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Reich: Our clean-air crisis demands urgent action

On Saturday morning I met a friend for breakfast at a local diner. We weren't sure whether to sit outside because of the surging delta variant of COVID-19 or inside because stinging smoke from wildfires consuming northern and western California had spread into the Bay Area. Our small dilemma ...

Buchanan: Aftermath of an Afghanistan debacle

In Afghanistan, the mission failure appears complete. The trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a Muslim nation historically fabled for driving out imperial intruders has crashed and burned after 20 years, and the Taliban are suddenly back in power. After investing scores of ...

Charen: What Orban’s apologists reveal about themselves

As someone who was weaned on stories of leftist intellectuals and journalists traipsing off to communist countries to pay obeisance, I can only shake my head as a parade of right-wingers are making their way to Hungary to sing the praises of authoritarian Viktor Orban. Tucker Carlson of Fox ...

Lowry: President Biden’s man-made disasters

President Biden arrived in office with the Southern border secure and Afghanistan in a state of fragile equilibrium. Eight months later, the border continues to be deluged with migrants overwhelming our capacity to properly house and process them, and we are evacuating our personnel from ...

Stossel: Censorship in coronavirus conversations

YouTube just froze Sen. Rand Paul's YouTube channel. That's just wrong. Small-minded. Counterproductive. YouTube says Paul violated their COVID-19 misinformation policy when he told an interviewer, "Most of the masks you get over the counter don't work ... virus particles are too small and go ...

Buchanan: Is Afghanistan a failed mission?

As in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973, the year our prisoners of war came home, America did not lose a major battle in Afghanistan.Yet we did not win the war. South Vietnam was lost.And contrary to the message awaiting President George W. Bush when he landed on the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which ...

Barone: Both parties fail to respond to signals in the political marketplace

I like to apply free market analysis to American politics. Within established laws, politicians compete for votes and are rewarded for maximizing voters’ preferences. As in economics, there are sometimes market failures, but mostly the system seems to be self-regulating.This sounds nice, but ...

Harrop: Is Naomi Osaka brave or a publicity hog?

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka is the world’s best-paid female athlete. She made an estimated $60 million last year. The 23-year-old is on top of the tennis world, but is her refusal to honor the rules set by that world justified?Osaka recently declined to attend a post-game news conference as ...

Stossel: Big business loves big government

Politicians say they pass laws to “protect Americans from big business.”People like hearing that. Many don’t like big business.Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that those laws often help big business while hurting consumers.“Big business and big government are not enemies like ...

Goldberg: Recalls are the only option when there’s one-party rule

It’s on. California will vote on whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 14.I am deeply conflicted on the question. I am opposed to recalls on principle. In 2003, I was one of the few conservatives to oppose the recall of then-governor Gray Davis. My reasoning hinged on what you might ...