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Stossel: A different park

People want "public" rather than "private." Public is ... free, right? Wide open. Sharing. Available to everyone. All good things. "Private" is ... selfish, closed, for the rich. Clearly, public must be better. But then why do the words "public toilet" make me cringe? I think: dirty, ...

Barone: A post-Roe political ‘revolution’ is unlikely

The Supreme Court, as this is written, is hearing oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, challenging Mississippi's law banning, with a few exceptions, abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. There's a powerful argument that the Court can't logically uphold ...

Pitts: The social covenant has shattered

Why would they do this? That question rises inevitably from a new wave of so-called flash-mob robberies, thieves by the dozens invading retail stores to simply take what they want. It's happened in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Maryland. Retailers ranging from Nordstrom to 7-Eleven have ...

Charen: Dr. Oz quacks the code of Republican politics

Sean Parnell, the Trump-anointed candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, dropped out of the race a week ago after a custody hearing that featured lurid details of his relationship with his ex-wife. Laurie Snell alleged that Parnell had struck her, choked her, left her by the side of the road and ...

Harrop: Forcing teens to have babies would not be good for Republicans

For nearly 50 years, the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling has protected a woman's right to an abortion. It also protected many politicians' careers. Lawmakers who opposed abortion knew that as long as abortion remained available, pro-choice voters wouldn't care much about their positions on ...

Witcover: The vice-presidential woes of Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON — For 85 minutes on Nov. 19, the Vice President of the United States held the power of the presidency, as Joe Biden underwent his first physical exam in office. He was anesthetized for a colonoscopy for that time, requiring the temporary transfer of power until he recovered ...

Lowry: The shoplifting capital of the USA

It ought to be possible to operate a retail store in one of America's largest and most iconic cities, but this most basic commercial proposition is in doubt in San Francisco. The erstwhile Golden City is beset by an ongoing tide of theft that is closing down retail locations and demonstrating ...

Barone: Biden stimulus failures could produce 1920s-style Republican victories

What's wrong with the economy? Nobody seems quite sure, but it's clear that the Biden administration's $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed in March, on top of the $900 billion approved in December, the last full month of the Trump administration, has not had the intended results. Yes, the ...

Harrop: Food inflation is a turkey of an issue

Economists tell us that the current high rate of inflation is not forever. And it's not all bad, certainly not for workers whose rising wages play a part in the climbing prices. How seriously Americans are taking it may be reflected in this Wall Street Journal headline: "Retail Sales Rose by ...