Ideas & Voices


Opinion: Photo captures Trump's notes for listening session

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump held a worthwhile listening session Wednesday featuring a range of views on how to combat gun violence in schools. And while Trump's at-times-meandering comments about arming teachers will certainly raise eyebrows, for the most part he did listen. Thanks in part, it seems, to a helpful reminder.  Washington Post photographer Ricky Carioti captured...

Opinion: Gun control about saving lives, not waging culture wars

WASHINGTON — You have perhaps heard the joke about the liberal who is so open-minded that he can’t even take his own side in an argument. What’s less funny is that on gun control, liberals have been told for years that if they do take their own side in the argument, they will only hurt their cause. Supporters of even modest restrictions on firearms are regularly instructed that their...

Opinion: Going to school shouldn’t turn into a death sentence

MIAMI — I know a high-school senior who hadn’t heard the awful news from Parkland before he got home Wednesday. He stared at the television and said, “What?” And, moments later, shaking his head: “What the hell?” This young man doesn’t know anyone who goes to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, though it’s not far away. His own father had grown up in Broward...

Opinion: Will automation kill our jobs?

A recent article in The Guardian dons the foreboding title “Robots will destroy our jobs — and we’re not ready for it.” The article claims, “For every job created by robotic automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. … This disruption will have a devastating impact on our workforce.” According to an article in MIT Technology Review, business researchers...

Opinion: Parkland school student rises up to challenge gun carnage

WASHINGTON — It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as they learned about an active shooter prowling their school. Via news apps, these survivors of Wednesday’s murderous rampage at a Parkland, Florida, high school, where 17 were killed and 15 injured, watched news develop in real time...

Opinion: ‘Daily Me’ undermines ability to understand ‘other side’

We live in two Americas. In one America, a mentally unstable president selected partly by Russia lies daily and stirs up bigotry that tears our social fabric. In another America, a can-do president tries to make America great again as lying journalists stir up hatred that tears our social fabric. The one thing we all agree on: Our social fabric is torn. In each America, people who inhabit the other...

Opinion: Official portraits test our feelings about the Obama era

Well, what did you think? What sounded to me like the Gasp Heard ’Round the World followed the unveilings of the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Or, as my own immediate, largely unschooled and low-brow reaction sounded, “Ooooh … ahhhh … huh?!!!” Ah, well. I have learned...

Opinion: Will automation kill our jobs?

A recent article in The Guardian dons the foreboding title “Robots will destroy our jobs — and we’re not ready for it.” The article claims, “For every job created by robotic automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. … This disruption will have a devastating impact on our workforce.” According to an article in MIT Technology Review, business researchers...

Opinion: If nationalism is on rise, where’s outrage over Russia?

I’m confused. These days, “nationalism” is all the rage on the right. I put it in quotes because there are a lot of different ideas of what nationalism means. Some of it is just rah-rah “USA No. 1” sloganeering. For others, nationalism is basically code for white identity politics. And for the so-called “alt-right,” it’s not even code. “The ideal...

COMMENTARY: Think we’re divided today? Remember 1968

Everybody talks about the current political climate in the United States, how the opposing political views are so divisive, and how the fire and fury will tear our nation apart. Certainly, those are valid concerns. But then I look back at 1968. The music proclaimed that it was all about long beautiful hair and the Age of Aquarius. But the planets were not aligned to let the sunshine in. Instead the...

Opinion: Mass killers should be denied notoriety they crave

An orgy of mutual disgust now greets every mass shooting in America. Liberals despise conservatives who, they predict, will offer only insipid “thoughts and prayers” in the face of what they conceive to be preventable massacres. Conservatives scorn liberals who, they believe, will propose “feel-good” gun measures that would have no effect on any mass shooting. But there is...

Opinion: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

“MASON CITY. To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.” — Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” (1946) WASHINGTON — Appropriately, Warren began the best book about American populism, his novel based on Huey Long’s Louisiana career, with a rolling sentence about a road. Time was, infrastructure...
OPINION: History-making or not engaging? Readers on Obama portraits

OPINION: History-making or not engaging? Readers on Obama portraits

IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Paintings rarely stir up much controvery or heated discussion these days, so it was pretty interesting to hear the animated chatter that greeted Tuesday’s unveiling of the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama that will hang in theSmithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by...
Gail Collins: Who’s President Trump’s worst minion?

