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President Trump’s path is through Democratic Party

President Trump’s path to reelection goes through the Democratic Party. Goal No. 1 is to get Democrats to eliminate his greatest threat: Joe Biden. It’s not the Iowa and New Hampshire polls that freak out Trump. These contests are dominated by the white liberal gentry, not Biden’s huge ...

Trump’s defenders adopt doctrine of infallibility

There’s a reason people think President Trump has a cult of personality, but it may not be the reason you think. Yes, there are those who think Trump was delivered to us by God and that his decisions and actions are imbued with divine providence and authority. But that sort of stuff is ...

Dems are in Twilight Zone

A 1961 “Twilight Zone” episode starred Peter Falk as a Central American revolutionary whose paranoia eventually leads to his destruction. The dictator he has deposed tells him about a mirror given to him by “an old woman,” a mirror that will show him who’s plotting to assassinate him. ...

Trump’s fear is Joe Biden’s most important endorsement

Let’s repeat it together three times: Preprimary polls testing would-be presidential nominees have all the permanence of numbers written with a stick in the wet sand at the ocean’s edge just before the high tide comes in. Recent history confirms the unreliability of such polls. In October ...

Trump’s fear is Joe Biden’s most important endorsement

Let’s repeat it together three times: Preprimary polls testing would-be presidential nominees have all the permanence of numbers written with a stick in the wet sand at the ocean’s edge just before the high tide comes in. Recent history confirms the unreliability of such polls. In October ...

Trump getting impeached over Russia

After three years, we’re still on the Russia story. To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it’s essentially the same thing - a battle over President Donald ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My husband loves to talk. He’s known for it. Friends who drive past our house and see him outside usually stop to talk to him, often for an hour at a time. He’s one of those people who’s “never met a stranger.” Many times, I have seen him have long conversations with ...

Trump supporters close ranks

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to back her House Democratic foot soldiers’ effort to impeach Donald Trump has swelled their numbers. But it also has hardened his Republican defenders in and out of his administration, setting the stage for a battle royal ...

Trump’s enablers always going into high gear

mona charen We’re all familiar by now with the reasons advanced for why elected Republicans shrivel like dry houseplants whenever they are asked to distance themselves from the president. They fear primary challengers. They dread his Twitter wrath. They like the judges. All true as far as ...

High court eyes ruling in sexual orientation case

George Will WASHINGTON — The beginning of the Supreme Court’s term this week includes momentous oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases that illustrate clashing theories about how statutes should be construed. If properly decided, the cases will nudge Congress to act like a legislative ...

Nancy Pelosi demonstrates vast power of restraint

For a long time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a stop sign before vocal Democrats’ revving demands to get President Donald Trump’s impeachment on the road. Now her sign reads, “proceed with caution.” Pelosi knows what she’s doing. The speaker wouldn’t launch an impeachment ...

Is President Trump going to get Joe Biden elected?

Opinions vary widely on how to characterize Trump’s now-infamous conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The president believes it was “perfect” and “beautiful.” In the middle are those who think it was bad and improper or perhaps impeachable but not necessarily ...

Ukraine is political rerun

Back when reruns were a staple of summer programming, television networks aired repeats of their programs, giving viewers another opportunity to see what they had already seen. Democratic politicians are now conducting their own version of reruns. The same bunch who brought us the failed ...

Richard Nixon: Maybe it’s time everyone looked at the record

“History never looks like history when you are living through it” wrote John Gardner. “It always looks confusing and messy, and it always feels uncomfortable.” Forty-five years after President Richard Nixon faced certain impeachment by the House of Representatives and Nixon, ...

Rudy Guiliani had a hairbrained scheme

Where’s John Kelly when you need him? President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, cast aside like so many of Trump’s advisers, irked the president with his efforts to bring some discipline to him and his operation. But if there’s one thing that’s obvious from the Ukraine controversy, ...

Trump Ukraine caper is collusion 2.0

WASHINGTON — The rough transcription of that July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirms that Trump is at it again. He has invited another a foreign power to meddle in another American election, this time in his bid for a second term ...

Climate change and the children’s crusade

We live in an extraordinary corner of the world. Bordered by three of the five Great Lakes, this part of Michigan serves as a home to 80% of Michigan’s forests, 12,000 miles of streams and 4,300 lakes. It’s tempting to think those of us who live here in the Upper Peninsula are exempt ...

Best antidote for a bad election is a better election

WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth — “Make Earth Great Again!” — would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets? This matters in assessing the ...

Buckling up for my week of vacation

I can practically hear the rubber hitting the road, my tires rotating at a rate of 60 mph as they carry me over the Wisconsin plains and into the land of 1,000 lakes. By the time you read this I’ll be long gone, off in a distant land, lost in a whirlwind of celebration. I’m taking a trip, ...

Help wanted: Republicans willing to defend country

For Democrats, political reasons to avoid stepping on the road to impeachment still stand. But political complications have collapsed in importance compared with reasons to move ahead. The burning issue is no longer ordinary corruption like President Donald Trump’s skimming taxpayer money ...