Does America really need a Space Force?

President Trump announced on Monday that he has directed the Department of Defense to begin plans to form a U.S. Space Force to stand as a sixth branch of the armed forces. “When it comes to defending America,” he said …

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Confessions of a former immigration hawk

Being wrong is the de-facto, if almost universally unacknowledged, vocation of the opinion columnist. Anyone who offers his views regularly in a public forum is bound to be wrong frequently, if not most of the time. But for obvious reasons …

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Trump’s backwards interpretation of the IG report

Late last week, the Justice Department’s inspector general released a report examining the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump claims the report vindicates the theory, frequently touted both by him and his supporters, …

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Is nationalism obsolete?

The nationalists are winning, right? They certainly think so. In the minds of far-right populists, the defining narrative of our age has already been written. It goes something like this: In the first half of the 20th century, catastrophic conflict …

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What the Bible really says about government

The internet exploded in fury recently when Attorney General Jeff Sessions quoted the Bible to defend his policies in separating migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear …

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Trump’s virtual tyranny

It’s clearer than ever that the president of the United States is at heart an authoritarian. We’ve known for a long time that he admires tyrants. (See his flattering comments, displaying a generosity and sympathy he rarely bestows on anyone …

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The false dichotomy of ‘peace or war’ with North Korea

President Trump’s goal for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “to eliminate [Kim’s] nuclear missile program, not contain it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on ABC Sunday. “There’s three outcomes here,” the hawkish senator continued. “Peace, …

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Trump pwns the GOP

The GOP is President Trump’s party now. Republicans are just living in it. As if we needed more evidence of this clear truth, witness the case of Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), who managed to survive his own very public and …

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What went right in Singapore

The optics of the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un were undeniably poor. To see the American flag flying next to the symbol of a Stalinist museum is enraging. So too was it infuriating to hear a murderous …

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