WASHINGTON—One of the costs of the Trump Era is that all opinions become suspect because, even more than usual, everything is seen through the prism of whether you are for or against the president.
WASHINGTON—The struggle over what the dominant storyline in the news should be has always been political. Good reporters and editors labor mightily to be fair-minded in their reporting of episodes and events, and I'll defend them to my last breath.
WASHINGTON—Let's posit three rules of political analysis. First, data are better than presuppositions. Second, actual votes cast can tell us more than the polls. Third, even when we carefully examine the facts, we're all vulnerable to seeking confirmation of what we believed in the first place. On the basis of these rules, some widely accepted assumptions about our political moment can be seen as, at best, incomplete. Democrats, it's often said, are so obsessed with President Trump and the Russia scandal that they talk of nothing else.
WASHINGTON—Political opponents cannot be expected to lavish boundless affection on those they battle day after day. But in a well-ordered democratic system, those who fight on behalf of competing parties, interests and ideas can usually find some room for mutual esteem and even occasionally try to profit intellectually from each other.
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.