Gail Collins: Who’s President Trump’s worst minion?

Does every terrible employee in America work for the Trump White House? O.K., probably not. Donald Trump didn’t hire the guy who told Hawaiians they were about to be hit by a ballistic missile. Or the airline representative who was accused of pressing a passenger to flush her hamster down the toilet. But for overall ineptitude and ability to create crises at the highest level, you have to go...
Jackie Cushman: Consider how Washington and Lincoln shaped our country

Jackie Cushman: Consider how Washington and Lincoln shaped our country

This coming week, we recognize the federal holiday celebrating George Washington’s birthday. Many states now recognize President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on the same day. For retail advertisers, it’s more about the sales than anything else, and for some school systems that had snow days earlier in the year, it’s a chance to make up a day of instruction. My challenge to you...

Opinion: Is U.S. being sucked into Syria’s war?

Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed. On Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a U.S. drone that fell into Iran’s hands, intruded briefly into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights, and was shot down by an Apache helicopter. Israel...

PERSPECTIVE: An Olympic reminder of parenting’s challenges

I don’t know about you, but I love the Olympics. Watching athletes perform after lifelong commitment is inspiring. Each of these amazing competitors has a story filled with years of preparation, hard work and unyielding perseverance. Most often, family support is paramount. I was watching an interview with Chloe Kim, the American gold medalist in women’s snowboarding. The 17-year-old smiled...

Opinion: President Trump, how is this immigrant a danger?

President Donald Trump suggests that the aim of his crackdown on immigrants is to “defend Americans” from “savage,” “worst of the worst” intruders who kill Americans or at least are “dangerous criminals.” What does Trump’s crackdown look like in real life? In Lawrence, Kansas, the other day, immigration agents handcuffed a beloved chemistry professor...

COMMENTARY: Who really cares if Iran dominates the Middle East?

With Bashar Assad still in power in Syria, supported by Russia, Syrian ally Iran is about to dominate the Middle East, and there’s nothing that can be done about it. But is this really such a bad thing? Maybe it is if you’ve put all your eggs in other Middle Eastern baskets to the total exclusion of Iran, while your rivals long ago established a solid footing there. In that case, you&rsquo...

OPINION: Trump’s tax cut is fueling stock buybacks, not wage increases

Donald Trump’s promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers’ wages is proving to be about as truthful as his promise to release his tax returns. The results are coming in, and guess what? Almost all the extra money is going into stock buybacks. Since the tax cut became law, buy-backs have surged to $88.6 billion. That’s more than...

Opinion: HBCUs, libertarian alliance can help fight poverty

In 2015, as told on the Center for Advancing Opportunity website, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., then-president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, heard libertarian billionaire businessman Charles Koch, in a TV interview, discussing eliminating barriers to opportunity. Taylor reached out to Koch, and the result was a Koch contribution of $25.6 million to the TMCF to establish the Center for Advancing Opportunity...

COMMENTARY: Aphrodite, Eros and that confusing word

Yes, love. I’ve been confused about the word ever since I had to give valentines to all the girls (and guys!) in my fifth-grade class. All the girls, not just awesome Beverly O. We love chocolate. We love our girlfriends and boyfriends. We love football, our children, our country, our spouses, pets, parents. While there’s an obvious issue with inanimate objects, even love of people is...

COMMENTARY: Americans were already skeptical of law enforcement

President Trump recently approved the release of the Nunes memo, a brief document compiled under Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). The memo’s basic claim is that during the 2016 election, the FBI obtained permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court to spy on Carter Page, a Trump campaign aide, and it did so significantly based on evidence whose collection was partially funded...

PERSPECTIVE: Taking a closer look at the Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service delivers to 156 million addresses six and even seven days a week, is consistently rated the most-trusted federal agency by the public and handles an astonishing 47 percent of the world’s mail. Yet, misinformation exists about the Postal Service, often creeping into coverage and commentary. I appreciate the opportunity to provide some facts about USPS and its value. Based...

