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E.J. Dionne: President Trump's tough talk makes us weaker

Columnist NEW YORK - The worst aspect of President Trump’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday was not his immature taunting of a dangerous foreign leader when the stakes far outweigh those of a schoolyard fight. Calling North Korea’s…

icon Posted: 21 September 2017 [07:03 PM]

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Thursday 09/21/2017
Hollywood gets tough on Russian cyberhacking
icon Posted: 21 September 2017 [07:01 PM]

Columnist Once upon a time (like Sunday after the Emmys) conservatives used to grouse that Hollywood was filled with liberals who disdained America and fancied themselves internationalists. Well, on Tuesday we learned that Hollywood is more patriotic, responsible and tough…

Monday 09/18/2017
Granddaddy's Secrets: Things to remember when parenting teens
icon Posted: 18 September 2017 [07:44 PM]

Columnist The teen’s brain is a bit uneven, and that sometimes makes life for us adults a little uneven, too. It’s all good, though… After all, those crazy-acting teens are ours, and we love them. You see, here’s the thing:…

E.J. Dionne: The priority is still to save the Affordable Care Act
icon Posted: 18 September 2017 [07:43 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Before supporters of universal health coverage get all wrapped up debating a single-payer system, they need to focus on a dire threat to the Affordable Care Act likely to come up for a vote in the Senate…

This might get the attention of Turkey's Erdogan
icon Posted: 18 September 2017 [07:42 PM]

THE WASHINGTON POST In the four months since the violent attack on peaceful protesters by Turkish bodyguards during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington, nothing has made the Turkish government own up to this outrageous assault on…

Sunday 09/17/2017
A POINT TO PONDER: The governor must not veto the 'people's budget'
icon Posted: 17 September 2017 [09:42 PM]

“We The People” is the opening to the preamble to the United States Constitution. The Constitutional Convention in 1787 and the states’ ratification of it a year later made our form of government unique in the history of government. The…

Saturday 09/16/2017
E.J. Dionne: Kris Kobach and the voting commission
icon Posted: 16 September 2017 [08:09 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - It is neither paranoid nor alarmist to begin asking if the Trump administration plans to rationalize blocking a large number of voters who oppose the president from casting ballots in 2018 and 2020. And it is imperative…

Michael Reagan: Why NFL games are now unwatchable on television
icon Posted: 16 September 2017 [08:07 PM]

Columnist “National Football League TV ratings down 13 percent in Week 1.” “NFL ratings in free fall.” Those headlines don’t surprise me one bit. But the NFL’s rapidly declining popularity has nothing to do with televising too many games a…

Chris Powell: Connecticut's disaster is man-made; that makes it harder to fix
icon Posted: 16 September 2017 [08:05 PM]

Columnist Because of their growth and increasing prosperity, Texas and Florida are often presented as states Connecticut should emulate in public policy, especially because neither state imposes an income tax and both claim to be more supportive of business. Perhaps…

Republicans need a tax plan for 2017, not 1981
icon Posted: 16 September 2017 [08:04 PM]

Columnist It’s not 1981 anymore. That’s the message of an editorial in the conservative Weekly Standard, which warns Republicans not to design a tax reform patterned on the one that Ronald Reagan signed in his first year as president. Mimicking…

People are desperate for tax reform that simplifies the process
icon Posted: 16 September 2017 [08:03 PM]

Columnist “Help!” said the fellow, surrounded by a pile of papers. “I don’t think I’m going to make it through this 1040 tax form.” “Why is that?” I said. “The 2016 tax extension I filed is due by Oct. 15.…

Friday 09/15/2017
What do most mass shooters have in common?
icon Posted: 15 September 2017 [08:13 PM]

Columnist It is now just two weeks into September, and the month has already seen its share of mass shootings. At a Dallas Cowboys watch party in Plano, Texas, a woman’s estranged ex-husband murdered her and seven of her friends;…

President Trump dares to dream
icon Posted: 15 September 2017 [08:11 PM]

The Washington Post This page doesn’t often agree with President Donald Trump, but we’re on board with his observation that most Americans oppose deportation for “dreamers” - young undocumented immigrants, mainly in their teens and 20s, in…

Monday 09/11/2017
Granddaddy's Secrets: The hurtful habits of parents!
icon Posted: 11 September 2017 [08:23 PM]

Columnist Parents, it’s only normal to develop habits because our minds try to save life energy by going on auto-pilot sometimes, also known as habits. However, the secret to life is to develop habits that help us instead of hurt…

Irma reminds us of our limits
icon Posted: 11 September 2017 [08:23 PM]

