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Froma Harrop: Sometimes voters just want competence

In our highly polarized era, we too often judge election results from the confines of partisan politics. That’s not nearly as useful on the state and local levels, where elected …


Jennifer Rubin: ‘Red America’ not looking so red right now

Less than two years ago, the conventional wisdom told us that President Donald Trump had transformed the political map: GOP strongholds in the South had joined with gains in the …


Michael Gerson: Kavanaugh nomination now hangs by thinnest of strings

It is difficult to comment on an unfolding news story, but this one demands it. It is hard to write about someone you know and like, especially concerning matters of …


Charlene L. Fu And Curtis S. Chin: China is stealing American intellectual property. Trump’s tariffs are a chance to stop it

Whatever else one might think of President Donald Trump’s actions, he is confronting China about its unfair trade practices and theft of American intellectual property when too many others shy …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Woodward sets off alarm for America

On Tuesday, Bob Woodward finally came through.


Marc A. Thiessen: Democrats like to talk about Trump breaking norms. Now Obama is.

Democrats like to talk about all the hallowed presidential norms that Donald Trump is breaking. But now it is Barack Obama who is breaking presidential norms with his self-serving foray …


Phil Angelides: Wall Street never learned its lesson

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers brought the American economy to its knees, many are asking an obvious question: When will the next financial crisis hit? If one …


Trudy Rubin: Mideast peace ‘deal of century’ eludes Trump, 25 years after Oslo Accords

Twenty-five years ago this week I stood on the White House lawn and watched the famous handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, as President …


Rich Lowry: The blue-collar recovery

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country.


Molly Roberts: It’s finally Google’s day of reckoning

If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu – and if you have a seat but don’t sit in it, you may be in …


Dana Milbank: An unstoppable Florence meets an immovable Washington

After last year’s Hurrican Maria debacle, let’s pray FEMA has healed itself and is now up to the task of dealing with Hurricane Florence – despite the inaction of a …


Kathleen Parker: Things left behind

When Florence finishes with us, human need necessarily will displace the longing for our lost things. But in their stead, we may rejoice in the beauty of the human spirit, …


Max Boot: Protest is as American as football. Why doesn’t Trump get it?

The tang of fall is nearly in the air. The summer is all but over. Football season is here. Are you ready for some … culture war? This …


Robert J. Samuelson: Why we don’t prepare for the future

America relies on crises. We hope that they don’t occur and pretend that they’re not inevitable, whatever they might be.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: A corporation takes a risk to support a man who gave up his career for justice

Colin Kaepernick risked his career to make us see. Now Nike risks its bottom line to support him.


Michael Gerson: We are a superpower run by a simpleton

If you prick Donald Trump, does he not explode? If you stroke him, does he not purr?


Marc A. Thiessen: To the New York Times op-ed writer: If you can’t serve honorably, don’t serve at all

The anonymous author of the New York Times op-ed declares that he and his co-conspirators are being “unsung heroes” fighting on the inside to “preserve our democratic institutions.” In fact, …


Don C. Brunell: Much-needed dose of Yogi Berra’s wit and wisdom

With today’s tension and rancor, we need a dose of Yogi Berra’s wit and wisdom to put things into perspective.


Nikki Haley: When I challenge the president, I do it directly

The author of the anonymous “resistance” op-ed published this week in the New York Times might think he or she is doing a service to the country. I strongly disagree.


Froma Harrop: The silly debate about socialism

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 …


Dana Milbank: Never have we seen such a spectacle

Donald Trump would quash such dissent as was heard at the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. But America is still free, and the people will be heard.


Clarence Page: Trump predicts violence from the left in November. That’s rich

Is he serious? Does President Donald Trump really think there will be “violence” from the left if Republicans lose control of Congress in the November midterms? Isn’t the whole point …


Kathleen Parker: Advise and dissent

If you missed Day One of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing, just try to imagine a mud-wrestling contest attended by banshees howling at the referee.


Max Boot: It’s not about Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court isn’t about his judicial philosophy, it’s about political outcomes.


Jennifer Rubin: A solemn and glorious send-off for John McCain

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., never attained the presidency, but the funeral Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral had the feel of a presidential funeral, as has the week of ceremonial …


Kathleen Parker: A hero’s farewell

It is a tragedy that McCain, the warrior-hero, should exit the stage just when his model of citizenship is so needed.


Michael J. Klarman: McCain might be the right name for a Senate building. Russell sure isn’t.

Sen. Charles Schumer’s proposal in recent days to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after Sen. John McCain has stirred fresh debate over the removal or renaming of historical markers …


Marc A. Thiessen: Impeachment is just a liberal fantasy

Even if Democrats win back both the House and Senate, there is zero chance a two-thirds majority of senators will convict President Trump for paying off an adult-film star.


Eric Zorn: The unsettling truth about the first little piggy

It had been many years since I’d thought of the five little piggies, protagonists of the first nursery rhyme I told my kids, the first nursery rhyme I heard and …


Dana Milbank: Rest in peace, Lindsey Graham

We lost two mavericks within a week. Last Saturday, we lost the legendary John McCain. On Tuesday, we lost his loyal sidekick, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham.