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DeVos made debt forgiveness promise a sham

This betrayal gets to the heart of what is wrong with the United States in 2019, when many corporations feel free to act with impunity, secure in the knowledge the federal government in the form of the Trump administration will not only not call them to account but will actively have their backs.

The psychology behind taking Epstein’s dirty money

In effect, this process amounts to a kind of moral money laundering. By accepting Epstein’s gifts, these scientists and institutions bestowed upon him their unspoken approval.

Remove Sudan from the US terror list

The challenge for the U.S. is to make clear to Sudan’s top brass that any mischief will be met with swift sanctions, on individual officers and anybody who does business with them.


OPINION

New York Times report unfair to Kavanaugh

Many days, The New York Times may indeed be the world’s greatest newspaper. But some days it isn’t even a good one.


OPINION

Exiting Iran nuke deal led to current crisis

America has enormous military power in the Gulf, enough to obliterate Iran many times over. But the unpleasant fact is that Iran hasn’t been deterred by this force.


Between blind faith and stranger danger

Before our girls went back to college this year, we gave them the usual advice. Don’t walk on campus at night alone, don’t take rides with strangers, etc. I stopped short of arming them with pepper spray. I wondered, do they really need to have their thumbs poised, ready to blind someone with pepper spray? Or, has our culture become paranoid?

OPINION

Military officers stabilized many administrations

Military officers have been vital to government leadership in U.S. intelligence and national security.


OPINION

Mattis shows admirable restraint in memoir

The closest President Donald Trump’s former defense secretary comes to criticism is to write that, “We all know that we are better than our current politics.”


OPINION

Hong Kongers in middle of 50 years’ war

Hong Kong’s young people, from whom come most of the demonstrations’ participants and energy, know that the clock is ticking for their city. It is 22 years into what was supposed to be a 50-year grace period.

OPINION

The heresy of hearsay returns to Kavanaugh saga

The recent fiasco at The New York Times, which last weekend published the latest uncorroborated sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, was a monument to hearsay and a travesty of journalistic ethics.


OPINION

Mideast crisis should remind us of value of fracking

Fracking is a strategic U.S. asset that tips the balance against a wider Middle East war, though obviously such a catastrophe might come anyway.


OPINION

Kid gloves and gloves off in play on Iran

Striking the balance between threats and offering the Iranians a way out is the challenge before the administration now.


OPINION

What Netanyahu’s reelection would ensure

If Benjamin Netanyahu succeeds in prolonging his tenure as Israel’s prime minister after Tuesday’s election, the proposition that Israelis and Palestinians will be condemned to live in one state forever is likely to become inescapable.

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  • OPINION

    Democratic field could use some Trump-like energy

    Democratic contenders are so busy trying to demonstrate how un-Trump they are that they risk putting everyone to sleep.


  • OPINION

    Hong Kong is a ‘hair’s breadth from destruction’

    China’s national anthem celebrates “millions of hearts with one mind.” Hong Kong’s protesters are defending a society comfortable with many different minds.


  • Opinion

    Why the GOP victory in North Carolina spells disaster for Democrats in 2020

    Rep.-elect Dan Bishop didn’t just overcome his Democrat opponent’s two-year head start and millions of dollars in out-of-state money. He also outperformed the GOP candidate’s 2018 efforts by 2 points — quite a different narrative from what the cable news pundits want voters to believe and great news for Republican prospects next year.


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    After more than 2,400 US deaths and $900 billion spent, Taliban stronger than ever

    For many Afghans like Zohra Atifi, whose husband was killed under Taliban rule, the American invasion in 2001 marked a chance to start over after living under an oppressive regime. But 18 years later, the Taliban are growing more confident of returning to power.


  • OPINION

    Vaping finally has its Joe Cool moment

    Smoking kills. It always has. And no cartoon face or minty-fresh flavoring can mask that macabre reality.


  • OPINION

    The e-cigarette hysteria is getting out of hand

    The elephantine approach of an all-out ban, which the president apparently prefers, would blunt the potential good that comes from the product and potentially even hurting the anti-tobacco cause.


  • OPINION

    Uneventful Houston debate helped top-tier Dems

    The Democratic presidential front-runners needed to avoid mistakes and the lesser-knowns needed to distinguish themselves and reassure the supporters they already have. Overall, the 2020 campaign moved sideways in Thursday’s debate.


