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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 ...

America creates industry to clean up its massacres

FROMA HARROP America woke up Monday to news of the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. As of last count, 59 dead, hundreds wounded. And you know what jumped into my head? Oh, another one. Took place in Las Vegas? Uh-huh. Horrifying? Yes. Shocking? No. But something made this ...

Entertainer Trump does Puerto Rico, Vegas

WASHINGTON — Nearly a week after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, Donald Trump got around to taking his comic road show to the U.S. territory in the Caribbean. As part of his routine, he tossed rolls of paper towels to the natives, as if he were shooting baskets or feeding ...

GOP base is well beyond President Trump’s control

The conservative movement is caught in a Catch-22 of its own making. In the war against “the establishment” we have made being an outsider the most important qualification for a politician. The problem? Once elected, outsiders by definition become insiders. This isn’t just a semantic ...

Math, history and tax reform

In school, I liked math the least and history the most. Both can be useful in the coming debate over President Trump’s proposed tax reforms. The one thing I learned in math class is that if the formula is wrong, the answer will be wrong. In history class I learned we are not the first ...

Trump tweets while Americans suffer

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands drowned while President Donald Trump tweeted. It is hard to conclude otherwise. On Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria — the second major hurricane in less than two weeks — hit the islands, which together are home to some 3.5 million American citizens. Yet for ...

Dems don’t blame non-racist voters

One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I’ve gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, he ...

SCOTUS can stop gerrymandering

michael barone Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s legislative district lines as an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. It’s attracted attention because many high-minded commentators have blamed partisan ...

Vietnam War documentary summons old memories

connie schultz Before I started attending Kent State in the fall of 1975, I was a kid living in small-town Ashtabula, Ohio, on the northern edge of a county by the same name, which had lost 26 servicemen in the Vietnam War. Our state total was 3,094, ranking us fifth in casualties. I ...

Football and racial fault lines stir national debate, acrimony

mona charen According to an account my son came across a while ago: ‘’Football is one of the most powerful institutions in American society. It is so powerful that it claimed an entire day of the week. It said, ‘This day is ours. We own it.’ Not only did football take a day of the ...

Flint water safe, but fall-out continues

Two years after scientists from Virginia Tech revealed the lead poisoning of Flint's water, the same researcher has declared the city's drinking water safe to drink. That marks an important milestone in this disaster, but not yet its end. Mark Edwards of Virginia Tech’s college of ...

GOP is party adrift without direction

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — If two-fisted bully Donald Trump were a prize-fighter, he would never be mistaken for any of the great old lords of the ring like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Gentleman Jim Corbett or Rocky Marciano. They all pretty much kept their mouths shut and let their fists ...

Single-payer health care should not become a national religion

The latest Republican push to essentially kill the Affordable Care Act through lawmaking is dead. Setting a time bomb to blow up current Obamacare benefits in 2027 would have been sneaky, sneaky. Where were Democrats in all this? They were mostly on the sidelines letting Graham-Cassidy head ...