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Paul Waldman: Donald Trump’s war on workers far from over

What is the state of the American worker, and what is the Trump administration doing for them? Or rather, what is the administration doing to them?


Pam Roylance: Idaho’s horse industry relies on a healthy horse racing environment

The initiative to save Idaho horse racing is now Proposition 1 on this November’s ballot. It’s time for all of us – those who signed it, who love horses and …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018

Letters: Pettit hits mark on well-spoken English

Dear Stefanie, Does it bother you at all to see the complete disappearance of the word “might”? As in: “last week, when I was in Seattle, I thought I may …


Clarence Page: Trump predicts violence from the left in November. That’s rich

Is he serious? Does President Donald Trump really think there will be “violence” from the left if Republicans lose control of Congress in the November midterms? Isn’t the whole point …


Kathleen Parker: Advise and dissent

If you missed Day One of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing, just try to imagine a mud-wrestling contest attended by banshees howling at the referee.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for September 5.


Bruce Speight: Trump administration’s Dirty Power Plan abdicates federal responsibility to protect Americans from climate change

As communities across Washington deal with raging wildfires and unhealthy air quality, President Donald Trump is turbocharging climate change by enacting a “Dirty Power Plan.” While many states, cities and …


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for September 5.


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for September 4.


McKay Cunningham: The newest umpire

John Roberts was mesmerizing. His confirmation hearing to be the next chief justice before the Senate Judiciary Committee lasted two days, during which Roberts seemed strangely at ease. The senators …


Max Boot: It’s not about Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court isn’t about his judicial philosophy, it’s about political outcomes.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for September 3.


Jeff Johnson: Unions remain strong and motivated this Labor Day

This is what those who hope to silence unions don’t understand: Unions give voice, dignity, and a portion of the wealth that workers create back to them.


Jennifer Rubin: A solemn and glorious send-off for John McCain

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., never attained the presidency, but the funeral Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral had the feel of a presidential funeral, as has the week of ceremonial …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for September 2.


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for September 2.


Kathleen Parker: A hero’s farewell

It is a tragedy that McCain, the warrior-hero, should exit the stage just when his model of citizenship is so needed.


Lisa Brown: I’ll protect our democratic institutions

As a member of Congress, among my highest priorities would be reforms that strengthen secure the integrity of our elections and democratic institutions.


Michael J. Klarman: McCain might be the right name for a Senate building. Russell sure isn’t.

Sen. Charles Schumer’s proposal in recent days to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after Sen. John McCain has stirred fresh debate over the removal or renaming of historical markers …


Jim Morin

Cartoon for September 1.


Dana Milbank: Rest in peace, Lindsey Graham

We lost two mavericks within a week. Last Saturday, we lost the legendary John McCain. On Tuesday, we lost his loyal sidekick, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham.


Marc A. Thiessen: Impeachment is just a liberal fantasy

Even if Democrats win back both the House and Senate, there is zero chance a two-thirds majority of senators will convict President Trump for paying off an adult-film star.


Eric Zorn: The unsettling truth about the first little piggy

It had been many years since I’d thought of the five little piggies, protagonists of the first nursery rhyme I told my kids, the first nursery rhyme I heard and …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for September 1.


Hugh Hewitt: Our bureaucrats may soon be flexing much weaker muscles

When Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin next week, progressives should hope Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee do not waste their time trying to trip him up …


Dana Milbank: Donald Trump, constitutional scholar

President Donald Trump’s interpretation of what’s legal and what isn’t puts the rest of us to shame.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for August 31.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018

Joe Heller

Cartoon for August 30.


Rich Lowry: The Spirit of 1968 and the Democratic Party

Fifty years later, the Spirit of 1968 is in the ascendancy on the left and in the Democratic Party, which is moving toward a more open embrace of democratic socialism …


Michael Gerson: This is the cynic’s finest hour

The presidency held by a cruel bigot. Many evangelical leaders parasitic on his power. The current and previous pope, along with a generation of bishops, implicated in the cover up …