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CHRIS POWELL: Tolls aren't really for transit

Columnist With Democratic state senators scrambling to assemble 18 votes to support imposing highway tolls on big trucks, their majority leader, Norwalk Sen. Bob Duff, declared at a forum last weekend that it’s “a big myth” that state government has…

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Sunday 01/19/2020
Why the Supreme Court might intervene in the Senate trial
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [07:48 PM]

After its 2000 decision in Bush v. Gore, Justice David Souter reportedly “wept” when the role of the Supreme Court was raised in determining the outcome of the presidential election. The court continues to grapple with the legacy - and…

Russia's prime minister has just resigned, which means Putin has plans
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [07:46 PM]

In a surprise move, the Russian government headed by Dmitry Medvedev resigned Wednesday. Medvedev had served as prime minister since 2012 and had often been mentioned as a potential successor to President Vladimir Putin should he leave office in 2024,…

Friday 01/17/2020
It's not just older voters who are giving Biden the lead
icon Posted: 17 January 2020 [08:24 PM]

Conventional wisdom has emerged that former vice president Joe Biden’s lead with black voters is due in large part to older black voters who are familiar with the former lawmaker. Since he launched his campaign, multiple polls have regularly shown…

MLB commissioner's statement on Astros has one big omission
icon Posted: 17 January 2020 [08:22 PM]

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s long, forceful, impressively-first-person-authored statement on the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has roiled baseball this offseason mentions 14 specific human beings by name. Two of them are the reporters who broke the story in…

Monday 01/13/2020
The shortest world war in history is over
icon Posted: 13 January 2020 [08:17 PM]

Columnist Did you miss the news? I’m talking about the big war between the U.S. and Iran that Democrats and the liberal media were hoping and maybe even praying would explode in the Middle East this week and prevent the…

Friday 01/10/2020
Second Amendment 'sanctuaries' won't hold up in court
icon Posted: 10 January 2020 [07:33 PM]

Overblown alarm over reasonable gun-safety laws proposed in statehouses across the country has led to a movement by various local governments declaring themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries” - vowing to establish local jurisdictions where state gun laws that they view as…

Teens are shunning cars
icon Posted: 10 January 2020 [07:31 PM]

The much-discussed collapse in teenage driving in the U.S. seems to have ended a few years ago. But the less-discussed recovery, which I wrote about last year, seems to be over, too. Newly released data from the Federal Highway Administration…

Friday 01/03/2020
Goals for 2020 goals are in sight
icon Posted: 03 January 2020 [07:28 PM]

As 2019 has come to a close and another year of projects, developments, and new initiatives come to fruition, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of my top goals for the New Year. While there are many…

If you really love books, you owe a debt to Sonny Mehta
icon Posted: 03 January 2020 [07:25 PM]

“I have always found comfort in the confines of a book or manuscript,” Sonny Mehta, the editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf, said in 2018 as he accepted the Center for Fiction’s Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Lifetime Achievement.…

Wednesday 01/01/2020
Trump still uses his cell phone for official business, and that's a problem
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:32 PM]

By The Washington Post The Kremlin might know more about conversations between President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others involved in the Ukraine gambit that led to Congress’ impeachment inquiry than congressional investigators themselves. The reason for this…

Electric cars still don't live up to the hype
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:30 PM]

With a new decade starting shortly, it’s time for conscientious columnists to undergo their self- administered decennial performance reviews. I’ll start - and try to keep it focused. For the past 10 years, I’ve waged a quixotic counteroffensive against electric-car…

The Supreme Court's past decade could be liberals' last gasp
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:28 PM]

The 2010s will go down in history as a contradictory period at the Supreme Court. The decade featured one liberal decision - the gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges - that will be read as long as the justices’ opinions…

Friday 12/27/2019
Have you lived, really lived, the 2010s?
icon Posted: 27 December 2019 [01:48 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Do I owe someone an apology for not taking a more active role in the iconic cultural, technological and political developments of the 2010s? I had good intentions of being a full participant in the decade; but other…

I opposed Trump's impeachment, but it happened
icon Posted: 27 December 2019 [01:47 PM]

Special to The Washington Post Last Saturday in West Palm Beach, Florida, in remarks to a group of young supporters, President Donald Trump road-tested a talking point that appeared to be aimed at changing the narrative around his December impeachment:…

Wednesday 12/25/2019
Why the Iowa caucuses are so complicated
icon Posted: 25 December 2019 [07:21 PM]

By Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post In six weeks, Iowans will gather in schools, community centers and other locales to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee. The number of people who turn out for an evening to talk presidential politics…

Thank God for Christianity Today's actually evangelical message
icon Posted: 25 December 2019 [07:16 PM]

Special To The Washington Post The Christianity Today editorial supporting the removal from office of President Donald Trump is a remarkable and important document. It is also courageous. Widely read and widely respected, Christianity Today is thoughtful, its tone is…

