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The Great Reversal — for now

WASHINGTON — The world is agog at Donald Trump’s head-snapping foreign policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America First. He renounces the role of world policeman. He excoriates parasitic foreigners that (I paraphrase) suck dry our precious bodily fluids — and these are allies! ...

When Jared wins

Can someone reacquaint President Donald Trump with Steve Bannon, his ideologist whom the president now professes barely to know? Trump’s jaw-dropping public distancing from Bannon is the latest twist in a struggle that is astonishing even by the standards of a White House that deserves its ...

Must supporters let Trump be Trump?

Like a passenger on a sinking ship, the president has been throwing one longstanding position after another overboard like so much dead weight. His closest advisors, biggest boosters and some members of his family are at war with one another, in a pitch battle to steer the president in their ...

Why doesn’t college work for blacks?

The headline was numbingly familiar: “For Blacks, College Is Not An Equalizer.’’ The op-ed in The Washington Post by Ray Boshara explored what he called a “troubling paradox,’’ namely that so many well-educated black Americans “feel so economically insecure.’’ It’s a ...

The Obama party line on Syria – and reality

The Obama administration claimed that it negotiated with Syria and Russia to eliminate “100 percent” of Syria’s chemical weapons. After President Barack Obama’s 2012 “red line” warning to Syria about using chemical weapons, Syria launched a chemical attack in August 2013. But ...

PBS: ‘Learning’ to love suicide bombers?

On April 5, The New York Times published an op-ed by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal headlined “Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer.” McChrystal now runs a big lobbying firm, so that may be why he cares so much — he’s a gun for hire. So how does the general think PBS makes us safer? ...

Free local communities to set their own minimum wage

Recently, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill preventing local governments from raising the minimum wage above the statewide level of $7.25 per hour. The bill was a response to four counties passing local laws boosting the minimum to $10.10 per hour or higher. Ballotpedia.org reports ...

As fate would have it, Hillary Clinton spoke at last month’s Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security, where she emphasized the importance of peace, of women and of women in peace. “When women participate in peacekeeping peacemaking we are all safer and more ...

Executing guilty, innocent in Arkansas

Nearly three dozen men sit on death row in Arkansas, where capital punishment has been suspended since 2005. Unless clemency is granted, seven of them, an eighth man was granted a temporary reprieve, will be given lethal injections all within a 10-day period, between April 17 and 27. Why so ...

What the Freedom Caucus stands for

WASHINGTON — With a mellifluous name suggesting bucolic tranquility, Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is an unlikely object of the caterwauling recently directed at him and the House Freedom Caucus he leads. The vituperation was occasioned by the HFC’s role rescuing ...

Doesn’t look as if he’s from around here

When John McCain, after graduating from Annapolis and spending 22 years in the Navy, made his first run for Congress from Arizona, he was challenged by a Republican primary opponent for not having lived long in the state. McCain, who, as a POW for 5 1/2 years, had been tortured by the North ...

Who’s unsafe on campus?

Springtime may be in bloom, but snowflakes never go out of season at America’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Quivering students at the University of Notre Dame launched a protest recently against the school’s decision to invite Vice President Mike Pence as commencement ...

Majority rules better than super majority

“Majority rules.” How often as kids did we hear that? Most young people can remember their first lesson in democracy. A bunch of kids get into an argument over something on the playground or in the classroom, and the teacher decided to take a vote. 11 kids vote one way, and 10 another. ...

Trump’s normality problem limits potential for gains

White House official Steve Bannon is off the National Security Council, in a reversal of what had been an eyebrow-raising decision to put the president’s top political adviser on the NSC. It is a step toward normality in a White House that has struggled with it, especially in the Oval ...

‘Complicit’ First Daughters and double standards

The late-night comics turned their liberal rage on Ivanka Trump after she granted an interview on April 5 to “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. It was an interesting choice for a television interview considering King would clearly be hostile. She partied with Oprah and the Obamas in ...

Experience America at the time of the Great War

“War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.” — ...

Trump derangement syndrome

President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, said she wanted to require companies to provide paid maternity leave. The President later reaffirmed that pledge, promising six weeks of paid leave for new mothers. His “fair trade” position ...

The Middle East’s siren call

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to ...

Susan Rice is still lying

Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reported on April 3 that President Trump’s lawyers discovered it was former President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice who allegedly “requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the ...

Karma, precedent and the nuclear option

WASHINGTON — For euphemism, dissimulation and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court appointments and the filibuster. The arguments for and against the filibuster are so well-known to both parties as to be practically ...