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First lady Nancy Reagan was correct when she told an Oakland schoolgirl to “Just say no” if offered drugs. At the time, she was mocked for being naive and simplistic. But the first lady was simply trying to nudge her husband’s policy from reducing the supply of drugs to reducing demand.

The ridiculous number of candidates on the Democratic stage Tuesday night created a fundamentally misleading aural and visual impression. Watching without access to polling data, you might have imagined that this was some sort of wild careening mess of a primary race, when really it’s remark…

Donald Trump promised struggling working-class voters that he heard their frustrations and would act.

A wealth tax is a good idea. It attacks inequality directly while raising revenue for the government. It can be targeted toward the country’s wealthiest individuals while leaving the upper middle class alone. And by adding another layer of taxation, it can tax people who managed to avoid inc…

Joe Biden was asked during a recent news conference whether he had a conflict of interest leading Ukraine policy while his son was working for a Ukrainian oligarch. He said, “I’m not going to respond to that” and told reporters to focus on President Trump. If he’s allowed to get away with th…

In recent years, the NBA has become famously political. During the heyday of the Black Lives Matter movement, the NBA permitted players to wear slogan-printed T-shirts in support, and stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul spoke out loudly on the issue. The Sacramento Kings actu…

The NBA has come under severe criticism for bending over backward to appease the Chinese government after Beijing threatened the league with severe economic consequences over one pro-Hong Kong tweet. But we must remember, the NBA and its teams are just the latest victims of the Chinese gover…

I try to limit my intake of 24-hour cable TV news because as a medium, on balance, I think it’s bad for America. Though Facebook has suffered more scrutiny and reputational damage for its role in the 2016 campaign, it was cable, not social networks, that went gaga pumping up Trump.

Politico posted a curious headline by senior media reporter Michael Calderone the other day: “News anchors fight back against GOP senators’ refusal to condemn Trump.”

On my Wednesday radio show, I spoke with Beltway reporters and pundits from across the spectrum of outlets and points of view: Jonathan Allen of NBC News, Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Chris Cillizza of CNN, Eliana Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon and Jim Geraghty of the Nationa…

For nearly three years, President Trump’s critics have warned that there might come a point when we face a genuine constitutional crisis, one that threatens our very Democratic system.That constitutional crisis has arrived.

Already locked in an impeachment battle, President Trump found a new way to rile Washington this week. Late Sunday, the White House announced that it would not impede an imminent Turkish invasion into Syria. By Monday morning, my colleagues confirmed that the U.S. had begun withdrawing troop…

The backstage struggle between the Bush interventionists and the America-firsters who first backed Donald Trump for president just exploded into open warfare, which could sunder the Republican Party.

The beginning of the Supreme Court’s term this week includes momentous oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases that illustrate clashing theories about how statutes should be construed. If properly decided, the cases will nudge Congress to act like a legislative body.

In 2001, Gordon Chang, an American lawyer who had spent many years in Hong Kong and Shanghai, published “The Coming Collapse of China.” At the time, the thesis seemed improbable, if not preposterous. It looks a great deal less outlandish now.

At the core of Hong Kong’s discontent is a treasured conviction that it has been and will be governed by the rule of law — before the handover to China, and after. Rule of law has been the foundation of Hong Kong’s strength as a financial bastion for Asia and marks a clear distinction with m…

There you are. There I am. Complaining. Deadlines and obligations. Bills and budgets. The empty nest. My dogs, ages 12 and 14.

Jamal Khashoggi never intended to be a dissident. For many years, he wrote for and edited newspapers in Saudi Arabia, and he served as an aide in Saudi embassies in Washington and London. What prompted him to leave the kingdom, and to begin writing columns for The Washington Post, was the sh…

A new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, a watchdog for freedom of the press, illustrates a disturbing trend: Governments around the world are becoming more sophisticated in their efforts to censor expression.

Let’s be clear: In his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President Trump should not have asked Zelenskiy to investigate Hunter Biden or to cooperate with his private attorney Rudolph Giuliani’s investigation of the former vice president’s son. Since Trump made …

For years, thriving cities in coastal regions of the U.S. have become increasingly expensive to live in. As cities such as San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and Seattle became more attractive, thanks to booming knowledge industries and falling crime, rents soared.

California is in the midst of a housing crisis, and homeowners opposed to development in their neighborhoods are making it worse. The state is trying a new approach: Turn some of them into mini-developers. It’s a smart idea that deserves Gov. Gavin Newsom’s support.

Donald Trump committed an impeachable offense on that call with the Ukrainian president. But that doesn’t mean Democrats are right to start an impeachment process.

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally announced she would support an impeachment process, she was bowing to left-wing extremists who have never accepted the 2016 election results.

In July, Adam Grant, organizational psychologist at Wharton Business School, tweeted: “Agendas aren’t driven by problems. They’re driven by solutions. Calling out what’s wrong without proposing ways to make it right is complaining.”

The impeachment of Donald Trump need not be a long, drawn-out affair. Speaker Nancy Pelosi could bring articles of impeachment to the floor of the House within weeks — or she could leave the president twisting slowly in the wind. It’s her call.

Rod Hicks has spent 30 years as a journalist in seven newsrooms across the country. He has been a reporter at the Anniston Star in Alabama, an editor for The Associated Press in Philadelphia, and has worked in Detroit, St. Louis and Birmingham, Alabama.