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Jim Hightower: The rise and fall of America's middle class

Columnist Ever since 1776, the “common yeoman” - America’s middle class - has been hailed as the virtuous heart and backbone of our nation. How ironic, since it took 150 years before we actually created a broad middle class. Before…

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Sunday 01/14/2018
Will Trump seize a presidential moment?
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [08:43 PM]

This week, two incredible events unfolded before our eyes: American television viewers were invited into the White House Cabinet Room, where for nearly an hour they watched as President Donald Trump effectively led a bipartisan meeting in which he and…

Freedom Caucus in the spotlight as shutdown looms
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [08:41 PM]

Bloomberg View The House Freedom Caucus styles itself as the principled champion of limited government and the rule of law. More often, its members are partisan gunslingers, attack dogs during President Barack Obama’s administration and lap dogs for President Donald…

Thursday 01/11/2018
Trump says an interview with Mueller is 'unlikely'; that's wrong
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [08:59 PM]

At his news conference Wednesday, President Donald Trump pointedly declined to say whether he would agree to answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller - but then suggested that such a session wouldn’t be warranted in any event. “When…

No other president has ignored such a threat
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [08:58 PM]

For the better part of 20 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has engaged in a relentless assault against democratic institutions abroad, universal values and the rule of law. He has carried out these attacks with an asymmetric arsenal: cyberattacks; disinformation;…

There's no reason to wait: Rep. Farenthold has got to go
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [08:56 PM]

“I want to be clear that I didn’t do anything wrong, but I also don’t want the taxpayers to be on the hook for this.” That is what embattled Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, said last month when he promised to…

Wednesday 01/10/2018
GOP still making excuses for Trump
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [08:07 PM]

By· Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post It is not just that President Donald Trump refuses to read. The problem that Republicans must come to grips with is his inability to understand, process and respond in a rational…

Stop paying attention to Wolff's sloppy book
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [08:06 PM]

Michael Wolff’s book has become the acid test for whether people believe in the truth or are simply interested in taking down President Donald Trump at whatever cost. And it has now proven that the same nihilistic attitude toward facts…

A new self-inflicted wound from the Trump administration
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [08:05 PM]

The Washington Post Striking a blow for making America small again - plus petty, callous and self-defeating - the Trump administration on Monday stripped about 200,000 Salvadorans of their work authorizations and protection from deportation, effective 20 months…

Monday 01/08/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Parents, keep talking to your children
icon Posted: 08 January 2018 [07:36 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, how do I get my boy to listen to me? Yarelis S. – frustrated mom. I’m listening to you, Yarelis. I hear you loud and clear, but, unlike your boy, I’m a grown man. I’m pretty sure,…

Sunday 01/07/2018
E.J. Dionne: Michael Wolff and the end of denial
icon Posted: 07 January 2018 [10:16 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - The most astonishing aspect of the response to Michael Wolff’s book is that anyone is surprised. President Trump’s unfitness for office was obvious long before he was elected. Once he moved into the White House, the destructive…

Why Trump may have flip-flopped on investigating Clinton
icon Posted: 07 January 2018 [10:15 PM]

The Washington Post On Nov. 22, 2016 - a few weeks after winning the presidency - Donald Trump announced a stunning reversal. After months of “lock her up,” Trump said he opposed further investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton…

A Point to Ponder: Where have all the New Englanders gone?
icon Posted: 07 January 2018 [10:13 PM]

Columnist The first big snowstorm of this winter has come and gone, and most of us are still up and about. The way our communities reacted still amuses me. Schools were let out the afternoon before the storm. Oh, it…

Monday 01/01/2018
Get ready, a storm is coming
icon Posted: 01 January 2018 [10:02 PM]

A storm is gathering, and there is every reason to believe that 2018 will be the most consequential political year of our lives. The reckoning upon us follows a year mercifully drawing to a close this weekend. Over that horrid…

Things to look forward to - or fear - in 2018
icon Posted: 01 January 2018 [10:00 PM]

Columnist I join the legion of amateur prognosticators who offer guesses about what will happen in 2018. Once again, I borrow my friend Gregg Easterbrook’s slogan: All predictions guaranteed, or your money back. Of the baker’s dozen below, one or…

Sunday 12/31/2017
A Point to Ponder: After this past year, what will 2018 bring?
icon Posted: 31 December 2017 [08:56 PM]

Columnist When I and my peers were young men and women, we had a cast of respected, reputable and believed news givers. I won’t go through the names, but many of these people had been noted reporters during the Second…

