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Margaret Sullivan: A user’s guide to the media maelstrom ahead

With the Brett Kavanaugh hearings – and possibly a collective nervous breakdown – approaching like a Category 4 hurricane, I humbly offer a media user’s guide to the week ahead.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for September 25.


Robert J. Samuelson: Politics’ tough choices being avoided

The basic purpose of politics is to resolve conflicts, but the choices are being evaded. The political systems of many advanced countries have broken down – or are in the …


Jim Morin

Cartoon for September 24.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for September 24.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for September 24.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Hazards of the era of digital lynch mobs

There is something about viewing other people on screens – viewing them at a remove – that tends to objectify them, make them not quite real. And there is something …


Tom Toles

Cartoon for September 24.


Rep. Mat Erpelding and Sen. Lee Heider: Support sportsmen’s access on National Hunting and Fishing Day

Many of you have probably not heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It’s not a subject that gets a lot of press even though it’s been around for …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for September 23.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for September 23.


Michael Gerson: The Senate has become a factory of suspicion and contempt

Americans can be forgiven for thinking that everything involved in Supreme Court nominations – all the institutions, traditions, principles, procedures, solemn oaths and columned buildings – are merely a cover, …


Jason Rezaian: It’s Anthony Bourdain’s journalism that we’ll miss most

Anthony Bourdain never wanted to be called a journalist, but that’s exactly what he became. In fact, I suspect he’ll end up being remembered as one of the most influential …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for September 22.


Rudy Mehrbani: I directed White House nominations; of course, the FBI can check Kavanaugh again

I served as director of President Barack Obama’s presidential personnel office and oversaw hundreds of appointments across the U.S. government. So I know firsthand that Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley’s …


David Von Drehle: How will McConnell play this hand?

Every chip in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s pile has been shoved into the center of the table. His high-stakes gamble for conservative control of the Supreme Court may be …


Patti Davis: Why I don’t recall all the details of my sexual assault

It doesn’t surprise me one bit that for more than 30 years, Christine Blasey Ford didn’t talk about the assault she remembers, the one she accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett …


Jim Morin

Cartoon for September 22.


Why Trump must not declassify the Carter Page warrant

When a big, black SUV would pull up to my house at about 2 a.m., I knew it would be a while before I’d be getting back to sleep. As …


Trudy Rubin: Meet Qais and Mai: Exactly the kind of immigrant couple America should be welcoming

Last weekend, I attended a wedding in Atlanta between a brilliant Afghan writer and an equally brilliant young Chinese American doctoral student. Their stories and their wedding are a graphic …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for September 21.


Robert O. Work and Elbridge Colby: Without modernizing the way we fight wars, U.S. may lose the next big one

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the Pentagon has a genuinely new strategy: Focus on our rivals – Russia and, in particular, China – and …


Dana Milbank: The midterms are all about Trump

President Trump is getting his wish: It’s all about him.


Jennifer Rubin: ‘Red America’ not looking so red right now

Less than two years ago, the conventional wisdom told us that President Donald Trump had transformed the political map: GOP strongholds in the South had joined with gains in the …


Froma Harrop: Sometimes voters just want competence

In our highly polarized era, we too often judge election results from the confines of partisan politics. That’s not nearly as useful on the state and local levels, where elected …


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for September 19.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for September 19.


Michael Gerson: Kavanaugh nomination now hangs by thinnest of strings

It is difficult to comment on an unfolding news story, but this one demands it. It is hard to write about someone you know and like, especially concerning matters of …


Charlene L. Fu And Curtis S. Chin: China is stealing American intellectual property. Trump’s tariffs are a chance to stop it

Whatever else one might think of President Donald Trump’s actions, he is confronting China about its unfair trade practices and theft of American intellectual property when too many others shy …


Tim Campbell

Cartoon for September 18.