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The British Will Choose Their Destiny

June 9, 2016 - 7:00am

Sitting on the sun-dappled terrace of the House of Lords, watching the Thames flow, Lord Nigel Lawson explains that the June 23 referendum, which he hopes will withdraw Britain from the European Union, was never supposed to happen. It is, he says, the fulfillment of a promise Prime Minister David Cameron expected to be prevented from keeping.

The Price Paul Ryan Has Paid

June 7, 2016 - 2:00am

The Caligulan malice with which Donald Trump administered Paul Ryan's degradation is an object lesson in the price of abject capitulation to power. This episode should be studied as a clinical case of a particular Washington myopia -- the ability of career politicians to convince themselves that they and their agendas are of supreme importance.

Britain, Too, Is Infected With Political Silliness

June 6, 2016 - 7:00am

Misery loves company, so refugees from America's Republican Party should understand that theirs is not the only party that has chosen a leader who confirms caricatures of it while repudiating its purposes. Jeremy Corbyn, the silliest leader in the British Labour Party's 116-year history, might kill satire as well as whatever remains of socialism.

An Independence Day for Britain?

June 2, 2016 - 7:00am

Leaders of the campaign to end Britain's membership in the European Union hope that next month's referendum will make June 23, 2016, a date as luminous in modern British history as May 3, 1979, when voters made Margaret Thatcher prime minister. Michael Gove, secretary of justice and leader of the campaign for Brexit -- Britain's withdrawal from the EU -- anticipates a "galvanizing, liberating, empowering moment of national renewal."

A Cold Can of 'America'

May 21, 2016 - 7:00am

Because advertising is a barometer that often accurately measures America's psychological atmosphere, attention must be paid to this: From May 23 through the presidential election, Budweiser beer will bear a different name. Eager to do its bit to make America great again, the brewer will replace the name "Budweiser" with "America" on its 12-ounce bottles and cans.

Who Will Follow Trump off the Cliff?

May 9, 2016 - 7:00am

Donald Trump: "We've got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt."

Washington Post: "How long would that take?"

Trump: "I would say over a period of eight years."

In Case of Trump Nomination, Break Glass

May 2, 2016 - 7:00am

Donald Trump's damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party's history. These collaborationists will render themselves ineligible to participate in the party's reconstruction.

The Gift of Trump's Ramshackle Campaign

April 20, 2016 - 7:00am

Donald Trump, a man about town in Manhattan, doubtless fancies himself a Master of the Universe. He is, however, no match for folks who have run rings around his ramshackle campaign in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Casper, Wyoming. 

Rethinking Crime and Punishment

March 17, 2016 - 7:00am

 WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn recalls visiting a Texas prison where some inmates taking shop classes could not read tape measures. Cornyn, who was previously a district court judge and Texas Supreme Court justice, knows that prisons are trying to teach literacy and vocations, trying to cope with the mental illnesses of many inmates and trying to take prophylactic measures to prevent drug-related recidivism by persons imprisoned for drug offenses.

The GOP Battle for Michigan

March 7, 2016 - 3:00am

DEARBORN, Mich. -- It is here in the industrial Midwest, not in the South, where Ted Cruz's audacious theory of the 2016 race was supposed to be put to one of its most important tests.

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