WASHINGTON -- By now, we know that President Trump is a lying demagogue. Since this is not said often enough, he has been allowed to routinize lying and enshrine the vilest forms of divisiveness as a normal part of our politics.
Lies do not deserve deference just because a president tells them.
We thought that the media learned during Joe ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It is, unfortunately, appropriate that the National Football League's owners decided to issue their new rule attacking free expression the week before Memorial Day.
A holiday dedicated to those who gave their lives for our nation's freedom has itself been mired in political controversy almost from the beginning. The latest round ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Maybe it takes a royal wedding to offer lessons in what a good sermon sounds like.
Maybe it takes one of the world's most elitist institutions -- a monarchy, for goodness' sake -- to provide a view of Christianity rooted not in conservative cultural warfare (or unrelenting support for Donald Trump) but in an egalitarian love that ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's never right to call other human beings "animals." It's not something we should even have to debate. No matter how debased the behavior of a given individual or group, no matter how much legitimate anger genuinely evil actions might inspire, dehumanizing others always leads us down a dangerous path.
This is why we need to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Let's posit three rules of political analysis. First, data are better than presuppositions. Second, actual votes cast can tell us more than the polls. Third, even when we carefully examine the facts, we're all vulnerable to seeking confirmation of what we believed in the first place.
On the basis of these rules, some widely ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- In the imaginations of his hopeful defenders, Donald Trump was supposed to transcend left and right. He'd break the Republican Party from the shibboleths of the Reagan Era and create a new ideology mindful of the interests of the party's working-class supporters.
Trump signaled this regularly. He touted a big infrastructure ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- On the same day that President Trump recklessly pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal with Iran, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels fired the informational equivalent of a heat-seeking missile at the Trump presidency.
Taken together, these events clarify the nature of what Trump has inflicted on our country. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Do you wonder why the proportion of Americans declaring themselves unaffiliated with organized religion has skyrocketed in recent decades?
This trend is especially pronounced among adults under 30, roughly 40 percent of whom claim no connection to a religious congregation or tradition and have joined the ranks of those the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- How can we reduce the number of abortions in the United States? One way is to make sure that women are confident they'll have medical coverage throughout their pregnancies and after.
And how can we encourage people to work? By making work pay, which is why Republicans and Democrats have supported the Earned Income Tax Credit, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- One of the many costs of the Trump era is the dumbing down of our political discourse. The incoherent spoken and tweeted outpourings from President Trump and the daily outrages of his administration leave little time for serious debate about policy or meaningful dialogue about our larger purposes.
In a normal environment, the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The early story line about President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron focused on their "bromance" and Trump's puerile claim to dominance when he brushed what he said was dandruff off Macron's suit.
But on the last day of his state visit on Wednesday, Macron showed he will not be trifled with. He used a speech to a joint ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Political opponents cannot be expected to lavish boundless affection on those they battle day after day.
But in a well-ordered democratic system, those who fight on behalf of competing parties, interests and ideas can usually find some room for mutual esteem and even occasionally try to profit intellectually from each other. It's ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "With all due respect, I don't get confused."
These eight words from Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will go down as among the most powerful indictments of the rancid governing culture President Trump has fostered. They may also shed light on one of the great mysteries of the moment: Why is it that Trump ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A news interlude dominated by speculation about "golden showers" and a graceless president who described his latest detractor as an "untruthful slime ball" invites us to search for higher moral ground.
So it might be Providential that Pope Francis chose to make news last week in two ways. First, he did something that comes very ...Read more