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Columns

  • Flying in the Floating in New York

    By Garrison Keillor

    Here’s what they say in New York — Donald J. Trump is a grandstander, a showboat. Not doing his job. Totally incompetent. The White House has been in turmoil for months. You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that. So what are we talking about? Enough about him. Who needs an investigation? Guy is a total loser. Tell me something I don’t know.

  • The guardrails can’t contain Trump

    By Charles Krauthammer

    The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) addressed.

  • Opinion: As Trump’s base shrinks, what will McConnell do?

    By Al Cross

    Last fall’s election of Donald Trump was a surprise gift to Republicans, especially Sen. Mitch McConnell. It probably kept them from losing their advantage in the Senate, and thus ensured the Kentuckian would still be majority leader. It also gave them an opportunity to enact a wide-ranging legislative agenda.

  • Opinion: Our first response to tragedy should be empathy

    I can’t remember his face, but I remember his anguish.

    I had come upon the wreck moments after it happened, and as the EMTs and firefighters tried to revive his wife, the young man grabbed me and pleaded — was she going to be all right?

    I don’t know, I lied. They’re doing all they can. But I knew she was gone.

    It was the first fatal traffic accident I had ever covered as a reporter, for an Eastern Kentucky weekly.

  • Opinion: Old friends are often the best friends

    We span the decades, these old friends of mine.

    “We’re planning to go to the Kentucky Derby. Got any suggestions?” they called and asked me several months ago.

    I didn’t have any, really, other than my sage advice for them to avoid the crowds as much as possible.

    “You haven’t changed,” Cindy laughed. “On the way back, we’ll be there for Sunday worship with you.”

    Which they did, much to my delight.

  • OPINION: March toward political right stumbles in Europe

    By DAVID SHAMS

    Columnist

    On May 7, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the French presidential elections. Analysts say it was a rebuke of nascent authoritarian nationalism movements sprouting roots throughout the West.

    The French got this one right. As did the Dutch and the Austrians before them.

  • OPINION: For all those left behind

    During the past month, I have attended a couple of funerals and visited the funeral home three other times. I must admit, that is an unusually high number, but at every one of them I came away with something different. While I know the services are not about me, in a way, maybe that is what it is about. The people who get left behind.

  • OPINION: The fraternal order of executivity

    GARRISON KEILLOR

    Columnist

    The Washington Post

    For all the fireworks of the French election, please note that Marine Le Pen gave a simple elegant concession speech, congratulating the winner and thanking her supporters and campaign workers. She did not claim voter fraud or a media conspiracy or accuse the government of tapping her phone. She is, after all, French. Liberty, equality, dignity.

  • OPINION: Comey’s firing: a political ax murder

    Charles Krauthammer

    columnist

    letters@ charleskrauthammer.com

    It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    It was implausible that Comey was fired by Donald Trump for having been too tough on Hillary Clinton, as when, at that July news conference, he publicly recited her various email misdeeds despite recommending against prosecution.

  • OPINION: The budget process remains broken

    Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    Think about this for a moment: Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating … for a week. A few days later, it arrives at a bipartisan budget deal lasting a bit over four months. This, in turn, moves the President to take to Twitter with the following statement: “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”