  • OPINION

    Why a Never-Trump senator returned to the fold

    When Trump won Ohio and the presidency, Sen. Rob Portman was faced with adjusting to a new political reality. It was a world far removed from the safe and familiar territory of presidents named Bush.


  • OPINION

    Dunford was a steady hand during turmoil

    One four-star general recalls that Trump would sometimes ask Dunford if he liked a particular policy option. “I’m not in love with any of them,” Dunford would answer. “My job is to give you choices.”


  • OPINION

    Finding the right industrial policy for America

    One of the most striking things about current U.S. politics is a renewed interest in industrial policy — on the left as a way to help the working class, on the right as a means of making America great again. There are reasons to be cautious about this bipartisan enthusiasm.


  • OPINION

    Queen gets dragged into Brexit quagmire

    Three Scottish judges just lobbed a constitutional grenade onto an already bloody Brexit battlefield by ruling that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Britain’s parliament is unlawful. If Queen Elizabeth II has so far largely succeeded in staying out of matters Brexit, it will be much harder now.


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    Hong Kong’s summer of dissent puts heat on Beijing

    Beijing’s consistently sinister behavior reveals a determination to incrementally nullify “one nation, two systems” by reducing Hong Kong to just another jurisdiction wholly subservient to China’s deepening tyranny.


  • OPINION

    Bolton’s departure resets Iran policy

    For decades, he has been consistent in his contempt for the leaders in Iran and not shy about the need to spill innocent blood sometimes to reach what he perceived to be U.S. strategic goals.


  • OPINION

    All should care about this report on Social Security

    The Social Security payroll tax is probably the largest tax you pay each year and that Social Security is the largest single source of income for the elderly — and we all aspire one day to be elderly.


  • OPINION

    There’s still a path forward with the Taliban

    Most insurgencies end not on a battlefield or at a formal surrender but in a negotiation. There is still time to avoid a Vietnam-like outcome.


  • OPINION

    Democrats try to curse their way to voters’ attention

    We know politicians are constantly measuring the things they say and that they aren’t supposed to swear publicly. So when they do curse, it’s difficult not to at least think it might be calculated.


  • OPINION

    Cutting refugee admissions unfair to many who aided GIs

    If today we turn these people away, or reduce the numbers who are allowed entry, it will be extremely difficult to ask others to assist us in the future.


  • Opinion

    The real issue between Japan and South Korea is trust

    Relations between Japan and South Korea are currently strained due to a dispute over former civilian workers from the Korean Peninsula during World War II. The heart of the problem is whether the promises made between our two sovereign states when they decided to normalize their relations in 1965 will be kept or not.


  • Opinion

    Ending the Afghan ‘forever war’: Trump will fail by imitating Obama

    President Donald Trump has never held back when slamming Barack Obama on mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, as the White House prepares to announce a U.S. deal with the Taliban, Trump seems poised to mimic his predecessor.


  • OPINION

    Will Trump’s behavior decide the 2020 election?

    His victory in 2016 had more to do with Hillary Clinton underperforming what should be expected of an average Democratic candidate than it did any magic Trump brought to the race. Only a fatally flawed candidate next year could repeat that set of circumstances.


  • OPINION

    Address ballistics to actually save lives

    Lawmakers have chipped away at the margins — say, by limiting ammunition capacity. But even 10 highly lethal rounds are an awful lot.


  • OPINION

    Treat fentanyl crisis like a poisoning outbreak

    America’s fentanyl problem is far deadlier than past crises with other illegal drugs. It also has a fundamentally different character.


  • OPINION

    Teach civics so Americans can utilize democracy

    No democracy can survive if its citizens do not believe that democracy is worth having.


  • OPINION

    US policy should not be set by Silicon Valley

    There are lively and necessary debates underway on many critical issues in the United States, but when a small group of executives at the largest internet companies in Silicon Valley tries to impose its moral framework on America, something has gone seriously and dangerously awry.


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    Japan’s insularity is killing its future

    Recently, sales of adult diapers outnumbered sales of baby diapers here for the first time, another harbinger of the demographic collapse that has left the country a pale shadow of the economic powerhouse that made Americans paranoid a generation ago.


  • OPINION

    The DOD is prioritizing a border wall over schools, childcare facilities. Military families deserve better than this.

    While they go to work defending our country, thousands of parents in the military trust the welfare of their kids to child-care centers on base. It's one of the things that the military usually does really well — except for now.


