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Opinion - Free Press Commentary

Samuelson: Deficit addiction - a bipartisan norm

Published Apr. 22 2018

History is what we make of it — and sometimes we make a real hash. I take as my text...

Blackburn: Tennesseans' fight against the state income tax

Published Apr. 17 2018

Every time rumblings of a state income tax became prevalent in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tennesseans across the...

Thiessen: Republicans and Democrats just did something big together

Published Apr. 12 2018

Washington seems to be in the grip of hyperpartisan gridlock these days. Important bills are passed on party-line votes (when...

Douthat: Old boomers never die

Published Apr. 8 2018

The remarkable ratings success of the rebooted "Roseanne," a show that last aired when I was 17 years old but...

Thiessen: Trump should go small on DACA

Published Apr. 5 2018

President Trump's tweet promising "NO MORE DACA DEAL" was an Easter gift to Democrats, letting them off the hook for...

Cooper: We're not who we used to be because of King's legacy

Published Apr. 4 2018

The console television in the living room of my neighbor's house was on as he and I breezed through on...

Thiessen: It's not the job of Cabinet officials to be a 'check' on the president

Published Mar. 29 2018

In the wake of President Trump's decision to appoint John Bolton as his national security adviser and Mike Pompeo as...

Stephens: John Bolton is right about the U.N.

Published Mar. 27 2018

In 1994, John Bolton said that if the U.N. Secretariat building in New York "lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make...

Thiessen: Why conservative Christians are sticking with Trump

Published Mar. 24 2018

As "60 Minutes" prepares to air its interview with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, conservative Christians are being accused of hypocrisy....

Thiessen: Conservatives aren't racist; liberals don't hate America

Published Mar. 21 2018

I'm a rock-ribbed conservative who wants Republicans to keep control of Congress. But I'm not unhappy that Republican state Rep....

Thiessen: Trump needs to be clear about one thing in meeting with Kim Jong Un

Published Mar. 17 2018

With the nomination and likely confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, President Trump soon will have a trusted...

Brooks: Good leaders make good schools

Published Mar. 14 2018

The solutions to the nation's problems already exist somewhere out in the country; we just do a terrible job of...


Stephens: The rise of Dictatorship Incorporated

Published Mar. 8 2018

It really is an axis of evil.

Thiessen: Time to protect public workers from unions' coercion

Published Mar. 7 2018

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is ostensibly a public worker union. In truth, it is...

Thiessen: Attacking the NRA is really attacking everyday Americans

Published Mar. 1 2018

A few weeks before the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas invited a special guest...

Thiessen: The GOP tax reform not unpopular anymore

Published Feb. 24 2018

When the Republican-controlled Congress first approved its tax bill in December, most Democrats believed it would be a political loser...

Stephens: On Venezuela, where are liberals?

Published Feb. 20 2018

Students at the University of Michigan have staged a rare protest against the brutal dictatorship of Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro. According...

Thiessen: Despite the Olympic glow, half of Korea remains in darkness

Published Feb. 20 2018

Watching the media fawning over the North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics, I recalled a picture that my old...

Thiessen: Senators raise serious questions that should trouble all Americans

Published Feb. 16 2018

After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sent his memo laying out potential abuses of the FISA process by...

Thiessen: Trump throws away his momentum for peanuts

Published Feb. 10 2018

President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union address that won the approval of 75 percent of viewers, including...

Thiessen: The FBI's scandalous attempt to block the Nunes memo

Published Feb. 7 2018

Washington is debating the significance of the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, but this much should...

Howell: Juvenile Court first to have digital workflow

Published Feb. 2 2018

Providing a greater level of service with fewer resources has become the new norm for county officials in Tennessee where,...

Douthat: The necessity of Stephen Miller

Published Jan. 30 2018

After 12 years of failed attempts at immigration reform, the current round of negotiations are turning on a strangely personalized...