Columnist On Sept. 8, 1900, a hurricane drove 15 feet of storm surge over the thriving city of Galveston, Tex., maximum elevation8.7 feet. At least 6,000 peoplewere killed in what remains the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Most of…

How to make the debt-ceiling debate more productive
icon Posted: 11 September 2017 [08:21 PM]

The absurdist political theater surrounding the U.S. government debt ceiling is having another revival. With debt default looming next month, President Donald Trump has agreed to a deal that will grant emergency relief for Hurricane Harvey and raise the ceiling…

Trump's (still private) tax returns
icon Posted: 11 September 2017 [08:20 PM]

THE Washington Post It’s understandable why Donald Trump has felt no compunction about refusing to release his tax returns. After all, he got elected president despite breaking his promise to release his IRS filings, thus thumbing his nose…

Sunday 09/10/2017
Thursday 09/07/2017
Eric Holder: America must stand with the 'dreamers'
icon Posted: 07 September 2017 [08:08 PM]

Our nation’s sense of morality - and of itself - is once again being tested. President Donald Trump has scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, threatening to deport nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants - the “dreamers” -…

Unjustified DACA decision
icon Posted: 07 September 2017 [08:06 PM]

THE Washington Post In announcing an end to the program providing temporary relief from deportation to young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, both President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have been clear:…

Tuesday 09/05/2017
Monday 09/04/2017
Kathleen Parker: Recognizing the message to all of us in the storm
icon Posted: 04 September 2017 [08:59 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Nobody wants to pick on Texas, or especially Houston, after a 1,000-year weather event that for several days turned the city into a lake and dispossessed thousands of residents’ homes, belongings and, in some cases, loved ones.…

Another state institutes automatic voter registration
icon Posted: 04 September 2017 [08:58 PM]

The Washington Post “The right to vote is foundational for the rights of Americans in our democracy.” It was refreshing to hear that fundamental fact about the importance of voting to American democracy given full voice by…

Granddaddy's Secrets: Using mindful parenting!
icon Posted: 04 September 2017 [08:54 PM]

Columnist It’s tough out there today for our younger newer parents! Have you noticed how quickly hospitals are pushing patients out the door and back into their homes to recover? This brevity of medical services, especially for young parents who…

Sunday 09/03/2017
E.J. Dionne: American workers will see through Trump's con
icon Posted: 03 September 2017 [07:34 PM]

Columnist BOSTON - On a holiday weekend set aside to honor the American working class, it is hard to escape the sense that American workers find themselves exploited by our politics - and particularly by our president. If wage…

Local teacher appeals for support
icon Posted: 03 September 2017 [07:32 PM]

For the last 26 years, my daily routine has looked the same. I wake up at 5:30 a.m., get ready for work, make the half-hour commute, and arrive by 7:30 to greet parents who are dropping off their children for…

Saturday 09/02/2017
E.J. Dionne: Why we can't think straight about government
icon Posted: 02 September 2017 [08:09 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - One of the barriers to sensible politics is the opportunism that so often infects our debates about what government is there for, where we want it to be energetic, and how we can keep it from violating…

Michael Reagan: Helping the people of Houston the American way
icon Posted: 02 September 2017 [08:07 PM]

Columnist Houston is trying to dry itself out and recover from the historic floods of Hurricane Harvey. It will take years and unknown billions of dollars. Unlike New Orleans in 2005 after Katrina, the country’s fourth largest city was as…

FEMA has, so far, avoided disaster in Texas flood tragedy
icon Posted: 02 September 2017 [08:06 PM]

THE Washington Post The Gulf of Mexico coast is just coming to grips with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the remnants of which continued to pelt inland areas Thursday. Tragedy on this scale cannot be fully managed,…

Chris Powell: Mexico won't pay for the wall but young illegals will
icon Posted: 02 September 2017 [08:05 PM]

Columnist Opponents of illegal immigrants are angry that some of President Trump’s advisers are said to be urging him to make a political deal about the estimated 800,000 young people who have been living in the country illegally but who…

The reason why fake news spreads so quickly on Facebook
icon Posted: 02 September 2017 [08:03 PM]

How can we fight back against the fake news infecting our information feeds and political systems? New research suggests that education and filtering technology might not be enough: The very nature of social media networks could be making us peculiarly…

Friday 09/01/2017
A charge to my fellow members of Congress
icon Posted: 01 September 2017 [07:35 PM]

Americans recoiled from the repugnant spectacle of white supremacists marching in Charlottesville to promote their un-American “blood and soil” ideology. There is nothing in their hate-driven racism that can match the strength of a nation conceived in liberty and comprising…

Trump fatigue comes early
icon Posted: 01 September 2017 [07:33 PM]

