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Opinion - Free Press Commentary

Stephens: There's a price for GOP's health care insanity

Published Jul. 9 2017

It costs as little as $10 and as much as $10,169 to get the same blood test in California. A...

Krauthammer: The Rubicon is crossed

Published Jul. 8 2017

Across 25 years and five administrations, we have kicked the North Korean can down the road. We are now out...

Brooks: Republicans take the long view

Published Jul. 6 2017

Over the past two months the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress have proposed a budget and two health...

Krauthammer: Why do they even play the game?

Published Jul. 1 2017

In mathematics, when you're convinced of some eternal truth but can't quite prove it, you offer it as a hypothesis...

Parker: What's ailing health care

Published Jun. 29 2017

The Senate health care bill, which was scuttled Tuesday until after July 4, was doomed by two narratives: Republicans are...

Krauthammer: The great Muslim civil war — and us

Published Jun. 24 2017

The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west...

Stephens: Democrats and the losing politics of contempt

Published Jun. 24 2017

Aron Nimzowitsch, among the chess greats of his day, didn't take well to losing badly. Knowing that he was about...

Brooks: Let's not get carried away

Published Jun. 21 2017

I was the op-ed editor at The Wall Street Journal at the peak of the Whitewater scandal.

Brooks: Giving away your billion

Published Jun. 11 2017

Recently I've been reading the Giving Pledge letters. These are the letters that rich people write when they join Warren...

Krauthammer: You can't govern by id

Published Jun. 10 2017

Having coined Bush Derangement Syndrome more than a decade ago, I feel authorized to weigh in on its most recent...

Krauthammer: To die for Estonia?

Published Jun. 3 2017

So what if, in his speech last week to NATO, Donald Trump didn't explicitly reaffirm the provision that an attack...

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...