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.

Jonah Goldberg: Huckabee's 'oven' remark taken out of context

It’s been a hard time for politicians not named “Trump” to get any attention, but Mike Huckabee managed it. He did it by comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

Doyle McManus: GOP embraces many versions of Reaganism

The Republican Party has a bigger problem than Donald Trump: It hasn’t figured out what it wants to be.

Steve Chapman: Police are obligated to enforce law, not obey it

Late one night, during high school, I was driving home when several police cars zoomed by.

Kathleen Parker: Candidates come off as stupid

WASHINGTON — It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.

Susan Estrich: Rape victims will no longer be silenced

As the revelations of Bill Cosby’s disgusting behavior over the last four decades have finally trickled out, the question I keep getting asked, as someone who’s been fighting in the trenches against sexual assault for as long as Cosby has allegedly been committing such acts with impunity, is how and why so many women kept silent for so long.

Clarence Page: President sets his inner ‘Kenyan’ free

It must make the birthers’ heads explode to hear President Barack Obama ridicule the ridiculous charge that he is a secret Kenyan. That’s only one good reason for him to do it.

Jonah Goldberg: Summer jobs pay off in long run for students

I had a lot of summer jobs. I was a foot messenger in New York for a couple of summers. I worked as a receptionist and mailroom flunky.

Thomas Sowell: Immigration issues ripe for debate in America

People who entered the United States illegally may be called “undocumented” in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues.

Froma Harrop: Get government out of marriage altogether

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two partners, as well.

Walter E. Williams: America must fight against racial dishonesty

There have been several notable cases of racial fakery. Years ago, then-law professor Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren falsely claimed that her great-grandfather was Cherokee Indian. A diversity-starved Harvard University jumped at the opportunity to hire her.

Leonard Pitts: GOP’s condemnation of Trump pure hypocrisy

Here’s the thing about principle. Unless applied equally, it is not really principle at all. He who climbs on his moral high horse when a wrong is done to him or his, but leaves the horse stabled when an identical wrong is done to someone else, acts from self-interest and that is the opposite of principle.

Steve Chapman: Psychiatry ain’t what it used to be

There was a time when most of what I knew about psychiatrists came from Woody Allen. In his 1973 movie Sleeper, his character wakes up in the future and complains, “I haven’t seen my analyst in 200 years. He was a strict Freudian, and if I’d been going all this time I’d probably almost be cured by now.” But even his treatment sounded better than what Jack Nicholson’s character got in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for being rebellious: a lobotomy.

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Mary Sanchez: Upset with Obama, GOP punishes young immigrants

A particularly cruel fate awaits the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. They grow up knowing no other country than the United States, and may even think they are American citizens, but one day they learn they are not — and that they are vulnerable to deportation. They learn that opportunities and rights available to their schoolmates — ones they themselves had counted on enjoying — are off limits to them.

Trudy Rubin: Imperfect Iran deal better than alternatives

Israeli officials are orchestrating a campaign to have Congress scuttle the Iran nuclear deal by voting it down and overriding a promised presidential veto. Republican presidential hopefuls have jumped on the bandwagon, denouncing the deal as if it heralded the end of the world.

Jonah Goldberg: Abortion not supported by liberal theory of justice

I wonder what John Rawls would think of the market for fetal livers.

Thomas Sowell: Nuke deal a massive political blunder

Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country’s exploration of the outside world the “worst political blunder in the history of civilization.”

Clarence Page: Kick the ‘new Jim Crow’ out the door

As President Obama talked to reporters after becoming the first American president to visit a federal prison, his thoughts appeared to flash back to “the Choom Gang.”

Kathleen Parker: A modest proposal for humanity

WASHINGTON — In his satirical solution to Ireland’s prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.

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Susan Estrich: Insanity defense inherently flawed

Was James Holmes — convicted on Thursday of the 2012 massacre at the Aurora movie theater — nuts?

Walter E. Williams: Why do we call it a civil war

We call the war of 1861 the Civil War. But is that right?