COMMENTARY: Hey, Comcast customers — this cut’s (not) for you

Attention Comcast customers! You are in a great position to test out the predictions which have been made about the Republican tax bill that recently went into effect. The Congressional Republicans who rushed the bill through insisted that its trickle-down tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations would create jobs. Lots of jobs! In the weeks following the bill’s passage, Sen. Rob Portman...

Opinion: The anti-Porter conspiracy

I’m having trouble understanding why Rob Porter had to resign his job as White House staff secretary. Yes, he was credibly accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives. One produced a photo of her black eye and bruised cheek; the other had phoned 911 when he allegedly punched through the glass of her front door in an effort to break into her house. She obtained a protective order against him. Well...

COMMENTARY: Redistricting plan still has a way to go

Yes, the legislature’s approval of a proposed reform of congressional “redistricting” (Senate Joint Resolution 5) was a good thing. But make no mistake: Inside the General Assembly, good government takes a back seat to self-interest. Ohioans will vote SJR 5 up or down on May 8. SJR5 is a good if not perfect plan. Every single state senator present for last week’s Senate vote...
Commentary: Why America might listen to Trump’s pitch for prison reform

Commentary: Why America might listen to Trump’s pitch for prison reform

It didn’t seem to fit in President Trump’s State of the Union address, perhaps something tossed in at the last minute, like a garnish. But there it was: “As America regains its strength, opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons, to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life.”...
Commentary: Why John Kelly is Trump’s worst watcher

Commentary: Why John Kelly is Trump’s worst watcher

Do you remember back when everybody thought John Kelly was going to calm down the Trump White House? Stop laughing. Although it has been another wow of a week, hasn’t it? We had one top administration official, Rob Porter, resigning over claims of domestic abuse regarding two ex-wives. Kelly defended Porter as “a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional” shortly before a picture...

Opinion: The question Trump failed to answer

This is about a question Donald Trump failed to answer. Granted, there are a lot of those, but this was a particularly tough one. Indeed, it was likely more difficult in its way than anything April Ryan or Lester Holt has ever asked him. But then, they’re only adults. Ava Rose Olsen is 7 years old. As anyone who has experience with human beings of that age can attest, no one asks more pointed...

Opinion: Snakes on a plane for emotional support?

WASHINGTON — When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America’s ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel. You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize — say, 7-feet long — boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so you hope, in the seat next to you. Oscar is an “emotional-support animal.” He...

Opinion: Nunes duels the Deep State

That memo worked up in the Intel Committee of Chairman Devin Nunes may not have sunk the Mueller investigation, but from the sound of the secondary explosions, this torpedo was no dud. To persuade a FISA court to issue a warrant to spy on Trump aide Carter Page, the FBI relied on a dossier produced by a Trump-hating British spy, who was using old Kremlin contacts, while being paid to dig up dirt on...
Reaching across cultures for 25 years

Reaching across cultures for 25 years

For 25 years, the annual REACH Across Dayton conference has been using art, discussion, music and more to help expose thousands of people to other cultures and ethnic groups. Its main two founders and leaders, Tess Little and Willis “Bing” Davis, two artist/teachers and longtime friends, are stepping aside from organizing the event after this year. We talked with them and the professor...

Opinion: We should all stand on the side of ‘she-devils’

In Missouri, an acolyte of President Donald Trump is running for the U.S. Senate and denouncing “manophobic hell-bent feminist she-devils.” The candidate, Courtland Sykes, a conservative Republican, is seeking to oust a moderate Democrat, Claire McCaskill. That diatribe by Sykes is worth quoting as a window into the backlash against #MeToo and empowered women: “I don’t buy...

Opinion: Celebrate black history through black ownership

I have long been in favor of reforming Social Security by changing it to a system of personally owned retirement accounts. Instead of paying a payroll tax, with the U.S. government telling you what you’ll get when you retire, you take ownership of that money — the payroll tax — and invest in your own retirement account. I am for IRAs not the IRS. This is a good time to bring this...

Opinion: Despite intellectual trends, truth is not subjective

Early in George W. Bush’s first term, I was dining with a friend who didn’t agree with my worldview. He challenged my certitude, allowing that he wasn’t sure about many issues. “Don’t you wonder whether you’re right?” he asked. “Well,” I replied, “if I held an incorrect view, I’d change it to the correct one.” It was a joke, obviously...

