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Buchanan: Is ‘our democracy’ failing our country?

Asked, "What is an American?" many would answer, "An American is a citizen of the United States." Yet, at the First Continental Congress in 1774, 15 years before the U.S. became a nation of 13 states, Patrick Henry rose to proclaim that, "British oppression has effaced the boundaries of the ...

Charen: What country is the Wall Street Journal living in?

The headline of a Wall Street Journal editorial caught my eye: "Arizona's School Choice Election." Writing as if nothing had changed in American politics since 2011, the editorial board assailed Katie Hobbs, the Democratic candidate for governor, as a tool of the teachers unions for her ...

Barone: Are polls understanding Republicans’ support?

Over the last three months, political journalists have been reporting a trend toward Democrats. The Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade, they have reported, has provided increased motivation for Democrats to turn out and vote. The easing of gas prices from their springtime peak has reduced ...

Harrop: Single mothers in economic pain — Where are the dads?

We regularly encounter stories of Americans struggling to stay financially afloat, buffeted by the day's economic challenges. So many focus on a woman who is identified a quarter of the way in as a "single mother." She's often portrayed facing impossible demands of holding a paying job while ...

McCaughey: Supreme Court showdown on censorship ahead

A staggering 99% of Twitter employees who make political contributions give to Democrats. It's almost as lopsided at Facebook and Alphabet (the parent company of Google), according to Federal Election Commission records. Relying on these left-leaning tech platforms to be even-handed was always ...

Stiehm: Why Trump talks nonstop about witch hunts

No American president ever posed as the victim of a "witch hunt" — save former President Donald Trump. It's his favorite metaphor for all time and place. We'll be hearing more of that as courts and the House committee on Jan. 6 trace a long trail of crimes under investigation, up to the ...

Garvey: The pandemic is over but the sickness has just begun

The pandemic is over. How do I know? Not because COVID has gone away — no, I realize that many are still getting sick and even dying from the virus — and not because we no longer mask up or get booster shots (in fact, I just wore a mask at the doctor's office today and am scheduling ...

Buchanan: Biden commits US to war for Taiwan

If China invades Taiwan to unify it with the mainland, the United States will go to war to defend Taiwan and send U.S. troops to fight the invaders. That is the commitment made last week by President Joe Biden. Asked by CBS's Scott Pelley on "60 Minutes" if the U.S. would fight in defense of ...

Barone: Queen Elizabeth II showed monarchy’s surprising resilience

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and the praise pouring in from almost all quarters for her 70 years of service make a powerful case, even for small-r republican and small-d democratic Americans, for the institution of constitutional monarchy. There is much to be said for having a head of ...