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Opinion - Free Press Commentary

Krauthammer: The Great Reversal — for now

Published Apr. 16 2017

WASHINGTON — The world is agog at Donald Trump's head-snapping foreign policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America...

Smith: Will health insurance ever return?

Published Apr. 10 2017

On April 4, the Pew Research Center featured an article identifying where our federal taxes are spent. The analysis demonstrated...

Krauthammer: Karma, precedent and the nuclear option

Published Apr. 9 2017

For euphemism, dissimulation and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court...


Krauthammer: The road to single-payer health care

Published Apr. 2 2017

WASHINGTON — Repeal-and-replace (for Obamacare) is not quite dead. It has been declared so, but what that means is that,...

Krauthammer: American democracy is not so decadent after all

Published Mar. 26 2017

WASHINGTON — Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The...

Smith: The evolution of truth in schools

Published Mar. 23 2017

DeVos thinks education money should allow the parents to decide the best educational medium for their children — government or...

Brooks: Let Bannon be Bannon!

Published Mar. 20 2017

I continue to worry about Steve Bannon. I see him in the White House photos, but he never has that...

Krauthammer: The real world of Obamacare repeal

Published Mar. 19 2017

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it's not that easy.

Smith: Smoke, fire and who did what

Published Mar. 13 2017

Much is being said and reported about the recent allegations made by President Donald Trump that Trump Tower — both...

Krauthammer: Down the conspiracy rabbit hole

Published Mar. 12 2017

WASHINGTON — When he was Ronald Reagan's secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA's disavowal of...

Parker: R.I.P., DNC?

Published Mar. 8 2017

If the Democratic Party is ailing after losing the presidency to Donald Trump, state parties are on life support.

Krauthammer: Revolt of the attorneys general

Published Mar. 5 2017

Among the many unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of...

Krauthammer: Trump and the 'Madman Theory'

Published Feb. 26 2017

At the heart of Donald Trump's foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction.

Krauthammer: The case of the cover-up in search of a crime

Published Feb. 19 2017

It's a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have...

Krauthammer: A hopeless disaster

Published Feb. 12 2017

Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration's travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with...

Krauthammer: Thank God for Harry Reid

Published Feb. 5 2017

There are many people to thank for the coming accession of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Donald Trump for...

Krauthammer: Trump's foreign policy revolution

Published Jan. 29 2017

The flurry of bold executive orders and of highly provocative Cabinet nominations (such as a secretary of education who actually...

Douthat: The tempting of the media

Published Jan. 24 2017

There are two common views among journalists about the fate of our profession under the presidency of Donald Trump.

Krauthammer: Obama's self-revealing final act

Published Jan. 22 2017

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor...

Krauthammer: What happened to the honeymoon?

Published Jan. 15 2017

The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them...

Brooks: Do markets work in health care?

Published Jan. 14 2017

Believe it or not, we're not really going to have to spend the next four years wading through wonky drudgery...


Krauthammer: Cold War relic, present day threat

Published Jan. 8 2017

WASHINGTON — You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last...

Hart: Let's Make Capitalism Cool Again

Published Jan. 6 2017

Inside Barack Obama's rhetoric of 'income inequality' and 'attack the rich,' used mainly to sway envy-driven, simple minds, was always...