Opinion: Sisters are doin’ it for us all

Sisters are doin’ it for themselves. That, you may remember, was the title of a hit 1985 pop song. But 33 years later, pop has become prophecy. What other conclusion can one draw from the tsunami of woman power now bearing down on us? As chronicled by the New York Times, CNN, NBC News, Time and others, 2018 has brought a record number of women — over 500 — running for major state...

Opinion: Why good economic news is bad news

WASHINGTON — In 1930, John Maynard Keynes was worried, but not about the unpleasantness that had begun the previous year and would linger long enough to become known as the Great Depression. What troubled the British economist was that humanity “is solving its economic problem.” In his essay “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” Keynes, seeking to dispel pessimism...

Opinion: Entrepreneurs offer window to address social problems

DAVOS, Switzerland — When I visit university campuses, I’m periodically asked if students who seek jobs in the business world are immoral, money-grubbing sellouts. I don’t think they are, for businesses can be a hugely important force for progress. Can be, but usually aren’t. Swirling in the air in Davos at the World Economic Forum was an important discussion of how companies...

Defiant naysayers wrong to claim Trump is racist

As President Trump lays out and implements his vision for American success — via his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” — there remain defiant naysayers. Among the most defiant are those who want to talk about race. They oppose Trump, claiming he is biased against minorities. Unfortunately, talking about race is a great diversion from the discussion about the ideas...

COMMENTARY: Are parents’ smartphone worries misplaced?

We have all seen it — children, sitting together with smartphones, texting and otherwise communicating without use of voice or eye contact. Annoying perhaps, but not necessarily the threat to their healthy development or civilization that alarmists allege. Smartphones hardly pose challenges parents have not seen before. Telephones, TVs and PCs provided children with speedier communications,...

Opinion: Conspiracy mindset on the upswing

I am old enough to remember when conspiracy theories were primarily the province of the left. In the 1990s, the San Jose Mercury News ran a series asserting that the crack epidemic in African-American neighborhoods was a plot orchestrated by the CIA. The tale was satisfying to many who were predisposed to see the CIA as a villain and who were sympathetic to explanations of addiction that excluded...

Opinion: Democrats, you’ve been had!

Dear Democrats: That was no government shutdown. It was a long weekend. It was a snow day. Don’t get me wrong. I am no fan of shuttering the federal government as a tactic of political negotiation. In the first place, it inflicts hardship on the people you’re sworn to serve. In the second place, it confirms the U.S. Capitol building as the world’s most majestic day care center. Shutting...

PERSPECTIVE: A first-hand look at China’s new glitter and glitz

I remember that big international breakthrough when President Richard Nixon went to the People’s Republic of China and met with Mao Zedong in 1972. After almost 25 years of complete isolation, that meeting was a major success, although real change and real progress did not occur until after Mao died in 1976. Mao literally wore his peasant sympathies on his sleeve, as he and virtually all Chinese...

OPINION: Learning from the Catch-22 Shutdown

The lesson of the government shutdown is that it’s really rotten to be the side with almost no power. If power corrupts, powerlessness leads to paralyzing recriminations. Among Democrats, neither progressives nor moderates have fully come to terms with the box the party is in. If they continue to put their internal quarrels above finding a better joint strategy, the victors will be President...

COMMENTARY: Character still counts, doesn’t it?

My wife and I raised three boys. Like most parents, we taught them practical and moral lessons, including the importance of hard work, truth-telling, and to treat everyone with decency and respect, regardless of their personal station in life. In other words, we strove to raise gentlemen when they came of age. They spent their childhood and adolescence during the 1990s and early 2000s, when Bill Clinton...

