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COMMENTARY: Charting a responsible course forward on Iran

Two years ago, the United States led its fellow P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, plus Germany) world powers in negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran Deal. Last week, in a purely political move, President Trump announced his decision to “decertify” the deal, claiming it is no longer in the national security...

Opinion: Is war with Iran now inevitable?

With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts. After “de-certifying” the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security Council,...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Readers on literacy, the pope and the Crew

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Literacy affects health care, too This is in response to Shari Cooper’s “More medical accommodations, please,” Sept. 26. Aside from physical disabilities, even otherwise able-bodied individuals may have literacy barriers such as reading and following medical instruction. Here is some additional food for thought and helpful hints to traverse the health care chasm...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: So, sex is bad but violence is fine?

A theater manager’s frustrations Re “A 12-year-old is braver than this big chicken, wimp and scaredy cat,” Oct. 5: This column describes one of the reasons I ‘retired’ from my position as an assistant manager of a local theater, owned by an international company. I often was involved with ticket sales, personally; or enforcing the industry’s self-imposed rules on...

COMMENTARY: Looking up when things are looking down

The popular gloom notwithstanding, we’re actually living in an era of astounding progress. We’ve seen the greatest reduction in global poverty in history. As Steven Pinker has documented, we’ve seen a steady decline in wars and armed conflict. The U.S. economy is the best performing major economy in the developed world. In 1980 the U.S. had a slight edge in G.D.P. per capita over...

COMMENTARY: Reformers: Be ready when your time comes

Reformers are by nature impatient. But historically their victories have come from long, sustained efforts that began in periods when conservatives were dominant. Many aspects of Franklin Roosevelt’s program were first advanced during the administrations of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. They reached fruition when the political atmosphere changed. In his book on the great progressive Fiorello...

OPINION: It’s time we penalize, not reward, corporate negligence

Does the number 143 million sound familiar? It’s the number of American consumers whose personal and financial data were initially presumed stolen during a months-long data breach at Equifax, one of the three largest credit monitoring firms in the United States. It’s nearly half of all Americans, whose personal data are now thought to be compromised. What does all of this mean to all of...

Commentary from Garrison Keillor: The old obit man looks around

When I was 20, I dropped out of college and got a job with a morning newspaper whose city editor Mr. Walt Streightiff put me to work writing obituaries of ordinary men and women whose deaths were not considered newsworthy. Other reporters handled crime, natural disasters, City Hall, sports, fatal accidents, high finance, visiting celebrities, and what was called “human interest,” meaning...

Trump’s appeal to evangelicals is timely and welcomed

President Trump addressed this year’s annual Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. He is the first sitting U.S. president to do so. The Values Voters Summit is hosted by the Family Research Council, an organization whose mission is addressing public policy and culture from a Christian point of view. Its base is largely evangelical Christians, and this is why President Trump deemed it appropriate...
Opinion: Sally Yates needs to be heard more often on Trump's unfitness

Opinion: Sally Yates needs to be heard more often on Trump's unfitness

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, who first alerted the White House to ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn's lies and who was fired for refusing to defend the first travel ban (which was subsequently struck down, and then dropped by the administration), gave a recent interview to the National Law Journal. Her remarks should be taken to heart: "It is a long-standing tradition-and...

The costs of cutting back on clean-air efforts

Following up on a campaign promise, the Trump administration has announced that it will end the “war on coal” and eliminate one of the Obama administration’s landmark pieces of climate-change legislation. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced that he wishes to rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan as quickly as possible. This...

Opinion: Trump’s scary strategy on North Korea

On just the first day of a war between the United States and North Korea, according to a Stanford University assessment, 1 million people could be killed. Yet after my five-day visit to North Korea with three New York Times colleagues, such a nuclear war seems terrifyingly imaginable. In the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, it was clear that President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally...

Opinion: ‘Scalia Speaks’ a collection that teaches about civility

I knew the late Justice Antonin Scalia a little, and like millions of others, I was an avid fan of his jurisprudence, the great bulk of which he produced after I was no longer a law student, so much the worse for me. Reading opinions as a law student was often like trying to swallow great bowls of sawdust — without milk. Very few judges can write well. On the rare occasions when I came across...

