Jonah Goldberg: Schramm: U.S. truly inventor of freedom

Peter Schramm has died. I knew it was coming. He’d been struggling with cancer. But it felt particularly poignant given that I was in Europe, a place Peter had little patience for.

Froma Harrop: Audience members getting lousy reviews

Broadway star Patti LuPone made headlines recently when she grabbed a cellphone from a woman texting in the second row. It may have helped that she was in character, playing a tough-broad diva from a community theater.

Thomas Sowell: We deserve better than immigration excuses

One of the most lame excuses for doing nothing is that we can’t do everything.

Leonard Pitts: ‘All lives matter’ are words of moral cowardice

This is a column about three words of moral cowardice: “All lives matter.”

Trudy Rubin: Republicans lacking on foreign policy

Two weeks’ vacation on Cape Cod was a pleasant escape from the bizarre political circus otherwise known as the Republican primary contest, in which foreign policy has mostly gotten short shrift.

Mary Sanchez: Trump: Useful idiot or dangerous one?

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake,” Napoleon is supposed to have said. That maxim explains why so many Democrats can barely hide their glee every time Donald Trump lets loose a fresh torrent of idiotic bombast or a new poll reinforces his pre-eminence in the Republican field.

Walter E. Williams: College erode free speech

A recent column highlighted college campus absurdities and the ongoing attack on free speech and plain common sense. As parents gear up to fork over $20,000 to $60,000 for college tuition, they might benefit from knowing what greets their youngsters. Deceitful college officials, who visit high schools to recruit students and talk to parents, conceal the worst of their campus practices.

Froma Harrop: Groups focus soft drink hysteria on Coke

Champions of righteous eating have been saying terrible things of late about Coke. They’re now focusing their wrath on a corporate campaign to place Coca-Cola in the context of a healthy diet.

Steve Chapman: Could Democrats really be socialists?

Socialism has had a rough few decades, but it’s enjoying a rare success. Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a socialist, is running for president, drawing big crowds and leading Hillary Clinton in one poll in New Hampshire. All this leads some people to a damning conclusion: Democrats love Sanders because Democrats are socialists.

Susan Estrich: Kasich better version of conservative

I like John Kasich. “Oh no,” Kasich supporters must be thinking. “Just what we need. A liberal endorsement.”

Linda Chavez: Trump still short on specifics of U.S. fixes

By all accounts, Donald Trump knows business.

Doyle McManus: Republicans still have a woman problem

After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus commissioned an autopsy to determine what had gone wrong. High on the list: a yawning gender gap.

Jonah Goldberg: Will server take the fall for Hillary?

It happened sooner than even the doomsayers predicted. The era of artificial intelligence is here. A computer has become self-aware, a moral agent responsible for its own actions.

Kathleen Parker: Trump has right wing's number

WASHINGTON — It is perhaps time to stop wondering what The Donald’s got that the others ain’t got.

Clarence Page: Coates a fresh voice for an impatient generation

Congratulations to Ta-Nehisi Coates. His meditation on race in America has hit No. 1 in its first week on the New York Times’ best-seller list. Race relations may still be a mess, as his book suggests, but at least people are interested in reading about it.

Thomas Sowell: Some things spring to mind about today's world

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Froma Harrop: U.S. voter suppression hides in gray areas

The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them.

Steve Chapman: Cheating on new deal would cost Iran dearly

Barack Obama’s critics think he has made two mistakes with the Iranians. The first was reaching a deal on their nuclear program. The second was thinking they would abide by it.

Susan Estrich: Fiorina overshadowed by Trump’s sexist comment

Surprise. The one woman in the crowded Republican field, Carly Fiorina, turns out to be articulate and well informed, thoughtful and independent, actually the standout in the second-tier debate and really, if you’re judging, the best debater of the night.

Walter E. Williams: Academic fascism alive, well in America

George Orwell said, “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.” If one wants to discover the truth of Orwell’s statement, he need only step upon most college campuses.

Mary Sanchez: BlackLivesMatter activists press candidates

One message is loud, brash and crystal clear about the 2016 race for the White House. No candidate — Democrat or Republican — will escape the in-your-face challenge of the BlackLivesMatter activists. Nor should they.

Doyle McManus: Unclear if Obama's ISIS strategy working

One year ago this weekend, President Obama launched airstrikes in Iraq to prevent the insurgent armies of Islamic State from advancing to the gates of Baghdad and conquering the country.

Linda Chavez: Preparing for 50th reunion daunting

My 50th high school reunion is still a month away — time enough to lose the 10 pounds that have crept back on after a successful diet a few years back. I have a feeling all my classmates are in the same boat.

Gloria Thomas: Early childhood education pays dividends in future

America is very late in responding to the growing body of research showing the value of early childhood education. Brains develop most rapidly from birth to age 5.

Kathleen Parker: Fiorina does great in debate

CLEVELAND — Not to diminish the importance of the first Republican debate, but it felt like the first in a political survivor series.

Susan Estrich: Despite flaws, no one comes close to Clinton

Could Hillary Clinton lose? The chattering class, fed by the drumbeat of conservatives and the criticism of look-alike Republicans, is actually acknowledging that the former Secretary of State is not made entirely of Teflon. Some of her support is soft.