  • Only the essentials for college survival

    “Mom! Where did you put the cups for my smoothie maker?!” my daughter, Anna, yelled from our basement last week while packing for her last year of college. An artsy fashion design major who considers orderliness boring, Anna was infamous in our family for losing things and accusing others of taking them.


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    Trump should reject envoy’s Taliban deal

    In a sense, this agreement to end a war is actually a diplomatic mechanism that gives the president the option to continue fighting it.


  • Democratic field struggles with Trump’s economy

    But Democrats shouldn’t avoid talking about the economy. For decades, economic opportunity, financial security and even access to education have become more difficult for most families to achieve.


  • OPINION

    We don’t need draft, mandatory public service

    Encouraging more Americans to serve their country is good politics and good policy. But we don’t need a massive mandatory national program to do it.


  • OPINION

    Hear vets, preserve ADA-protected phone service

    For me, and so many Americans with hearing loss, there is simply no substitute for Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service.


  • OPINION

    US seeking Afghan deal because it has little leverage

    There’s a saying in American infantry battalions, usually directed by furious sergeants at slow-moving privates: “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.”


  • OPINION

    Trump deserves a real primary challenge

    The criteria for a promising protest candidate are thus not especially stringent. Surely in this great and large nation, anti-Trump Republicans can find someone who meets them.


  • OPINION

    History will remember how Trump handled Hong Kong

    As Xi has threatened Hong Kong, Trump repeatedly and publicly sympathized with him. Even under pressure from his advisers, the best he could do was muse that a crackdown would make it politically difficult for him to strike a trade deal.


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    A space service is essential to US primacy

    If the Trump administration leaves space strategy in the hands of vested bureaucracies with little interest in understanding this radical new future, space may be less free, and the U.S. may be poorer and less free as a result.


  • OPINION

    Don’t desert our Afghan partners

    As part of any planning for a reduction in forces, the U.S. government has a responsibility to protect those who served the United States and who worked tirelessly at great personal risk to protect U.S. personnel and advance the U.S. mission.


  • OPINION

    Sanctions alone won’t make Iran behave

    A successful policy of leverage comes from collective international pressure, the prospect that negotiations can offer credible economic gains and the threat of meaningful consequences for malign actions.


  • Opinion

    Space Command thrives in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak region hosts not only the Air Force Space Command and the Air Force Academy but also combines with the physical and intellectual assets of neighboring and contiguous operations at Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Northcom, NORAD, the National Cybersecurity Center, Space Foundation, the National Space Symposium and more.


  • Some names are nicer than others

    Why do we name our babies before they are born? Before we know their character traits, individual personalities, propensities and proficiencies?


  • OPINION

    Protestants must step up anti-sex abuse efforts

    Unchecked crimes of sexual abuse in the Protestant church include red flags and shrugged shoulders that kill the spirit of young believers and damage the cause of Christ.


  • OPINION

    Dems’ chances of taking Senate improve with Isakson's announcement

    It’s almost impossible to overstate how much the fate of the next president rests on who controls the Senate.


  • OPINION

    Taxing the rich won’t pay for Dems’ promises

    So far, the Democratic presidential field has ignored the country’s dire debt and deficit situation.


  • OPINION

    Help spouses have a career year at their new bases

    A recent report showed that uncertainty over a spouse’s career is the number one financial obstacle that lessens the quality of life for military families.


  • OPINION

    Trump’s candor delights supporters, worries critics

    Trump likes to be his own spokesman. He certainly doesn’t mind being the center of attention either and relishes setting the media’s agenda around him.


  • OPINION

    Pence not likely to get benched in 2020

    A presidential nominee’s first significant act is picking his running mate. Ditching one four years later would be an admission of error, which is why it rarely happens.


  • OPINION

    Dems’ dislike of Electoral College is situational

    Nevada’s Democratic-controlled House and Senate voted to join the National Popular Vote. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, however, vetoed this because it would “diminish the role of smaller states like Nevada in national electoral contests.”


  • OPINION

    Are the people tuning out Trump-era politics?

    A veteran performer like Trump surely understands the Hollywood reality that today’s star becomes tomorrow’s has-been.


  • OPINION

    Man-made flames in the Amazon threaten us all

    Unlike Notre Dame, the Amazon isn’t a cathedral we built, but rather a cathedral we were gifted. Now we are watching it burn, together.


