Neither the president nor his White House staff came. Even Press Secretary Sean Spicer begged off. The idea of a convivial evening together of our media and political establishments is probably dead...

Opinion: This isn’t tax policy, it’s a Trump-led heist

What do you do if you’re a historically unpopular new president, with a record low approval rating by 14 points, facing investigations into the way Russia helped you get elected, with the media judging your first 100 days in office as the weakest of any modern president? Why, you announce a tax cut! And in your self-absorbed way, you announce a tax cut that will hugely benefit yourself. Imagine...

Trump right to undo liberal ways of soaking the rich

I’m for making things better for everyone. And the main focus of my work is improving the lives of low-income Americans. So why do I love the tax reform package that President Trump has proposed? Shouldn’t my sympathies be with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who says these tax cuts “make life easier for the wealthy and special interests” and “harder for middle...

Opinion: A road map for dealing with campus radicals

Jonathan Haidt is a member of one of America’s smallest fraternities — m those who attempt to see beyond their own prejudices. In the left-leaning Chronicle of Higher Education, he notes that “intimidation is the new normal” on college campuses. The examples are well-known: The shout-down/shutdown of Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna College; the riots sparked by Milo...

Opinion: Alas, the mortgage interest deduction cannot be pried away

WASHINGTON — Attempting comprehensive tax reform is like trying to tug many bones from the clamped jaws of many mastiffs. Every provision of the code — now approaching 4 million words — was put there to placate a clamorous faction, or to create a grateful group that will fund its congressional defenders. Still, Washington will take another stab at comprehensiveness, undeterred by...

Opinion: The day Bill O’Reilly got fired

On the day Bill O’Reilly was fired, Serena Williams announced she was 20 weeks pregnant. Fans did the math and concluded Williams must have had a baby on board in January when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in dominating fashion. That, said TV tennis analyst Pam Shriver, made Williams’ win “even more spectacular.” That same day, director Ava DuVernay was basking...

Krauthammer: Populism on pause

Yesterday’s conventional wisdom: A wave of insurgent populism is sweeping the West, threatening its foundational institutions — the European Union, the Western alliance, even liberal democracy itself. Today’s conventional wisdom (post-first-round French presidential election): The populist wave has crested, soon to abate. Chances are that both verdicts are wrong. The anti-establishment...

Collins: Trump’s can’t-do record

Well, heck, who said Donald Trump wasn’t going to accomplish anything in his first 100 days? All of a sudden there’s a one-page tax plan and a raft of deal-making, while the Senate was bused over to the White House grounds for a briefing on North Korea. Maybe the president believes that when you can make an entire chamber of Congress ride around like so many tour groups, the world will...

Opinion: Is Macron the EU’s last best hope?

For the French establishment, Sunday’s presidential election came close to a near-death experience. As the Duke of Wellington said of Waterloo, it was a “damn near-run thing.” Neither candidate of the two major parties that have ruled France since Charles De Gaulle even made it into the runoff, an astonishing repudiation of France’s national elite. Marine Le Pen, who recently...
Opinion: The nightmare of the North Korea-Trump standoff

Opinion: The nightmare of the North Korea-Trump standoff

President Donald Trump is scary in many ways, but perhaps the most frightening nightmare is of him blundering into a new Korean war. It would begin because the present approach of leaning on China to pressure North Korea will likely fail. Trump will grow angry at public snickering at the emptiness of his threats. At some point, U.S. intelligence will see a North Korean missile prepared for a test...
Misguided faith in government is unlearned lesson of LA riots

Misguided faith in government is unlearned lesson of LA riots

This weekend marks 100 days of the Trump administration. This milestone also coincides with a very important anniversary. Twenty-five years ago, riots exploded in Los Angeles after four policemen were acquitted in the violent beating of Rodney King. Sixty-three lives were lost in the riots, with the estimated total economic cost pegged at $1 billion, with $735 million in property damage and 1,550...
PERSPECTIVE: We have a double standard when it comes to religion and violence

PERSPECTIVE: We have a double standard when it comes to religion and violence

Three people were killed in California in yet another mass shooting. The culprit? A man who had a history of violence and was known for yelling out religious slogans. Shortly before the slayings, he publicly praised his god and guns on Facebook. The shooter was Cedric Anderson; he was 53 and a former Christian pastor. On April 10 in San Bernardino, Calif., he killed his estranged wife, an 8-year-old...

