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June 26, 2019

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Biden’s history is both his Thor’s hammer and his Achilles’ heel
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
get what Joe Biden was trying to say, but I’ll never understand how he tried — and utterly failed — to say it. Yes, there was a time when the Senate was a chummy men’s club whose members, on some issues, put collegiality ahead of ideology. Yes, I see how the Democratic front-runner might want to hold out the hope, however slim, of a return to …
Blowhard on the brink
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
s shocking as it is to write this sentence, it must be said: President Donald Trump did something right. He finally noticed the abyss once he was right on top of it, calling off a retaliatory strike on Iran after belatedly learning, he said, that …
The cartoon who will be prime minister
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Boris Johnson — as journalists like to say among themselves — wasn’t one to let the facts stand in the way of a good story. His Brussels colleagues named him as the proprietor of the “mendacious smirk.” He had a way of looking to the side and down, sniggering away …
What’s next, the moon or Mars?
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
NASA scientists and engineers are smart, dedicated people, but part of NASA’s problem is politics. It has space centers strategically placed to maximize political support rather than science and exploration. Florida, Texas, California and the other states hosting centers have 197 votes in Congress, enough at least to keep NASA comfortably funded. But NASA is always subject to changes in programs and direction depending on the whims of …
First debate pivotal for Biden, Sanders
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
This week’s two-day Democratic debatefest is so sprawling that it looks more like a New England town meeting than a confrontation among presidential candidates. But don’t count on its being …
Like it or not, we now have concentration camps
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
I have often wondered why good people of good conscience don’t respond to things like slavery or the Holocaust or human rights abuse. Maybe they simply became numb to the horrific way we now rarely think about or discuss the men still being held at Guantánamo Bay without charge or trial, and who may as well die there. Maybe people grow weary of …
Bernie Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo
Monday, June 24, 2019
OPINION:
Quickly, before Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign sinks beneath the foaming brine, consider his struggle to convince Americans that socialism deserves to be the wave of their future.
Are HOAs stunting the growth of American tech?
Monday, June 24, 2019
OPINION:
Suppose you have a small satellite dish installed in your property, similar to the millions found on the homes of satellite TV subscribers across America. A local zoning official knocks on your door and gives you a copy of an ordinance requiring that you pay a fee and receive a permit to have the dish. Further, you’re told that you need to remove it immediately or be fined $250 for each day that it remains up.
Pete and Chasten Buttigieg are a traditional wonder
Monday, June 24, 2019
OPINION:
Pete and Chasten Buttigieg celebrated their first wedding anniversary last week. You know this if you’re among Pete’s roughly 1.1 million Twitter followers or Chasten’s 340,000, because they traded sweetly effusive missives, as they frequently do.
After 69 years, still waiting for an apology
Monday, June 24, 2019
OPINION:
The 69th anniversary of the North Korean invasion of the South on June 25, 1950, conjures bitter memories and ridiculous controversy. The war resulted in the deaths of at least 2 million people, more than half of them civilians. And pro-North scholars, propagandists and activists persist in claiming that South Korea and the United States provoked North Korea.
Moderate Democrats are owning their mistakes
Sunday, June 23, 2019
OPINION:
Former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., argued that Democrats need to pay far more attention to rural America if they ever want to take back the Senate. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., urged his party to be more open to people of faith. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., spoke for new members of Congress from swing districts in insisting that “the loudest voices” are not representative of voters “working two or three jobs.”
On climate change: Do something right now before we can’t do anything, ever!
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Where I Stand:
Climate change is more than a looming disaster predicted to doom future generations. We are seeing the effects of climate change now, even here in Nevada, and have only a brief moment to make the changes that will …
Trump’s idea of foreign policy is just to one-up Obama
Sunday, June 23, 2019
OPINION:
Donald Trump was sure that this foreign policy thing was going to be both easy and obvious. For him, it was obvious that Barack Obama did not have what it takes to push back Iran and North Korea, and Trump would show everyone how it’s done.
A lesson for Harvard: Wisdom comes from mistakes
Saturday, June 22, 2019
OPINION:
Over the past year and a half, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have handled themselves with a fervor and commitment that has, most of the time, inspired the nation.
Sarah Sanders wants you to know that she was not impressed
Saturday, June 22, 2019
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN A CONSERVATIVE AND A LIBERAL:
Gail Collins and Bret Stephens discuss current events from different sides of the political spectrum.