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Franks: Politics and theater — When mixed, the public loses

Theater — I cannot help but mix a theatrical incident that attempted to portray a narrative meant to hurt one political party. No, not the 1/6 congressional hearing. I am referring to the Jussie Smollett saga. You will recall that Smollett was found guilty of orchestrating his own beating. ...

Charen: In defense of pregnancy

With the likely end of Roe expected any day now, the press has been full of accounts of how difficult pregnancy is for women. In addition to stories about the dangers of ectopic pregnancies (which can be life-threatening), hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme nausea and vomiting that can put women ...

Stiehm: Athens and America — Helpful hints for the fix we’re in

ATHENS, GREECE — Greetings from the land where democracy began 2,500 years ago. I came seeking shelter under the Aegean sun from American democracy running ragged. Our own government is the oldest extant democracy in the world. But America is reeling from the revelations of the House select ...

Lowry: How Joe Biden torched his credibility

When President Joe Biden says something isn't inevitable, it is time to count on it as a deadlock guarantee. The president's handling of events has been poor and the same with his policies. But nothing has been quite as bad as his snakebit, maladroit, poorly informed, dishonest attempts to ...

Goldberg: The GOP may win in the midterms, but it can’t hang on to power

For congressional Republicans, the election can't come soon enough. In the modern era, it's hard to think of a time when the party out of power had more things going its way. Harry Enten, CNN's political data analyst, recently noted that going by the generic ballot, things haven't looked this ...

Zito: On the front lines of the tearing of our social fabric

PITTSBURGH — When the Hampton Battery was dedicated here in 1871 to a young Civil War soldier who lost his life protecting the Union at Chancellorsville, Virginia, the granite monument was a point of pride for residents of this neighborhood. They would stroll along the trails of the lush ...

Charen: It’s not what Trump knew, but what he had a responsibility to know

Watergate, whose 50th anniversary is upon us, is remembered for the question: "What did the president know and when did he know it?" But in our age of post-truth politics, the question loses its punch. The Jan. 6 committee devoted the second of its public hearings to demonstrating beyond doubt ...

De Rugy: Biden’s budget deficit victory lap is unearned and unjustified

President Joe Biden is taking victory laps for last year's reduced budget deficit. No one would be happier than me to see this number fall in a significant way. But the decline has nothing to do with the president's policies, and it changes little about the dangers of our fiscal ...

Goldberg: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Jan. 6 committee

We're only two installments into the limited-run production of the Jan. 6 hearings, and so far, I think they've been great. But I also think they'll leave almost everyone, except for me, unsatisfied. For many Democrats and Never Trumpers, the hope is — or was — that this would lead to ...