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Op-Ed Columns

Only Congress can

By JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” — U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9 Congress and the White House have been at loggerheads for weeks on the next phase of federal aid to those suffering ...

Trump and the military

By ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS Under President Barack Obama, and President Bush before him, America’s admirals and generals have utterly failed to prepare us to fight adversaries such as Russia and China. The worst kept secret in the Pentagon is that the U.S. military may well lose a war to ...

The good and the bad

By DIANE DIMOND Here’s some positive news from the crime beat: It is reported that, nationwide, robberies, rapes, drug offenses and burglaries are down during the first half of 2020. This trend is one of the rare good things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer people have been ...

Trump turns panic peddler

By Clarence Page Having made his name in real estate, it is oddly appropriate that President Donald Trump’s reelection efforts have steered him into a new version of panic peddling. “Panic peddling” or “blockbusting” describes the now-illegal practice of persuading property owners ...

Trump and the Military: Part 1

By ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS President Donald Trump’s frayed relations with the U.S. military could imperil some of his most notable achievements. The relationship between Trump and America’s admirals and generals has reached a low point. This is a shame because it may imperil the Trump ...

How America got so inferior when compared to Europe

By FROMA HARROP Europe took dramatic steps to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Its shutdowns were so tight that the eurozone economy has fallen into a recession even deeper than ours. But guess what. Despite occasional spikes, Europe has beaten the virus down to size. With a public ...

History not yet repeated

By George F. Will Seventy-five years ago Sunday, three days after the first use of a nuclear weapon, the second occurred. There has not been a third in the subsequent 27,394 days. One of humanity’s remarkable achievements is this absence of something. President Harry S. Truman, who ...

When the counterculture becomes the culture

By BEN SHAPIRO In November 2015, three years after taking the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, quarterback Colin Kaepernick was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert, a career journeyman most recently unsuccessful with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The following preseason, Kaepernick began ...

Why isn’t Trump trying to fix mail-in vote issues?

By Jonah Goldberg President Trump’s delay-the-election trial balloon on Twitter last week was resoundingly denounced, and rightly so. Indeed, so thorough was the repudiation, including from top Republicans, that the president backtracked a little. “I don’t want to delay,” Trump ...

Spying on journalists

By JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO Last week, this column argued that the only constitutional role for armed federal forces in Portland, Oregon, was to assist U.S. marshals in protecting federal property and personnel there — in this case, the federal courthouse and those who come to it. The column ...

As the filibuster goes, so goes GOP

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” This was the nightmare of Ben Franklin. Yet, with passage this spring of a $4 trillion bailout of an economy facing historic losses because of the COVID-19 ...

The truth about the economy

By Robert B. Reich “The recovery has been very strong,” Donald Trump said last week. Then the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy contracted between April and June at the fastest pace in nearly three-quarters of a century, which is as long as economists have been keeping ...

A saint goes marching home

By Kathleen Parker In a world seemingly gone mad, last Thursday’s funeral for Rep. John Lewis offered a refuge of sanity and presented a confluence of humankind’s best qualities — honor, dignity, humility and grace. Watching from home and listening to the eloquent rhetoric of the past ...

Early voting and subverting election chaos

By George F. Will When Margaret Fuller, one of 19th century America’s public intellectuals, grandly proclaimed, “I accept the universe,” Thomas Carlyle, the British historian, reportedly said, “By gad, she’d better.” In 21st-century America, people worry about whether President ...

Intensifying into violence

By MICHAEL BARONE Protestors in California, tweeted ABC News, about an incident in Oakland, “set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified.” If you’d presented your ninth-grade teacher with that sentence in your ...

The inconvenience of neighborliness

By ERICK ERICKSON A legal scholar tested Jesus and asked simply, “Who is my neighbor?” In reply, Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest ...

Trump: ‘ Nobody likes me’

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Truth or Consequences” is the name of a town in New Mexico, and of a game show dating from the 1940s. But it’s also one of the primal laws of existence. Where an important truth is denied, consequences follow. So none of us can be surprised at the state of the union ...

Trump’s tweet about election delay just another distraction

By JONAH GOLDBERG On Thursday morning, the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the U.S. GDP had the biggest drop in a single quarter in U.S. history. From April through June, the economy contracted by 9.5 percent, with GDP falling at an annualized rate of 32.9 percent. President ...

The Biden Rule: ‘No Men Need Apply!’

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN There is a real possibility that, this coming week, Joe Biden will be selecting the 47th president of the United States. For the woman Biden picks — he has promised to exclude from consideration all men, black, brown, white or Asian — has a better chance of ...

Biden right man for the moment

By Jules Witcover Only a few months ago, in late February, former Vice President Joe Biden was widely regarded, as one author labeled him, as Yesterday’s Man. He was barely hanging on, looking to the approaching Democratic primary in South Carolina as a “firewall” unseen in most crystal ...