Monday 12/23/2019
Looking at Republicans, female voters see angry, irrational white men
icon Posted: 23 December 2019 [02:00 PM]

The Washington Post Americans who listened to the speeches by House Republicans on Wednesday got an earful of crazy. They heard truly nutty and hysterical rants comparing impeachment to Pearl Harbor or insisting impeachment was less fair than the…

Political rhetoric speaks volumes about impeachment
icon Posted: 23 December 2019 [01:59 PM]

Cagle Cartoons If you observe politics the way I do – as one stares at a five-car pileup on the freeway – your gaping will always be rewarded. The House voted on Wednesday to impeach President Trump, but the rhetoric…

Friday 12/20/2019
GOP senators run the risk of being shamed by Trump
icon Posted: 20 December 2019 [02:40 PM]

Special To The Washington Post In his unhinged letter Tuesday, President Donald Trump accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of having “cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!” A few days earlier, he accused Democrats of “trivializing impeachment.” If…

Flight shame due to climate change is real but not always effective
icon Posted: 20 December 2019 [02:35 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion The Swedish word flygskam or its German version, Flugscham, meaning “flight shame,” is one of the words of 2019. While it’s not easy to separate its effect on airlines’ business from other factors, the countries where people…

Wednesday 12/18/2019
The Syrian defector who got Congress to act
icon Posted: 18 December 2019 [03:48 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion For anyone looking to prevent Syria’s Bashar Assad from securing a final victory in the civil war he started in 2011, it has been a dispiriting few months. President Donald Trump abruptly ordered a full withdrawal of…

The apocalyptic worldview hidden in Trump's letter to Pelosi
icon Posted: 18 December 2019 [03:44 PM]

Special To The Washington Post There are moments fertile for apocalyptic anxiety - numerologically specific dates, perhaps, or seemingly significant ones like the year 2000 - but nothing sparks the apocalyptic imagination like a time of existential distress. For President…

Friday 12/13/2019
Will impeachment hurt Trump in 2020? Here's the case for optimism
icon Posted: 13 December 2019 [06:39 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Most Americans, exhausted by Trump’s demagogic lying and relentless pillaging of the values we hold dear, are understandably skeptical that impeachment will cleanse the stench and quash the nightmare. Indeed, that day of reckoning won’t come any time…

Three better choices for Time's 'person of the year'
icon Posted: 13 December 2019 [06:38 PM]

The Washington Post In announcing Greta Thunberg as its person of the year, Time magazine argued, “The politics of climate action are as entrenched and complex as the phenomenon itself, and Thunberg has no magic solution. But she has succeeded…

Thursday 12/12/2019
How Elizabeth Warren should deal with charges of hypocrisy
icon Posted: 12 December 2019 [01:58 PM]

The Washington Post A few years ago, the journal Psychological Science published a study exploring why humans are harsher judges of people we perceive to be hypocrites than those we think of as liars. In short, it’s that hypocrites…

Labor report great news for Trump's economy
icon Posted: 12 December 2019 [01:58 PM]

Cagle Cartoons As if the unappetizing buffet of presidential candidates isn’t troublesome enough for the Democratic Party, along came an unexpectedly strong November jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In November, the economy created 266,000 jobs, aided in…

Wednesday 12/11/2019
Online shopping is growing, but it isn't creating jobs
icon Posted: 11 December 2019 [01:43 PM]

Bloomberg This has not been a great century for working in retail. The sector, which added about 5 million jobs from 1980 through the end of 2000, has added only 416,100 since. Since January 2017, retailers have shed 145,200…

Why Trump isn't afraid of impeachment
icon Posted: 11 December 2019 [01:43 PM]

The Washington Post Among the stories Democrats tell themselves as they plow ahead with impeachment, one might be called “The Scarlet Letter,” if the title were not already taken. They assure themselves that the simple fact of being impeached by…

Tuesday 12/10/2019
Behind the glare of impeachment, Secretary Devos shines
icon Posted: 10 December 2019 [02:17 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Impeach! Impeach! Impeach! Removing Donald Trump from office before he can get re-elected is the only thing in Washington that Democrats and the national media really care about. But while Thelma Pelosi and Louise Nadler speed down their…

The Green New Deal has a big blue gap: We need to protect our oceans
icon Posted: 10 December 2019 [02:14 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Our nation has more than 95,000 miles of shoreline, home to 40 percent of Americans who live in coastal counties. Our blue economy, including fishing, ocean farming, shipping, tourism and recreation, supports more than 3.25…

Friday 12/06/2019
Germany finally acts on its Russian murder case after slow start
icon Posted: 06 December 2019 [02:01 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Germany’s reaction to the murder of a prominent Chechen in Berlin, carried out by a Russian citizen with highly suspicious travel papers, has been criticized as tepid and slow, especially compared to the U.K.’s forceful response in…

Snarky mockery of Joe Biden is sheer malarkey
icon Posted: 06 December 2019 [02:00 PM]