Opinion: “March for Science” a vanity of the left

Do you have march fatigue yet? The left, apparently, does not, so we’re in for some street theater on Earth Day, April 22, with the so-called March for Science. It’s hard to think of a better way to undermine the public’s faith in science than to stage demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and around the country modeled on the Women’s March on Washington that took place in January...

Opinion: The battle against sex trafficking of minors

PHOENIX — Three months ago, State Trooper Jonathan Otto, 33, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled over a car that had caught his attention by traveling 104 miles per hour long after midnight, just south of Kingman. He smelled marijuana in the car. It was driven by a man with an adult female wearing only lingerie. Their passenger was a female juvenile whose fake document showed her...

Opinion: Turns out Alex Jones was only pretending to be a madman

So it turns out Alex Jones was only kidding. That time the radio host and ringmaster of the “Infowars” website said the government brought Ebola into the country to terrorize us? That time he said a Beyonce video was created to start a new civil war, that time he wished gang rape on Jennifer Lopez, those times he suggested the Oklahoma City bombing, the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing...

Krauthammer: With North Korea, we do have cards to play

Given that Pyongyang has had nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for more than a decade, why the panic now? Because North Korea is headed for a nuclear breakout. The regime has openly declared that it is racing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the United States — and thus destroy an American city at a Kim Jong Un push of a button. The North Koreans are not bluffing...

Collins: Paging the Trump Armada

Let’s consider the case of the wrong-way warships. Last week, North Korea was planning a big celebration in honor of its founder’s birthday. For North Koreans, holiday fun is short on barbecues and high on weaponry. The big parade in Pyongyang featured monster canisters that theoretically contained intercontinental ballistic missiles. It’s possible they were actually empty and that...

COMMENTARY: No, Trump can’t just do what he wants

Two issues are paramount in American politics. The first is whether President Trump will get away with his arrogant dismissal of the public’s right to a transparent government free of corrupting conflicts of interest. The second is whether those who would hold him to account remain focused, mobilized and determined. They are related. There are many reasons to stand against Trump, but the one...

Opinion: War cries drown out ‘America First’

“Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?” tweeted President Donald Trump on Easter Sunday. Earlier, after discovering “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping over “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake” at Mar-a-Lago, Trump had confided, “I explained … that a trade deal...

Opinion: How to stand up to Trump and win

After President Donald Trump’s election, a wave of furious opposition erupted. It was an emotional mix of denial and anger, the first two stages of grief, and it wasn’t very effective. Yet increasingly that has matured into thoughtful efforts to channel the passion into a movement organized toward results. One example: the wave of phone calls to congressional offices that torpedoed the...

A professor who stresses learning, ideas, not liberal politics

Reading through a recent issue of Forbes, I came across a wonderful quote from inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. He observed: “You cannot change things by fighting existing reality: To change things you must build a new model to make the existing model obsolete.” I saw that truth during a recent speaking engagement at the University of California, Berkeley. I have been speaking on university...

Opinion: Why doesn’t college work for African-Americans?

The headline was numbingly familiar: “For Blacks, College Is Not An Equalizer.” The op-ed in The Washington Post by Ray Boshara explored what he called a “troubling paradox,” namely that so many well-educated black Americans “feel so economically insecure.” It’s a startling fact, Boshara continued, “that blacks with college degrees have lost wealth over...

COMMENTARY: Can Trump take health care hostage?

Three weeks have passed since the Trumpcare debacle. After eight years spent denouncing the Affordable Care Act, the G.O.P. finally found itself in a position to do what it had promised, and deliver something better. But it couldn’t. And Republicans, President Trump very much included, had nobody but themselves to blame. Basically, the party has been lying all this time, and the lies finally...

Opinion: Looks like the War on Drugs is back

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is preparing a return to the same hardline strategies that have so spectacularly failed to reduce drug use since 1971. Indeed, the nation has spent more than a trillion dollars, made itself the biggest jailer on the planet and yet seen the use, availability and quality of drugs rise like a rocket from a launch pad while...

Opinion: A case for preventing children’s scraped knees

WASHINGTON — When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and religious schools. Courts have held that public money can constitutionally fund the transportation of parochial school pupils to classes — but not on field trips. It can fund books — but...

Collins: Trump versus the Love Guv

Our question for today is: How does Donald Trump compare to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, the now-famous “Love Gov”? Bentley resigned this week after a long-running sex scandal. Trump, who used to be a king of sex scandals, doesn’t have any presidential ones. When the day is done and the moon is high, our chief executive now appears to be moved mainly by the siren song of Fox and...

