Op-Ed

Opinion

Mounting wave of GOP retirements signals trouble for Trump

So far, a record 31 Republicans are quitting the House. The last time so many exits occurred was 1994, President Clinton’s first midterms when 28 Democrats left, followed by the wave election of Newt Gingrich’s Republican Revolution. But if you think that automatically means a wave election, not so fast.

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Will our endless wars fuel the next populist revolt?

Will America’s endless wars without victory be the next source fueling popular revolt against the political establishment? In 2016, Washington pundits were shocked to discover the grim reality and anger of working people in “flyover country” that fueled the candidacies of Bernie Sanders on the left and Donald Trump on the right. The foreign policy establishment of both parties might soon discover that utterly ignoring popular discontent with America’s wars may fuel a similar populist eruption.

Op-Ed

Rediscovering America: A Quiz on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Fifty years ago, one of America’s key civil rights leaders — the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — was assassinated outside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. As we honor King’s legacy on the Jan. 15 federal holiday, the quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, provides an opportunity to test your knowledge of the civil rights leader.

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And the award goes to ...

As I sit here on pins and needles – PINS AND NEEDLES Y’ALL! – awaiting the release of Donald Trump’s nominations for the “most dishonest and corrupt news media awards” he just invented in his big orange noggin, I imagine this is how Meryl Streep feels every year.

Op-Ed

How democracies perish

Everybody agrees society is in a bad way, but what exactly is the main cause of the badness? Some people emphasize economic issues: The simultaneous concentration of wealth at the top and the stagnation in the middle has delegitimized the system. People like me emphasize cultural issues: If you have 60 years of radical individualism and ruthless meritocracy, you’re going to end up with a society that is atomized, distrustful and divided.