Let Mueller finish the job he started
icon Posted: 31 December 2017 [08:54 PM]

In his Dec. 24 Sunday Opinion commentary, former Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr proposed a “reset” of the Russia investigation in which Congress “steps up” to establish a bipartisan investigative panel and the “executive branch’s approach” changes from criminal…

Saturday 12/30/2017
E.J. Dionne: Praying for democracy
icon Posted: 30 December 2017 [07:00 PM]

Columnist My New Year’s wish is for the health and resurgence of democracy. What follows is a slightly edited version of a morning prayer I offered last month at the Appleton Chapel of the Memorial Church at Harvard University. Let…

Michael Reagan: The new tax bill has something for everyone
icon Posted: 30 December 2017 [06:57 PM]

Columnist What a difference a historic Republican tax bill makes. The liberal media and Democrats, of course, hate what Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have done without a single Democrat vote. They are trying their best to degrade, dismiss…

Guidelines for watching news and staying sane in 2018
icon Posted: 30 December 2017 [06:55 PM]

The Washington Post For political-watchers, news media, political operatives, candidates and officials, 2017 was - let’s be honest - exhausting. The constant churn of news, the unending assaults on our sense of decency and expectations for government officials, the carousel…

Monopolies may be worse for workers than consumers
icon Posted: 30 December 2017 [06:54 PM]

Bloomberg View Monopoly power is a hot topic of economic debate. Economists are starting to ask whether increasing industrial concentration is choking off productivity growth, reducing capital investment, throttling or deterring would-be entrepreneur, raising consumer prices and reducing the share…

Wednesday 12/27/2017
Trump's ten best accomplishments
icon Posted: 27 December 2017 [08:38 PM]

Special to The Washington Post As we approach the end of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the list of extraordinary things he has done - for both good and ill - is nothing short of remarkable. Trump inspires…

Impressions of the tax cut: Positives, negatives, and a wild card
icon Posted: 27 December 2017 [08:37 PM]

There’s been a lot of speculating as to whether President Donald Trump’s tax plan will help or hurt his party next year. We’ll know soon enough, so no point in leaning too far into this question, but here are things…

Putin may be in more trouble than we know
icon Posted: 27 December 2017 [08:36 PM]

The Washington Post Vladimir Putin boasts of popularity ratings that Western leaders, Donald Trump included, can only dream of - 85 percent and above since Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014. Yet Putin remains unwilling to…

Tuesday 12/26/2017
We are not out of options on North Korea
icon Posted: 26 December 2017 [07:34 PM]

Special to The Washington Post With tensions continuing to build between the United States and North Korea, there’s growing talk by politicians and TV pundits that we are on the brink of war. In truth, we shouldn’t be anywhere close.…

Tough times for liberals means it's time to toughen up
icon Posted: 26 December 2017 [07:33 PM]

Bloomberg View Liberals are at a loss. The U.S. president, who turned out to be more vile and duplicitous than they even had imagined, may or may not be indicted within a year’s time. Meanwhile, Congress is run by conservatives…

Congress sheds (some) light on sexual harassment
icon Posted: 26 December 2017 [07:32 PM]

Between 2014 and 2017, the United States Treasury paid $84,000 to settle a claim of sexual harassment brought against Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas. Between 2008 and 2012, roughly $174,000 in settlement money was released over possible harassment allegations against other…

Monday 12/25/2017
Granddaddy's Secrets: News flash: Adults were teens once, too!
icon Posted: 25 December 2017 [08:46 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, how do I become successful? Chris B. - an eager to succeed teen. Smile more! Yup. Look adults in the eye and smile more at them. Say, “Hi” more often to them. Stop trying to fly under the…

Trump has set a scary strategic precedent
icon Posted: 25 December 2017 [08:41 PM]

BY Salman Ahmed and Jake Sullivan The Washington Post The Trump administration’s recently released national security strategy contains more consistency with predecessors than both its critics and its champions might have expected. It also departs significantly, however, in ways that…

Saturday 12/23/2017
E.J. Dionne: Christmas turned the world upside down
icon Posted: 23 December 2017 [08:15 PM]

Columnist When you ponder what Christmas celebrates, the holiday’s claim is staggering. N. T. Wright, the widely read biblical scholar and former Anglican bishop, captures its import by noting that the Gospels do not cast Jesus as “parachuting down from…

