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Where Justice Scalia was wrong

WASHINGTON — With an asperity born of exasperation, Justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, “If you want aspirations, you can read the Declaration of Independence,” but “there is no such philosophizing in our Constitution,” which is “a practical and pragmatic charter of ...

Exposing Republican code-speak

In his first television interview since taking office, Vice President Mike Pence, with apparent sincerity, emphasized to “PBS NewsHour’s’’ Judy Woodruff just how committed he and the White House are to ‘’working right now with the Congress,’’ ‘’working very closely with ...

The narrative for the Left is clear

Just days into the Trump administration, the left’s narrative is clear. First, it was that Trump is an “illegitimate” president because he didn’t win the popular vote, claims about “voter fraud” notwithstanding. Then the left tried name-calling. Unfit. Immoral. Crude. High-handed. ...

It’s not the words, but how you say them

On Feb. 9, 1950, at a speech before the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sen. Joe McCarthy brandished a piece of paper. “I have here in my hand a list of 205 ... known to the secretary of state as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are ...

Education at a crossroads

In just a matter of days — perhaps next Monday — a decision will be made in Washington affecting the futures of millions of children in low-income communities, and in the very troubled area of race relations in America. An opportunity has arisen — belatedly — that may not come again ...

Trump driving us to distraction

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump seems to think he’s still on his reality TV show shouting, “You’re fired!” while President Stephen Bannon is busy drafting executive orders with his favorite black crayon. Such is the surreal universe in which we find ourselves. Those who thought they were ...

Not all refugees are welcome

For years, left-wingers would contest my use of the term “open borders lobby’’ because, they sternly rebuked me, nooooobody in America seriously believes in open borders. Whelp. Recently, thousands of anti-Trump liberals took to the streets, airports and college campuses chanting ...

Beginning of the end for regulation?

The shorthand description of Neil Gorsuch is that he’s a younger version of the man he’s likely to replace on the Supreme Court — Justice Antonin Scalia. Therefore, his nomination is seen by many as merely restoring the balance that existed on the Court for most of the past decade — 4 ...

Trump’s Bannon Way courts disaster

The Trump White House is engulfed in a firestorm of its own ignition. The Democrats and the media were only too happy to pour on more gasoline. I am increasingly confident that I’ll be able to begin a lot of columns that way over the next four years. That’s because the one clear ...

2017: When conservative protests are news

It shouldn’t be considered remarkable that all three major broadcast networks offered a news story on the tens of thousands who came for the 2017 March for Life. But it is. Between the morning and evening shows, the networks gave it almost 22 minutes of airtime altogether. To illustrate how ...

America First: Not a threat but a promise

“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” Donald Trump proclaimed in his inaugural address. As has been his habit, he added to the prepared text the word “only” and employed the rhetorical device of repetition by repeating “America first.” The ...

Humiliating Mexico over border a big mistake

By all means, build a wall on the border, but don’t make Mexico pay for it. It was a great — and by great I mean effective, not noble or heroic— applause line from then-candidate Trump on the campaign trail. Audiences loved it, particularly the call-and-response. Trump: “Who’s going ...

The first week that was

Republican members of Congress met in Philadelphia last weekend for what was called a retreat. It might have been more accurately labeled an advance. Perhaps not since the days of Franklin Roosevelt’s first term has so much been done by so few that will potentially impact so many (to ...

The un-American canard

The surefire way to bring the word “un-American” into vogue is to propose a restriction on immigration, no matter how minor. Democrats, who have spent the past half-century since Joe McCarthy objecting to the suggestion that anyone in this country might not be patriotic, can barely ...

It’s the White House calling

In this era of tweets and texts, the White House of President Donald Trump, ever respectful of tradition, is bringing back the personal phone call. For example, Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, by telephone told The New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum that his paper and “the ...

Let’s compete not repeat

The slogan "Make America Great Again" sounds inspiring. At least at first blush. But I have a problem with the word "again." That word sounds as though we believe doing what we did to make America economically great in the first place bears repeating today. That nostalgic thought conveys a ...

An excess of intellectual emptiness

WASHINGTON — In 2013, a college student assigned to research a deadly substance sought help via Twitter: “I can’t find the chemical and physical properties of sarin gas someone please help me.” An expert at a security consulting firm tried to be helpful, telling her that sarin is not ...

HBO’s supervillainous ‘Young Pope’

In a conversation about homosexuality a few years ago, a Catholic priest made a powerful observation. “Do you realize Heaven is full of gay saints?” he said. His point: The homosexual condition exists; the exercise is sinful. Those honoring God’s law carry an especially heavy cross ...

Feeling good (so far)

“It’s a new dawn It’s a new day It’s a new life For me And I’m feeling good.” — “Feeling Good” President Trump’s critics are finding it difficult to stay focused following a flurry of actions taken by the new American CEO. In just the first two working days ...

Fences and neighbors

There is much to cheer about President Trump’s first decisions as president. Conservatives are almost certainly going to love his Supreme Court pick, his stepped-up efforts to deport criminal aliens, the approval of two oil pipelines stubbornly blocked by the previous administration and ...