COMMENTARY: Democrats launched blitzkrieg assaults on themselves

The Republicans are led by a bigoted, incompetent president whose approval ratings are near historic lows. The Republicans in Congress embrace one unpopular policy option after another, so that all the signs pointed to a G.O.P. blood bath in the midterm elections. All of this has left those of us in the pundit class with a frustrating problem. Obviously, the Democrats were going to find some way to...
How did we lose a president's daughter? Story of Jefferson and Hemings’ female child

How did we lose a president's daughter? Story of Jefferson and Hemings’ female child

Many people know Thomas Jefferson had a long-standing relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings. But fewer know they had four children, three boys and a girl, who survived to adulthood. Born into slavery, Sally's daughter, Harriet, boarded a stagecoach to freedom at age 21, bound for Washington, D.C. Her father had given her $50 for her travel expenses. She would never see her mother or younger brothers...

Opinion: Some policy dentistry could combat truth decay

WASHINGTON — It cannot be a sign of social health that the number of tweets per day worldwide exploded from 5,000 in 2007 to 500 million six years later. And this might be related, by a few degrees of separation, to the fact that whereas in the 1992 presidential election more than one-third of America’s 3,113 counties or their equivalents had a single-digit margin of victory, in 2016 presidential...

Opinion: Is democracy on the way down?

“The Western democratic system is hailed by the developed world as near perfect and the most superior political system to run a country,” mocked China’s official new agency. “However, what’s happening in the United States today will make more people worldwide reflect on the viability and legitimacy of such a chaotic political system.” There is a worldwide audience...

Opinion: Come to this island, before it disappears

KUTUBDIA, Bangladesh — Anyone who doubts climate change should come to this lovely low-lying island, lapped by gentle waves and home to about 100,000 people. But come quickly, while it’s still here. “My house was over there,” said Zainal Abedin, a farmer, pointing to the waves about 100 feet from the shore. “At low tide, we can still see signs of our house.” Already...

Opinion: Trump right to push school choice over Left’s failed policies

Amidst the ongoing political noise and distractions in Washington, D.C., President Trump continues to focus on and address the nation’s most deep-seated problems. Trump proclaimed the week of Jan. 22 as National School Choice Week. It began in 2011. Trump’s proclamation notes a commitment to “a future of unprecedented educational achievement and freedom of choice.” Trump&rsquo...

Opinion: What is the real message of #MeToo?

The feminist website Babe published an account of a date gone bad. The pushback has been swift and sharp. I share some of the concerns of the critics, but I also think young women are sending a message that is being missed. The account by the anonymous “Grace” about a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari was, if not “3,000 words of revenge porn” (Caitlin Flanagan’s phrase)...

Opinion: Choosing immigration criteria is a Sisyphean task

WASHINGTON — In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: “It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us.” Perhaps today’s 115th Congress will resume the Sisyphean task of continuing one...

Opinion: Journalists must give light; public can find its way

I was wrong. Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation’s drift toward “factish” and “truthy” logic. What was needed, I’d reply with misplaced confidence, is robust fact-checking. If news media were more aggressive in calling people out for lying, I predicted, they’d be less likely to do so with impunity. Well, in the...

Opinion: Trump, meet a hero whom you maligned

In 1885, a poor, uneducated 16-year-old boy arrived in our country from Germany at a time when immigrants were often looked down on by affluent Americans. This boy was ambitious and entrepreneurial, and, despite language problems, he earned some money and then traveled up to the Klondike during the gold rush to operate a hotel that became notorious for prostitution. He prospered, and today his grandson...

Opinion: Republicans must lead in upcoming abortion debate

This year, as every year, I will be joining the hundreds of thousands who will be arriving in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, noting the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion on demand in our country. The event has taken place every year since 1973 and will continue to take place every year until this disastrous and destructive decision is reversed. Those...

Opinion: Sofia Vergara, frozen embryos and forced procreation

The Supreme Court of Colorado will soon rule on whether a person has a constitutional right to not procreate. The dispute is between Drake Rooks and his ex-wife, Mandy Rooks. The couple were married in 2002. They had three children using in vitro fertilization, but were left with six frozen embryos. In 2014, they divorced. Now they are embroiled in a legal battle over what should become of those &ldquo...

Opinion: In Oregon, progressivism spills over at the pump

WASHINGTON — Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of mind, which has something to do with it being impeccably progressive: In the series “Portlandia,” the mention of artisanal lightbulbs might be satirical, but given today&rsquo...

Opinion: ‘Fire and Fury’ is book we got, not one we needed

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s lawyers tried to suppress it. It’s why bookstores had to back order. Unfortunately, Wolff...

