Opinion

  • THE COLORS OF POLITICS

    NORTH CONWAY, N.H. -- In autumn, the faraway hills here are so ablaze with color -- shimmering reds, deep oranges -- that no single hue or tint stands out. But in winter, the North Country becomes a portrait in black and white, and this November, the contrasts already seem to have sharpened. ...

    David Shribman
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  • IMMIGRANTS' ENERGY AND VITALITY OUGHT TO BE CELEBRATED

    "This is a blessing from God.""I've always had to look behind my back. Now I don't have to worry so much.""This is a very amazing moment."According to news reports, those sentiments -- hope, relief, gratitude, joy -- have been expressed by immigrants heartened by President Obama's decision to delay…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • LIBERALS WILLING TO FIGHT TO THE LAST DROP OF BLACK BLOOD

    The riot in Ferguson reminds me, I hate criminals, but I hate liberals more. They planned this riot. They stoked the fire, lied about the evidence and produced a made-to-order riot.Every other riot I've ever heard of was touched off by some spontaneous event that exploded into mob violence long…

    Ann Coulter
  • HARD TRUTHS MUST PREVAIL IN IMMIGRATION POLICY

    WASHINGTON -- Immigration to American shores is in the newspapers and on television every day now, and many Americans doubtless believe they know what this bedeviling problem is really about. They would feel secure, for instance, in endorsing these common beliefs about the mass movements of people…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • CLIFF HUXTABLE AND BILL COSBY ARE NO LONGER THE SAME MAN

    Until last week, TV Land allowed me a pleasant half-hour escape to a heartwarming, 1980s-era comedy that featured an affluent black family living in Brooklyn, New York, the Huxtables. Anchored by well-educated, professional parents -- the father an obstetrician, the mother an attorney -- the family…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • WHOM DO WE THANK FOR THANKSGIVING?

    In a nation with fewer and fewer shared experiences, one remains resilient, rich and redolent of memory. Thanksgiving is our most beloved American holiday, and its story -- about grace and gratitude, played out on a wilderness tableau of brotherhood -- is a venerated part of our national narrative.…

    David Shribman
  • GREEDY WARS ERODE OUR MORAL FOUNDATION

    WASHINGTON -- In addition to all the "happy" news these days -- from the invasion of Ukraine, to the horrendous beheadings by ISIS, to China's designs on world power -- one concern suspiciously underlies many of these stories: The U.S. is uniting, particularly in the Middle East, with hitherto…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • NEW RULES FAVOR GOP MODERATES

    LEBANON, N.H. -- Can you discern, deep in the new Republican Party -- amid the conservative warriors and tea-infused crusaders -- a faint moderate heartbeat?Hardly anyone is asking that question this month, in the wake of the Republican tsunami that swept Democrats out of office and swept a…

    David Shribman
  • CLIMATE CHANGE IS OUR MOST PRESSING ISSUE

    The bone-rattling cold settling in over much of the country has given science skeptics a bit more fodder for their campaign of doubt and disinformation: Climate change is a hoax, they say. Didn't you feel that pre-Thanksgiving freeze?Their deliberate misunderstanding doesn't alter the facts. The…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • AMERICAN HERO; AMERICAN STORY

    LOS ANGELES -- In the final months of any presidency, the men and women serving in the administration are ready to leave and move on with their lives. That was true of Harold Tyler, a New York lawyer who was the deputy attorney general for civil rights as the Eisenhower administration was winding…

    Richard Reeves
  • VOTERS ARE GIVING YOU ONE MORE CHANCE, GOP

    I'm sorry to have to tell you this, America, but Andrew Cotto is done defending you to his European friends at dinner parties.There's no use begging. You brought this on yourself -- as Cotto explains in his Salon.com article, "My American exceptionalism fantasy is over: How these midterms sealed…

    Ann Coulter
  • TRIUMPH IN BERLIN MAY HOLD LESSON FOR BEIJING

    WASHINGTON -- Let us stop complaining and naysaying for just a moment and realize what a truly astonishing event we celebrated last weekend. Just because some things are disappointing, or even despairing, in the world, doesn't mean that everything is.The celebrations commemorating the tearing down…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • THE FALL OF THE WALL

    BERLIN -- Today a Starbucks coffee house sits a few steps from the Brandenburg Gate. A quarter-century ago the baristas would be standing in the Soviet Bloc.Today well-dressed tourists sip sparkling water in the Hotel Adlon. Three decades ago the original hotel building was used to house East…

    David Shribman
  • BROAD PROSPERITY FOR AMERICA SEEMS INCREASINGLY OUT OF REACH

    As Democrats lick their wounds from last week's electoral bloodbath, political analysts are poring over exit data to discern the message in the Republicans' resounding victory. Are voters unhappy with President Obama? Clearly.But the underlying dissatisfaction abroad in the land centers around the…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • A TOUGH NIGHT AT MSNBC

    After Tuesday night, Republicans' main objective is clear: Convince Oregon Measure 88 to run for president.Measure 88 won more votes than anything else on the Oregon ballot. More votes than pot legalization. More than the incumbent governor, the incumbent senator or any of the six other ballot…

    Ann Coulter
  • ENGLISH RAPE CASES REVEAL TROUBLING CULTURE CLASH

    WASHINGTON -- The strangest, darkest story is coming out of England now after months of silence on the details, leaving most of Great Britain in a kind of frozen shock. The worst thing is, no one even bothers anymore to argue that the stories might be false.Finally, too, the police in the north of…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • THE MORE THINGS CHANGE

    Tuesday's elections are important -- to the Congress, to the president, to the 2016 aspirants for the White House, to the country. They'll create the political climate for the last two years of the Obama administration, set the table for the next presidential election and determine whether the…

    David Shribman
  • OBAMACARE IS HERE TO STAY

    You've heard of Obamacare, right?It's that disastrous, costly and intrusive policy that President Obama and his fellow Democrats rammed down the throats of Congress back in 2010 -- a failed plan that conservative Republicans have pledged to "repeal and replace." According to its critics, it is…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • Plutocrat or Populist? Actually, Hillary Clinton Is Neither

    As America's biggest political target — a status she is likely to enjoy for the foreseeable future — Hillary Clinton takes incoming fire of every caliber from all directions. One day her words are ripped from context to depict her as a plutocratic elitist; on another day, she is quoted,…

    Joe Conason
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  • The Coming November Wars

    As it stands today, Republicans will add seats in the House and recapture the Senate on Tuesday.

    Pat Buchanan