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Opinion

With death toll mounting, Trump keeps tweeting

Op-Ed Columns

By Leonard Pitts Always before, there have been words. Always before, someone crafted them with writerly skill and gave them to the president to give to us. Always, before. When seven people died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, President Ronald Reagan spoke of how, just that morning, ...

A challenge for educators

Editorials

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was canceled. There is evidence many ...

A different candidate

Op-Ed Columns

By JOHN STOSSEL We have a choice! Next presidential election, we don’t have to decide between two big-spending candidates, neither of whom has expressed much interest in limited government. Now, we have a third serious choice. This week, Dr. Jo Jorgensen, a psychology lecturer at ...

Economic recovery and Congress

Op-Ed Columns

By GEORGE F. WILL From the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute — named for Milton Friedman and Gary Becker, two of the university’s 30 Nobel laureates in economics — comes this warning: Recovery from the pandemic’s economic damage will be protracted and perhaps made ...

Cashing in on contact tracing

Op-Ed Columns

By MICHELLE MALKIN Look out. An “army of contact tracers” is about to be unleashed on America. Corporations, political lobbyists and government bureaucracies all win. Privacy, freedom and family autonomy all lose. Big time. You may have already heard of the aptly named House Bill 6666, ...

What the FBI did to Michael Flynn was wrong

Editorials

Regardless of our political leanings, what happened to Michael Flynn should concern every American. While we should insist on details about his case, a more important question needs to be answered: How many other people have been treated similarly by the FBI and other law enforcement ...

One Twitter mob at a time

Editorials

By BEN SHAPIRO Life is filled with nuance, with complexity. Take, for example, the case of Amy Cooper. Cooper is a 41-year-old white woman who worked at Franklin Templeton, an asset management firm. She was walking her dog without a leash in the Ramble section of Central Park when she was ...

U.S. is more ready for germ attack

Editorials

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY America hasn’t seen the last of killer coronaviruses. China’s “bat woman,” a Wuhan Institute of Virology investigator who handles bat viruses, is warning that the current pandemic is “just the tip of the iceberg.” Friendly advice from a researcher? Perhaps, ...

Bird-watching while black

Editorials

By MONA CHAREN A lifelong bird-watcher ventured into a section of New York’s Central Park, the “Ramble,” at 7:30 a.m., hoping to catch a glimpse of waterfowl. In previous days, he had spied scarlet tanagers, ovenbirds and mourning warblers. On Memorial Day, as he waited quietly, an ...

Lives can be saved by tests

Editorials

Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the ...

COVID-19 to 2020 elections

Editorials

By STAR PARKER With the House passage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion Heroes Act, COVID-19 policy has now officially transformed into presidential politics 2020. Let’s recall that prior to the crisis, the nation appeared quite pleased with the leadership that President Donald ...

Biden needs black voters

Editorials

By Jules Witcover Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden appears to have sustained a self-inflicted political wound by telling a black radio host that African Americans considering voting for Donald Trump “ain’t black.” He apparently was referring to his record on civil ...

If we are at war, who’s the enemy?

Letters to the Editor

Two recent letters to the editor in our local paper take the position that we are in an ideological war. If that’s true, in war both sides bear the responsibility for dehumanizing the other. Political conflict is not war. It isn’t treason to oppose the current administration. There is a ...

Stefanik’s behavior is shameful

Letters to the Editor

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s latest mailing boast about her appearance on Fox News where she has again played politics but claiming a “Failed Policy” by Gov. Cuomo. This is a made up complaint and issue. She has become a Trump talking head who ”Boldly Goes Where No Politician Has Gone ...

Failing dams needs to be addressed

Editorials

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes a few days ago, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days, as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back ...

A vice president that could work

Editorials

By GEORGE F. WILL The smallest state has a small governor. Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo is almost 5 feet 3 inches, about an inch shorter than James Madison. What was said of him is true of her: There is a high ratio of mind to mass. Unfortunately, a perversity of today’s political culture ...

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Editorials

By DIANE DIMOND Nearly every state has a citizen’s arrest law allowing civilians to detain someone if they have witnessed a crime being committed. Some of these laws allow only felony suspects to be held until law enforcement arrives, while others also allow those suspected of “breach of ...

Choosing the wrong opponent

Editorials

By MARK SHIELDS It is a common, if not especially honorable, practice in American politics for a candidate and her campaign to prefer to run not against their actual opponent on the ballot but rather against the most unpopular caricature of the opponent’s party. That explains why Democrats, ...

Remembering everyone

Editorials

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

Why a compromise now?

Editorials

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN When a Wall Street Journal editorial warned this week against any precipitous U.S. withdrawal that might imperil our gains in Afghanistan, an exasperated President Trump shot back: “Could someone please explain to them that we have been there for 19 years. ... and ...