PERSPECTIVE: On the beauty of occasional chaos

The anticipation of a grandchild visit ignites flutters of the heart like no other. When I don’t see my grandkids for a while, and then look forward to a pending visit, I feel like my world collapses into the space of awaited delight. All thoughts are filtered through popsicles in the freezer, bubbles in the tub, and little arms outstretched. And then the organization of contents of my home...

PERSPECTIVE: Some quick lessons from Criminology 101

We may feel from TV shows and the news that we know a lot about crime — and yet, crime and criminology can be a highly complex topic that requires years of study for a full understanding. It’s such an important topic that it’s worth a quick look at the types of crime, a few things you can do to prevent them, along with some good news about the actual reduction in crime here in the...

COMMENTARY: Mass shootings and more and more guns

The pattern is by now numbingly familiar. A lone lunatic murders a mass of innocent people in some public location. There is a heartfelt cry for tighter control on gun ownership. Then state legislatures swing into action. They pass a series of laws loosening controls on gun ownership. As David Frum points out in The Atlantic, the five years since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School &ldquo...

COMMENTARY: Heading back to the days the Birchers

“Some people say I’m extreme,” an Indiana tea party leader told The New York Times at the height of the movement’s rebellion in 2010, “but they said the John Birch Society was extreme, too.” Uh-huh. The society, which still exists, enjoyed its heyday in the early 1960s and saw Communists everywhere. Robert Welch, its founder, even cast President Dwight Eisenhower...

COMMENTARY: How alt-right racists wormed their way into the mainstream

In the spring of 2016, I wrote that Breitbart provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’s praise for white nationalists who help form the “alt-right” could lead some young minds toward that putrid ideology. Both Yiannopoulos and many of his fans accused me of attempting character assassination. “You sound like the left, Jack,” was a common refrain. “You’re bashing conservatives...

OPINION: Welcome to the abyss with the Nobel judges

I am off lingonberries for the time being and Volvos and flat white furniture from Ikea. No meatballs, thank you. Once again the humorless Swedes have chosen a writer of migraines for the Nobel Prize in literature, an author of twilight meditations on time and memory and mortality and cold toast by loners looking at bad wallpaper. It’s not a prize for literature, it’s a prize for nihilism...

Opinion: GOP is finally, sorta, willing to admit the obvious

Yes, he’s childish and incompetent. Is that really news by now? But of course, it wasn’t that assessment of Failed President Trump that made jaws drop over the weekend so much as it was the person making it. Meaning Sen. Bob Corker, who unleashed an extraordinary barrage of contempt on Twitter and in a New York Times interview. The Tennessee Republican referred to the White House as an...

Opinion: Auto industry has glamorous past but opaque future

DETROIT — Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM’s CEO Mary Barra is wagering that the industry soon will be manufacturing New Economy products. They will incorporate technologies...

Opinion: Trump taking important step for religious freedom

Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, religiously affiliated institutions that find the requirement opposed to their religious principles, or nonreligious...

Weinstein just the latest revealed pig of liberalism

If you are surprised by the news that Harvey Weinstein of Miramax fame, a man well-known for profane tirades and physical altercations, is also the sort of charmer who loafs around seminude while asking subordinates for “back” massages, then you can be surprised by just about anything. Weinstein’s response to The New York Times’ impressive investigatory work was to issue a...

Opinion: Trump embraces the culture war

To attend the Indianapolis Colts game where the number of the legendary Peyton Manning was to be retired, Vice President Mike Pence, a former governor of Indiana, flew back from Las Vegas. With him in the stadium was wife Karen. In honor of Manning, she wore a No. 18 jersey as “The Star Spangled Banner” began. The Pences stood, hands over hearts. A dozen San Francisco 49ers took a knee...

Opinion: Inside N. Korea, and feeling the drums of war

PYONGYANG, North Korea — To fly into North Korea on an old Russian aircraft is to step into an alternate universe, one in which “the Supreme Leader” defeats craven U.S. imperialists, in which triplets are taken from parents to be raised by the state, in which nuclear war is imminent but survivable — and in which there is zero sympathy for U.S. detainees like Otto Warmbier....

