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The Big But

The Big But

By MICHAEL GERSON Following President Obama’s ambitious executive order on immigration — not unprecedented in subject matter but unprecedented in scope and ambition—we are left to pick through the wreckage of law and precedent. Obama’s action was a substitute for legislation—imposed precisely because legislation he favored did not pass. So what issues might have been […]

People control

People control

To the Editor: It’s a shame that more people don’t realize that violent crimes are committed by people and not inanimate objects.  Knives, firearms, blunt objects, and motor vehicles do not commit violent acts. People commit violent acts.  Until this is understood and until society and our justice system deal effectively with the people who […]

A pope’s human touch

A pope’s human touch

By MICHAEL GERSON Pope Francis’ American honeymoon is over (though the whole idea of a papal honeymoon smacks of Borgia-era excess). At first, some political conservatives complained that Francis was showing insufficient respect for distinguished Catholic theologians such as Adam Smith and Milton Friedman. But now, more thoughtful Catholic writers wonder if the pope (who […]

The fourth term investigation blues

The fourth term investigation blues

It’s a sad state of affairs when something like half of Oregon’s voters neither trust nor have confidence in the judgment and attention to public business of the man elected to lead Oregonians for another four years.  He has managed to bring things to this current place after mismanaging most everything under his purview while imposing on Oregon a “First Lady” […]

Don’t govern on fantasies

Don’t govern on fantasies

By E.J. DIONNE JR. When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next two years a miracle of bipartisan comity. Begin by being skeptical of the lists of what President Obama and the now Republican-controlled Congress should “obviously” agree on. Notice that liberal lists (including mine) […]

We should dump daylight savings time

We should dump daylight savings time

We humans are complicated creatures. We share a condition with virtually every other living thing, and that’s the internal clock, scientifically called the circadian rhythm.  For example, when you set your alarm clock for Daylight Savings Time, your body may not readily accept the change and what happens to wakefulness is due to the imposed change in your internal clock. Internal clocks […]

No alternative to hope

No alternative to hope

By E.J. DIONNE JR. President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism. The speech that made him a national figure, his keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, is best known for his declaration that “there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America, there’s the United States of […]

Silence is denial

Silence is denial

By DON VOWELL No matter what you think might have helped to prevent the shooting in Marysville, Wash., it will be fiercely rejected by some faction with political clout. Since there is no single, simple, and sure action we can all support that will prevent more school shootings, no action will be taken.  We can’t […]

Scottish parallels and differences

Scottish parallels and differences

My Scottish ancestors have been citizens of the United States for decades, going back to the Revolutionary War.  There must be traces of Scottish DNA that have survived to reach me through the years because I experienced considerable excitement a few weeks ago when the citizens of modern day Scotland came close to voting their independence, mainly from England, missing it by a close 55-45 […]

Only Reagan can be reason

Only Reagan can be reason

By MICHAEL GERSON     The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun, typically for conservatives, as a fight about the past. As President Obama has become a Jimmy Carter-like figure — hapless, luckless and increasingly friendless — most prospective GOP presidential candidates are positioning themselves as Ronald Reagan’s rightful heir. […]

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