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Here's why authoritarian right is rising

A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country's constitution. To progressives across the West, this was disturbing news. For the bete noire of Orban's campaign was … more

The Senate must confirm Pompeo

WASHINGTON - For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president's nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a … more

Prison violence out of control

Editor's note: This first appeared as an editorial in The Charleston Post and Courier. It's easy for prisoners to be out of sight, out of mind, until an explosion of violence like the tragedy at Lee Correctional Institution that left seven … more

Haley's 'confusion' sheds light on Trump-Russia mystery

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 18 edition of The Washington Post. "With all due respect, I don't get confused." These eight words from Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will go down as among the … more

Thank You, Mrs. Bush

Editor's note: This column was written in 2012 about former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at her home in Houston at 92. My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents' home in Houston. It … more

Analysis shows no need to expand offshore drilling

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 15 edition of The Post and Courier. This Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the tragic Deepwater Horizon disaster, yet rather than learn from past mistakes, the Trump administration is … more

Is Trump now a prisoner of the War Party?

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying 'the United States should withdraw from Syria.' We convinced him it was necessary to stay." Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, adding, "We convinced him it was necessary to stay … more

A mayor's most important job

When World War II ended, Washington, D.C.'s population was about 900,000; today it's about 700,000. In 1950, Baltimore's population was almost 950,000; today it's around 614,000. Detroit's 1950 population was close to 1.85 million; today it's down … more

Reunion, 'Post' movie remind of newspapers' crucial purpose

Editor's note: This column originally ran on April 11 in Inkblots, Mississippi Press Association's blog. OLIVE BRANCH - This town used to be known only to me as the "last pit stop before Memphis." In the '70s, Olive Branch seemed little more … more

Strike was meant to project strength. It did the opposite.

WASHINGTON - In 2013, after Syrian dictator Bashar Assad crossed President Obama's red line and used chemical weapons on innocent civilians, a U.S. official told the Los Angeles Times that Obama's retaliatory strike would likely be "just muscular … more
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