Politics, Moderate





Churros in Japan prove culture travels across the globe

OSAKA, Japan -- After one day in the land of the rising sun, I had anxiety nightmares that my husband diagnosed as a reaction to visiting a country with a language I couldn't speak or read.

Truth be told, Japan is incredibly easy for visitors to navigate, with most train, bus and public announcements presented in both Japanese and English. But ...Read more

Supreme hysteria

WASHINGTON -- If Chicken Little and Cassandra had a baby, they'd name him Jeffrey Toobin.

Anyone watching CNN lately has probably heard Toobin's prediction that if a conservative fills the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the departing Justice Anthony Kennedy, abortion is dead.

No more reproductive choice; no more equal protection for the ...Read more

Neo-isolationism won't work

WASHINGTON -- On this July Fourth, America has taken a turn for the worst. The great delusion of Donald Trump's presidency is that we can thrive by embracing nationalism even though major economic and political events are increasingly driven by international forces. Trump is an isolationist in an era of globalism. It won't work.

Keep this in ...Read more

Trump wants more tax cuts, and I agree. Sort of.

President Trump wants more tax cuts. And for once, I agree with him!

Sort of.

In a Fox News interview that aired Sunday morning, Trump touted his one and only major legislative achievement -- his deficit-funded $1.9 trillion tax cut -- and expressed great enthusiasm for slashing taxes further.

"We're doing a phase two," he said. "We'll be ...Read more

Fearing the worst

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It was far too easy to assume the worst -- that the inevitable, finally, had come to pass.

When news broke Thursday afternoon that a shooter had opened fire in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom, more than a few minds converged on the same thought: Donald Trump. The mythmaker-in-chief, who has demonized the media almost daily ...Read more

Finally, a family separation story with a happy ending

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, and LOS ANGELES -- Finally, a family separation story with a happy ending.

It's not the sort of family separation that has been in the headlines lately. But it's illustrative of the many other injustices that the Trump administration has been inflicting upon those navigating our legal immigration system. Absent media ...Read more

Is Trump handing Putin a victory in Syria?

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Saying 'This is not who we are' is meaningless

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

America is now openly hostile to Muslim immigrants. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Our country's stance has been rendered clear: If you're Muslim, you're not welcome here. Period.

I don't want that to be the case. I condemn that stance as fundamentally un-American.

But I'm no longer going to parrot the oft-tweeted line that has become ...Read more

The Immigration Mess

Problems with U.S. immigration policy played a big role in the 2016 presidential election and are likely to do so in election after election until significant changes are made. It's a serious issue worthy of substantial public debate. However, what passes for a public dialogue on the issue is anything but serious.

It is, for example, ...Read more

The return of Smoot-Hawley?

WASHINGTON -- The ghost of Smoot-Hawley seems to haunt President Trump. You will recall that Smoot-Hawley was the sweeping tariff legislation that Congress passed and President Hoover signed in mid-1930. Most economists have exonerated the legislation as a major cause of the Great Depression, but it certainly didn't help. It contributed to the ...Read more

Space defense makes some sense, if done seriously

WASHINGTON -- President Trump has hurled so many thunderbolts recently that people may have missed the one that could have the greatest long-term impact on America's national security -- his directive to the Pentagon last week to start creating a new military service that he dubbed the "space force."

It's certainly a Trumpian idea: big and bold...Read more

The Max vs. The Don

WASHINGTON -- If I were a cartoonist ... , I would often say to my friend Doug Marlette, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who died 11 years ago. He'd listen patiently as I described my vision for his work, whereupon, he'd occasionally sometimes say, "Not bad."

Today's inescapable image show pugilists Donald Trump and ...Read more

Factory workers aren't getting what Trump promised

Factory workers and farmers are slowly learning that President Trump's fanatical protectionism -- plus Congress' economic absenteeism -- has left them painfully unprotected.

That's not what Trump promised them, of course.

A little more than a year ago, Trump invited executives and union representatives from Harley-Davidson to the White House. ...Read more

Losing the trade war

WASHINGTON -- If we are to have a "trade war" with China, it would be best to win it. We should be better off after the fighting. Unfortunately, the chances of this happening seem slim to none, because President Trump's plan of attack suggests that everyone -- us and them -- will lose.

Interestingly, there's broad agreement over some of our war...Read more

The crying-child Rorschach

WASHINGTON -- Is there a psychiatrist in the house?

Like so many Americans, this columnist longs for the voice of another, the great and good Charles Krauthammer, who died last week, leaving us mortals to plod through the darkness without the light of his reasoned guidance.

A revered Washington Post colleague, Krauthammer was a psychiatrist as...Read more

Pop-culture poet tackles such tangible topics as barbers and margaritas

CHICAGO -- Some people just don't "get" poetry. The emotions, the wisdom and the quietude of a select group of words carefully curated to evoke a memory or forge a vision can be too abstract for a more analytical, linear thinker.

That's me.

I'm not proud of it, mind you. I just never got into whatever groove is necessary to get past the heady,...Read more

The real hoax about the border crisis

It's all a hoax. A great big hoax.

Not the family separations, the babies alone in cages, the drugged immigrant children, the stolen toddlers too traumatized to speak, the wailing children whom Ann Coulter slanders as "child actors."

Sadly, those cruelties are all too real.

The hoax is the premise that President Trump's administration has ...Read more

Trump is hurling a wrecking ball toward the trans-Atlantic alliance

BRUSSELS -- A bright banner at NATO's lavish new headquarters here proclaims the core conviction of the trans-Atlantic alliance: "We are together. We are strong." But the words seem a bit hollow these days, as President Trump escalates his attacks on America's traditional European partners.

Trump's "America First" policies have shaken many of ...Read more

Parents can slow summer slide with household chores

CHICAGO -- Now that the elementary-school textbooks, backpacks and lunchboxes have been stowed away across the country, it's time to get to work.

Indeed, it's the summer slide season -- the time when students, especially low-income ones, lose some of the academic gains they made during the school year because they're hanging out at home, not ...Read more

If this isn't a trade war, what is it?

WASHINGTON -- The escalating trade war between the United States and China poses crucial, though unanswerable, questions: Is this the beginning of the end of the post-World War II international trading system or will the present arrangements survive, as they have for 70 years?

Almost certainly, historians will judge favorably the postwar ...Read more