COMMENTARY: Finding common ground to rebuild prosperity

A puzzling phenomenon in American politics is when voters support candidates who have policies adverse to their economic interests. For example, lower-income, rural voters consistently vote Republican despite the fact that, as documented by several studies, policies promoted and enacted by Republicans have primarily benefited the wealthy and led to historic increases in economic inequality. An early...

Opinion: Bikini-clad baristas serve up a lesson in free speech

SEATTLE — Amazon, which has made this city the epicenter of a retailing revolution, is not the Northwest’s only commercial disrupter. In the nearby city of Everett, Liberty Ziska and some other bikini baristas, have provoked the City Council to pass, unanimously, ordinances requiring baristas to be less nearly naked when they work. The baristas, in turn, have hired a lawyer and made an...
Jay Ambrose: How Trump’s stance against gun control controls guns

Jay Ambrose: How Trump’s stance against gun control controls guns

In the wake of the horrible, unbelievably sad and insane shooting massacre of 59 people in Las Vegas, on top of more than 500 wounded, it’s time to blame human evil on guns again. The misled, uninformed and, in some cases, ideologically twisted, don’t get it that the evidence of gun laws doing any good is leaky at best and that it’s antics like theirs that boost sales. A calm, cool...
Gail Collins: Sex, sanctimony and Congress. The story of Tim Murphy

Gail Collins: Sex, sanctimony and Congress. The story of Tim Murphy

Our topic for today is hypocrisy. The scene is — where else? — Congress. This week the House of Representatives voted 237-189 to make it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion on a woman who has been pregnant more than 20 weeks. Victory for the anti-choice forces. One of whom was apparently very interested in maintaining all options when he thought his own girlfriend was expecting...
Jimmy Carter: What I've learned from North Korea's leaders

Jimmy Carter: What I've learned from North Korea's leaders

As the world knows, we face the strong possibility of another Korean war, with potentially devastating consequences to the Korean Peninsula, Japan, our outlying territories in the Pacific and perhaps the mainland of the United States. This is the most serious existing threat to world peace, and it is imperative that Pyongyang and Washington find some way to ease the escalating tension and reach a...

Opinion: ‘Thoughts and prayers’ for Las Vegas victims not enough

There is, by now, a grim routine to all of this. That’s how frequently it happens, how unremarkable it has become in America for some lunatic with a gun to shoot up a public place: we have evolved a script for it. Take Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas — at least 59 people dead, over 525 wounded — as an example. Like a favorite movie, you can recite the lines by rote. Politicians...

Opinion: Moment of unity in a disintegrating world

“An act of pure evil,” said President Trump of the atrocity in Las Vegas, invoking our ancient faith: “Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence,” Trump went on in his most presidential moment, “and though we feel such...

Opinion: In Kansas, the kid stays on the ballot

What does it say about Kansas that three teenagers are running for governor? All three high school students say they are serious contenders to succeed Gov. Sam Brownback, whose administration has by all accounts been an absolute flop. In less than five years, Brownback’s firm belief that the state could tax-cut its way to prosperity proved to be a horrendous debacle. The promised flood of private...

PERSPECTIVE: For the massacre’s survivors, the search for meaning

The horror the horror. The English language, expansive as it is, lacks sufficient vocabulary for the near-ceaseless popping sound of an automatic weapon pounding bullets into terrified people as they run away from and toward — the unknown. How do you express the inconceivable, the imponderable? You try to put yourself there. What would you have done? Run, but to where? Seek cover, but under...

Garrison Keillor: Every day is an adventure in America

I went through airport security Monday and neglected to take my laptop out of my briefcase and place it in a separate plastic bin and was properly chastised by a TSA lady who put her hands on her hips and said, “I just got done telling you about laptops!” Not many 75-year-old men from Minnesota are out to blow up an airliner, but of course it only takes one, and she was right to say, &ldquo...

COMMENTARY: Trump’s presidency is becoming increasingly irrelevant

Announcement: Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States. Oh, sure, he has the title and the bully pulpit — from which he’s bullying everyone from NBA players to people protesting white supremacists to DACA kids. But he’s not actively governing the United States. That work is happening elsewhere — in Congress, the courts, the Fed, the states. Or it’s...

