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Opinion - Columnists

The emergence of two presidents named Trump

Published Nov. 17 2017

During the 2016 political campaign, with Hillary Clinton clearly headed for White House victory over her unorthodox GOP opponent, Donald...

Media focuses too much attention on the wrong voters

Published Nov. 17 2017

Every outrageous Trumpian appointment, action or statement is a reminder of the far-reaching impact of presidential elections, even when the...

CNN caught in crossfire

Published Nov. 16 2017

In a surprising twist, the regulation-loathing, business-boosting Trump administration is threatening to block AT&T's proposed $85-billion buyout of Time Warner...

A quiet day at the old ballpark, 65 years ago in 1952

Published Nov. 16 2017

Before we put baseball to bed for the winter, let's consider this only slightly facetious question: Do we cheer too...

Alabama rolls toward a high-stakes political skirmish

Published Nov. 16 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—But for the bomb, the four would be in their 60s, probably grandmothers. Three were 14 and one was...

Bill Gates and our schools

Published Nov. 15 2017

The Bill Gates Foundation's efforts to improve U.S. public education haven't gone as well as hoped, as Gates admitted in...

Trump hitches Mideast policy to a reckless prince

Published Nov. 15 2017

Have President Trump and his son-in-law bet their entire Mideast policy on a reckless 32-year-old Saudi crown prince who is...

Corruption of faith from corruption of politics

Published Nov. 15 2017

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations...

Frugal can still be Fun

Published Nov. 12 2017

Toyota became the world's largest automaker by building cars that were long on sensibility but short on sex appeal.

2017 Discovery ushers in new era of luxury SUV ease

Published Nov. 12 2017

If technology is supposed to make our lives easier, then the Land Rover Discovery is making good on a premise...

Edmunds sizes up Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado

Published Nov. 12 2017

For decades now, pickups have been the best-selling vehicles in America, and two of the most popular are the Ford...

Can gas engines be greener than electric vehicles? Depends on electricity source

Published Nov. 12 2017

If you want a gasoline engine that is greener than a fully electric vehicle, you'll have to buy a car...

How the GOP tax plan threatens universities

Published Nov. 12 2017

It's a nervous time to be a university. Forget the political activism that has been convulsing campuses over the past...

Controlling familiar gun control fervor

Published Nov. 12 2017

It's not just the usual outrage on the need for gun control after a horrendous shooting. It is a wide-eyed,...

Time to repeal and replace the tax code

Published Nov. 12 2017

WASHINGTON—The Republicans' tax bill would somewhat improve the existing revenue system that once caused Mitch Daniels (former head of the...

Managers need to ask why

Published Nov. 11 2017

In a previous column, I made the argument that finding the right question is the key to selecting the right...

Some advice on Trump's first midterms

Published Nov. 11 2017

For the next 52 weeks you're likely to hear that pretty much every single news event will have an impact...

Yet another cultural tipping point?

Published Nov. 11 2017

Every now and then, the culture experiences a watershed, a moment when we look up and say, wow, things really...

Presenting Hillary and Bill Houdini

Published Nov. 11 2017

How do they do it? I am not the first to compare the Clintons to Harry Houdini, the great magician...

Why we cling to clothes we know we will never wear

Published Nov. 10 2017

We buy shoes we don't wear, wear shoes we don't like and have—buried at the bottom of a drawer—a cute...

Tuesday's election a warning sign for Republicans

Published Nov. 10 2017

A tide of anti-Trump suburban votes gave Democrats victories in all of Tuesday's big off-year races from Virginia to Washington...

Those who choose prayer are not 'doing nothing'

Published Nov. 9 2017

In the wake of another mass shooting, the sides are assuming their familiar postures on cue. Conservatives are circling the...

GOP tax bill is a raid on university endowments

Published Nov. 9 2017

WASHINGTON—Such is the federal government's sprawl, and its power to establish new governing precedents, mere Washington twitches can jeopardize venerable...