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America ‘put last’ at Helsinki

George Will WASHINGTON — America’s child president had a playdate with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing daycare. It was a useful, because illuminating, event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment. Jeane Kirkpatrick, a Democrat closely ...

Putin speaks code that only Trump can understand

Mona Charen Back when word first leaked that Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer and others offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, President Trump seemed to think he was supplying an exculpatory cover story. Flying home from Germany on Air Force One, ...

Make voting better: Make it easy

If you haven’t registered to vote in the Aug. 7 primaries, it is too late for you to participate. The deadline for registering to vote was July 8. It probably is not a coincidence that a coalition of progressive groups submitted 430,000 petition signatures that same Monday to eliminate ...

Trump digs himself a deeper hole

jules witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump took to television Tuesday to “clarify” his position on alleged Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election, as stated at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin. The only thing he clarified was his astonishing ability to make matters ...

Foreigners boycott Trump’s America

Are President Trump’s threats and insults against our allies just an obnoxious negotiating tactic? It hardly matters, because they haven’t worked. And it’s worse than not working. Trump has turned “made in America” into consumer poison around the globe. Trump is not content to wage ...

Trump’s deference to Putin less about collusion than character

Last week, I wrote that the best way to think about a Trump Doctrine is as nothing more than Trumpism on the international stage. By Trumpism, I do not mean a coherent ideological program, but a psychological phenomenon, or simply the manifestation of his character. Monday, we literally saw ...

Forces opposing Trump had very tough week

Last week was not a good one for anti-Trumpers, who include virtually all Democrats and most establishment Republicans. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein picked last Friday, just three days before President Trump was scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to announce ...

Chico Marx should seriously consider running for president

In a scene in the 1933 film “Duck Soup,” the character played by Chico, the most underrated of the funny Marx Brothers, is dressed like another character, and when the other man leaves the room, the woman who remains is surprised to see Chico. She tells him she saw him leave. Chico’s ...

Don’t fix baseball, even if broken

George Will WASHINGTON — It is a prudential axiom: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that they often are larger than and contrary to intended ones. As baseball reaches ...

Enbridge Line 5: Is it worth the risk all of us will take?

Rayford Ray & Gary Street Faith groups gathered recently on the steps of the Capital in Lansing to call for a shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5. Because we believe that all of humanity is called by God to love and care for all of creation, the issue of the danger of Pipeline 5 is of ...

US border the scene of ugly separations, tragic reunions

Connie schultz In these warm Ohio months, when my daughter was an infant, I’d strap her into the stroller most evenings and take her for a long walk before bedtime. One neighbor, just a few houses down, had his own evening habit of dragging his hose with a rotating sprinkler to the edge ...

Don’t let reveling ruin nature

It’s as simple as removing shoes when entering a friend’s home, but for some reason throngs of visitors to the Grand Traverse region don’t see fit to pick up after themselves. Most who flock to northern Michigan's breathtaking natural places take thoughtful steps to “leave no trace” ...

Rescue mission needed at home

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Perhaps no news story has grasped the American reading and television viewing public in recent days as has the frantic and successful effort by Thai official and volunteer first responders to rescue a dozen young boys and their soccer coach trapped in a ...

How many times must we save people who overdose?

A deeply humane friend recently suggested that medics stop saving people on their third opioid overdose. The subject was naloxone, a medication that can yank users from the jaws of death. It can be given via Narcan nasal spray or injection. My friend surprised me. I thought that if a life ...

Catholics rock the courthouse

WASHINGTON — Even before President Trump announced his nomination Monday of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill departing Justice Anthony Kennedy’s slot on the Supreme Court, the foul scent of anti-Catholicism began seeping into public commentary. In particular, an article ...

Is Europe aware of threat?

Much of Europe was asleep, or in denial, when the Nazis took power and began rebuilding their military in violation of the Versailles Treaty that brought World War I to an end. Now, after years of virtually unlimited migration from predominately North African and other Muslim regions, some ...

Training Little Sous Chefs is fun

How can we help our children become foodies with a broad palate? How can we teach them to make their own food by themselves when they are a bit older instead of complaining, “There is nothing to eat around here!” According to professional cooks and nutritionists, hands-on family cooking ...

Taking Disraeli test reveals much

Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th-century British prime minister and writer, shrewdly advised that to be a successful political leader, a man (even though it was the Victorian era, it was still a man’s game) must first know himself and then know and understand the times in which he lives. Whether ...

America is one nation with many individuals

We celebrate the Fourth of July because that’s the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, 242 years ago. You might call July 4 America’s birthday. The Declaration didn’t just declare our independence from Britain; it vowed to create a government that respected all people’s ...

‘Living Constitution’ faces a mercy killing, long overdue

How dare an 81-year-old man retire from the Supreme Court? How dare he? That, in a nutshell, seems to be the widespread reaction among many liberals to the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will step down from the bench next month. “Anthony Kennedy Just Destroyed His ...