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Sunday, September 27, 2020
  • For months, the Department of Homeland Security has known about Russia’s election interference but kept it secret, a whistleblower reveals, because the White House told them to. The department failed to provide homeland security ...
  • Since the 1950s, anti-Russian accusations have switched parties. Back then, Republicans denounced Democrats as serving Moscow. Now Democrats bash Republicans for the same: You traitors! Fun, isn’t it? Well, turnabout is fair play....
  • Imagine a beach resort where a tsunami is about to hit. Just before, the sea recedes a couple hundred yards. People are amazed and venture out among the seaweed and stranded fish. They do not understand that this signals a ...
  • Michael G. Roskin: Schweik Lives
    A biting novel from the early 1920s suggests how federal officials may be handling Trump’s rants and reversals. Czech author Jaroslav Hasek wrote “The Good Soldier Schweik” based on his absurd experiences in the ...
  • First level: “Black Lives Matter.” Good. Next level: “Black VOTES Matter.” Much better. Getting from one to the other is the trick. If Democrats can pull protests away from statue-toppling, defunding police and looting downtowns ...
  • Russian bounties paid to kill American servicemen is headline news, but perhaps more important is who leaked the story and why. By calling out President Trump, highly placed officials — who could be Trump appointees ...
  • Self-isolating encourages you to read those big, serious books you always meant to but hadn’t the time for. Now you do. From yard sales, eBay and your own shelves, you pick well-regarded works a few years old and see how ...
  • There is little, alas, the United States can do to stop China from throttling Hong Kong. Beijing never intended to keep its pledge that the 1997 hand-back would allow Hong Kong autonomy for 50 years. At the present rate, it could be ...
  • This pandemic — expect one every few years — is accelerating America’s transformation. Trends that had been under way for years now pop up. Some changes will pass, but many will remain. The post-coronavirus world will likely be ...
  • Sound policy choices need hard, factual evidence. But the constantly changing coronavirus pandemic evades reliable quantified data. Every number comes with a question mark, one so big it blots out the number. Take a basic ...
  • Steve Bannon, once described as “Trump’s brain,” might be chuckling that the ongoing retreat of federal power pursues his aim to “deconstruct the administrative state.” Bannon, now 66, has flitted through several jobs, wives and ...
  • The ravages of COVID-19 and our tardy and shambolic responses suggest the United States will not soon recover its world-leadership role. Who will follow a country with a vacuum at the top? Federal power has shrunk back to the ...
  • The coronavirus outbreak offers several lessons, but for me the biggest is the stubborn human inability to handle change. Few persons are rational and flexible; we like familiar frames, usages and convictions. Thinking tends to ...
  • I’m a registered Democrat and mostly vote that way, albeit often without much enthusiasm. But we need a calm, functioning Republican Party to question infeasible progressive proposals and chart new, rational ones. Once Trump’s ...
  • I have seen the future — and it scares me. We face sharp, disorienting changes in at least three areas: cyber, coronavirus and climate. Until jolted, however, we drift along in denial and complacency. The three-C jolts have ...
  • Several American scholars and journalists predict that looming crises in China could change or even collapse the regime. We might call them “China pessimists.” Others, “China optimists,” argue that China’s Communist rulers have ...
  • How did Ukraine come to obsess us? Looking at our politics and media, one might think we had few other overseas concerns. Impeachment has fixated absurdly on Ukraine when there are bigger, worse presidential abuses ...
  • The killing of General Suleimani and Iran’s downing of a Ukrainian jetliner made both sides blink, pulling them back from the brink of war and giving diplomacy a fleeting chance. A proxy bombing next week, however, could renew ...
  • In May 1967, I left the U.S. Information Agency in Washington, where I had been learning Vietnamese, and went to the Associated Press in New York. The editors there, many experienced in the Middle East, sensed tensions building ...
  • The networks’ gavel-to-gavel coverage of every fuming, repetitive speech — on the theory that they were all “historic” — bored rather than informed. Many switched off. The Republicans have a point in claiming that President ...
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