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Doesn’t anybody know how to play this governance game?

michael barone “Dare I suggest,” writes the economist and blogger Tyler Cowen, “that the quality of governance in this country has taken a downward turn of late?” Or as Casey Stengel, while managing the New York Mets on their way to a 40-120 season in 1962, reportedly asked, ...

Trump’s credibility chasm deepening by the minute

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — In the two short months of Donald Trump’s presidency so far, Republicans and Democrats alike have managed to reduce American politics to a bipartisan laughingstock. Starting with Trump, he has devalued the truth with his serial falsehoods about matters ...

California mess should be cleaned up by any means

Mona Charen We are witnesses to an abuse of power by government that represents a test of our democracy. Anyone who fails to rally to the cause of the Americans victimized in this case should be discredited. Though I have not been shy about criticizing President Donald Trump when I think ...

There isn’t much dignity left in coal

Froma Harrop It was a pathetic scene, coal miners flanking President Donald Trump as he signed an order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. Trump’s imagineers have turned coal miners into a Madison Avenue version of the besieged American working man, the pretty wrapping on a toxic package of ...

Congressman and the counselor

Tony Hall served in Congress for nearly 24 years, representing Ohio’s 3rd District. The Democrat left in 2002 to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, appointed by President George W. Bush. Hall laments how corrosive contemporary politics has ...

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair

WASHINGTON — Though Republicans profess to despise Big Government, especially the federal kind, it seems that what they really don’t like is Democracy — and indeed prefer a monarchy. Yes, yes, the czarina sighed, signaling her weariness with the palace historian’s inevitable scold. I ...

America in midst of governance crisis

America is in a crisis of governance. No adult is in charge. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a 10-year ...

Restorative justice is educational sabotage

Nationally, black junior high and high school students are suspended at a rate more than three times as often as their white peers, twice as often as their Latino peers and more than 10 times as often as their Asian peers. According to former Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the ...

Hyperpartisanship hurting country

Hyperpartisanship is destroying American politics. The announcement this week that Democrats will filibuster Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch — who is eminently qualified — puts them on a dangerous collision course that jeopardizes the confirmation process itself. Similarly, ...

House Intelligence probe undercut by partisanship

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — The case has now been significantly strengthened for an independent commission to supplement or take over the congressional investigation into the intelligence findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. House Intelligence Committee Chairman ...

We’re against emotionalism except when we’re not

Mona Charen Conservatives have rightly taken pride in Neil Gorsuch’s calm and cerebral performance at his Senate confirmation hearings. Many commentators, along with Republican senators, have mocked Democrats for presuming to evaluate Gorsuch based on the outcomes of his cases. Did he ...

Don’t risk health of Great Lakes

It was revealed (recently) the Trump administration's budget would slash Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding completely, putting at risk the health of the Great Lakes. Previous information stated the fund would be cut from $300 million to $10 million, but apparently those reports were ...

Base’s Rage III serving best interests of Democratic Party

michael barone In a week chock-full of news, the party that on the night of Nov. 8 found itself, much to its surprise, very much out of power has been having difficulty finding a way to return. Democratic senators, urged on by the left blogosphere and party activists, peppered Supreme Court ...

Trump faithful get their budget cuts

Froma Harrop Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump’s fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal truck driver, “one of the Trump faithful,” attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his ...

Dear Trump supporters: Maybe you should try to understand us

The windowsill over my kitchen sink is an altar of sorts, full of small framed photos of our grandchildren and other mementos to keep me grateful. The square ceramic tile leaning against the window started out with the painted names of our immediate family. It has since flowered to include ...

Neil Gorsuch hearing steals week

WASHINGTON — Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States. Alas, he’s not. But Gorsuch’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia is the sanest act committed by a ...

Trump in orgy of unnecessary cruelty

The theme that unites Donald Trump’s major initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. His new budget, for example, comes down especially hard on the poor — imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural ...

Transgender challenges abound

Determining one’s own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter. First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a male or looked like a female. If appearance produced some uncertainties, one could determine sex by examining a person’s birth certificate. If ...

Dear Annie: Putting on shoes, socks

Dear Annie: Is there a right order and a wrong order for putting on one’s shoes and socks? I find that on most days, I put on both socks and then both shoes. The other day, I put on one sock and one shoe and then the other sock and other shoe. I remember a scene on the old TV show “All in ...

Serious matter of political humor

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He framed and showed ...