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Dems yelp as Trump upholds Constitution

Donald Trump is criticized, often justly, for misstatements of facts and failure to understand the details of public policy. But in two of his most recent controversial actions, he has taken stands upholding the rule of law and undoing the lawless behavior of his most recent predecessor. The ...

Trump call to grieving family threw gas on fire

His name was La David T. Johnson. His wife’s name is Myeshia Johnson. The congresswoman from Florida is Frederica Wilson. You would know none of this from Donald Trump’s public statement Wednesday: “I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who sounded like a ...

Harvey Weinstein and feminism: MeToo hashtag a rallying cry

What makes Harvey Weinsteins? The chief of Amazon studios, Roy Price, has now resigned in the wake of allegations that he made lewd comments and propositioned a producer. Lists of accused sexual predators in Hollywood and journalism are circulating on social media. President Donald ...

Trump makes mess of trade; economy beware

America’s closest neighbors, Mexico and Canada, rank high on Donald Trump’s to-do list of allies to offend. The North American Free Trade Agreement, the president insists, is “the worst deal ever.” Actually, it’s been a mostly good deal for all three partners. But even if the U.S. ...

Trump is ‘talent,’ not head of state

In high school civics I was taught that, in America, the president has many roles, often divided in other countries. He’s commander in chief, head of state, chief administrator and executive, the head of his party, chief diplomat, legislative leader and, according to some lists, “the ...

Kimmel vs. Carson: Changing times

Jimmy Kimmel deserves credit for frankness, if nothing else. In an interview over the weekend, the ABC late-night host said he doesn’t care about losing Republican viewers. We’re a long way from Johnny Carson, whose “Tonight Show” was a national institution that enjoyed a broad ...

Who will not be the 2020 presidential nominee?

In 1963, the legendary Russell Baker, writing in The New York Times, explained how we in the press, years before the nation’s next presidential campaign, are miraculously able to agree upon who qualify — and, perhaps more importantly, who do not qualify — as plausible White House ...

Some more equal than others

“We will support you today, tomorrow and the day after,” President Donald Trump promised those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. “When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. When we see neighbors in need, we rush to their aid. We don’t ask their names or where they’re from. We help our ...

Today has turn-of-the-century problems

michael barone Is America in a new Gilded Age? That’s the contention of Republican political consultant Bruce Mehlman, and in a series of 35 slides, he makes a strong case. In many ways, problems facing America today resemble those facing what we still call “turn-of-the-century” ...

Kurds are yelling at world at top of lungs

mohey mowafy The recent overwhelming vote by the Iraqi Kurds to eventually become an autonomous nation was severely condemned by almost everyone. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called it illegitimate, and so did every country in the Middle East, except for Israel. It is very sensible ...

Expect Harvey Weinstein’s dark legacy to go on and on

Connie schultz Here we are again, America, forced to face ourselves and wincing at our reflection. We now know, through reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker, that Harvey Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and a big-time Democratic donor — bullied, ...

Focus on sex registry rewrite on risk

Michigan’s ill-advised scheme to pile on punishment for convicted sex offenders failed to get even a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving the Legislature to craft a new law that will restore both sanity and fairness to the state's sex offender registry. The High Court said Monday ...

Trump ‘love’ for Puerto Rico will be tested

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — When Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee charged the other day that the White House had become “an adult day care center” — with three former generals there babysitting Donald Trump — he added: “Someone obviously missed their shift.” On Thursday, ...

Harvey Weinstein scandal leaves trail of hypocrisy

If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let’s start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn’t fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one. The Weinstein Co. board members probably didn’t know everything, but they surely ...

President Trump, war is not a spectator sport

On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: “I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely ...

Swamp keeps on getting deeper

Tom Price resigned his post as secretary of health and human services because the president didn’t like the optics of his using taxpayer money to fly in private jets to venues easily accessible by commercial flights — or even by car. But plenty of others in the administration have exercised ...

Both parties determined to lose in 2018

Almost no one disagrees that our two major political parties, the oldest and third-oldest in the world, have become increasingly extreme and estranged over the past decade. It’s a startling contrast with the state of political conflict in the dozen or so years after the fall of the Soviet ...

Empty thoughts, prayers follow Vegas massacre

No matter how great one’s faith in God, after yet another massacre of innocent people, it’s impossible to believe that prayer alone is going to save us from ourselves. We’re living and grieving this essential truth, no matter how many times we try to tell ourselves and anyone who will ...

American madness: New gun laws won’t solve problem

All countries have mental illness, but its expression differs dramatically by culture. Historically, in Southeast Asia, men whose minds were coming unglued displayed symptoms of wild, uncontrolled violence. It was called “amok” and entered our language as “running amok.” In the Middle ...

Can diverse views work on campus?

Conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro gave a speech this month at the University of California, Berkeley. And while that's a victory for any right-leaning speaker these days, it cost $600,000 on security measures to make it happen and keep Shapiro safe. So much for “free” speech. Berkeley ...