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 By Hugh Hewitt    Commentary    March 23, 2017 

How to Save the GOP Health-Care Plan

The American Health Care Act is in trouble, with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., admitting Wednesday that the bill must change to make it through Congress. The reason? The Republican right and the Republican center want different things, and the...

 By KC Kuykendall    Commentary    March 23, 2017 

Public Infrastructure Funding Goes Down the Drain

If Benjamin Franklin was right, then we can be certain of only two things in life: death & taxes. And yet Washington citizens remain uncertain about our state’s pending budget and the potential tax hikes likely to be requested to pay for the ever-e...

 Commentary    March 23, 2017 
 By Charles Lane    Commentary    March 16, 2017

A White Flag on Health Care

Democrats denouncing the new House GOP health-care bill should actually be dancing in the streets. Perhaps, in the privacy of their own homes, the savvier ones are popping the champagne corks. The true meaning of the proposed legislation is that,...

 By Tim Gruver    Commentary    March 16, 2017

U.S. Withdrawal from TPP May Cost State's Wheat Farmers

President Donald Trump’s order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was issued with the promise of saving American jobs, but it may also mean fewer opportunities for Washington farmers. The agricultural industry...

 Commentary    March 16, 2017  
 By MicheLe Flournoy    Commentary    March 9, 2017

Trump Right to Spend More on Defense; Here's How to Do so Wisely

In his address Tuesday to Congress, President Donald Trump promised to make sure that the U.S. military gets what it needs to carry out its mission by securing “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” More...

 By George F. Will    Commentary    March 9, 2017

A Wry Squint Into Our Grim Future

Although America’s political system seems unable to stimulate robust, sustained economic growth, it at least is stimulating consumption of a small but important segment of literature. Dystopian novels are selling briskly -- Aldous Huxley’s...

 Commentary    March 9, 2017  
 By John Wagner - Matt Zapotosky    Commentary    March 2, 2017

Spicer: Feds Could Step Up Marijuana Enforcement in States

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects states to be subject to “greater enforcement” of federal laws against marijuana use, a move that could undercut the growing number of jurisdictions moving to legalize the drug...

 By George F. Will    Commentary    March 2, 2017

'Big Government' is Ever Growing, on the Sly

In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new...

 By Callum Borchers    Commentary    March 2, 2017

The Remarkable Inconsistency of Trump's Attacks on the Media

President Donald Trump just can’t get his story straight. At the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, he accused the news media of widespread fabrication, claiming without evidence that “they have no sources; they just make ‘em u...

 By Amy B Wang    Commentary    February 23, 2017

Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace: Trump Crossed Line in Latest Attack on Media

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace cautioned his colleagues and the network’s viewers Sunday that President Donald Trump’s latest attack on the media had gone too far. “Look, we’re big boys. We criticize presidents. They want to criticize us...

 By George F. Will    Commentary    February 23, 2017

A Modest Proposal to Solve Inequality

Tight labor markets shrink income inequality by causing employers to bid up the price of scarce labor, so policymakers fretting about income inequality could give an epidemic disease a try. This might be a bit extreme but if increased equality is...

 By Don C. Brunell    Commentary    February 23, 2017

When You Dig Deeper, The President's "Tough Talk" on Trade Doesn't Sound as Good

When President Trump spoke to Boeing workers at its South Carolina production facility, he reiterated his campaign promise to bring jobs back to America. It is a goal we collectively desire, but it is much more complicated than his campaign slogan...

 By George F. Will    Commentary    February 16, 2017

Who Will Protect Americans From Their Protectors?

WASHINGTON -- At their post-Civil War apogee, 19th-century Republicans were the party of activist government, using protectionism to pick commercial winners and promising wondrous benefits from government’s deft interventions in economic life....

 By Reid Wilson    Commentary    February 16, 2017

In Arizona Heat, Spring Cactus League Baseball Begins

I’m walking down a long, paved sidewalk in early March, with a practice baseball field on my left and a grove of well-trimmed trees on my right. I’m worrying about the snow that fell as I left Washington, D.C., the night before, worrying about...

 By Stephen Mihm    Commentary    February 9, 2017

Why Presidents Lose So Many Wars On Big Government

Donald Trump’s recent flurry of executive orders mandates that for every new regulation issued by any agency, two must be eliminated. This comes on top of a federal hiring freeze and vows to reduce administrative bloat and otherwise force the...

 By Ana Swanson    Commentary    February 9, 2017

The Completely Unromantic - But Real - Reason We Give Roses on Valentine's Day

Americans who give or get roses on Valentine’s Day usually don’t think about where their flowers came from. But your roses may have traveled farther this year than you have. A few days ago, the roses were likely 2,000 or 3,000 miles away,...

 Commentary    February 9, 2017  
 By Don C. Brunell    Commentary    February 9, 2017

Washington Has Lots Riding on NAFTA

In 1993, President Bill Clinton was pictured holding a Washington State apple while promoting the virtues of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). That photo only underscored the importance of the agreement and our trade with Mexico and...

 By Fred Hiatt    Commentary    February 2, 2017

Why the Media Should Not Become the Opposition Party

It is not unprecedented for a White House to view the media as the enemy - the “opposition party,” as presidential adviser Stephen Bannon labeled us last week. But it is vital that we not become that party. After an exhausting, often alarming...

 By Barry Svrluga    Commentary    February 2, 2017

For Years, Patriots Were Anything But a Model

This is a franchise that, in no particular order: chose a guy who couldn’t win at the University of Toledo over a Hall of Famer as its coach, nearly electrocuted that coach at a news conference, suspended another coach for taking a different job...

 Commentary    February 2, 2017

Please Don't Compare Names

Dear Editor, My Name is Trump My Great Grandfather, Joner Exary Trump homesteaded with his family at Promise, OR, in 1898, after leaving Raleigh County, West Virginia. He was a leader of the Promise community and well respected. My Grandfather,...

 Commentary    February 2, 2017  

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