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Op-Ed Columns

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 ...

‘Walk With the Wind …’

By CONNIE SCHULTZ What a moment in America. On Thursday, three former U.S. presidents — George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — walked into Atlanta’s storied Ebenezer Baptist Church to deliver tributes to civil rights icon John Lewis, who died on July 17 at age 80. Earlier this ...

Who is really burning things down?

By MONA CHAREN My friend David French, one of the most admirable voices in America today, argues that conservatives need not vote against Republican senate candidates in order to send a message about Trumpism. I disagree. He writes, “A rage, fury, and a ‘burn it all down’ mentality is ...

Difficult decisions

By 
Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff The numbers in high school activity programs are staggering — 8 million participants in sports, 4 million students in performing arts, 500,000 coaches and officials and 300 million-plus fans at contests throughout the school year.  Whether as a participant, ...

Political dissent and freedom

By JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLIANO Two weeks ago, this column offered a brief history of the freedom of speech in America. The essence of the column was that all public speech is lawful when there is time for more speech to challenge it and that the remedy for hate speech is not censorship, but ...

By any other name

By CAL THOMAS Politicians and various social justice groups have long used labels that have nothing to do with the real intent of legislation, or an organization, to dupe the public. But, to paraphrase Shakespeare, a rose by any other name is still a rose. Numerous “civil rights” bills ...

End the Marxism love affair

By LAURA HOLLIS I watched director Agnieszka Holland’s award-winning film “Mr. Jones” this week. It’s truly outstanding, a quiet masterpiece about the young Welsh journalist Gareth Jones who risked his life to expose what is now called the Holomodor, the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine ...

Losing the global dating game

By Rachel Marsden The U.S. won over the hearts and minds of other nations in the Cold War era because they looked America up and down and decided they wanted a piece of what was on offer — namely, its wallet, er, “values.” But now, as the U.S. resorts to threatening allies to maintain ...

Land of plenty sinks into anxiety

By FROMA HARROP A friend and I shared the same consumer frustration — and guilt over having it. We each wanted a bike rack for our cars but could not obtain our first choices. “I wanted to order a 1UP bike rack,” my pal, who used to manufacture sports equipment, said. “Sold out and ...

Crowded bars face crackdowns

Newsday, July 28 Must be nice to forget about the pandemic. That’s the only explanation for what happened among the crowd of people who appeared close to a stage and not social-distanced in a video of a Saturday Water Mill charity concert, which included performances from electronic music ...

Supreme Court, Congress & Trump

By Jules Witcover As opinion polls foresee an electoral defeat for President Donald Trump in November, leaders of the two other federal branches are increasingly emerging as challengers to his primacy here in the capital city. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been a political thorn in his ...

Don’t hand out vaccines based on race

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY A federal committee is considering pushing Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans to the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines, ahead of whites. A COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by year’s end but not in sufficient quantity to vaccinate over 300 million Americans. ...

Roger Stone now owns the GOP

By Jonah Goldberg Roger Stone is an infamously execrable force in American politics. Perhaps his only saving grace is that he’s not a hypocrite about it. Stone is a proud “dirty trickster.” The GOP kept him on a leash lest his amorality be too closely associated with the Republican ...

Can Trump pull a Truman?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On July 22, 1988, after the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, the party nominee, Gov. Michael Dukakis, enjoyed a 17-point lead over Vice President George W. Bush. Five weeks later, on Labor Day, Dukakis was down eight points, the same margin by which he would ...

Despicable behavior of today’s academicians

By WALTER E. WILLIAMS The Michigan State University administration pressured professor Stephen Hsu to resign from his position as vice president of research and innovation because he touted research that found police are not more likely to shoot black Americans. The study found: “The race ...

Stay away from S.C.

By KATHLEEN PARKER At times like this, I’m tempted to dig out my father’s doormat, which bore the words: “Go away.” A dedicated misanthrope, he at least maintained a sense of humor. Today, as South Carolina’s COVID-19 infection rate skyrockets, there’s not much to chuckle about. ...