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Liberals love electric vehicles, but combustion engines still rule

We need to acknowledge that large-scale, public financing of EVs may not have the intended effect.

Presidential pardons have been a bad idea since 1787

The president of the United States isn’t a king, and he isn’t above the law — or so constitutional law professors like me keep reminding everybody. But the painful truth is that there is one exception to this truth: the pardon power.

Army should weigh in on Vindman’s conduct

To fail to properly identify and characterize Vindman’s choices will leave our soldiers wondering what their moral and legal obligations are. Ambivalence about ethical choices in peacetime can be manifested by choices in wartime that cost lives.


OPINION

John Adams would have defended Gitmo detainees

We cannot turn away from the fundamentals of our justice system — especially when we’re confronting its most difficult and trying cases.


OPINION

What exactly is in the details of the Taliban truce?

If the provisions of the agreement that require the Taliban to break with terrorism are not public, then how much are they really worth?


A day set aside for torture, tenderness

As much as I’d like to blame Hallmark, FTD, Whitman’s Sampler, Russell Stover, Brachs and The Melting Pot for inventing Valentine’s Day to benefit the blood-sucking consumer industry, unfortunately I can’t.

OPINION

Impeachment misused, then shunned, then revived

The first presidential impeachment and trial in 1868 involved President Andrew Johnson. For a century thereafter, the experience was considered so terrible, so fraught with danger, and so discredited that there was no desire for repetition.


OPINION

Revisit Military Lending Act, provide access to credit

By denying easy access credit to military families, the Military Lending Act forces military families to use more damaging and permanently scarring options of not paying bills on time, bouncing checks, or even going to foreign online lenders who don’t follow laws, and with whom military families have no protection.


OPINION

New USAF policy rightly boosts religious freedom

The new Air Force policy will not cure the hostility against religion that continues to plague our nation and our military. But it is a positive step in the right direction.

OPINION

‘Get a lawyer’ unfair to defrauded troops, vets

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has put forward a new rule that places unreasonable burdens on defrauded student borrowers.


OPINION

Trump just pretending to tackle deficit

“Promises made, promises kept” has been one of President Donald Trump’s frequent boasts in his campaign for a second term. He promised to balance the federal budget in eight years, a longstanding Republican aim that those economic growth rates could make possible.


OPINION

The inspiring military family reunions actually hurt troops

Soldiers and families — and all of us — need to know that deployment-related challenges might creep up in the months after returning home.


OPINION

Buttigieg’s Goldilocks strategy just might work

Buttigieg effectively tied with Sanders in the chaotic Iowa caucuses last week. But he ran well ahead among voters who call themselves “somewhat liberal,” the party’s largest ideological category.

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  • OPINION

    Congress, make election meddling illegal

    Whether one views the president’s actions as justifying removal from office or not, we believe that the prospect of foreign interference in U.S. elections is today so grave — whether initiated by a foreign power or invited by a candidate — that Congress must make such activity illegal.


  • OPINION

    Putin discovers the pain of being Erdogan’s pal

    The Russians are discovering, as Americans and Europeans have before, that with Turkey’s current president, matters are always coming to a head, accompanied with threats to end alliances.


  • I ain’t no Florence Nightingale

    When I took my husband to the hospital for hip-replacement surgery recently, I envisioned myself playing the part of Florence Nightingale during his post-operative convalescence at home: propping his pillows, retrieving fresh ice packs, delivering steaming bowls of soup and neatly quartered sandwiches, topping off his water with candy-striped bendy straws.


  • OPINION

    Trump riding high, but it’s a long way to Election Day

    As the late Dallas-Washington lawyer-lobbyist-political guru Bob Strauss always said, in politics things are never as good or bad as they seem.


  • OPINION

    No, Trump hasn’t learned a lesson on misusing taxpayer funds

    Was the president chastened by the bipartisan outcry in the wake of his misuse of military funding for his own political purposes? No, he has continued his efforts to poach defense funding to build the wall.


  • OPINION

    Moon’s peninsula guidance unparalleled

    Moon’s sustained efforts require discipline and courage, qualities demonstrated throughout his long career.


  • OPINION

    Trump peace plan hews closer to Israeli-Palestinian reality

    The Trump initiative doesn’t condition changes on the ground on mutual consent between the parties, which has mostly been impossible to achieve in recent decades.


  • OPINION

    Corruption, not Trump, will drive Iran’s protest vote

    A familiar charade is playing out in Tehran. Ahead of the elections to the Iranian parliament this month, those political factions likely to perform poorly are preemptively blaming the U.S.


  • Dust in the wind, on my coffee table

    Dust bunnies are the bane of my existence. That might sound dramatic, but let’s just say that I pretty much hate dusting. Then again, Mom told me to never use the word “hate,” so let me rephrase: Dusting is an activity of which I am not particularly fond. (And I get bonus points for not ending with a preposition.)


  • Has technology made deployment any better for military spouses?

