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Sen. Mitch McConnell: Call H.R. 1 what it is: The Democrat Politician Protection Act

House Democrats won’t come to the table and negotiate to reopen government, but they’ve been hard at work angling for more control over what you can say about them and …

Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 18.

Randall D. Eliason: Barr is right about releasing Mueller’s report

Lawmakers and commentators have expressed consternation over attorney general nominee William Barr’s refusal to commit to make Robert Mueller’s report public. But Barr is absolutely correct.

Marc A. Thiessen: Trump is surrounded by leakers. Why would he trust them with his Putin notes?

Donald Trump’s restricting access to his interactions with foreign leaders is a reasonable response to all the leaks he’s faced.

Ted Koppel: Don’t expect Trump to go quietly

He is a national Rorschach test. Love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him. One way or another, Donald Trump will be renewed for another season.

Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for January 17.

Dawn Sidell: We can choose to prevent isolation and abuse of children with disabilities

On December 18th, The Spokesman-Review reported on a young woman severely affected by autism and enrolled in Shadle High School’s ABLE (Autism Behavior Learning Environment) program, and her father’s efforts …

Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 16.

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.

Annemarie Frohnoefer: New jail won’t solve societal problems

Five years ago Spokane County invested “hundreds of hours of public and agency testimony, research and hearings” toward the creation of “A Blueprint for Reform.” At more than 250 pages, …

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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. …

Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 11.

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 …

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 …

Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 10.

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 …

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.

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 …