Linda Chavez: President brings U.S. closer to war

The president has said that the United States will be safer because of the nuclear deal his administration and five other nations fashioned with Iran.

Froma Harrop: Jeb and his vassals lose sight of the serfs

‘‘In the feudal system,” the Oxford English Dictionary says, a vassal is “one holding lands from a superior on conditions of homage and allegiance.”

Steve Chapman: Immigrants more helpful than harmful

If you don’t recognize the name Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, don’t worry: You will. He’s not a candidate for president, but before long he’ll have higher name recognition than Jeb Bush.

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Trudy Rubin: Iran deal needs better explanation

President Barack Obama needs to do a much better job of explaining why the Iran nuclear deal makes good sense. The case can be made, barely, but the president didn’t make it on Tuesday.

Leonard Pitts: Bill Cosby, public moralist, loses voice

You might have missed the irony. If so, it would be easy to understand. The recent bulletin about accused serial rapist Bill Cosby was sensational enough that one might be forgiven for failing to notice one of its more subtle facets.

Jonah Goldberg: Hillary a specialist at lying

Hillary Clinton lies. This is a widely acknowledged fact among people who pay attention and aren’t on her payroll. Nearly 20 years ago, New York Times columnist William Safire wrote: “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar.”

Kathleen Parker: Michelle Obama finds voice

WASHINGTON — First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in light fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.

Thomas Sowell: Trying to refight Civil War hurts Americans

In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer’s hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect.

Mary Sanchez: Sanctuary backlash will harm policing

One tragedy has already occurred: The murder of a woman as she shared a quiet moment on an iconic San Francisco pier with her father and a friend.

Scott Parks: Let me say this about that

First came Donald Trump the real estate developer. Then came Donald the television personality. Now arrives Donald the GOP presidential candidate.

Walter E. Williams: Black people must solve their own problems

Let’s list major problems affecting black Americans.

Linda Chavez: Trump’s bigotry will damage GOP

Donald Trump has decided to double down on his insults of Mexicans living in the U.S. Talking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently, he said he had nothing to apologize for, a point he made over and over again, as he is wont to do with nearly everything he says that he hopes will resonate with his audience.

Clarence Page: Bill Cosby’s fall raises new questions

Suddenly Bill Cosby has become the Confederate battle flag of the entertainment world. Everybody seems to want to take him down.

Steve Chapman: Trump gets immigrant crime wrong

Donald Trump sees himself as a martyr to the truth. All he did was point out that among the foreigners who have come to this country are some who do not scrupulously abide by all our criminal laws — only to be pilloried for his honesty.

Froma Harrop: Helicopter parents: Why do they hover so?

Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children’s affairs. There are two kinds. One kind indulges children to the point of near imbecility. No demands are ever placed, no chores required. The parents see their role as obedient servant, concierge and above all, banker. The children eventually become wards of the family estate.

Thomas Sowell: Look back over lifetime reveals many good things

After my recent 85th birthday, I looked back over my life and was surprised to discover in how many different ways I had been lucky, in addition to some other ways in which I was unlucky.

Annetta Ramsay: Let Confederate memorial rest in peace

In the wake of the shooting of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, symbols of racial intolerance are being examined for possible removal.

Leonard Pitts: Trump’s xenophobia breaks no new ground

In 2006, then-Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce advocated the return of a 1954 program for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. It was called “Operation Wetback.”

Kathleen Parker: Bragging turns into winning

WASHINGTON — “So, Mom,” he says. “Did you tweet that you were going on Meet the Press?”

Mary Sanchez: High court strikes blow against gerrymandering

In case you missed it — and most Americans did — there was a third significant ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of June. It received the least media attention, but it may eventually affect more citizens directly than the decisions upholding Obamacare and greenlighting same-sex marriage.

Jonah Goldberg: Pundit's death marks end of era for left wing

Ben Wattenberg died recently at the age of 81.

Clarence Page: How many GOP rivals will follow Trump's lead?

At this stage, the 2016 presidential campaign is looking a lot like high school.