Opinion

America’s next task in Syria

While the Trump administration celebrates a new deal meant to freeze the battlefield in southern Syria, the Assad regime and Iran are preparing for the next phase of the long-running…

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Car Buyers Lose When Government Tells Them What to Buy

For a century carmakers built the cars and trucks their customers wanted. That’s changing. Increasingly they’re building cars and trucks the government wants their customers to have — and that…

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A No-Labels Look at Obamacare’s Mandate

If the No-Labels folks were running Washington, our policy-making and politics would be running smoothly, civilly, and effectively. Really. And to prove that’s true… We are targeting today’s column as…

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Uranium One Was One Bad Deal

It’s here again. The Uranium One scandal is in our faces again as President Donald Trump and not a few other Republicans are calling for a special counsel to investigate…

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Commentary: Beware the Fine Print in Tax Bills

The competing House and Senate tax bills differ in important respects, but they have this in common: a predilection to shower benefits on the very wealthy. The extraordinary reduction in…

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Of Bump Stocks and Background Checks

The landscape of Devin P. Kelley’s life was a veritable forest of red flags. Mr. Kelley, who last week shot to death 26 worshippers in a Texas church and wounded…

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A Veteran’s Dark Lifetime Gift

Thank you for your service. Veterans are grateful for these words. But for the combat veteran, there is an unspoken, inaudible phrase that follows: And for your continuing sacrifice. The…

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To Help Families, Don’t Cut Their Taxes

The House Republicans’ tax proposal focuses mostly on increasing business investment. Many critics of the bill think it should lean more heavily towards providing immediate tax relief to American families.…

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Terror Victims Deserve to Be Heard, Not Pitied

Politicians in Israel are extremely respectful of terror victims, as they should be. But they often cross the line from respectful to patronizing, as if terror victims can’t be taken…

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Death Penalty? Try ISIS for War Crimes

Four o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon at Hamodia is normally a time to put the final touches on the weekend edition, not rip up plans for the cover story and…

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The Price of Tea in Uzbekistan

As commuters made their way home from lower Manhattan last Tuesday evening, the police presence was strong, complete with heavily armed officers, helicopters and dogs. At that point, no one…

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Clear Glass

Imagine all of the windows in your home being solar panels instead of clear glass. While saving you much on your electricity bill, it would also make your house awfully…

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Expect Some GOP Backtracking on Tax Plan

Republicans will start grappling this week with their political miscalculations in focusing their tax-cut plan on corporate and wealthy taxpayers while proposing to eliminate some tax breaks that help families…

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Mass Pardons Would Escalate Risks for Trump

This presidency is raising all kinds of novel constitutional questions. Starting in January, people who could not have pronounced “emoluments” a month previously were opining confidently that President Donald Trump…

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The Pitfall of “Orthopraxy”

Amid the abundance of good Jewish writing these days, it would be a challenge to declare any single article particularly outstanding. But a remarkable recently published essay merits such a…

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