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Matt Welch: Banning hate never works out as we expect

We are asking social media companies to do the impossible – impose and enforce editorial standards on an endless global stream of user-generated content.

Robert J. Samuelson: The fate of Japan – and everyone else

Japan is slowly going out of business; its population is shrinking and it resists immigration. This cannot continue indefinitely.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: LGBTQ pride on 50th anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

It is well and good that LGBTQ people are “proud.” It will be better when they don’t have to be.

Kathleen Parker: The gift of laughter and a father’s legacy

My father died with a smile on his face. But, of course, he would. A few days earlier, as his wife, my sister and I gathered around his bed in …

Froma Harrop: Tweets, stock prices and Donald Trump

President Donald Trump’s tweets often set off big gyrations in stock prices. Anyone who knows of the tweets in advance could make a fortune, though not legally.

Ann McFeatters: Swampier than ever

Now that we have absolute proof Russia interfered in the 2016 election and knows it is free to intervene in the 2020 U.S. elections with impunity, let us turn to …

Mitch Daniels: Down on the farm, values grow

Along with the rise of women and the expansion of civil rights, the most important social transformation of America’s first quarter-millennium has been the triumph of modern agriculture over the …

Jonah Goldberg: As with superheroes, Trump’s superpowers have their limitations

The power of Donald Trump’s insults is apparently limited to members of his own party.

Dana Milbank: Is it any wonder Washington is broken? The friendship tree has died.

Metaphor alert! The friendship tree has died. Fourteen months ago, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron stood on the South Lawn of the White House for the ceremonial planting …

Michael Gerson: The abortion lobby has taken the first step toward re-electing Donald Trump

One of the largest obstacles to the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 election is the radicalism of the Democratic Party on the issue of abortion. By forcing Joe …

Don C. Brunell: 737 Max fix critical to Washington

Last January, Boeing was poised for another record year. The company’s order book burst at the seams. Things seemed to be going Boeing’s way. In 2019, Boeing planned to step …

Robert J. Samuelson: The Democrats’ fairy-tale campaigns

The lessons of the past do not seem to have been absorbed or analyzed with significant rigor. Anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention knows that government has …

Aaron Blake: John Dean’s compelling case for parallels between Trump and Watergate

Former White House counsel John Dean’s opening statement Monday before the House Judiciary Committee laid out a compelling series of parallels between Donald Trump and Watergate.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What they see when they see us

This miniseries needs to be seen and internalized. It’s not just a story of justice denied. It is also the story of a harsh truth most dark-skinned people are forced …

Kathleen Parker: Terminate abortion, please

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for everything. I’d love to hear a plan for making abortion irrelevant.

Marc A. Thiessen: Senate Republicans won’t save Mexico from Trump’s tariffs

If Mexican officials think Republicans in the U.S. Senate are going to save them from Trump’s tariffs, it’s time for them to think again.

Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr.: I gave $26 million to Alabama. Here’s why they gave it back.

I expected that speaking out on Alabama’s recent abortion restrictions would have consequences, but I never could have imagined the response from the University of Alabama, which on Friday said …

Anne Applebaum: ‘America First’ has NATO feeling uneasy

If NATO were an old-fashioned sort of alliance, President Trump’s language might not matter. But NATO is a defensive alliance: It exists not to attack but to deter, precisely so …

Paul Waldman: Abortion is set to be a huge issue in 2020

There are no more dog-whistles. Abortion is front and center, and will be one of the key issues in the 2020 election.

Robert B. Reich: Gig work is great – for the employers

Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although the company lost $1 billion, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining. …

Michael Gerson: To promote Donald Trump, Franklin Graham betrays the gospel

The Rev. Franklin Graham’s recent declaration of a “special day of prayer for the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump” last Sunday had a very different theological flavor.

Paul Lindholdt: Wildfires signal climate in calamity

Horizons already are cloudy. Wildfires from Canada are inundating Spokane skies with smoke. How do we make sense of it all? The Fourth Annual Climate Assessment offers an able explanation. …

Daniel Marchalik: Why are so many doctors burning out? Tons of real and electronic paperwork.

Paperwork – both real and electronic – is driving many doctors to go part-time or leave the profession altogether.

Robert J. Samuelson: The brave new world of trading blocs

The trade standoff between the United States and China suggests that the long-established ‘most favored nation’ approach is giving way to rival economic blocs that, increasingly, control international trade and …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: In letting fake Pelosi video stand, Facebook shows its true colors

Facebook has a decision to make. Because in a war for truth, there are no conscientious objectors.

David Ignatius: Mueller went out like a lamb when the country needed a lion

Robert Mueller was so polite and deferential in his remarks Wednesday, so insistent on following Justice Department rules limiting his actions that, in practical terms, he ceded the ground to …

Marc A. Thiessen: Mueller should not have held a press conference

All Robert Mueller’s news conference did is muddy the waters. He should have heeded his own advice and, as he put it in his statement, let “the office’s written work …

Catherine Rampell: Trump’s Mexico tariffs are deeply stupid

President Trump’s decision to impose new and higher tariffs on Mexico is so mind-bogglingly stupid, it’s hard to keep track of all the reasons it’s dumb. Here are a few.

Svati Kirsten Narula: I almost died on Everest. I still want to go back.

There’s a lot to roll your eyes at about the modern Everest experience, but the desire to test your own limits by walking to the top of the world on …

George F. Will: The idea of an aesthetic impeachment

Democrats should face two lamentable but undeniable facts: Donald Trump was elected because many millions of Americans enjoy his boorishness. And he essentially promised to govern as a lout. Promise-keeping …