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Column: Open “The Arsenal of Democracy” for Ukraine

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I traveled recently with Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., to eastern Ukraine to meet with the courageous men and women fighting there for their country’s freedom and future. I arrived on a solemn day as Ukrainian volunteers grieved the loss of two young comrades killed by Russian artillery the day before. They had lost another comrade a few days before that, and four more the previous week. …

Column: Confederacy’s Ugly History Is Not Forgotten

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The lowering of Confederate battle flags across the South is not a victory. It’s a correction, a small one, and to treat it like a victory is wrong and divisive given the example in Charleston, S.C., where the forgiving grace of nine families in funeral corteges is a continuing miracle that makes the head bow with humility. What good is it to lower …

Column: The Court at Its Best

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In his powerful dissenting opinion from Friday’s same-sex marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asks an excellent question: “Just who do we think we are?” That question deserves an answer. If we look at the arc of the court’s history, we might be able to offer one. Contrary to appearances, the court usually …

Column: South Carolina’s Racist History

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The massacre by a young white man, according to police, of nine African-Americans last week at a Charleston, S.C., church Bible study has drawn the nation’s attention to lingering racial hatred in America. If there is a more …

Column: Amazon Readers Will Pay by the Page

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Books were the original “sharing economy.” Ben Franklin founded the first American lending library before there even was a United States to found it in. Amazon has brought this into the 21st century with Kindle Unlimited, which lets you borrow and read a certain number of books at …

Willem Lange: Something’s Stirring in America, I Hope

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Montpelier “The United States is a land of free speech. Nowhere is speech freer — not even here where we sedulously cultivate it in its most repulsive form.” — Winston Churchill I could be wrong — I’m old …

Column: Rand Paul’s Tax Plan Promises, Doesn’t Deliver

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul’s new tax-reform plan is a considerable improvement over his old one. He’s done what more politicians should: revise their ideas to take account of valid criticisms. But even the new plan doesn’t live up to the senator’s rhetoric. And it isn’t going anywhere. Paul’s earlier …

Column: All Sides Should Shed Blinders on Racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The horrific massacre in Charleston, S.C., where nine black churchgoers died allegedly at the hands of a white supremacist gunman, has been a powerful jolt to America, prompting a renewed focus on racial divisions and the need to …

Column: Lonely White Supremacists Wanted

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In the wake of news reports that Dylann Roof, the suspect in last week’s horrific massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, had become attracted to the ideology of white supremacy, I decided to make a visit, …

Column: Capitalism Can Stop Climate Change

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pope Francis has made it clear that all of us have a responsibility to be good stewards of this planet, and as such must address the challenge of climate change. Many frame this issue as capitalism versus Christianity, as economic prosperity versus morality. But it doesn’t have to …

Column: End Lifetime Court Appointments

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In the third season of House of Cards, conniving President Frank Underwood colludes with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jacobs on the timing of Jacobs’ retirement. Their plan: to have the justice step down before his Alzheimer’s disease becomes perceptible and before Underwood leaves office, but only after …

Column: When Will We Ever Learn?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Washington We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are particularly impressive on the matter of race and the subject of guns. Nonsense, you say. Have we not been …

Column: It Was Terrorism

Monday, June 22, 2015

Police are investigating the shooting of nine African-Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as a hate crime committed by a white man. Unfortunately, it’s not a unique event in American history. Black churches have long been a target of white supremacists who burned and bombed them in …