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Trade and tariffs could define future

Trade and tariffs could define future

There has been talk during this year’s presidential campaigns about free trade and trade protections. If American people are inclined to look to the past they will find that during the latter years of the 1800s, the U.S. was viewed as possibly the most protectionist nation on earth. The most notable industrialists of that age, often referred to as the […]

Deal with the devil

Deal with the devil

By MICHAEL GERSON  In the category of credit where credit is due, Donald Trump has been exactly right in one important respect. He attacked the Republican establishment as low-energy, cowering weaklings. Now Republican leaders are lining up to surrender to him—ike low-energy, cowering weaklings. The capitulation has justified the accusation. It would be impolite to name […]

Being grateful at all times

Being grateful at all times

By CRAIG MURPHY There were no signs of the house. Is that a good omen or a bad omen? That question was going through my mind as I saw the field where the burned out house sat last time I was here, 10 months earlier. Looking at the field, you would never know there used […]

Free speech is not up for debate

Free speech is not up for debate

By now I’m sure you are all aware that an election is just around the corner. Hopefully you’ve registered to vote and may have received your ballot in the mail already. I have been out putting up a lot of lawn signs and I know I’m not the only one—you can hardly drive a block […]

The good news; the bad news

The good news; the bad news

I slowly study the newspaper each morning. Here’s what I learned today: • The featured national crisis of the day was worry over who you might meet in a public bathroom. In my first 67 years I’ve been spared a traumatic event in any public restroom.  Well, actually, there was Japan.  I was shocked to […]

Strategy: Speak. Repeat. Repeat again

Strategy: Speak. Repeat. Repeat again

Any Keizerite who watched the GOP debates may remember that Donald Trump quite often used nicknames on his competitors. He referred to Marco Rubio as “Little Marco,” Jeb Bush as “Low Energy Jeb,” “One in 41” for Kasich and, and for his biggest obstacle, “Lying Ted” for Ted Cruz, among other derogatory labels he pinned on those […]

The state of disunion

The state of disunion

By MICHAEL GERSON The 2016 presidential race already counts an extraordinary accomplishment: It has made the 2000 election seem like the good old days.    Before Bush v. Gore became a Supreme Court controversy, the contest seemed to demonstrate that American politics was modernizing in a hopeful direction. Clintonism (including Al Gore’s slightly revised version) […]

What will US foreign policy be in 2017?

What will US foreign policy be in 2017?

In the realm of too silly to believe, Donald J. Trump could be this nation’s next president. Although polls lead one to believe that a victory by Hillary Clinton over Trump is a foregone conclusion, we won’t be certain of the outcome until, at the very earliest, near midnight on Nov.8. In the meantime, Trump has now said […]

The Trump pivot

The Trump pivot

By MICHAEL GERSON WASHINGTON – Word on the street is that Donald Trump wants to hire a serious campaign team and give some serious policy speeches – 10 months after his presidential announcement and just as he has nearly secured the Republican nomination. A consistent plurality of GOP primary voters has found such establishment credentials […]

Obama’s Legacy Tour

Obama’s Legacy Tour

By Phyllis Schlafly President Obama quietly slipped out of the country last week for a world tour intended to enhance his “legacy” as a globalist. His first stop was Saudi Arabia to reassure King Salman of America’s continued support for that brutal absolute monarchy, where Christians are forbidden to worship openly. Obama then went to […]

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