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Ambition on display — but what else?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   What struck me about the first debates among 20 candidates for the Democratic nomination for president was how much they resembled a gaggle of graduate students. All seemed articulate and intelligent. All had a good grasp of the classroom material — in this case, the programs they were advocating or opposing.…

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Can Trump beat the economy?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   We are now passing a significant milestone. The current economic expansion has become the longest in U.S. history. Previously, the record was the decade from March 1991 to March 2001 (120 months). When the present recovery enters July, it will mark the 121st month of expansion. Just how much longer it…

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Why millennials may be conservatives at heart

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   Several current trends among millennials do not bode well for Democrats. Indeed, they suggest a greater affinity for (many) Republican policies, notwithstanding a, perhaps, contiguous dislike for the GOP’s leadership. Dare I say it: These trends may suggest a gradual migration toward traditional values and conservatism. Hear me out. My reading…

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Tear-up the (economic) textbooks — and start over!

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   Harvard professor N. Gregory Mankiw is one of the most influential economists in the United States. But the 61-year-old’s authority does not stem from advancing an arcane scholarly finding. Nor has Mankiw coined some catchy phrase that captured the popular imagination (see, for example, “The Affluent Society” by the late John…

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Can I call ya’ SON?

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker    The problem with a lifetime in public service is a lifetime in public service. Enter Joe Biden, whose list of former offices and distinctions exceeds my word limit, and the recent scandal of his nurturing of working relationships with segregationists Sens. James O. Eastland and Herman Talmadge back in the 1970s.…

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A refugee from the 1930s

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, is a man from the 1930s. If you didn’t believe that before, you certainly should believe it now. Sanders last week gave a powerful speech at George Washington University defending his identity as a “democratic socialist” and endorsing…

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The gift of laughter and a father’s legacy

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker    My father died with a smile on his face. But, of course, he would. A few days earlier, as his wife, my sister and I gathered around his bed in the intensive care unit, I said, “I’ll bet he’s thinking right now, ‘I wish these broads would go away and leave…

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The fate of Japan — and everyone else

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   If you want a peek at the future, try looking at Japan. It’s a sobering exercise. Here’s how economist Timothy Taylor, managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, describes the country’s outlook: “[Japan] is facing a situation of a declining population and workforce, and the share of the population that…

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Rapists’ rights defy reason

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker    In Alabama, where a new law denies abortion to women even in cases of incest or rape, a rapist may still pursue custody rights of a child conceived during his assault. I’ll give you a moment to digest that sentence. It gets worse. In a recent case, a young woman in…

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The Democrats’ fairy-tale campaigns

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech, Jan. 20, 1961 WASHINGTON — Watching the Democrats’ presidential campaigns, it’s hard not to be struck by the huge gap that has opened…

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