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Opinion - Free Press Commentary

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...

Krauthammer: Obama's final, most shameful, legacy moment

Published Jan. 1 2017

The audience overwhelmingly Jewish, passionately pro-Israel and supremely gullible applauded wildly.


Krauthammer: Aleppo and the American decline

Published Dec. 25 2016

The fall of Aleppo just weeks before Barack Obama leaves office is a fitting stamp on his Middle East policy...

Smith: Cybersecurity vital but wrong Clinton strategy

Published Dec. 19 2016

Today, 538 electors will gather to uphold their role in our constitutional republic to officially cast ballots determining the United...

Krauthammer: The Trump Cabinet: Bonfire of the agencies

Published Dec. 18 2016

Democrats spent the first two decades of the post-Cold War era rather relaxed about Russian provocations and revanchism. President Obama...

Krauthammer: Tweets and theater entertain, but Congress is the main event

Published Dec. 10 2016

'I alone can fix it,' Trump ringingly declared in his convention speech. Indeed, alone he can do Carrier and SoftBank...

Leonhardt: Team Trump's new pledge on tax cuts

Published Dec. 7 2016

CNBC isn't a place people usually go to speak truth to wealth. It's the unofficial television network of Wall Street...

Douthat: Can the Democrats move right?

Published Dec. 3 2016

Since Election Day the great intra-Democratic debate over What Went Wrong has been dominated by two visions of how liberalism...

Brooks: New life in the center

Published Nov. 30 2016

Over the past few decades, party loyalty has been the defining feature of national politics.

Smith: Be like Pat

Published Nov. 28 2016

Beloved University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt has been credited with words she was supposed to have...

Krauthammer: For Democrats, the road back

Published Nov. 27 2016

One of the more salutary outcomes of the recent election is that Democrats are finally beginning to question the wisdom...


Kirkpatrick: Thanksgiving 2016: What the world needs now

Published Nov. 24 2016

Chattanooga area author, historian and journalist Jim Frierson recently interviewed author Melanie Kirkpatrick about the American Thanksgiving tradition.

Douthat: He made America feel great again

Published Nov. 15 2016

While I cannot verify its provenance, the following appears to be my Sunday column from Nov. 8, 2020, which slipped...