Opinion: Judge Roy Moore bolsters Republican party credibility

To the dismay of Washington’s Republican Senate leadership, Judge Roy Moore crushed Luther Strange in the runoff for the Republican nomination for the open Senate seat in Alabama, outpolling Strange by 9 percentage points. Senate Republican leadership, and President Trump, stood behind Strange. The Republican establishment doesn’t want their party branded with Moore’s hard-core,...

TODAY’S MODERATOR: GM going all electric

This was either an “about time,” or a “didn’t see that coming.” On Monday, General Motors announced an all-electric future. Says Wired, “After more than a century peddling vehicles that pollute … GM is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. The American automotive giant announced that it is working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future...

COMMENTARY: Stop manipulating Vegas to make your point

Nearly 60 concertgoers were killed Sunday night in Las Vegas and more than 500 were injured in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. By Monday morning, when we still knew nothing about the motives of alleged shooter 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, the politics had already begun. Many Democrats immediately called for more gun control, noting that Nevada has some of the laxest gun laws in the U.S. However...

Fresh Ideas: On Coates’ newest book

From The Los Angeles Times: “Early in ‘We Were Eight Years in Power,’ Ta-Nehisi Coates’ third book, he writes, ‘there is a notion out there that black people enjoy the Sisyphean struggle against racism. In fact, most of us live for the day when we can struggle against anything else.’ However, as he explains, black Americans struggle out of fear for their and their...

Opinion: Does our society still support the right to be wrong?

The whole idea of a free society is based on a very simple idea that is very hard to live by: People have the right to be wrong. This idea has ancient roots, but it was always and everywhere a minority opinion, unpopular with both the masses and the rulers, until relatively recently. In the “modern” era, its status as one of the defining ideas of Western civilization can be traced to the...

PERSPECTIVE: Hugh Hefner’s legacy: Finding the teen boy inside men

Hugh Hefner’s death Wednesday at age 91 brought to mind a special piece of history that we have in our house: a Braille edition of Playboy magazine. Yes, when subscribers to the Braille version of Playboy say, “I only read it for the articles,” you know they’re not lying. With all the visual appeal of a brown paper bag, the Braille Playboy is one of dozens of popular magazines...

COMMENTARY: Liberals have it wrong on campaign spending

The 2018 election is already upon us. Americans can expect an expensive one. Outside groups have spent tens of millions on Senate and House races already. A projected $3 billion will be spent on political advertisements through 2018. And there’s nothing wrong with that. “Money in politics” — long vilified by liberal commentators — simply translates to more information...

Opinion: Now, even football divides Americans

According to an account my son came across a while ago: “Football is one of the most powerful institutions in American society. It is so powerful that it claimed an entire day of the week. It said, ‘This day is ours. We own it.’ Not only did football take a day of the week, but the previous owner was God.” Though a failed fan myself, I am an American, and accordingly can hardly...

Opinion: So black athletes have forgotten their place?

Dear black people: I guess we’ve messed up again. Seems like we’re never going to learn how to properly protest, no matter how hard conservatives try to teach us. When there was violence in the streets over unpunished police killings of African-American men, they said that was the wrong way to go about it. Most of us agreed. But when peaceful street demonstrations took place, conservatives...

Opinion: Unhappy with facts, Seattle’s council turns to interpretations

SEATTLE — In this city, which is a petri dish of progressivism, a prevailing theory is that when you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it, except when they do not. Another, and related, theory is that constitutional and statutory texts should be construed in the spirit of Friedrich Nietzsche: There are no facts, only interpretations. The city council has voted to impose a...

Opinion: Will NFL demand respect for Old Glory?

“America refuses to address the pervasive evil of white cops killing black men, and I will not stand during a national anthem that honors the flag of such a country!” That is the message Colin Kaepernick sent by “taking a knee” during the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” before San Francisco ’49s games in 2016. No NFL owner picked up his contract in 2017...

Opinion: Meet the world’s leaders, in hypocrisy

Leaders from around the world have descended on New York for United Nations meetings, fancy parties, ringing speeches about helping the poor — and a big dose of hypocrisy. And — finally! — this is one area where President Donald Trump has shown global leadership. If there were an award for United Nations chutzpah, the competition would be tough, but the medal might go to Trump for...