  • OPINION

    ‘Apocalypse Now,’ and then, and yet again

    “Apocalypse Now” accurately portrays the conflict between Special Forces and the conventional “straight leg” Army. Bureaucratic self-protection is a prime theme in the film, and was a terrible problem in Vietnam.


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    The fight against terrorism is far from over

    To simply withdraw our forces from Afghanistan and abandon any responsibility in the fight against terrorism is to jeopardize our own security.


  • OPINION

    Democrats should care more about Russia

    A FiveThirtyEight survey shows that 12 out of 15 Democratic candidates want to cut U.S. defense spending. But Russia-related issues should serve as a litmus test of that anti-war stance.


  • OPINION

    Dems need candidate to push entitlement reform

    Just as Nixon, one of his era’s most vigorous anti-communists, used the credibility of his personal record and party label to undertake his startling initiatives, a Democrat — and only a Democrat — can lead the country fiscally where it desperately needs to go.


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    Why states aren’t able to stop gerrymandering

    The pushback to independent redistricting commissions in New Hampshire and other states shows the folly in Chief Justice John Roberts’ salvo that all is not lost because states can enact their own meaningful reforms to combat partisan gerrymandering.


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    Vigilance doesn’t require keeping GIs in Afghanistan

    For a long period of time, an indefinite conflict in Afghanistan has been the quintessential bad investment, a war that has resulted in the deaths of over 3,500 U.S. and coalition troops at a cost of over $750 billion.


  • Criminal justice reform’s arrested development

    while for a moment it seemed Democrats and Republicans might be moving closer to a tentative truce on the issue, unfortunately the importance of seeking a more just “justice” is becoming, like so much else, another opportunity to disagree.


  • OPINION

    Trump has disruption down to a science

    These actions will reverberate in our government for years to come, even after the Trump administration is gone, in the form of policy decisions we make without the benefit of the best evidence available.


  • OPINION

    Trump is the product of a narcissistic media age

    He cannot be too outrageous, because shocking and offensive are spoon-fed to America as the norm, courtesy of both unscripted and scripted television.


  • OPINION

    Biden should own his gaffes and do more public events

    He’s still the front-runner, but his lead is far from commanding. If he stumbles, there’s still time for another moderate to move up in the polls.


  • OPINION

    McCabe’s complaint about firing is likely to prevail

    U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss might welcome a narrow avenue to reverse a rank injustice and hand the administration a well-deserved comeuppance for an arrogant and fundamentally corrupt act of brass-knuckle politics.


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    Ending Afghanistan War this way means losing it

    We cannot accept a deal that places America’s security in the hands of the Taliban.


  • OPINION

    Federal prosecutors shouldn’t have to clean up NCAA

    There’s a big problem with the government’s fraud claim: Fraud typically involves a defendant who intends to injure the victim and profit at the victim’s expense, but these defendants intended neither.


  • OPINION

    ‘Safe havens’ myth no reason to stay in Afghanistan

    The Taliban may very well make further gains following a U.S. withdrawal, but the myth that territorial safe havens provide great utility to terrorists planning transnational attacks should not continue to justify a war that America cannot win.


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    Navy could be torpedoing Trump’s ’20 chances

    When it comes time to defend his red wall along the Great Lakes, Trump is going to come face to face with the consequences of his Pentagon leadership’s failure to implement his oft-promised 355-ship Navy (up from 290 today).


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    Iraq, Kuwait are beginning a beautiful friendship

    For Kuwait, Iraq is a giant market and investment opportunity at its doorstep. It is also an escape from other tensions in the Arabian Peninsula.


  • One giant leap for military spouses

    While Congress hashes out the details of President Donald Trump’s proposed “U.S. Space Force” — who will oversee it, how many personnel are needed, whether we can afford it, where will it be located — I am selfishly wondering what the future holds for the military spouse community after this sixth branch of the armed forces stands up.


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    Easier to applaud Hong Kong protests than back them

    What’s the sound course, between the moral hazard of recklessly encouraging risk and the moral blindness of ignoring brave people fighting for their rights? The right answer is awkwardly somewhere in the middle.


  • OPINION

    Law requiring Trump’s tax returns doesn’t add up

    Democrats argue a state has the constitutional authority to regulate presidential elections. But that relates to election procedures, not candidate qualifications.