Kathleen Parker: Words that weren't banned and those that should be
icon Posted: 23 December 2017 [08:13 PM]

Columnist The recent excitement over an incredible story about the government trying to ban certain words reminded me of all the words and phrases I despise and wish were banned. For the sake of getting on with it, briefly: The…

Chris Powell: It's a wonderful life - and a political one
icon Posted: 23 December 2017 [08:12 PM]

Columnist Frank Capra’s 1946 film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” to be broadcast tonight at 8 by NBC television, is loved most for its personal message of discovery at Christmas: that its hero’s life has been, unbeknownst to him, crucial to…

Senate is rushing through Trump's judicial nominees
icon Posted: 23 December 2017 [08:10 PM]

The Washington Post President Donald Trump has confirmed 12 nominees to judgeships on the federal courts of appeals - more than any other modern president achieved during his first year. Yet while Republicans may pride themselves on this…

Cheering for Trump's tax package boon
icon Posted: 23 December 2017 [08:08 PM]

The Washington Times This was the week when Republicans proved once again that they know how to tackle big issues and govern, passing the most significant tax overhaul in more than three decades. It will not only lure…

Friday 12/22/2017
CHRIS POWELL: Avoiding tough choices is Malloy's weakness, too
icon Posted: 22 December 2017 [09:53 PM]

Connecticut, Governor Malloy told a business group last week, is being brought low by its political culture of postponing tough choices. As a result, the governor said, the state now is without the revenue to maintain and improve its transportation…

Wednesday 12/20/2017
Trump's war on hidden taxes
icon Posted: 20 December 2017 [08:22 PM]

The Washington Post The New York Federal Reserve estimates the U.S. economy will grow at an annual rate of nearly 4 percent in the fourth quarter. That would be after breaking 3 percent growth in the second and…

It's time for the UN to sanction Saudi Arabia
icon Posted: 20 December 2017 [08:20 PM]

The Washington Post Ripples of reform from Riyadh have been attracting positive press for the Saudis in Washington. The government recently pledged to permit women to drive, allow movie theaters into the country and to teach physical education to girls…

New National Security Strategy differs from that of previous presidents
icon Posted: 20 December 2017 [08:20 PM]

The Washington Post The National Security Strategy issued by the Trump administration Monday differs from those of previous presidents in some fundamental ways, as might be expected given President Donald Trump’s transgressive nationalism and protectionism. It also differs…

Monday 12/18/2017
McCain a tireless voice for democracy the world over
icon Posted: 18 December 2017 [08:39 PM]

The Washington Post Many otherwise hard-boiled political reporters still fondly recall their moments with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on the Straight Talk Express, the low-spin, laughs-filled campaign bus of his losing 2000 presidential try. My travel memories with the senator…

Rules even Trump can't ignore anymore
icon Posted: 18 December 2017 [08:38 PM]

The Washington Post Donald Trump learned a powerful lesson while running for president. The rules don’t apply to me. Trump blew through one political stop sign after another as he sped recklessly past the competition; again and again, he burned…

Granddaddy's Secrets: Kids need a caring adult in their life
icon Posted: 18 December 2017 [08:36 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, what do today’s teens need more than anything else? Denise G. - Parent and Radio Personality Denise, there is no easy answer to your question. There is, however, there is an answer that makes sense. I believe,…

China's scary surveillance technology
icon Posted: 18 December 2017 [08:35 PM]

The Washington Post Step by step, China has been rolling out surveillance technology that is remarkably intrusive, comprehensive and ubiquitous. Eager to exploit gains in technology, Beijing seems little concerned about human rights or privacy violations. On Dec.…

Sunday 12/17/2017
What if the founders had free speech wrong?
icon Posted: 17 December 2017 [09:09 PM]

Bloomberg View According to the most famous words of the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” But what did the founders understand those words to mean? A remarkable answer comes from…

A Point to Ponder: The coming of Christ: The 4th candle of Advent
icon Posted: 17 December 2017 [09:09 PM]

Columnist The fourth and last candle of the Advent season is called “the Angel’s candle.” The angels proclaimed the birth of the Savior and are a very important element of the Nativity story. A choir of angels in heaven on…

Saturday 12/16/2017
E.J. Dionne: There was no better place than Alabama last week
icon Posted: 16 December 2017 [08:49 PM]

Columnist Alabama. Who knew it would become one of the most beautiful words in American politics? It turns out there could have been no better place to test the limits of indecency, the limits of Trumpism, the limits of Republican…