Krauthammer: The Great Reversal — for now

The world is agog at Donald Trump’s head-snapping foreign policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America First. He renounces the role of world policeman. He excoriates parasitic foreigners that (I paraphrase) suck dry our precious bodily fluids — and these are allies! On April 4, Trump declared: “I don’t want to be the president of the world. I’m the president of the...

COMMENTARY: Trump says now it’s Bannon’s fault. Of course

President Trump rose to power on a combination of meanness, incoherence and falsehoods. His strategy depended almost entirely on playing off the unpopularity and weaknesses of others. Every aspect of his approach has blown up on him since he took office, but as is always the case with Trump, he will not take any personal responsibility for what’s going wrong. He must find a scapegoat. The latest...

Is Trump enlisting in the war party?

By firing off five dozen Tomahawk missiles at a military airfield, our “America First” president may have plunged us into another Middle East war that his countrymen do not want to fight. Thus far Bashar Assad seems unintimidated. Brushing off the strikes, he has defiantly gone back to bombing the rebels from the same Shayrat air base that the U.S. missiles hit. Trump “will not stop...

Opinion: My most unpopular idea — be nice to Trump voters

When I write about people struggling with addictions or homelessness, liberals exude sympathy while conservatives respond with snarling hostility to losers who make “bad choices.” When I write about voters who supported President Donald Trump, it’s the reverse: Now it’s liberals who respond with venom, hoping that Trump voters suffer for their bad choice. “I absolutely...

Opinion: More freedom’s good for blacks, bad for black politicians

When President Trump recently met with the Congressional Black Caucus leadership, they presented him with their new report, “We Have A Lot To Lose.” It’s their assessment on fixing the problems in black America. The title plays off of Trump’s message when he was seeking black support during the presidential campaign — “What do you have to lose?” Trump&rsquo...

Opinion: Thinking about Mike Pence and Bill O’Reilly

Last week, we spent six or seven days gawping at Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, for their supposedly bizarre or retro marriage rules. Pence, as even villagers in Bora Bora doubtless know by now, does not attend one-on-one dinners with women other than Karen, and he does not drink alcohol in social settings when Karen is not with him. Progressives were by turns confused and disgusted...

COMMENTARY: A big, ugly mess that’s going to get uglier

This week’s New York Times interview with Donald Trump was horrifying, yet curiously unsurprising. Yes, the world’s most powerful man is lazy, ignorant, dishonest and vindictive. But we knew that already. In fact, the most revealing thing in the interview may be Mr. Trump’s defense of Bill O’Reilly, accused of sexual predation and abuse of power: “He’s a good person...

Opinion: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s other dream

This is a column about Martin Luther King’s other dream. His most famous dream, of course, is the one he articulated at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. It was a vision of racial amity so frightening that people killed to keep it from coming true. Five decades later, it’s so broadly accepted that even those who don’t believe in it feel constrained to pretend they do. But King&rsquo...

Our national scourge of misinformation

WASHINGTON — Impulse control is unfashionable as well as unpresidential, but perhaps you should resist the urge to trip people who stride briskly down the sidewalk fixated on their phone screens, absorbed in texting and feeling entitled to expect others to make way. New technologies are shaping behaviors and dissolving civilities. In 2005, Lynne Truss, in her book “Talk to the Hand: The...
Charles Krauthammer: Karma, precedent and the nuclear option

Charles Krauthammer: Karma, precedent and the nuclear option

For euphemism, dissimulation and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court appointments and the filibuster. The arguments for and against the filibuster are so well-known to both parties as to be practically memorized. Both nonetheless argue their case with great shows of passion and conviction. Then shamelessly switch sides &mdash...
Gail Collins: And now, the dreaded curse of being Trump’s friend

Gail Collins: And now, the dreaded curse of being Trump’s friend

These days, the last thing you want is to be known as a Friend of Trump. He’s doing great — he’s president, for heaven’s sake. His kids are getting jobs, his hotels are getting promoted 24/7. He goes golfing more than your average Palm Beach retiree. Meanwhile, the people he hangs around with are watching their reputations crumble into smithereens. This has an impact on congressional...
Sen. Rand Paul condemns U.S. airstrikes on Syria

Sen. Rand Paul condemns U.S. airstrikes on Syria

In the wake of a heinous chemical weapons attack in Syria on Tuesday that reportedly killed 86 people including 27 children, on Thursday night President Trump ordered airstrikes on the air base from which that attack was launched. Trump’s order was his first direct assault on a foreign nation through executive order. This decision is troublesome to many Trump supporters and others who thought...
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