Columns

Not taking one’s self too seriously

Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain’s gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted that when ...

There’s mutiny on the ship of state

Bob Woodward is the gold standard in investigative journalism. For the past 45 years, his byline has ensured the accuracy of whatever story has followed. His reporting has not been free from controversy over the years, but no one in the national media has a better record of getting it right. ...

Campus rape guidance revisited

George Will WASHINGTON — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama’s Education Department might soon abate. Current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to halt the life-shattering procedures that began in 2011, when the department ...

Finally, Geoffrey Owens is a real somebody

Connie Schultz He was minding his own business (his employer’s business, more to the point), doing what he was hired to do at Trader Joe’s in Clifton, New Jersey — checking out customers without fuss or fanfare, bagging their groceries, sending them off with a soft “Have a nice ...

Memo to Dems: Upholding norms a two-way street

Mona Charen Many of the current president’s critics on the left insist that they are standing up for norms of democratic conduct and for democracy itself. Some are sincere. Neal Katyal, for example, who served as principal deputy solicitor general in the Obama administration, endorsed ...

Car buyers will pay for NAFTA deal

Looking at the trade deal President Donald Trump struck with Mexico this week, you might ask, “A Republican did this?” Yes, a GOP president and supposed conservative wants to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with a pact that may as well have been dictated by Big ...

Mainstream media strikes back

jules witcover WASHINGTON — The New York Times Editorial Board made an uncommon decision Wednesday to publish an anonymously written opposite-page opinion piece disclosing an embryonic “resistance” movement to President Trump within his White House. It was so unorthodox that, ...

Debate about socialism is silly nonsense

What’s with all this socialism business? A handful of lefty candidates are calling themselves socialists without a single radical socialistic item on their promise lists. They seem to have little idea of what socialism is. And most of the conservatives talking back to them don’t seem to ...

Death be not so loud

Question: What is more cringe-inducing than a celebrity funeral? Answer: Two back-to-back celebrity funerals. The ghoulish twin spectacles last week memorializing Aretha Franklin and John McCain brought out the worst in family, friends and frenemies. No matter your partisan affiliation, ...

Bi-partisanship or caving in? Dems want it their way

In the days following the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), there have been mournful cries lamenting the lack of bipartisanship for which his eulogizers and friends claim he stood. Dictionary.com defines bipartisan this way: “representing, characterized by, or including members from two ...

Time we fixed kangaroo courts

A judicial process that doesn’t allow the accused to cross-examine his accuser or reliably see the evidence against him is a civil libertarian’s nightmare. It traduces every principle of fairness and is blatantly un-American. Yet Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is about to get savaged for ...

Don’t like what I write? Deport me!

linda chavez The email looked innocuous enough, sent to my personal account and with a real name attached to the sender: Asher Thompson. But the first few sentences told me that something was awry: “Israel is building a wall, refusing refugees, deporting Africans. Yet, you are silent about ...

Final queries for Kavanaugh

George Will WASHINGTON — Four decades ago, New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an intellectual Democrat, observed with amazement and regret that Republicans had become the party of ideas. Today, many of America’s most interesting arguments divide conservatives. One concerns the ...

Always keep in mind union contributions

Doug Gilbertson Labor Day. For some it is the bittersweet end to the summer. The last hurrah if you will. The last camping trip, or trip to buy school clothes before the kids head back to the classroom. But as the neighborhood fills with the smell of grills cooking burgers and brats and ...

Administration opening up new insurance options

douglas O’Brien All over our country, many Americans continue to struggle to pay for health insurance coverage. Premiums for Americans who buy their own insurance, rather than receiving it from an employer, have doubled since the implementation of Obamacare. Those increases have hurt our ...

Coal’s fate is sealed; Trump can’t do anything to save it

Right on cue, predictions of widespread death and environmental ruin sprang from the Trump administration’s decision this week to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. But the reality is that whether the rules stayed or went, coal power is on a downward spiral. The economics of burning ...

50 years ago in city of Chicago

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Half a century ago this week in Chicago, the Democratic National Convention nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey for president. It occurred amid wild protests in the streets and in the convention hall against the Vietnam War, casting a pall over his ...

Here’s to people who work with their hands

After leaving high school, my father worked in factories and drove trucks. College was never in the cards for him. Though a good thinker — the Navy put him in a program dominated by college grads — he never excelled academically. And in any case, he had parents and young brothers to ...

Left waging war against conservative free speech

In the competition of ideas, you can’t win the game if you’re not on the playing field. That’s why Silicon Valley bigwigs’ stubborn refusal to put business above their own personal partisan biases doesn’t just rankle. It reeks. Equal access to social media is not just about sharing ...

Double standard apparent in how Trump is treated

Finding someone in Washington who is nonpartisan and puts the nation’s interests ahead of their own is so rare these days that he or she, if found, might well qualify as an endangered species. But once in a while — call it the law of averages — someone speaks the truth. It happened last ...