Wrong of GOP lawmakers to sink ACA repeal

With Maine Senator Susan Collins announcing her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill to reform Obamacare, she has slammed the door on this latest Republican effort to address our health care crisis. I’m just able to muster up one word to capture my sense of Sen. Collins: Irresponsible. Collins expressed her concern that the bill would “open the door for states to weaken protection for...

Cruelty, incompetence and lies

Graham-Cassidy, the health bill the Senate may vote on next week, is stunningly cruel. It’s also incompetently drafted: The bill’s sponsors clearly had no idea what they were doing when they put it together. Furthermore, their efforts to sell the bill involve obvious, blatant lies. Nonetheless, the bill could pass. The Affordable Care Act, which has reduced the percentage of Americans...

Opinion: The steep cost of cheap speech

WASHINGTON — At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of mental disorder, and there is a substantial overlap between these slivers. At most moments, 312 million are not listening to excitable...

Opinion: Sean Spicer at the Emmys no laughing matter

“Was nothing real?” — Jim Carrey in “The Truman Show” Funny covers a multitude of sins. That has long been my go-to explanation of a dynamic unique to comedy. Meaning the fact that you are allowed to be crude and shocking, to transgress all kinds of isms, all bounds of propriety, if you can get a laugh in the process. Sean Spicer got a laugh out of me Sunday night. He...

Opinion: Who truly imperils our free society?

“The Barbarian cannot make … he can befog and destroy but … he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.” Hilaire Belloc’s depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and heroes of the Republic and of the West continue to be vandalized and smashed. A week ago...

Opinion: Huts burn, children die and Suu Kyi shrugs

A beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner is presiding over an ethnic cleansing in which villages are burned, women raped and children butchered. For the last three weeks, Buddhist-majority Myanmar has systematically slaughtered civilians belonging to the Rohingya Muslim minority, forcing 270,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh — with Myanmar soldiers shooting at them even as they cross the border...

Opinion: Welfare state fed marriage collapse for whites, blacks

A new report from the Pew Research Center updates the deteriorating state of traditional marriage in America. And as sobering as is the picture for the nation as a whole, the situation for black America is even more disturbing. Fifty percent of American adults over 18 are married today, down 32 percent from 72 percent in 1960. Among black Americans, just 30 percent of adults over 18 are married today...

Opinion: Do conservatives take rape seriously?

Have conservatives forsaken rape victims? That’s one of the more challenging questions posed following the furor over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ announcement that her department will revise the Obama-era guidance on how sexual assault allegations are to be handled by universities. Because we live in an age of rage, the move sparked some overheated commentary (“making campuses...

Opinion: Nickel prophets are a dime a dozen

“Be still and know that I am God.” — Psalms 46:10 It’s an admonition some of us struggle to obey. Indeed, some of God’s self-appointed spokespersons seem to find it especially difficult. Thus, before the first raindrop fell, the first palm tree bowed, or the first transformer blew, they came out to tell us what He meant by pointing a monster hurricane at Florida. A Pastor...

Don’t make too much of Trump’s deal with the Democrats

Be wary of anyone who purports to understand the deep meaning of President Trump’s decision to side with the Democrats on short-term budget issues. Nobody knows what he’s up to, and this probably includes Trump himself. Nonetheless, his recent foray into bipartisanship provides the occasion to explore the path he chose not to take at the beginning of his administration. He had the opportunity...

Opinion: As tribalism spreads, U.S. must maintain caution

Recently, a columnist-friend, Matt Kenney, sent me a 26-year-old newspaper with his chiding that my column had been given better play. Both had run in The Orange County Register on June 30, 1991. “Is there no room for new nations in the New World Order?” was my title, and the column began: “In turning a stone face toward embattled Slovenia and Croatia, President Bush and Secretary...

Opinion: Google allies itself with sex traffickers like Backpage.com

Sex traffickers in America have the police and prosecutors pursuing them, but they do have one crucial (if secret) ally: Google. Google’s motto has long been “Don’t be evil,” and I admire lots about the company. But organizations it funds have for years been quietly helping Backpage.com, the odious website where most American victims of human trafficking are sold, to battle...

