In 2017 in Manila, then-President Donald Trump talked up his “great relationship” with Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine strongman. Reporters present pressed Trump on whether he had pressed Duterte on his human rights violations, such as large-scale extrajudicial killings of thousands. Duterte…

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Two weeks ago I turned 30, with a lot on my mind – excelling at work, furnishing a new apartment, wondering “Why does my lower back suddenly ache?” That kind of stuff. Perhaps the last question on my mind was, “What age should I schedule a mammogram?”

Riding the train home to Delaware at day’s end, long ago, my old pal Joe, then a young senator, would surely have wanted to discuss any momentous happening that America had seen on the TV news.

The conventional wisdom is that politicians focus on the short term at the expense of the long term – that they’re obsessed with the latest polling and the next election instead of the future of the country and the next generation. That may be true, but still: President Joe Biden and congres…

YouTube recently announced it will ban content that spreads misinformation regarding not just the coronavirus vaccines but vaccination science in general. It’s an acknowledgment that today’s misplaced conservative resistance to the coronavirus vaccines both feeds and is fed by the broader an…

Republicans are apparently too busy stoking cultural grievances and recounting votes from the 2020 presidential election to craft a policy agenda for the next election. Looking forward instead of backward would be a better way to build political support and to channel the populism of former …

Today, more than 1,100 charter schools are run by for-profit corporations. Whether those corporations are large national chains or small local companies running one or two schools, they invest in slick marketing campaigns to get children and tax dollars through the door.

You’ve surely seen it before on a laundry detergent bottle label, printed on a ready-made salad bag or stamped onto the container of a thousand other products lining the shelves of grocery and retail stores: A symbol with three “chasing” arrows that form a triangle. It may be green or black.…

The four-day workweek’s moment has arrived. With California Congressman Mark Takano’s introduction of legislation to reduce the standard workweek from 40 to 32 hours, awareness of a shorter workweek – and enthusiasm for it – is gaining. And so is the skepticism around it.

Over 200 years have passed since the “noble experiment” of American independence and free-enterprise economics. Our children can continue this journey and excel beyond our highest dreams if we stand up against Critical Race Theory.

The Biden administration is actively pushing Congress to require banks to report to the Internal Revenue Service on the account activity of a huge swath of Americans. This unwarranted snooping would be an invasion of privacy, and lawmakers should make sure it doesn’t happen.

‘I take responsibility,” President Joe Biden said on national TV, and he should, he is responsible. But he then reversed himself, saying in effect that Border Patrol agents on horseback were the guilty parties in something “horrible,” a non-injurious confrontation with antagonistic migrants.…

In the days before COVID-19, I’d often get frustrated by the response that doctors would give when I turned up at their clinics with some infection or other: “It’s just a virus,” they’d say.

Growing up in the 1960s, I was introduced to “Bizarro World” by DC Comics. Bizarro World was featured in comic books (now graciously re-named “graphic novels”) as a planet where everything and everybody is inverted.

Americans of divergent political persuasions found common cause to unite around President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because of the clear and present danger that al-Qaida posed to the nation. Political divisions began developing in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War, at w…

I was at Dale Cemetery over the weekend to visit my baby's grave and found that someone had totally removed her locket picture from her tombstone. What kind of person does that. Do they not realize that as a parent I wanted her little picture there so others could see what a beautiful baby she was.

Constitution Day honors our founding charter, as amended. It celebrates an enduring commitment to freedom and a democracy where all of us are supposed to have an equal voice in the decisions that affect our country, no matter our ZIP code, what we look like, or how much money we have in the bank.

In the period leading up to the Constitution’s bicentennial, the late constitutional scholar Walter Berns was asked to give an address on the Constitution in a Latin American country. After delivering his remarks, a clearly agitated man directed a question to the event’s sponsors: “Why,” he …

Pencils, check. Notebook, check. Backpack, check. Scalpel … wait, what?

