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Robert J. Samuelson: What Sears and GE’s decline teaches us about capitalism

General Electric and Sears have fallen on hard times, and that tells us a lot about U.S capitalism.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 15.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 14.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: We’ve all seen this movie before

The attacks on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been frequent and furious, but also petty, silly and (in the mental-health sense) hysterical.


Marc A. Thiessen: Democrats were for a wall before they were against it

It is, by far and away, the stupidest government shutdown in American history. Worse, Democrats are doing it over a border wall strikingly similar to one that they almost unanimously …


Kathleen Parker: All this for that stupid wall

Now that he faces possible rejection, the wall has become a metaphor for Donald Trump’s identity, his very being-ness, and could lead to a national crisis.


Tim Campbell

Cartoon for January 13.


Cornell W. Clayton: Universities must face new free speech challenges

The test for speech on university campuses should not be whether it incites or amuses, but whether it enlightens and intellectually engages.


Mark Taubert: What’s the last song you would want to hear before you die?

I have seen plenty of terminally ill patients die with music playing in the background. But in the past few years, as the benefits of music in these settings have …


Karen Tumulty: Sister Norma wanted to show Trump what it is like on the border; he didn’t care to listen

To Sister Norma Pimentel, it sounded like a golden opportunity to touch the heart of a president, to give him a firsthand account of the suffering she sees every day. …


Joseph C. Fortier: Sex abuse scandal unfairly targets some Jesuits

There are many victims in recent stories about Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse. Among them are the Revs. Frank Case and Patrick Lee.


Bill Pascrell Jr.: Why Congress is so dumb

In a year of congressional lowlights, the hearings we held with Silicon Valley leaders last fall may have been the lowest. One of my House colleagues asked Google CEO Sundar …


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 11.


Sister Norma Pimentel: Welcome to the border, Mr. President

Dear Mr. President, We welcome you to our community here in South Texas. I wish you could visit us. Our Humanitarian Respite Center has been welcoming newcomers for the past …


Gary Abernathy: The wall is Trump’s ‘read my lips’ pledge

Donald Trump’s base didn’t take him seriously on Mexico paying for the wall, but they took him literally on the wall being built. On this, he has no choice but …


Tom Acitelli: Why Elizabeth Warren – and every would-be president – prefers macrobrews

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broadcast a live Instagram video on New Year’s Eve that showed her drinking a Michelob Ultra in her kitchen in Cambridge. “The club soda of beer,” …


Froma Harrop: If Trump really wanted to enforce immigration, he’d open the government

We who follow immigration policy closely know that the wall is a dumb idea. Closing much of the government over it is dumber still. Why is the wall a dumb …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 10.


Molly Johnson and Katelyn Good: Mentorship in schools fosters a community of learning

January is National Mentoring Month. When we think mentoring, we might first think of the Boys & Girls Club or the YMCA, but at On Track Academy we’ve created a …


Max Boot: It’s hard to have a foreign policy with a president who doesn’t know his own mind

To the list of unanswerable philosophical conundrums – e.g., “What is the good life?” or “Do we have free will?” – add another: What the heck is the U.S. policy …


Tom Toles

Cartoon for January 8.


Robert B. Reich: What to expect of House Democrats

Democrats are not miracle workers. Republicans still control the Senate, Donald Trump is still the president, and there is still a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Should Donald Trump be impeached?

Should Donald Trump be impeached? That he will be seems likely as Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, the chamber where impeachment proceedings begin. That he deserves to …


Jim Morin

Cartoon for January 7.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 7.


Samuel Smith: Generosity, not fear, made America a beacon of hope

Love and generosity, not fear, made the United States a beacon of hope to the world


Henry Olsen: Trump wants a witch hunt. Are Democrats about to give it to him?

Republicans warned that Democrats would move to impeach President Donald Trump if they gained control of the House. And right on cue, a few hours after the new majority took …


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for January 6.


Marc A. Thiessen: The 10 worst things Trump did in 2018

In his second year in office, President Trump did many positive things, and (last week), I offered my list of the 10 best things Trump did in 2018. But he …


Michelle Singletary: In a panic about their pay, federal workers apply for unemployment

Even if a deal is reached quickly to reopen the shuttered federal agencies, workers probably won’t get a paycheck until mid-January or later. So what’s a worker to do?