  • OPINION

    ISIS building new caliphate in Syrian camp

    Islamic State has largely taken control of a huge camp in northeast Syria, and there’s no plan for what to do with the 70,000 people there (including more than 50,000 children). The United States and Europe must immediately address this urgent national security and humanitarian crisis before a new caliphate is established while we watch.


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    Would-be poet Cuccinelli needs a history lesson

    Cuccinelli conveniently forgot the history that not too many of those arriving at Ellis Island toted sacks of cash or spoke perfect and unaccented English, and that his own ancestors who sought opportunity in America might not pass muster.


  • OPINION

    Payday lenders still getting favorable terms

    The short-term loan industry went into Chicken Little mode as soon as the new rules were announced a few years ago, arguing that the requirements would put thousands of lenders out of business. That means, of course, the industry was acknowledging its business model depends on ensnaring consumers in endless debt.


  • OPINION

    Just say no to buying Canada’s drugs

    There’s something deeply disturbing about Congress and the federal government standing powerless before U.S. drug companies and relying on little Canada to bail us out.


  • OPINION

    The problem with the ‘superbug’ label

    Bacterial drug resistance is a major public health problem that potentially affects all of us. Using accurate language is necessary to keep the public optimally informed about this important threat.


  • OPINION

    Vets closer to better prostate cancer tests, treatment

    The use of advanced genomic tests is helping better determine a veteran’s risk of harboring undetected prostate cancer.


  • OPINION

    Epstein did not deserve the ‘allegedlys’ stories require

    He needed to sit in court. He needed to hear woman after woman explain that they weren’t having fun; they were traumatized. He wasn’t an eccentric playboy; he was a predator. Nobody wanted his sperm.


  • OPINION

    Data support more checks for young gun buyers

    Fully 38 percent of murder offenders with known ages are below age 25. This is due in part to ongoing development of brain domains that regulate impulse control, judgment and long-term planning.


  • OPINION

    Today’s Dems lack RFK’s words of healing

    I do not believe Trump is a racist, much less a white supremacist. I think the rhetoric of the Democratic candidates is incendiary and dangerous, and also politically self-destructive.


  • OPINION

    On Epstein’s death, mull facts, not theories

    With a shocking set of facts such as this one, that kind of speculation, frequently based on naked suspicion, is inevitable and, in today’s world, impossible to stop. The only antidote is a swift, thorough and objective search for the truth.


  • OPINION

    ‘National conservatism’ is ‘Warren conservatism’

    National conservatives preen as defenders of the dignity of the rural and small-town — mostly white and non-college educated — working class. However, these defenders nullify the members’ dignity by discounting their agency.


  • OPINION

    Games don’t kill, but hate fuels gamer culture

    Our industry’s corrosive ideas about manhood and power bleed into too many of the products we ship. We’ve told one kind of player that they are the center of the universe, and we’ve catered to their every whim for 30 years.


  • OPINION

    Can speech on social media incite violence?

    We could easily tighten up the current law of incitement without undermining free-speech protections.


  • OPINION

    A new opening for Trump to avoid disaster in Syria

    It’s true that Trump campaigned on getting the United States out of foreign wars. But he also campaigned on not repeating the mistake Obama made in Iraq when he completely withdrew and left a vacuum ISIS filled.


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    USMC commandant sets bar for reform

    The Pentagon is buzzing about a potentially revolutionary order by the new Marine Corps commandant that bluntly answers the essential question for would-be military reformers: What should we discard from the legacy arsenal to make room for what we need to fight the wars of the future?


  • OPINION

    Trump adept at attacking cartoon enemies

    What makes the attack on political correctness so disturbing is that the ideology doesn’t exist anywhere but in the radioactive contempt for it.


  • OPINION

    The best thing Saudi Arabia, Iran could do for women

    In Iran and Saudi Arabia alike, the persecution and prosecution of women’s rights activists shows the ruling patriarchy’s unchanging attitude toward women.


  • OPINION

    ISIS, white nationalists equal threats to US

    There is no political justification for acts of mass murder of civilians. When political leaders give such acts cover, even inadvertently, the movement spreads and innocent people die.


  • OPINION

    China lost chance to be ‘Near-Arctic’ 150 years ago

    While Beijing fortifies contested islands to its southeast, it remains silent on its long-surrendered northeastern lands, leaving Russia the undisputed sovereign of Eurasia’s far northeast.


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    Mass shootings linked by ease of getting gun

    Each time, someone bent on mass murder found it possible — easy, really — to get the weaponry with which to carry out those intentions.

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