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Opinion - Free Press Commentary

Krauthammer: Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

Published May. 30 2017

The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to...

Stephens: Carnage, memory and Manchester

Published May. 28 2017

To witness a suicide bombing up close is to understand, at its etymological root, the meaning of the word "carnage."

Krauthammer: The guardrails can't contain Trump

Published May. 20 2017

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within...

Stephens: How Trump may save the republic

Published May. 16 2017

The question in the title of Timothy Egan's latest column for The New York Times is "Who Will Save the...

Krauthammer: A political ax murder

Published May. 14 2017

It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 —...

Krauthammer: Trump 'normalized' but still scary

Published May. 7 2017

With near unanimity, my never-Trump friends confess a sense of relief. It could have been worse. They thought it would...

Brooks: The Jane Addams model

Published Apr. 30 2017

These days, everything puts me in mind of Jane Addams. Many of the social problems we face today — the...

Krauthammer: Populism on pause

Published Apr. 30 2017

Yesterday's conventional wisdom: A wave of insurgent populism is sweeping the West, threatening its foundational institutions — the European Union,...

Douthat: Crime and different punishments

Published Apr. 25 2017

Last week, the state of Arkansas, which had executed exactly nobody since 2005, put to death Ledell Lee for the...

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...