Makers and sellers of prescription painkillers will soon begin paying out billions of dollars to settle lawsuits that have accused them of fueling the opioid epidemic. Most recently, more than 40 states have agreed to accept $26 billion from Johnson & Johnson and three big drug distribut…

As we celebrate Labor Day and “essential workers” amid a viciously resurgent pandemic, we ought to match our rhetoric with some concrete protections for these workers – you know, all those warehouse employees, meatpackers, farmworkers and supermarket staff that industry groups love to thank …

Joe Biden’s defense of his choice to leave Afghanistan gets more vehement with each speech he delivers. Every passing day might confirm that it was a bad decision with worse implementation; nevertheless, the president refuses to give an inch. He decided and, for better or worse, the rest of …

There are eight of us, all women, all physicians who take care of the sickest children in the nation in Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) in the Midwest, the East Coast, the West Coast and the South. Some of us work in community hospitals, and some of us work at nationally rated hospita…

President Joe Biden continues to live in an alternate universe in regard to the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. As someone put it on Twitter, his message is: “The mission was a complete success” and “it’s all my predecessor’s fault.”

Newly released 2020 Census data give us a better sense of where Americans think the best places to live are. Cities such as Phoenix, Dallas, Houston and Las Vegas continue to be popular, maintaining the strong population growth that’s defined them for the last half-century. Others, such as B…

The lesson of presidential power is not learned from how it is exercised in the best of times but how it manifests in crisis. In crisis come mistakes and from mistakes hopefully come knowledge to improve future decisions.

On the day of 8/26/21 at Afghan's Kabul airport a terrible thing happened, the United States of America lost 13 soldiers trying to help Afghan civilians escape a corrupt country. As U.S. citizens what can we do?

Evacuating Afghanistan is one thing, but letting the Taliban immediately take over, kill the innocent, destroy rights and oppress is something else. Our allies are aghast, knowing this evil force will align itself with Western adversaries, threaten 9/11-style terrorism and help make egregiou…

The debate about former, disgraced President Donald Trump’s influence on the direction of the Republican Party tends to be watched now based on isolated Republican primaries. But the real question isn’t whether he is influencing their direction, but whether they have any direction at all in …

For many days now, countless people around the globe have been glued to their television and phone screens as horrific images and reports flow out of Afghanistan following their government’s hostile takeover by members of the Taliban. For twenty years, our nation’s military heroes fought to …

By acting nobly on slavery, Abraham Lincoln once said, America could be “the last best hope of Earth.” But right now we look more like the United States of incompetence.

Joe Biden was probably always going to be a one-term president. His age was a political liability when he defeated Donald Trump in 2020. And given how time works, it will be more so in 2024.

‘We have been trying to reach you regarding your car’s extended warranty.” In an age of great political partisanship, robocalls vex American consumers of all political persuasions. What more can be done to fight back against this nuisance? The Federal Communications Commission and consumers …

How is it that a commonsense health protocol – the wearing of a mask – has become a figurative hill to die on when refusing to wear a mask actually could result in serious illness and literal death?

In March 1975, an American president was fighting to save an American ally from being overrun by an implacable enemy. The North Vietnamese Army, mounting a massive conventional strike on the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, was plunging closer to Saigon.

It would be hard to find an Afghan businesswoman more inspiring than Roya Mahboob. When she started up a software firm in Afghanistan more than a decade ago, years after the U.S. ousted the Taliban from power, the backlash from the country’s male-dominated society came swift and blunt.

There are times in our lives both as individuals and as a collective when we need to take stock of who we are, what we want to become, what do we owe to ourselves, our communities and the world.

I can’t sleep; the fall of Kabul has me too upset. I don’t pretend to be a combat veteran. But I’m very saddened as we spent too much time (20 years), talent (friends’ lives lost), and treasure (billions). I’m not here to debate policy mistakes; just very distraught and concerned, not only f…

Education can be the best investment you make, unless it’s for graduate school. Students seeking advanced degrees make up only 25 percent of student borrowers, yet they account for nearly half of outstanding student loans.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is the lead sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose term limits on members of Congress. Senators would be limited to two six-year terms and House members to three two-year terms. Although voters in the 1990s supported sweeping term limit legis…