Was the American Civil War caused by seditious traitors who decided the hill they would die on was the one defending the racist enslavement of human beings, or was it that a simple inability to compromise led an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state? According to White House chief of staff John Kelly, it's the latter.
Daniel Rashke and Alyssa A. DiRusso write that Congress is considering changes to the tax code which would greatly reduce the proportion of taxpayers who benefit from incentives for charitable giving. Instead lawmakers should adopt a new way to allow more Americans to benefit from giving to charity
As technology executives prepare to testify this week before Congress about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, expect to hear plenty about what companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google could have done then and can be doing now to prevent disinformation from appearing on our screens. And amid a news cycle dominated by news of indictments and a guilty plea for false statements to the FBI in connection with the Mueller investigation, these companies should take this opportunity to come forward, to share what they know with investigators, and to review policies and procedures to make sure their platforms are less susceptible to intrusion.
Paul Callan: As the first indictments are unsealed, hints regarding the road ahead begin to emerge in this controversial investigation. President Trump may be concerned about whether the special counsel is looking into the operations of his business empire before the campaign began, he says
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's call for corporate tax cuts is akin to his request for a government plane for his honeymoon: both are adventures in avarice. Donald Trump, Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, and the key billionaire funders of the Republican Party (including the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and Robert Mercer) would each reap a fortune from the proposed tax cuts. They are out to loot the kitty, and are close to getting away with this daylight robbery.
While the story of the Clinton campaign and the DNC funding pat of the dossier on Trump did break news, it wasn't the bombshell revelation that Republicans have made it out to be, writes Michael Weiss.
In his usual style, President Donald Trump recently stood on the White House lawn and reminded us that he's a "very intelligent person" and offered as proof the fact that he graduated from an Ivy League college where he was a "nice student." The "nice" part was apparently a way to connect his remarks to the question that prompted him, which was not about his intelligence but about whether or not he might want to act more civilly.
Flake's announcement he won't run again betrayed impotence in face of new GOP powered by rage, not the morality the says he aspires to; his walking away concedes he knows Trump isn't going anywhere, writes Tim Stanley.
The Niger battle in which four soldiers were killed has drawn attention because of spat between Trump and widow of soldier, but the incident also underlines how far the war on terror has spread across the globe since the 9/11 attacks, writes Peter Bergen
Instead of engaging in political squabbles post-Niger ambush, we need to be focused on better understanding the risks and benefits of US counterterrorism efforts abroad, write Philip Mudd and Andrew Liepman.
With Jeff Flake calling it a day and the Republican Party's moral failure to stand-up to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and the GOP base, maybe the best hope for Republicans is to lose the House and Senate majorities to the Democrats next year, writes Kurt Bardella.
The irony is inescapable: her husband regularly bullies. But her cause is good, writes Jill Filipovic, if she can move beyond talk and take on the huge underlying social dynamics-- like misogyny, racism, homophobia.
At a time when Trump is embattled over his handling of his call to the wife of a slain servicemember, McCain points out that Trump avoided military service, a stinging reminder of the long shadow Vietnam still casts, writes Kate Maltby.
If Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong can return home from his visit to the White House with nothing more than a photo op with Donald Trump, some good headlines in the Singapore press and a contract to buy a few billion dollars' worth of planes from Boeing, he will consider the trip a success.
A schoolyard game is "would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?" Management experts say this tells a lot about a person. The obfuscating President, says Michael D'Antonio, would obviously choose invisibility.
In using a question on his response to four soldiers slain in Niger to make an unfounded slam at Obama and other presidents, Donald Trump debased the presidency and those who serve, writes Paul Begala.
Contrary to the view of National Security Advisor HR McMaster, Trump has left a vacuum that has shaken US allies, provided opportunities for adversaries, and undermined US credibility and influence around the world, write Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky.
To grasp why many warm to Bannon's war talk, listen to Paul Ryan using "inclusion" and other accommodating, liberal catchwords, says Mark Bauerlein. To the right, such language represents assaults on the patriotic, religious beliefs they prize.
If the leftist nationalist candidate wins the Mexican presidential election, it could jeopardize security cooperation and the health of the increasingly integrated economies of the US and Mexico, writes Paul Schechter.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has demonstrated that his priorities lie with the President and special interest groups -- not the American people, whom he should be working for, writes Joel Clement.
Hollywood and Washington exist in a constant, contested relationship; Harvey Weinstein's story helps illustrate the craven, shameless duplicity of so many professional culture warriors, writes Tim Stanley.
Trump's plan to decertify the Iran deal may be the foreign policy equivalent of trying to repeal and replace Obamacare, writes Peter Bergen. In Congress and abroad, there is little support for overturning the agreement.
On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, traveled to Indianapolis to attend a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, but he didn't even make it to kickoff. Pence left after several 49ers players knelt during the National Anthem. Later he tweeted that he would not, "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem." But the entire spectacle represented an act of performative outrage likely scripted in advance.
Semi-automatics are not protected by the Second Amendment. When the US banned them, mass shooting deaths fell. Ban lifted? Deaths soared, writes Jeffrey Sachs--and Republicans in Congress are complicit.
David Farr, board chair of the National Association of Manufacturers, says American manufacturing workers face increasingly fierce competition overseas and federal tax policies put US companies at a clear disadvantage.
Although Trump boasts that his proposed tax plan would double the standard deduction, it would hurt many Americans including single parents, large families, and those working in blue states, writes Edward McCaffery
The congressman's remark alluding to women in his caucus as "eye candy" drew backlash that should not be dismissed as humorless or politically correct. Such "joking" reflects serious, real-world and consequential views that keep women in a second class of American culture, Kara Alaimo says.
Roy Moore's victory over the Trump-backed Luther Strange show that volume—and anger---turned up high is what tends to get rewarded. For Republicans hoping to build a long-term GOP majority, that should be troubling, writes Douglas Heye.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is maybe the worst person in the country to scold others about the need to cherish constitutional rights, as he did this week at Georgetown University. Or maybe only the second worst, because it's hard to top the hypocrisy of his boss.
American citizens in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Texas and Florida all deserve continuing attention and concern from our President. But so far, Trump's callous tweets stand as their own shameful disaster, writes Raul Reyes.
For years, Trump tried to own an NFL team, attempting to parlay his ownership of a team in the now defunct USFL into entry in the big league. Being denied what he wants is key to his bad-mouthing of the NFL, writes Jeff Pearlman.
Despite its decades of documented failure in Western Europe, single payer health care has newfound among support Democrats -- and it could come at great cost to the American people, writes Scott W. Atlas
A pamphlet proclaiming that President Abraham Lincoln supported a program of interracial sex to create an "American race" meant to cost him his re-election. It didn't work, but the rumor never truly died.