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Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for January 1.


Barry Ritholtz: Why your New Year’s resolutions won’t work out

It’s the time of the year when we are barraged with lists: Stocks to buy, books to read, explanations of why the bad choices made in the past year will …


Tim Campbell

Cartoon for December 31.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: 2018, the year we lost ourselves

A look back at 2018, and what it did to us as a nation.


Max Boot: Democrats need a new foreign policy

For decades, elites in the United States believed that championing a liberal world order was in our interest. Now, we are seeing a new left-right axis emerge around protectionism and …


Erik Orton: Instead of resolutions, try New Year’s ‘firsts’

My wife and I combine the celebrations of our anniversary and New Year’s not by resolving to do anything, but by doing something neither of us has ever done before. …


Catherine Rampell: Trump did what he always does and changed his mind. Why was Congress surprised?

The only way to deal with Donald Trump is to not do deals with Donald Trump. The private sector has learned this; when will Congress?


Joe Heller

Cartoon for December 30.


Amber Petrovich: Hire today, gone tomorrow

You’ve probably seen me around your office. I’m the contract (or freelance, contingent, temp, outsourced) worker your company hired on a short-term basis to get that project done or cover …


George Nethercutt: Christmas movies offer reason for living a good life

Perhaps Christmas movies that celebrate love or the triumph of faith over distress, are, in their own way, perpetuating the Christian message.


Petula Dvorak: It’s time for adults to say: enough

Six years after Sandy Hook, American schools experienced a record-breaking year for carnage, with 94 people shot, 33 of them fatally.


Cal Thomas: Osama bin Laden was right

Lawrence Wright quotes Osama bin Laden as saying: “Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and retreat.” With President Trump’s announcement …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Paul Waldman: Shutdown’s end depends entirely on Trump’s hurt feelings

As the government shutdown drags on, everyone seems dug in to their position. So how does this end? The answer will depend, unfortunately, on President Donald Trump’s feelings.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for December 28.


Marc A. Thiessen: I’m glad NYC’s nunchuck law was overturned.

James Maloney and I have been vindicated. Americans have a constitutional right to keep and bear nunchucks. Not just the foam kind, but the real thing.


Sen. Mark Warner: Federal workers are not Democrats – or poker chips

The president who declared that he would be “proud” to shut down the government is holding one-quarter of the federal government’s agencies hostage – in the process treating 800,000 federal …


Dr. Francisco R. Velazquez: The future of health care reform

In my role as a medical doctor, I’ve seen the power of medicine to transform lives. And as a physician executive, I’ve had to pay close attention to the bottom …


David Ignatius: Trump’s Syria decision betrays U.S. allies on front lines

The voice of Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Kurdish commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, is tight and controlled as he describes President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from …


Craig Mason: License people, not guns

I understand the urban perspective, and I understand the experiences and beliefs of ardent Second Amendment defenders. This essay suggests a mutually respectful response to the excess of gun murders …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for December 26.


Catherine Rampell: Keystone Cops capture U.S. economy

The Keystone Cops are officially in charge of our economy. Markets have been plunging, with the S&P 500 down 20 percent from its September peak. A lot of factors have …


Don Brunell: Christmas wreaths help ease pain

Thanks to a Maine family and more than 800,000 donors and volunteers, over 1.8 million Christmas wreaths were laid on the tombstones of our fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen this …


Michael Gerson: This Christmas, like every Christmas, a gift of hope

This year at Christmas, I can only manage to catch glimpses of a star, to hear fragments of a song, to see the outlines of a face. But it is …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for December 25.


John Kass: Oh, holy night

For everyone who keeps hold on what is important about this very special night.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for December 24.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for December 24.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for December 24.


Signe Wilkinson

Cartoon for December 24.


Matthew Hayward: County sets example on union bargaining

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners’ recent vote to open collective bargaining negotiations with unions set an example the rest of the state should follow.