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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Is the GOP a hate group?

Is the GOP a hate group? It’s sobering that the question can even be asked. But the inevitable answer is downright chilling.

Marc A. Thiessen: If they won’t pass his trade deal, Trump should make Democrats own NAFTA

Donald Trump should tell Democrats that they will own NAFTA if they oppose his deal to replace it the the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Kathleen Parker: The color of her skin

Republicans and evangelical Christians who fail to condemn this president’s use of the pulpit to essentially put a target on a duly elected congresswoman’s back can be presumed to concur …

Lillian Cunningham: Five myths about the moon

Ever since humans have looked up at the night sky, there have been wild theories about the moon and its power over us. Here are five myths that maintain a …

David Von Drehle: 50 years later, Apollo 11 is still a miracle

July 20, 1969. It was a day of miracles and wonders. That much I remember very clearly.

James Mann: The speech Richard Nixon would have given ‘in event of moon disaster’

What William Safire wrote would have qualified as the most eloquent speech Richard Nixon ever gave – and one of the most poignant by any American president.

Dana Milbank: Trump has done the impossible: He has united the Democrats

Donald Trump has come to the Democrats’ rescue by reminding them, and all the world, what racism really looks like.

Charles Lane: Thank (or blame) John Paul Stevens for your binge-watching habit

Let us never forget Justice John Paul Stevens’ most transformational cultural contribution on the Supreme Court – as the intellectual godfather of binge-watching.

Froma Harrop: Drug price gouging: An American story

To be American is a wonderful thing most of the time. There are moments, however, when it is downright humiliating. Can you imagine a more pitiful scene than a busload …

Michael Gerson: Trump never takes a vacation from provocation

What is the response of Trump’s evangelical supporters when he organizes his political movement around disdain for the dispossessed? Silence. Or support. Or enthusiastic support.

Scott Duke Kominers: People make it so hard to ditch plastic straws

Eliminating plastic straws offers a case study in how simple solutions can be devilishly tricky to implement – and sometimes even worse than the problems they were meant to solve.

Robert J. Samuelson: America’s cycle of disappointment

Economic policy entrepreneurship hasn’t and won’t disappear. But the hoped-for gains have been conspicuous by their absence. There is an enduring cycle of disappointment.

George Conway: I denied that Trump was a racist. Not anymore.

Donald Trump is not some random, embittered person in a parking lot – he’s the president of the United States. By virtue of his office, he speaks for the country. …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Failure to stand up for the truth, suggests not an open mind but an empty one

A man named Josef Buzhminski told this story at the trial of Adolf Eichmann. It happened on July 27, 1942, at the fence of the Jewish ghetto in Przemysl, Poland. …

Marc A. Thiessen: Biden’s electability is a myth

A recent poll finds that a 45 percent plurality of voters believe Joe Biden has the best chance of beating President Trump. But what if those voters are wrong?

Kathleen Parker: Losing the wolf would diminish us all

If President Trump doesn’t speak up soon, the howl we hear in the night won’t belong to the predator but to the last lonely wolf crying out for all that …

Patti Davis: People keep trying to steal Ronald Reagan’s identity, but it will never work

When people think of Ronald Reagan, they think of the man who ascended to the presidency and then they attach their own beliefs, opinions and agendas to him.

Froma Harrop: Playtime over for Democrats’ radicals

Now is the time to tell the ‘squad’ – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – to play fair or go pound sand. Stay strong, Speaker …

Megan McArdle: Why the debate about equal pay for U.S. women’s soccer isn’t that clear-cut

Financial compensation for athletes is in the news lately, especially with the outrage over male and female professional soccer players’ salaries, but there is much more to it than the …

Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for July 12.

Trudy Rubin: Kim Darroch’s resignation reflects troubles in two democracies

The resignation of Britain’s ambassador to Washington was about something much bigger than President Donald Trump’s anger at leaked diplomatic cables.

Michael Gerson: Trump celebrates America’s victories, but not its character

The celebration of American independence is supposed to be a unifying national ritual. But we are a country with profound differences over the meaning of nationhood itself.

Robert J. Samuelson: Is Putin right that liberalism is obsolete?

Vladimir Putin says many people around the world have lost faith in the liberal idea.

Carl Hiaasen: It’s much too early to pay attention to the race for president

Some of those who deliberately didn’t watch the debates have been made to feel slack in their patriotic duty. Don’t feel guilty. It’s too much, too soon.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Opening up to women’s stories

While perusing the list of books I’ve read, I made a discovery that startled me: there were almost no women on it.

Justin Amash: Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving the GOP

I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.

Kathleen Parker: Democrats tread on sensitive ground

The Democratic Party’s presidential primary season seems to be veering toward a racially charged contest.

Ivo Daalder: The real threat to liberalism is the U.S.’ unwillingness to defend it

If liberalism is ending, it isn’t because Vladimir Putin says so. It is because we would allow it to happen.

David Von Drehle: Mad magazine is dying. Maybe we should worry.

I wonder how long Mad magazine’s influence could have continued after the extinction of the adult establishment. Not just a magazine, but a world, has ended.

Mercedes Carnethon: The biggest Women’s World Cup lesson: Teach girls to be competitive

As mentors to girls and women, we can promote excellence by celebrating competition, a lesson exemplified by the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s performance in the Women’s World Cup.