We are attempting to reinvigorate this editorial page. Our letters-to-the-editor feature is a big part of the equation. We’ve done our best to make letters from readers a lively forum. I now admit that we’ve gone too far.
WASHINGTON — When I wrote the headline “Hillary’s heel,” I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife’s pantsuit hem.
A few years ago, I took a French friend to a crowded beach in Rhode Island. No sooner had we hit the soft sands than she ripped off the top of her two-piece, baring her breasts to the sun and to curious boys playing nearby.
One of the most exhausting things about politics is a mindset that says “scandal for thee, but not for me.”
Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there is also a clash between two leading lawmen there — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of Milwaukee’s Chief of Police Edward Flynn.
Back in the early 1990s, when our son was 4 years old and accustomed to seeing his dad on a certain Washington-based public television talk show, he’d annoy us by skipping through the house singing, “Bye-bye! Bye-bye. ..!”
As the fall semester begins, parents, students, taxpayers and donors should be made aware of official college practices that should disgust us all.
We are co-chairwomen of the Property Tax Freeze for Seniors and the Disabled group. On Aug. 16, we asked the City Council to freeze property taxes instead of forcing the citizens of Denton to follow through with a petition and have the proposal placed on the May 2017 ballot.
A beach in France is likely to feature some sights that would shock many Americans, such as bare-breasted women and paunchy middle-aged men in tiny Speedos. Lately, it may also feature a sight that would shock many French people: females who cover up.
WASHINGTON — When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don’t you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?, I thought, well, that could be fun.
Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order?
To listen to his defenders and critics, Donald Trump represents the U.S. version of a new nationalism popping up around the world. I’m not so sure.
The hard left can be an unforgiving crowd, not always mindful of the give-and-take required to get things done.
International trade figures heavily in the presidential race. Presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “Hillary Clinton unleashed a trade war against the American worker when she supported one terrible trade deal after another — from NAFTA to China to South Korea.”
We keep hearing that ‘‘black lives matter,’’ but they seem to matter only when that helps politicians to get votes, or when that slogan helps demagogues demonize the police.
We will get to Baltimore in a moment. First, let’s talk about innocence. That’s the unlikely ideal two great polemicists, writing over half a century apart, both invoked to describe America’s racial dynamic. It’s a coincidence that feels significant and not particularly coincidental.
In Olde England, hunting was the privilege of the landed and the rich. The right to hunt depended on the number of acres owned or one’s income.
If there is anything on which Americans across the political spectrum agree, it is the inviolability of the Constitution. It is our national scripture, invoked by all and rejected by none.
Between monthly meetings at an old church, they stay in touch on Facebook, bonded together by common struggles.
Donald Trump’s supporters complain that the media is fixated on the billionaire’s wild and crazy campaign while ignoring or at least downplaying Hillary Clinton’s gaffes, missteps and outright scandals.
Hillary Clinton is leading in the polls, but the public still doesn’t entirely trust her. Recently, those suspicions focused on the candidate’s relationship to the organization her husband founded, which she joined following her tenure as secretary of state.
A lot can happen when you’re distracted by presidential politics. Recent events offered a few relatively local reminders of why politics matters.
A year ago, in August 2015, this column called ‘‘The Donald’’ the Democrats’ Trump card. It is hard to imagine any other Republican candidate who could rescue a discredited Hillary Clinton from a devastating defeat in this year’s election.
“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”— John 8:32
WASHINGTON — Every couple of years or so, I feel the need to whine about the plight of newspapers. It’s August. I’m Trumped out. So today’s the day.
Last week could have been a bad one for Hillary Clinton: a disappointing economic growth report, a misleading answer to a question about her emails — she claimed the FBI director called her “truthful” — and a controversy over U.S. payments to Iran.
Donald Trump has the GOP trapped in not one Catch-22, but two. Call it a Catch-44.
One of the unavoidable consequences of youth is the tendency to think behavior we see today has always been. I’d like to dispute that vision, at least as it pertains to black people.
It is a sign of how poorly Donald J. Trump is doing in the polls that he already is working on his reasons to be a sore loser.
Stagnant wages, weight gain, in-laws staying too long. A canceled flight, a stolen bicycle, a flooded basement. Bounced checks, a cold sore, refrigerator on the fritz. Getting fired.
We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year is certainly no exception. What is surprising is how old some of these lies are, and how often they have been shown to be lies, years ago or even decades ago.
Let me tell you how I got in trouble with ladies. No, not “the” ladies. Not, in fact, female human beings, period. Rather, I’m talking about the word itself, “ladies.”
WASHINGTON — No one would mistake Roger Ailes for a ladies man, at least not without a fistful of dollars — or a garter belt.
For 40 years, Americans have had a chance to review the tax returns of major party candidates running for the presidency. But this year, the Republican nominee says he ‘‘can’t’’ release his returns because they are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.
The evidence is piling up: If the law allows Texas and other states to discriminate, they will discriminate.
PHILADELPHIA — New York’s late Gov. Mario Cuomo used to say, “We campaign in poetry, we govern in prose.” That line’s been quoted quite a bit these days. We like to talk about things we miss — and poetry in politics is one of them.
What economists call an ability to make “compensating differences” is a valuable tool in everyone’s arsenal. If people are prohibited from doing so, they are always worse off.
After 44 years in politics, Bernie Sanders has finally taken the plunge. At long last he’s a regular Democrat.
The good news is that both political conventions are now behind us. The bad news is that the election is ahead of us.
When I’m away a long time, I usually can’t wait to get home and open the door — not to the house but to the car.
The election of Barack Obama was a unique moment in the long and complicated history of race relations in America. A huge symbolic barrier had collapsed. Never before was there so much optimism about escaping the grim clutches of the past.
PHILADELPHIA — A longtime Republican friend texted just as the Democratic National Convention was burying itself in balloons: “I’m sorry,” she said, “I’m a Democrat.”
You can’t make this stuff up. No, you wouldn’t want to make this stuff up about a presidential candidate who could wind up running this country.