WASHINGTON—Paul Ryan started his political life hoping to be the champion of a sunny, forward-looking conservatism.
WASHINGTON—President Trump doubled down last week on his repulsive charge that immigrants from south of our border are "rapists." It was another sign of what an appalling man he is, but also an indication of how much political trouble he faces. Trump is a demagogue who relies on the angry energy of his supporters.
WASHINGTON—To "reading, writing and arithmetic," we can now add "solidarity." The new teacher activism—born in West Virginia and spreading to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona—is not a flash in the pan. And it's about more than the demand for higher wages and benefits. It is a revolt against decades of policies that gutted public institutions. More immediately, it is a response to the decimation of state spending on education since the 2008 recession. The economy has recovered, but state support for education has not.
WASHINGTON—The tax bill the GOP is trying to foist on the country is not only an unfair and deficit-bloating hodgepodge written on the fly. It is also deeply corrupt. Every Republican who votes for this bill will be joining a festival of venality.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Sometimes, the Democratic Party amazes me. And not in a good way. Here is a party fresh off a series of big election triumphs all over the country. The nation faces an unprecedented challenge brought on by President Trump's breathtaking irresponsibility. Republicans are pushing through the most reactionary tax bill since the 1920s.