    For military spouses enduring deployments in this complicated world of internet-based communications and 24/7 news, is ignorance bliss, or is knowledge power?


  • Attention-seeking, #MeToo and ‘The Bachelor’

    On Monday nights, my 19-year-old daughter, Lilly, and I commandeer the television to watch a show that admittedly has no cultural value. Though billed as a reality show, it’s not based on reality at all. It’s a carefully contrived dating competition in which 30 women compete for the affections of one man in the midst of sprawling hilltop villas, sequined gowns, helicopter dates, tropical resorts, champagne-fueled cocktail parties, rose ceremonies and ginormous diamond engagement rings. That show is, of course, “The Bachelor.”


  • OPINION

    Securing Syrian oil is still a terrible idea

    U.S. policy in Syria represents a counterproductive “regime change-lite” approach.


  • OPINION

    The China coronavirus will test the US, too

    The very first problem the U.S. is likely to face is one of risk communication. If you tell people how terrible things are, they feel a loss of control.


  • OPINION

    GOP senators balk at visual of their predicament

    House Democrats said they felt a duty to lay out the evidence in full — not only a duty to history and congressional procedure, but also because some senators had paid little attention to the details of the case.


  • OPINION

    Dems get free TV ad in impeachment proceedings

    To obtain this opportunity, no money was required, just a rushed House procedure in which a whistleblower relied on hearsay for his allegations, Republicans were denied the right to call witnesses and minimal evidence was produced.


  • OPINION

    Checks on the head of state have evolved

    It is always useful to examine historical precedents. Sometimes, though, what is different is just as important as what is the same.


  • OPINION

    Republicans wanted to impeach Trump from the start

    The dynamism the party once showed, when it dared to condemn Trump in 2016, is gone.


  • OPINION

    Senators neither impartial ‘jurors’ nor partisan hacks

    Senators take an oath to “do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God.” It ought to mean something.


  • OPINION

    The world (view) according to Bernie Sanders

    The Sanders presidency would be the third in a row in which a president deliberately sets out to downsize U.S. ambitions and reduce U.S. commitments.


  • OPINION

    Barr isn’t a toady. That’s the nature of his job.

    Eric Holder was correct the first time. The attorney general, in large part, actually is the president’s “wingman.”


  • OPINION

    Can’t anybody here ask debate questions?

    Our presidential debates are really not debates at all anymore.


  • OPINION

    Extra interest can’t save all Americans held abroad

    Though Kassem died in an Egyptian prison, Trump will face scrutiny after the American man’s death.


  • OPINION

    Address mental health with GIs at deployment

    By embedding counselors in-uniform with military units to interact with, relate to, and meet the warrior on their own terms, we can get our soldiers talking.


  • OPINION

    Booker falls victim to the curse of the big field

    It’s a shame that the Democratic field is becoming less diverse, but it’s a very good thing that it is finally shrinking to a size that enables meaningful scrutiny by the voters.


  • OPINION

    Why hostility to immigration runs so deep

    Anti-immigration sentiment may be intertwined with suspicion of the welfare state.


  • OPINION

    A week of almost-war led to – what, exactly?

    Both sides will need careful diplomacy to keep hostilities from escalating again. Our week of almost-war ended not in peace — only a tenuous, makeshift cease-fire.


  • OPINION

    US, Iran are calmer, but crisis still felt

    The U.S.-Iran relationship is unlikely simply to go back to business as usual, and the crisis has important consequences for longer-term regional stability.


  • OPINION

    Weinstein’s accusers standing strong

    The man whose sexual bullying helped fuel the rage behind the #MeToo movement now appears weak, pale and pathetic. It all feels very calculated.


  • OPINION

    Truck ruling exposes weakness of gig economy law

    Even if some gig workers are subjected to exploitation, it’s an awfully blunt solution to take away from everyone else the freedom to choose.


  • OPINION

    We shouldn’t further risk GIs in Iraq, Syria

    Our security in America is not contingent on having a handful of troops deployed in Iraq and Syria. And with tensions in the region boiling over, our forces in Iraq and Syria are in a vulnerable position.


  • The power of being positive to yourself

    I had taken the part-time library job out of desperation. After interviewing and being rejected for three other positions because I “didn’t have enough experience” (a common problem for military spouses), I accepted the offer to work weekend night shifts at the boarding school library. Although I was grateful to be employed, the job branded me with a permanent feeling of defeat.


  • Trump’s deadly message to Iran’s terrorist regime

    For 40 years American presidents have pondered a fundamental question about Iran, best summed up by Henry Kissinger: Is it a country or a cause? Last week, Donald Trump gave his answer: Iran is a cause, a terrorist cause, and it will be treated as such.


  • OPINION

    Why Australians are hot under the collar about wildfires

    While visiting fire victims last week in Cobargo, just inland from the coast, conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison faced an irate crowd. Some refused to shake his hand; others called for more resources to fight the flames.