Caution: Entering Trump’s Mind

Our subject today is Donald Trump’s mind. Not the speculation about whether he’s losing his marbles. That was during our “Fire and Fury” period last week. Now, we’re thinking about that lovely bipartisan meeting the president hosted Tuesday with members of Congress about immigration. Everybody was impressed by how concerned Trump seemed to be about all the young Dreamers...

Opinion: What is America’s mission now?

Informing Iran, “The U.S. is watching what you do,” Amb. Nikki Haley called an emergency meeting Friday of the Security Council regarding the riots in Iran. The session left her and us looking ridiculous. France’s ambassador tutored Haley that how nations deal with internal disorders is not the council’s concern. Russia’s ambassador suggested the United Nations should...

Opinion: Why 2017 was best year in human history

We all know that the world is going to hell. Given the rising risk of nuclear war with North Korea, the paralysis in Congress, warfare in Yemen and Syria, atrocities in Myanmar and a president who may be going cuckoo, you might think 2017 was the worst year ever. But you’d be wrong. In fact, 2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity. A smaller share of the world&rsquo...
Opinion: Trump is reason for drop in blacks’ unemployment

Opinion: Trump is reason for drop in blacks’ unemployment

There’s plenty to celebrate in the December Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing black unemployment at 6.8 percent, the lowest since they started reporting the data in 1972. President Trump tweeted out his excitement and, of course, took credit for the good news. Has there ever been a politician who didn’t take credit for good news on his watch (or rationalize away responsibility...

Opinion: Don’t dance on Bannon’s grave yet

President Donald Trump’s official statement about Steve Bannon — the lack of exclamation points made it seem as if it might not be 100 percent his own words — is welcome. The president distanced himself from his former aide and included this dig: “We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda...

Opinion: U.S. needs balanced-budget amendment more than ever

WASHINGTON — Today’s political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given substantially more government goods and services than they should be asked to pay for. Lamentations about the paucity of bipartisanship ignore...

Opinion: 2017 — the year the last norms fell

It really wasn’t all that bad. That, at least, was the consensus response from a dozen historians to whom Politico posed a question in the waning hours of the old year: “Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?” Only one answered in the affirmative. The rest deferred to years they consider crazier, including 1861, the year America went to war with itself over slavery...

Opinion: The Times rides to Mueller’s rescue

What caused the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016, which evolved into the criminal investigation that is said today to imperil the Trump presidency? As James Comey’s FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller have, for 18 months, failed to prove Donald Trump’s “collusion” with the Kremlin, what was it, in mid-2016, that justified...
Opinion: Optimism’s growing about Trump, his prospects in 2018

Opinion: Optimism’s growing about Trump, his prospects in 2018

President Trump took office at the beginning of 2017 swimming in a sea of negativity. Some predicted that he wouldn’t make it through the year. Or, even if he did, he would fail to get any major legislation passed. Pew Research Center reported that 62 percent of the news stories about Trump’s first 60 days were negative, compared to 20 percent in President Obama’s first 60 days and...

Opinion: New York Times covers over-regulation or ‘kludge’

It may not be exactly the coming of the Messiah, but seeing a front-page story in The New York Times about over-regulation certainly feels like a breakthrough of note. Titled “One Apple Orchard and 5,000 Government Rules,” the story focuses on the Indian Ladder Farms apple orchard in Altamont, New York. A small, family-run business owned by Peter Ten Eyck, the farm does the bulk of its...

Opinion: When judicial deference becomes dereliction of duty

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin’s Supreme Court can soon right a flagrant wrong stemming from events set in motion in 2014 at Milwaukee’s Marquette University by Cheryl Abbate. Although just a graduate student, she already had a precocious aptitude for academic nastiness. On Oct. 28, in an undergraduate course she was teaching on ethics, when the subject of same-sex marriage arose there was...

Thomas: Heritage breaks two glass ceilings

Hillary Clinton was supposed to break the glass ceiling, which she said has kept a woman from becoming president, but the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., has actually done it. Their new president is Kay Coles James, a female, an African-American and a conservative, who fits no one’s mold. While her background is formidable — former...
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