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Buchanan: Quo Vadis, Mother Russia?

"The demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century," said Russia's new ruler Vladimir Putin in his 2005 state of the nation address. "As for the Russian people," Putin went on, "it became a genuine tragedy. Tens of millions of our fellow citizens and ...

Pitts: The Republican Party stands for the Republican Party

So it looks like they finally found their red line. Meaning the Republican Party. Tuesday, the GOP seems to have finally identified the barrier no Republican may be allowed to cross. Many of us had wondered where it was — or even if it was. We were genuinely, if morbidly, curious about what ...

Barone: It’s not exactly Trump’s Republican Party

Is it Donald Trump's Republican Party? You can make the case it is, as partisan Democrats do, from the victories of various candidates endorsed by the former president in Republican primaries. But it's not an airtight case, and Trump's batting average is inflated by the dozens of endorsements ...

Stossel: Pumping up prices

The price of gas keeps rising. "The reason for that is because of Putin's war," said President Joe Biden. But that's impossible. Most of the price rise came before Putin attacked Ukraine. So some politicians simply blame "corporate greed." Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse accuses the oil industry ...

Stiehm: A sad situation, the state of the nation

WASHINGTON — Ineffable. The state and soul of the nation is just that. The National Cathedral bell tolls for thee and me. But all I have are words. Let me try to explain the sharp sense of loss we carry these days. The fear is real, that the worst of us are stealing America's meaning from ...

Reich: We need a hope machine. Anyone know how to build one?

In a comment on a recent post, Paula OH said: "It's a very tough time. We need a hope machine! Anyone know how to build one?" My answer to Paula is a resounding: "yes!" And in a moment I'll give Paula and you some hammers, nails, and solar panels to build one. First, though, I want to ...

Buchanan: Are all court-created rights now in peril?

In the storm that erupted over the leaked draft opinion of Justice Samuel Alito, which would overturn Roe v. Wade, a secondary alarm has arisen among our elites. If Roe is overturned, it is said, a whole raft of Supreme Court rulings rooted in the same principles and legal reasoning could be ...

Barone: Progressives’ version of democracy’: 2 plus 2 equals 5

They may or may not have been playing the song "The World Turned Upside Down" when Lord Charles Cornwallis's troops surrendered to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown in 1781, but there's good reason to sing it now. Progressives tell us that it is a violation of "democracy" to allow state ...

Pitts: It’s different when it’s your home

It's different when it's your home. I speak from experience. For 46 years, I've made my living by expressing my opinions. And an opinion — at least when it's on a matter of substance — is by definition a divisive thing. That's why social etiquette requires that you steer clear of talking ...