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Op-Ed Columns

The double-edged sword

By DIANE DIMOND On the television crime drama “FBI,” Special Agent Jubal Valentine brusquely orders an underling to run a photograph through facial recognition to identify a suspect. Boom! After a rocket-speed search, the computer spits out a name and address. Field agents get to work, ...

Mark Zuckerberg is right

By RICH LOWRY Mark Zuckerberg clearly hasn’t gotten the memo. The founder of Facebook persists in defending free expression, even though free speech has fallen decidedly out of fashion. His reward for adhering to what once would have been a commonsensical, if not banal, view of the ...

Some statutes of limitations should be removed

For months since the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ misdeeds at Ohio State University surfaced, people have wondered how he got away with it for so long. While serving as a doctor for OSU athletic teams during the 1990s, Strauss sexually abused hundreds of young men. Some of them complained at ...

The guessing game

By KATHLEEN PARKER The mystery of Joe Biden’s running mate takes me back to 2008, when the political world breathlessly awaited John McCain’s surprise pick. Back then, the whispered word was that Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman was McCain’s top choice. But the powers that ...

Personal liberty squeezed in a vice

By JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO Last week, this column addressed the expectation of revolution and the exhilaration of freedom that pervaded the 13 colonies during the summer of 1776. This summer in America, we are approaching the end of a civilized and free society as we have known it. The ...

Yikes! It’s airborne

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY If you’re working in an office or eating in a restaurant and someone 30 feet away exhales tiny particles of coronavirus, those particles can drift across the room and infect you. Picture cigarette smoke wafting across a room. Same thing. The precautions agencies like the ...

Saving what we can

By CONNIE SCHULTZ Before I sat down to write this column, I looked out our front window and found our hydrangeas in a state of despair. It’s 91 degrees — a July cold snap in Phoenix, perhaps, where it’s currently 107 degrees, but here in Cleveland, it’s the temperature of wilted ...

A chink in Trump’s armor

By Jules Witcover Those gaping empty balcony seats at President Trump’s Tulsa campaign rally last weekend sent an unexpected chill through Trump World. The failure to fill the facility’s 19,000 capacity, and the resultant abandonment of a makeshift outside venue to handle an overflow that ...

Farewell, Teddy

By Kathleen Parker As beauty exists in the eye of the beholder, so does the ugliness of a statue. Latest to the list of soon-to-be fallen monuments is one of President Theodore Roosevelt, who has presided over the entrance to New York’s American Museum of Natural History for the past ...

How long will it last?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The left’s war on America’s past crossed several new frontiers last week. Portland’s statue of George Washington, the Father of his Country and the first president of the United States, the greatest man of his age, was toppled and desecrated. While the statue ...

Toxic in Tulsa

By Cal Thomas President Trump’s speech Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a toxic stream of consciousness that ignored a great opportunity to speak words of healing and unity to a divided nation. His remarks, which lasted nearly two hours, were full of self-justifications and salted ...

The superior path to November

By FROMA HARROP What didn’t happen in Tulsa last weekend was gratifying and a relief. The protests against racism were overwhelmingly orderly. President Donald Trump’s rally also proceeded without serious incident and, notably, without much of an audience. And this didn’t happen for ...

Trump’s war on the media

By Jules Witcover Donald Trump’s election campaign, unnerved by the latest CNN poll showing him trailing prospective Democratic president nominee Joe Biden by 14 percentage points, is threatening to sue the cable news network. The campaign alleges the poll fails to reflect Trump’s strong ...

Bad cops — bad unions

By JOHN STOSSEL For my internet video this week, my staff showed me clips of violent cops. It’s not just Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes — it’s the other cops who just watch. It’s the Buffalo cops who floored a protester and simply walked by ...

Congress did something it was unaware of

By GEORGE F. WILL “[T]he limits of the drafters’ imagination supply no reason to ignore the law’s demands.” — Justice Neil Gorsuch on Monday Monday illustrated the limited usefulness of the political labels that often are carelessly bandied: The four Supreme ...

Let’s not forget our past

Jefferson City News-Tribune June 14 Students at the University of Missouri again are petitioning to remove the Thomas Jefferson statue from the Columbia campus, though university officials have said they will not remove it. Jefferson, after all, was a slave owner who fathered children with ...

Self-inflicted fiasco

By KATHLEEN PARKER When the New York Times’ leadership recently apologized to the paper’s staff for running an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., the enemies of “fake news” high-fived and Free Speech collapsed from embarrassment. Heaven forbid an opinion on a newspaper’s op-ed page ...

The Left-wing lockdown

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY Three months ago, America was told to trust public health experts. Never again. Most of them have revealed themselves to be left-wing ideologues cloaked in the mantle of science. On their advice, states slammed their economies shut, put 40 million people out of work, sent ...

More discussion about race is needed

By MIKE MYERS Perceptions are everything to us. Reality doesn’t matter as much as what we believe it to be. That’s a key to race relations. Another factor we seem to be overlooking right now is that the problem with many black Americans’ mistrust of law enforcement personnel starts ...

How can they be called good cops?

By Leonard Pitts For two weeks now, outrage has convulsed America: pundits, preachers, protesters, and at least one “severely conservative” GOP senator all raising their voices to condemn police brutality. Yet, here’s the startling truth: No one has made a stronger case against the ...