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President Trump: Radical, divisive and bleak

Trump Inauguration speech

“Trump offered a take-no-prisoners message,” writes E.J. Dionne Jr.  “His adversaries will respond in the same spirit.”

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The Trump presidency begins

Trump Inauguration fist

“Pray that our country survives these next few years and that the new president is both wiser and less impetuous than he seems.,” writes Kathleen Parker. “It's the least and the best we can do — for now.”

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The right and wrong way to respond to President Trump

Trump Inauguration

If inauguration day holds one truth, it's this: The U.S. is more durable than any one president.

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Obama's self-revealing final act

Obama departs

“Commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, one of the great traitors of our time, is finger-in-the-eye willfulness,” writes Charles Krauthammer.

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Moments after taking the oath, Trump transforms White House website

Trump Inauguration-8

“Strikingly absent from the six issues the website highlights — and from his speech Friday — was anything on repealing or replacing Obamacare,” writes Ashley Parker.

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As a president, Obama was a failure. But as a symbol, he'll endure


“One of the root causes of Obama's domestic political failure was the tension between his pitch for himself as a unifying figure and the fact that he was a committed man of the left,” writes Rich Lowry.

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The Trump inauguration: Strange times in America

Trump arrives

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The shameful war on Betsy DeVos

Trump Education Secretary-1 DeVos

“The ideological war over educational choice won't be settled anytime soon. What's clear is that poor parents value it, and that they have a friend in Betsy DeVos,” writes Rich Lowry.

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On ethics, Trump Is no Obama

Trump dinner

“Obama's view was that he should be careful to avoid scandal,” writes Steve Chapman. “Trump's view is that for him, there is no such thing.”

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Demonizing sugar isn't the most effective way to combat obesity

The Case Against Suger

“Considering its many charms, white-knuckled fear of sugar isn't likely the best preventive,” writes Esther J. Cepeda.

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