After the tax overhaul, America needs a balanced-budget amendment more than ever

Today’s political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus...

Robert Mueller is no Ken Starr

No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He’s not Ken Starr. The punctilious, mild-mannered independent counsel appointed...

With case on coerced union fees, the Supreme Court has a chance to correct...

Overturning mistaken decisions is an occasional duty of the Supreme Court, whose noblest achievement was the protracted, piecemeal repudiation, with Brown v. Board of...

The principle behind anti-Trump pragmatism

Former Rep. Barney Frank and the writer William F. Buckley Jr. could hardly have been more at odds in their political views. The Massachusetts Democrat...

The futility of Trump’s politics of outrage

President Trump doubled down last week on his repulsive charge that immigrants from south of our border are “rapists.” It was another sign of...

Hold the Nobel Peace Prize

Who would have guessed that a Trump crowd 15 months into his presidency would be chanting, “Nobel! Nobel! Nobel!” As in Alfred Nobel, the Swedish...

The President’s language problem

It’s never right to call other human beings “animals.” It’s not something we should even have to debate. No matter how debased the behavior...

Spawn of kudzu: A botanical horror story

Don’t trust the internet. The information you find there might not be entirely accurate. — Mark Twain Pity the poor folks of Monroe County. They’re...

With its Janus decision, the Supreme Court corrected itself on First Amendment

The Supreme Court is especially admirable when correcting especially deplorable prior decisions, as with the 1954 school desegregation decision rejecting a 1896 decision’s “separate...

The real conflict with Iran

It’s Tehran’s turn for the “fire and fury” treatment. In response to Iranian President Hasan Rouhani telling Donald Trump not to “play with the lion’s...