Cagle Cartoons I know it’s very uncool – at least in the precincts of snarky lefty Twitter – to defend Joe Biden, but I’ll give it a try. The Democratic front-runner is currently touring Iowa on a bus that’s newly…

Wednesday 12/04/2019
President Trump should veto the Democrats' greedy green act
icon Posted: 04 December 2019 [02:09 PM]

Cagle Cartoons In a mad dash to expand all their favorite “green” cash grabs before the end of the year, House Democrats have published their most bloated smash and grab yet. They call it the Green Act, but a better…

Harris couldn't get the voters she needed most
icon Posted: 04 December 2019 [02:09 PM]

The Washington Post Sen. Kamala Harris ended her bid for the White House unable to rally significant support from the voting blocs her campaign and many political watchers thought would play a major role in sending her to the Oval…

Sunday 12/01/2019
Friday 11/29/2019
We need a major redesign of life
icon Posted: 29 November 2019 [02:55 PM]

Special To The Washington Post It’s time to get serious about a major redesign of life. Thirty years were added to average life expectancy in the 20th century, and rather than imagine the scores of ways we could use these…

Trump continues to manufacture lies
icon Posted: 29 November 2019 [02:53 PM]

Cagle Cartoons You could be forgiven for missing it in the build-up to Thanksgiving and the blizzard of impeachment news, but America’s fact-challenged chief executive was up to some old tricks this week. At a rally in Florida, Trump continued…

Thursday 11/28/2019
Quid Pro Quo is how presidents operate
icon Posted: 28 November 2019 [06:29 PM]

Cagle Cartoons “Laws are like sausages,” Otto von Bismarck supposedly said. “It is better not to see them being made.” Suffering through far too many hours of the House impeachment this week reminded me of the truth of that political…

The Salvation Army's actions speak louder than its theology
icon Posted: 28 November 2019 [06:26 PM]

By Stephen L. Carter Bloomberg Opinion Thanksgiving Day marks the traditional kickoff of the Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle” giving campaign. Volunteers flood the nation’s shopping malls and sidewalks, ringing their bells to ask for donations to help the nation’s…

Wednesday 11/27/2019
Bloomberg's focus on finance mostly benefits other billionaires
icon Posted: 27 November 2019 [12:07 PM]

The Washington Post There are many prisms through which to view the still-sprawling Democratic primary, but one I think is the most helpful is the politics of the possible vs. those of the impossible. On one side, there are candidates…

At a few farms, turkeys are the guest this Thanksgiving
icon Posted: 27 November 2019 [12:07 PM]

The Washington Post At Gene Baur’s sanctuary for abused farm animals, a Thanksgiving dinner is held each year with turkeys as the guests of honor. The birds are feted, not feasted upon. “We don’t eat them,” said Baur, an…

Tuesday 11/26/2019
The booming voice of conservative women
icon Posted: 26 November 2019 [02:36 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Elise Stefanik, a representative from upstate New York, tried to speak at the impeachment inquiry this past week. She tried several times to ask a question, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff kept cutting her off. He…

Sunday 11/24/2019
What President Trump should do on vaping
icon Posted: 24 November 2019 [01:48 PM]

Special To The Washington Post When regulations are contemplated to address an epidemic of teenagers using e-cigarettes, vaping advocates complain loudly. The restrictions will obstruct adult access to these products, they say, foreclosing the opportunity for smokers to use the…

Disney+ ruins classic movies with new trigger warnings
icon Posted: 24 November 2019 [01:47 PM]

Cagle Cartoons I adored the story of “Cinderella” as a child. The prospect of having a man so in love with me that he’d crisscross the Kingdom searching for my size 6 1/2 foot, was heady stuff. It never occurred…

Friday 11/22/2019
If Pompeo doesn't testify, he should be impeached
icon Posted: 22 November 2019 [03:05 PM]

The Washington Post U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland implicated numerous senior officials and President Donald Trump in a plan to extort Ukraine: No White House meeting until the Ukrainians announced an investigation into nonexistent dirt on…

A transparency rule for big tech is the least-bad option
icon Posted: 22 November 2019 [03:04 PM]

Cagle Cartoons A new Wall Street Journal expose finding that “Google has increasingly re-engineered and interfered with search results to a far greater degree than the company and its executives have acknowledged” is sure to bolster efforts from the company’s…

Wednesday 11/20/2019
Our health system is great. There's just one catch.
icon Posted: 20 November 2019 [01:47 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Sonji Wilkes learned the hard way that life can still throw you a curve, even when you play by the rules. She had health insurance and the hospital she picked to bring her son into the world…

Team Trump's no-holds-barred wrestler: Jim Jordan
icon Posted: 20 November 2019 [01:47 PM]

The Washington Post What’s an impeachment drama without a Republican wrestling coach stepping into the spotlight? Perhaps you recall that crazy day in December 1998 when the GOP majority in Congress found itself in a pickle. House Republicans were deep…