Category: Columns

A moment of unity

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS After violence pierces U.S. cities and towns, Americans come together. Later politics can drive them apart. Or not, maybe just this once. As a grim Monday morning dawned in Las Vegas, Nevada representatives...

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America rises above its grievances

By MICHAEL GERSON Who is left to defend the simple, often admirable, sometimes disappointing, American experience? Our politics seems deeply divided between those who think the country is going to hell in a handcart and those...

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Bills already circling capitol

Every few months, all the legislators and lobbyists come back to the Capitol and participate in what is called Legislative Days.We have committee hearings which mostly are informational—we hear from agencies on how they are...

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Can we avoid a health care horror?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It is difficult to decide which is the worst aspect of the Republicans’ latest try at repealing Obamacare: the irresponsibility, the cruelty or the lies. There is only one reason the Senate is even considering...

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Divisons in our united state

By GENE H. McINTYRE What is most challenging is to keep our country united when we are so divided. Nevertheless, it’s not at all like this is a modern day phenomenon. Really, our divisions go back to American beginnings as any...

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The dangerous triumph of tribalism

By MICHAEL GERSON In his prescient science-fiction novel The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson describes a post-national world in which people organize themselves into affinity groups called “phyles.” Some choose to be Victorians,...

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DeVos and campus sexual assault

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talked to lots of people—victims, students who said they were falsely accused and the family members of both —before she started to reform a policy instituted under President...

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