Americans eventually tire of the presidents they elect. The political skills that fuel the rise of Roosevelts, Reagans and Obamas always seem to lose their allure over time as the promise of “Morning in America” and “Hope and Change” devolves…

What comes after the flood?
icon Posted: 01 September 2017 [07:32 PM]

THE Washington Post Congress must be generous in helping to repair the damage, to lives and to property, from Hurricane Harvey. The full extent of the destruction may not be known for a long time but is…

Thursday 08/31/2017
'Dreamers' took a big risk'; their trust may lead to deportation
icon Posted: 31 August 2017 [08:29 PM]

Columnist About 800,000 immigrant children could lose their jobs and be rounded up by police and deported to countries where their lives are at risk - and which are foreign to them - if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals…

Financier: Skip the Red Cross when helping Harvey's victims
icon Posted: 31 August 2017 [08:28 PM]

Columnist As happens now and then, Mother Nature has unleashed her fury upon us, causing loss of life and property. And once again, we find ourselves wanting to: 1) know how this happened; 2) know how to prevent a recurrence…

Columnist asks, 'Siri, what is football's future?'
icon Posted: 31 August 2017 [08:26 PM]

Columnist Will football someday become the world’s first virtual professional sport? With the NFL’s preseason underway, high school and college players back on the practice fields, and tens of thousands of fantasy leagues conducting their annual drafts, let’s put the…

Monday 08/28/2017
GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Parents crashing and burning!
icon Posted: 28 August 2017 [09:55 PM]

If I asked if work burnout existed in the United States, we probably wouldn’t hesitate to say yes because we have most likely already felt it. But, if I asked about parenting burnout, we’d probably hesitate for fear of looking…

Sunday 08/27/2017
Texas voter ID law is still illegal
icon Posted: 27 August 2017 [08:27 PM]

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Texas’ voter identification law is illegal. Again. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos had previously repudiated the state legislature’s toughest-in-the-nation ballot ID law, and the appeals court above her largely agreed. Now she has…

Arpaio reprieve isn't like most pardons
icon Posted: 27 August 2017 [08:25 PM]

Last month, as President Donald Trump made broad claims about his power to pardon, I noted in a Post article that he “may find out that something can be both legal and, simultaneously, an impeachable offense.” Friday night, as the…

Saturday 08/26/2017
Kathleen Parker: It's Robert Lee without an E
icon Posted: 26 August 2017 [08:23 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - You know we’ve reached a point of - something - when a sports announcer named Robert Lee is reassigned from calling a University of Virginia college football game because of his contemporaneously unfortunate name. Lee reportedly agreed…

E.J. Dionne: Steve Bannon and the fall of President Trump's populism
icon Posted: 26 August 2017 [08:22 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Is President Trump a populist or a corporatist? Is he appealing to white supremacists as a form of political opportunism - or because, deep down, he sympathizes with their views? Is he the hard-core “fire and fury”…

Chris Powell: A little satire might defeat sanctimony in Connecticut
icon Posted: 26 August 2017 [08:20 PM]

Columnist Because Connecticut is almost two months late with a state budget, schools are laying off teachers and social-service organizations are neglecting the disabled. But last week Governor Malloy and other elected officials in Connecticut found time to attend a…

Michael Reagan: Trump keeps working to destroy the GOP
icon Posted: 26 August 2017 [08:19 PM]

Columnist President Trump keeps making me look good. Last week we repeated the sound advice we’ve frequently given him but which he regularly refuses to take -- know when to shut up and listen to your staff. This week he…

There are some things to like in the Republican tax plan
icon Posted: 26 August 2017 [08:17 PM]

Bloomberg View With the presidency and both houses of Congress in their grasp, Republicans have a rare opportunity to make policy reforms. So far, nothing major has been done. On health care, the GOP failed to advance legislation. Now…

Friday 08/25/2017
Vigils welcome: Let us pray
icon Posted: 25 August 2017 [07:46 PM]

Columnist In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va. - in response to the anger, violence and loss of life - many communities across the country are leading prayer vigils. I think that is a grand…

Don't play down a sinister attack on diplomats in Cuba
icon Posted: 25 August 2017 [07:44 PM]

The Washington Post President Barack Obama’s much-hyped restoration of relations with Cuba was a bet that diplomatic and economic engagement would, over time, accomplish what 50 years of boycott did not: a rebirth of political freedom on the…

The drive to create the perfect child is getting a little scary
icon Posted: 25 August 2017 [07:44 PM]

Bloomberg View There’s a lot of innovation going on in China these days, but perhaps not all of it is good. Chinese fertility centers are going well beyond American practices, using genetic diagnosis to influence how children conceived…