Steve Chapman: Cruelty to animals exposed

If you like eating meat, information is not always your friend. In recent years, practices at large facilities that turn livestock into food have been exposed to public view, and the public often doesn’t like what it sees.

Clarence Page: 2016 candidates manage angry political groups

The farther the left and right wings in politics move toward opposite extremes, an old saying goes, the more they resemble each other. You can see this vigorously at work these days in the Republican campaign of billionaire Donald Trump and the Democratic campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Jonah Goldberg: Democrats' trouble with Sanders just beginning

“We are trying to be reasonable,” an organizer for Bernie Sanders’ Seattle rally said.

Thomas Sowell: Plenty to blame to go around for 'debates'

The so-called “debates,” among too many Republicans to have a debate, are yet another painful sign of how much words and ideas have degenerated in our times.

Froma Harrop: Ethical hunters weigh in

BOZEMAN, Mont. — That picture of Cecil the lion’s corpse and the American dentist posing triumphantly over it was ghastly. Cecil had apparently been lured out of a safe haven in Zimbabwe and illegally shot.

Walter E. Williams: Equality nonsense continues

Aparticular act or policy might not have a discriminatory intent, but that doesn’t let you off the hook. If it has a disproportionately negative impact on so-called protected classes, it is said to have a disparate impact and risks being prohibited by law.

Mary Sanchez: Abortion actually a women’s health issue

With one careless comment, Jeb Bush revealed a fundamentally indifferent attitude toward half the U.S. electorate.

Kathleen Parker: Fully fund Alzheimer’s research

WASHINGTON — Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it’s time to phase out and replace Medicare — as opposed to “attacking the seniors,” as one woman at a recent event bellowed out — will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.

Susan Estrich: Everyone needs a lawyer, but may not need you

Don’t go to law school. Seriously. Don’t go to law school unless you actually want to be a lawyer. Sure, “thinking like a lawyer” — that is, analytically — is useful, but probably not as useful as spending three years actually doing or studying what you are interested in, not to mention the $200,000 in debt you’ll probably owe, more or less making your only option to practice law, since no one will pay you nearly as much to do anything else.

Doyle McManus: Other options on Iran less likely to succed

Ever since negotiators finished work on a nuclear agreement with Iran, President Barack Obama and his aides have been fending off critics with a recurring refrain: What’s the alternative?

Linda Chavez: People can never retire from job of parenting

The cover of Harper’s Magazine’s August edition was quite intriguing: a lovely portrait of a mother and sleeping infant with the caption “How To Be a Parent.”

Leonard Pitts: Hey, Roof, we’ve already had a race war

He wanted to start a race war.

Steve Chapman: Christie usurped by others in GOP race

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Chris Christie bills himself as the candidate willing to speak the truth even if his audience doesn’t want to hear it. Opening his talk at Beck’s Sports Grill, he wastes no time inviting a negative reaction.

Kathleen Parker: Conception deception continues

WASHINGTON — It took three videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives discussing the culling and retailing of aborted baby parts, but Hillary Clinton finally managed to say that she found the videos “disturbing.”

Froma Harrop: Time to give coal a respectable goodbye

Time to drop this “war on coal” talk. Time to ignore the hollering by coal country politicians over President Obama’s plan to combat global warming.

Clarence Page: Trump expresses some voters’ frustration

Debating Donald Trump is like boxing with smoke. You may have the facts on your side, but for this Republican presidential candidate, facts are mostly beside the point.

Jonah Goldberg: Planned Parenthood shouldn't get federal funds

The GOP-controlled Congress has taken up the cause, once again, of defunding Planned Parenthood. This latest effort comes in response to macabre hidden-camera videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress of staff at Planned Parenthood talking about the grisly practice of chopping up fetuses for parts.

Thomas Sowell: 'The Donald' may rescue Democrats

With Hillary Clinton’s multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic Party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by “The Donald,” who can turn out to be their Trump card.

Susan Estrich: Pranksters turn tragedies into political games

No one has a later term abortion because she’s changed her mind about having a baby.

Steve Chapman: Proposals to amend Constitution often a fraud

How do you know when a presidential candidate is being deceptive? No, silly, not when his or her lips are moving. Candidates often tell the truth — like when they say they want your vote or your money.

Mary Sanchez: GOP beware — nobody puts Trump in a corner

Pity the Republican candidate who tries to land a “Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy” style jab during the televised debate on Thursday.

Walter E. Williams: Historical ignorance considerable in America

The victors of war write its history in order to cast themselves in the most favorable light. That explains the considerable historical ignorance about our war of 1861 and panic over the Confederate flag.

Leonard Pitts: Police brutality a problem for everyone

This will not be a column about Sandra Bland, although it could be. Certainly there is cause for outrage over the way a Texas state trooper escalated the routine traffic stop of an indignant African-American woman into a violent arrest; she died of an apparent jail cell suicide three days later. But Chuck would say that in habitually defining police violence as a black problem, we make it smaller than it is.

Froma Harrop: Terrorists’ similarities difficult to ignore

The details about Mohammad Abdulazeez, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga grad accused of murdering four Marines and a sailor, dripped out in the familiar pattern.