  • OPINION

    Killing Soleimani might’ve opened Pandora’s box

    Soleimani, an important figure in the region, had been destabilizing U.S. interests for decades. His death will have consequences, and those should be explored.


  • OPINION

    Why electric cars still don’t live up to the hype

    The problem, as industry leaders acknowledge in their quieter moments, is still the same: getting the total cost of owning an EV down to that of a gas equivalent.


  • OPINION

    Who will win the 2020 election? Don’t ask.

    Campaign reporting is at its best when we investigate the candidates, their histories and their proposals, and when we talk to voters to learn what they think. We’re at our worst when we make forecasts without warning how fallible we are.


  • OPINION

    3D printing is about to save the military billions of dollars

    Our aim is to be able to abstract parts from the printers that make them, allowing consistent replication as printer technology changes.


  • OPINION

    America never committed to training Afghan forces. I know because I tried.

    The result is that we designed a force that was incapable of fighting without American support. Even worse, we failed to address the endemic corruption that would undermine the legitimacy of both Afghan forces and the central government in the eyes of the Afghan people.


  • OPINION

    Christmas 1944 saw immense, world-altering heroism

    The tide of the battle did not clearly turn until Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army broke through to the 101st Airborne Division, surrounded by the Wehrmacht in the crossroads town of Bastogne, on the day after Christmas.


  • OPINION

    Biden is winning the electability primary

    When voters are asked who they think is most electable against Trump, Biden wins. Even some voters who prefer other candidates say Biden has the best shot.


  • Glowing up in 2020

    I find that the optimal time for one to muster motivation for self-improvement is right after one has polished off an entire pint of ice cream.


  • How gift-giving rituals evolved

    Sometime after the Earth cooled — let’s just say it was between a gazillion and a bajillion years ago — slimy little amoebas sprouted fins and then legs. Soon, critters of all shapes and sizes roamed the planet. Not too long after that (again, I’m foggy on the dates, but feel free to Google it), hairy Homo sapiens began squirreling away special rocks and animal pelts to present to each other as gifts.


  • OPINION

    Proper implementation crucial for Space Force

    Despite criticism from spending hawks and late-night comics, Space Force is an idea whose time has come. But the public has questions: What will it look like? What will its mission be?


  • OPINION

    How will Saudi prince employ situational awareness?

    Is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a reformer or a reactionary? The answer, maddening to those who love him as much as to those who loathe him, is that Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler might just be both those things.


  • OPINION

    We are not divine. But we are loved.

    Christians historically understand themselves as a people of hope. But for many populist Christians, hope is an unstoppable power.


  • OPINION

    In the age of Trump, it’s OK to be (deeply) conflicted

    It’s OK to see both sides, to climb out of our partisan foxholes and acknowledge the obvious, even when it contradicts our preferred narratives and political prejudices.


  • OPINION

    Magazine took aim at Trump, but it only hurt itself

    Has Galli’s column changed a single mind in America, except about the magazine he was supposed to steward?


  • OPINION

    Christianity Today: Defender of the faith

    A Christianity dependent on Trump is a weak faith, indeed.


  • OPINION

    Let Protect VETS Act teach for-profit schools a lesson

    No veteran deserves to have a target on their back because of their GI Bill.


  • A shift toward the realists in the race

    For much of the Democratic presidential race, an obstreperous left wing defined the contest. Thursday’s debate showed that this has changed.


  • The truth about men and dogs

    From a plastic chair beside a burbling aquarium tank occupied by one lonely suckerfish, I relayed our dog’s recent behavior to the veterinarian. “Moby’s been acting ... well, funny. He’s walking stiffly, favoring his left side, whining a lot, and he won’t get up for anything — except meals, of course. He is a lab, after all.”


  • OPINION

    ‘Afghanistan Papers’ should surprise no one

    My chance encounter five years ago with the author of the Afghanistan Papers gave me the distinct impression that not only were we not winning, but also that our failures were widespread, well documented and widely known in Washington.


  • OPINION

    Trump undercut vital military attributes

    Retired military leaders have begun sounding the alarm. Yet those in real positions of power are nowhere to be found.


  • OPINION

    Collaborations help serve military community

    By leveraging their own unique strengths, each and every business can have their own role to play in supporting our nation’s heroes.


  • Air travel shows what happens when we give companies ruinous power over us

    America is a paradox where paying customers can also be have-nots. I discovered this, most recently, at the airport.


  • Nostalgia-inducing holiday decor of yore

    I can’t remember that my reading glasses are perched on my head, where I parked my car at the commissary or where I left my cup of coffee, but I have many vivid recollections of my childhood. Especially of the holidays, when I stored detailed memories of the sights, sounds and aromas of the season deep in the recesses of my brain.


  • OPINION

    Lincoln’s legacy includes adding Thanksgiving

    Unity was an overarching Lincoln theme throughout the Civil War, employed with shrewd calculation and brilliant political timing.

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