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Tom Toles cartoon

Tom Toles cartoon for Feb. 2, 2019.


Kathleen Parker: Spoiler alert – or not – on Howard Schultz?

Billionaire coffee magnate Howard Schultz has two problems: Ross Perot and Ralph Nader.


Ryan Crocker: U.S. is surrendering to Taliban

In Afghanistan, President Donald Trump has a choice. He can follow Obama’s example and leave the country to the Taliban, or he can make clear that the United States has …


Michael Gerson: Trump’s 2016 campaign has been revealed as false advertising

The news that Donald Trump’s approval rating is near historical lows brings some relief that the laws of political gravity still apply. When the president is doing a spectacularly bad …


Feb. 1 Cartoon: Tom Toles


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for January 30.


Robert J. Samuelson: Defense spending is less than you think — here’s why

Whenever I or someone else suggests that we need higher defense spending, there is an incredulous response from critics: U.S. military spending equals the outlays of the next eight countries …


Jennifer Rubin: Watch out for the governors in 2020

A two-term governor from a geographically distant state can’t even go to Iowa in January without someone raising the subject of the 2020 presidential race, right? So it was when …


Guest Opinion: Church unity means walking with LGBTQ disciples

My prayer for the upcoming General Conference is that United Methodists from around the world will find a way to stay together as we continue to learn from one another …


By Lisa Murkowski and Ben Cardin: It’s time to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment

As we approach the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, it comes as a shock to so many that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee women the same rights and protections …


Jeff Danziger

Cartoon for January 27.


NIC trustees: No discussion of ending wrestling program

The North Idaho College Board of Trustees wishes to clarify policy, and dispel recent falsehoods made about the college and our athletic programs.


Kathleen Parker: Let them eat cake

When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me,” he inadvertently foreshadowed the government shutdown of 2018-19.


John P. McNamara: Washington already leads in education innovation

The state of Washington is a national leader in educational innovation, especially in STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 26.


John Podesta: An unsurprising but still satisfying indictment

I smiled when Roger Stone’s arrest was announced Friday morning.


Eli Lake: Trump makes the right decision for Venezuela

Give Donald Trump credit. On Wednesday the U.S. president recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.


David Von Drehle: Twitter, the crystal meth of newsrooms

Twitter is a drug that insinuates itself into journalists’ vulnerabilities only to leave us toothless and disgraced.


Trudy Rubin: The parallel paralyses of a Brexiting Britain and a shutdown America

The two great Anglo-Saxon democracies have sharp structural differences – a parliamentary party system versus a constitutional republic – yet both have ground to a screeching halt.


Patricia Murphy: The shutdown is exactly what voters asked for

For the past 20 years, Americans have voted for exactly this – fighting, intransigence, and leaders who have made a habit of specifically promising to fight and not back down.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for January 25.


Megan McArdle: The Covington students failed to act like grown-ups. So did the adults.

As a young(ish) blogger, I learned, the hard way, that one should never go full-frontal jerk on the internet. Partly because one should generally eschew jerkhood. And partly because of …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 24.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 24.


Henry Olsen: The counterrevolution to populism is happening all over the world

It’s not just in the United States. The counterrevolution to populism is happening all over the world, and it’s turning the old left-right political axis on its head. In country …


Mayor David Condon and Dr. Bob Lutz: Together we can do so much

In this new year, as your mayor and as your health officer, we’d like to suggest that “really good something” be more social connectedness in our community.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 23.


Max Boot: Trump should not take solace from Mueller’s cryptic correction

Just because Robert Mueller slightly reined in a BuzzFeed report doesn’t mean President Trump should break out the champagne glasses.


David Von Drehle: We honor Martin Luther King Jr. not for his victories but for his vision

In Martin Luther King Jr., we have a model for choosing, and a fierce example of the final refusal to give up.


Robert B. Reich: The shutdown and the dismal failure of Trumponomics

One of the least-talked-about consequences of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government is its negative effect on the U.S. economy.