Liberals’ assault on Christian judges should anger many

Seems that for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, being a believing Catholic is enough to disqualify a candidate for a federal judgeship. Feinstein stated as such at confirmation hearings for Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett, nominated by President Trump to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma,” explained the Senator. “And I...
Barrone: Can Trump and Democrats make a deal on immigration?

Barrone: Can Trump and Democrats make a deal on immigration?

Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided protection from deportation to immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children and who didn&rsquo...
Sanchez: Can Sen. McCaskill stem the opioid epidemic? She’s trying

Sanchez: Can Sen. McCaskill stem the opioid epidemic? She’s trying

If you want to understand America’s opioid epidemic, start with an autopsy. Sarah Fuller died March 25, 2016. She was 32, suffering from chronic head and neck pain due to two car accidents. The cause of her death was allegedly an overdose of Subsys, a highly addictive spray medication developed to ease intense pain associated with cancer — debilitating pain that other drugs can’t...
America's division: We united in the wake of 9/11, then partisanship re-emerged

America's division: We united in the wake of 9/11, then partisanship re-emerged

After terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans swiftly responded with fellowship and patriotism.  People of different races and religions consoled one another at candlelight vigils. Others tattooed stars and stripes on their bodies. American flags rose up in neighborhoods across the nation. On the evening of the attacks, roughly 150 members of Congress ...

Opinion: Penn school of law professor pokes the beehive

Professor Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law has poked a stick into a beehive. Tenure is liberating that way. In an op-ed for Philly.com, she argued, with Larry Alexander, a law professor at the University of San Diego, that the decline of “bourgeois values” since the 1950s has contributed to a host of social ills. Male labor-force participation rates are down to Depression-era...

Opinion: Will Congress be stirred from its slumber?

WASHINGTON — Today, worse is better. The president’s manifest and manifold inadequacies might awaken a slumbering Congress to the existence of its Article I powers and responsibilities. As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed devotion to all 12 of the Constitution’s seven articles. As president, Barack Obama, discerning a defect in the work of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, supplied...

Opinion: America, a land of liberty and justice for some

Steve Loomis is angry. Loomis, the head of Cleveland’s police union, is using words like “hypocritical,” ”ignorant,” and “offensive,” and you might, for a wishful second, convince yourself he’s talking about that day in 2014 when two Cleveland police skidded to a stop in front of a 12-year-old black boy playing with a toy gun in a park and instantly...

Opinion: On the Dreamers, Trump believes nothing

One of the most cynical quotations in history is also one of the most widely attributed. Let’s ponder the version associated with Groucho Marx: “Sincerity is the key to success. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” From the moment Donald Trump opened his quest for the presidency, this idea has defined him and served as an organizing principle of his politics. He presented...

Opinion: Should Japan and South Korea go nuclear?

By setting off a 100-kiloton bomb, after firing a missile over Japan, Kim Jong Un has gotten the world’s attention. What else does he want? Almost surely not war with America. For no matter what damage Kim could visit on U.S. troops and bases in South Korea, Okinawa and Guam, his country would be destroyed and the regime his grandfather built annihilated. “The supreme art of war is to...

Opinion: It’s not too late to learn from our mistakes

Imagine that after the 9/11 attacks, the conversation had been limited to the tragedy in Lower Manhattan, the heroism of rescuers and the high heels of the visiting first lady — without addressing the risks of future terrorism. That’s how we have viewed Hurricane Harvey in Houston, as a gripping human drama but without adequate discussion of how climate change increases risks of such cataclysms...

Roy Moore can help restore U.S.’s Christian foundation

The rising political star of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama is another surprise in a political season defined by the unexpected and the unconventional. On Aug. 15, Moore finished ahead of Senator Luther Strange in a primary election to pick the Republican candidate who will run in November’s general election to fill the seat of former Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions vacated the seat to become the...

Opinion: Critics of Trump’s Arpaio pardon have short memories

President Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has drawn predictable responses. The left, which long ago exceeded its sell-by date when it comes to ideas that work, denounced the decision as racist (that’s all they have) and a perversion of justice. Some moderates, like Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, Speaker Paul...
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