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Opinion - Free Press Commentary

Douthat: Tucker Carlson versus conservatism

Published Jan. 22 2019

The most interesting thing in conservative politics right now is not the government shutdown and Donald Trump's flailing attempt to...

Brooks: The cruelty of call-out culture

Published Jan. 20 2019

A number of months ago, I listened to a podcast that has haunted me since — because it captures something...

Thiessen: Nancy Pelosi is lying about the State of the Union

Published Jan. 19 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address, citing...

Thiessen: Trump is surrounded by leakers. Why would he trust them with his Putin notes?

Published Jan. 18 2019

The Washington Post's report that President Trump "has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian...

Thiessen: Democrats for wall before they were against it

Published Jan. 12 2019

Barring some miraculous breakthrough, the current government shutdown today will become the longest in American history.

Thiessen: Trump won the night. Schumer and Pelosi lost.

Published Jan. 10 2019

President Trump did something Tuesday night that he has rarely done since taking office: He used the presidential bully pulpit...

Brooks: The morality of selfism

Published Jan. 5 2019

You probably want to be a good person.

Thiessen: The 10 worst things Trump did in 2018

Published Jan. 4 2019

In his second year in office, President Trump did many positive things, and earlier this week, I offered my list...

Thiessen: Trump's top 10 successes of 2018

Published Jan. 2 2019

In his second year in office, the list of extraordinary things President Trump has done, for good and ill, continued...

Thiessen: Send Islamic State fighters held in Syria to Guantanamo Bay

Published Dec. 31 2018

President Trump's decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria is already having unintended consequences.

Thiessen: I was arrested for having nunchucks in New York. I'm glad the law was overturned.

Published Dec. 27 2018

I was arrested for having nunchucks in New York. I'm glad the law was overturned.

Stephens: Dear Anonymous in the Trump administration

Published Dec. 25 2018

Dear Anonymous,


Stephens: Elizabeth Warren, Trumpian of the Left

Published Dec. 24 2018

For decades, the left sought to dethrone the idea of truth.

Thiessen: Trump is about to repeat Obama's mistake in the Middle East

Published Dec. 22 2018

During his time in CIA custody, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told his interrogator something prophetic.

Thiessen: The Mueller probe could turn out to be a disaster - for the Democrats

Published Dec. 20 2018

All of Washington is focused on the political peril President Trump faces from Robert Mueller's investigation.

Stephens: An antidote to idiocy in 'Churchill'

Published Dec. 18 2018

Earlier this year, retired astronaut Scott Kelly posted a harmless tweet quoting Winston Churchill's famous line, "In victory, magnanimity." Left-wing...

Thiessen: There's a word for the Democrats' negotiating strategy - insanity

Published Dec. 17 2018

Good news for the incoming House Democratic majority!

Thiessen: China tried to strike at Trump - and missed the mark entirely

Published Dec. 8 2018

"When you strike at a king you must kill him," Ralph Waldo Emerson once said.

Gerson: Bush's life proves that sometimes things go gloriously right

Published Dec. 5 2018

All the talk about the attributes of this or that generation is usually overblown.

Thiessen: Gene editing is here. It's an enormous threat.

Published Dec. 4 2018

A Chinese scientist's claim to have created the first genetically edited babies has evoked widespread condemnation from the scientific community....

Thiessen: Trump is ready to deal; are Democrats?

Published Nov. 29 2018

When Donald Trump first took office, many conservatives' greatest fear was that he would be too quick to cut deals...

Thiessen: We do have Obama judges and Trump judges.

Published Nov. 27 2018

For someone trying to demonstrate that the judiciary is not political, getting into a political fight with the president sure...

Thiessen: What Trump needs to do to avoid being a one-term president

Published Nov. 21 2018

President Trump did defy history in the 2018 midterm elections.