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Michael Gerson: The Senate has become a factory of suspicion and contempt

Americans can be forgiven for thinking that everything involved in Supreme Court nominations – all the institutions, traditions, principles, procedures, solemn oaths and columned buildings – are merely a cover, …


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 …


Michael Gerson: A passion for social justice is inseparable from the Christian gospel

It is neither realistic nor fair to ignore the current damage of mass incarceration and failed educational institutions on minority groups. Repentance is in order – along with a passion …


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?


Michael Gerson: This is the cynic’s finest hour

The presidency held by a cruel bigot. Many evangelical leaders parasitic on his power. The current and previous pope, along with a generation of bishops, implicated in the cover up …


Michael Gerson: The only way to save the GOP is to defeat it in the House

University of Chicago researchers – who clearly have a lot of time on their hands – have found that the use of certain brands and products is a good predictor …


Michael Gerson: Trump is ‘everyone-does-it’ presidency

By any reasonable standard, Donald Trump has publicly attempted obstruction of justice. He has also admitted that his presidential campaign attempted collusion with a foreign power. And he has asserted …


Michael Gerson: This will never be normal or moral

One of the current complaints of the Trump right concerns the treatment given to Alex Jones by Facebook, which has temporarily banned the radio host for videos that violated “community …


Michael Gerson: Trump’s foreign policy smashes our defining ideals

Setting aside the issue of whether the president is wittingly advancing the interests of a hostile power – a qualification that is only imaginable in the Trump era – what …


Michael Gerson: Trump’s narcissism has become our foreign policy doctrine

Defining a foreign policy theory that might merit the title of “doctrine” is difficult in the Trump administration, which is dismissive of reflection, consistency and precedent. But in practice, it …


Michael Gerson: Kennedy’s retirement offers Trump a path to uniting his party

Luck – pure, dumb luck – is an underestimated advantage in politics, and Donald Trump is one lucky man. He ran for the Republican nomination against a fractured field, in …


Michael Gerson: Trump’s tests of loyalty are really tests of character

Donald Trump’s mentor, the colorful controversialist Roy Cohn, once said: “I bring out the worst in my enemies and that’s how I get them to defeat themselves.” If this is …


Michael Gerson: Only values-based conservatives can conquer Trumpism

On the issue of child separation, President Trump had to be dragged kicking and screaming into basic humanity. His initial goal was to create terror in migrants without provoking revulsion …


Michael Gerson: G-7 debacle proves Trump is operating on a different map

BERLIN – It is strange being in a foreign country and watching American post-World War II leadership – as practiced by presidents such as Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald …


Michael Gerson: Kevin McCarthy has been a leader in Trump’s troop of enablers

On the evidence of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s CNN interview over the weekend, the likely next speaker of the House is a mindless sycophant and a threat to the constitutional order. …


Michael Gerson: The massive failure of Christian political leadership

Three recent news items: – At the Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “We see moral relativism becoming more and more pervasive in our culture. Identity …


Michael Gerson: Faith requires us to be outraged at every violation of human dignity

Evangelical Protestantism, thank God, is experiencing its own version of a #MeToo moment.


Michael Gerson: A contempt for science can have a human cost

In keeping with our era of ideological boycotts, I will no longer be purchasing Kind bars. Or Barilla pasta. Or Triscuit crackers. Or Del Monte diced tomatoes. Or Nutro dog …


Michael Gerson: ICE and the bitter fruit of dehumanization

The attitude of President Trump toward federal law enforcement is, to put it mildly, mixed. The FBI refused to bend to his will. So it is comprised of “hardened Democrats” …


Michael Gerson: Trump leaves vacuum of integrity at the heart of our government

Some who watched the Stormy Daniels interview on “60 Minutes” claimed it contained nothing new. On national television, an adult performer alleged that Donald Trump engaged in an extramarital fling, …


Michael Gerson: Trump unbound amid a cloud of chaos

It is a natural tendency to examine presidential decisions for what ideological content or policy direction they indicate. What does the removal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signal about …


Michael Gerson: Trump evangelicals have sold their souls

With their reactions to the Roy Moore candidacy and the Stormy Daniels scandal, the Trump evangelicals have scaled the heights of hypocrisy to the summit. Family-values conservatives who dismiss credible …


Michael Gerson: In Iran struggle, information is key

Though events in Iran are murky, their direction is historic. The Iranian regime – which has made a project of destabilizing others through terrorism and regional adventurism – has been …