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On the verge of a new season, the NFL is trying a new corporate self-defense crouch. Its goal is to counteract criticism from the left that the NFL is insensitive to the Black Lives Matter crowd that urged NFL stars to kneel in disrespect of the national anthem. Those protests, which dramati…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his stunning acquiescence last week to President Trump’s wish that Israel bar entry to two Democratic members of Congress, shows he has no qualms about interfering in U.S. politics.

Years ago, Frank Rich, the legendary New York Times columnist, wrote a piece — channeling his grandmother — on the first question her generation used to ask when big news broke: Is it good for the Jews? Or (more often) is it bad for the Jews?

President Trump knows a bad deal when he sees one. He extricated the United States from former President Barack Obama’s disastrous nuclear accord with Iran. He pulled us out of an arms-control agreement with Russia that Vladimir Putin repeatedly violated. But if news reports are accurate, th…

On Friday, President Trump met in New Jersey with his national security advisers and envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is negotiating with the Taliban to bring about peace, and a U.S. withdrawal from America’s longest war.

Former Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen called President Trump’s reported idea of buying Greenland, a self-governed Danish territory, an out-of-season April’s Fool joke. But while Trump’s idea may be outlandish — and impossible — that doesn’t mean there’s no benefit in thinking abo…

In recent days, the mainstream media reported on President Trump’s interest in acquiring Greenland, which is a “constituent country” within the kingdom of Denmark. Greenland has responded with an emphatic, public and polite refusal.

Watching videos of Chinese protesters singing the U.S. national anthem in the streets of Hong Kong, or hearing the tear-jerking chorus of “Les Miserables” during a sit-in at the Hong Kong airport, only someone with a heart of stone wouldn’t want to assist these brave people who are fighting …

We live in an era of declining faith in elected leaders, declining faith in the institutions of the West, declining faith in democracy itself. In the United States, the world’s most important democracy, Congress seems permanently deadlocked, in hock to moneyed interests, unable to grapple wi…

There hasn’t been much to love about the summer of 2019. It was a season of record heat and spiraling hate, mass shootings and border detentions, of Jeffrey Epstein, Moscow Mitch, Boris Johnson and “go back to where you came from.” Grasshoppers invaded Las Vegas, a blackout consumed New York…

One of the everlasting social forces in directing human behavior — shame — has become part of the 2020 presidential race.

SoulCycle is a space to come as you are and celebrate who you are; to emerge feeling ... extremely guilty about contributing to the coffers of a Donald Trump booster billionaire?

I am hardly Joe Biden’s biggest fan. But reporters’ coverage of his “gaffes” is getting out of control. It’s both unfair to him and a disservice to the American voters who are trying to figure out who their next president should be.

Though derided by history, Calvin Coolidge was on to something when he observed in 1925 that “the chief business of the American people is business,” adding: “They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.”

Facts are the best antidote to conspiracy theories. After we learn of the bizarre and inexplicable, conspiracy theories take wing and stay very much alive so long as key questions remain unanswered — what actually happened, how did it happen, why did it happen, and who or what is responsible…

For anyone familiar with Bureau of Prisons standard operating procedures, Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide is more than mysterious; it is unfathomable.

“Teaching is about taking things apart; writing is about putting things together,” Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize-winning author who died Tuesday, once told the New Yorker. Toni has taken me apart many times, too numerous to count. With great love, through her writing, she has put me back to…

Anyone who has followed the news from college campuses over the past few years knows they are experiencing forms of unrest unseen since the late 1960s.

In the most liberal cities in America, the goal of maximum “inclusion” often requires an energetic scrubbing of language, especially gender terms. Recently in California, the Berkeley City Council voted to amend its municipal code to achieve maximum sensitivity for the ever-increasing demand…

Let me make a terrible confession: In a kitchen cupboard I keep an enormous trove of what the news media keeps telling me are single-use plastic bags. The trove exists because the description is, well, rubbish. A 13-gallon trash bag is for a single use. The little bags I get from the store —…

Do you worry that the clothes you buy pose an environmental hazard? The idea never crossed my mind until serious news sources started talking about it. The central claim was that the fashion industry is the world’s second-biggest source of pollution, the first being oil.

The senseless shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, should lead every American to contemplate what to do about guns. Policymakers have largely been paralyzed, partly because the public debate has been dominated by extremes. The loudest voices on the political left seek to take away …

President Trump misspoke, of course, when he offered prayers for Toledo instead of Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman opened fire and killed nine people on Sunday. We all make mistakes from time to time. Nevertheless, Toledo is happy to accept his prayers, even if they were meant for Dayton. As ma…

Be warned: There is nothing soothing and uplifting in this column. I will not somberly mourn and point to our better angel and American resilience. This is not that kind of column. I have a warning to deliver, a truth to tell, and it is as unsettling as it is obvious.

Last month, the furor over how delivery apps such as DoorDash pay their workers boiled over. Heat on the company, valued at more than $12 billion, had escalated over the past year, and public outrage finally secured an apparent victory. It turns out that public shaming can be an effective fo…

United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin recently argued that Amazon has “destroyed the retail industry across the United States” and so the Department of Justice is “absolutely right” to investigate it. Both of those premises are dubious: The U.S. retail industry is changing b…

Soren Kierkegaard asked God to give him the power to will one thing. Amid all the distractions of life he asked for the power to live a focused life, wholeheartedly, toward a single point.

Do you think of yourself as open-minded? For a 2017 study, scientists asked 2,400 well-educated adults to consider arguments on politically controversial issues — same-sex marriage, gun control, marijuana legalization — that ran counter to their beliefs. Both liberals and conservatives, they…

Now it’s getting ridiculous: Four debates among Democratic presidential candidates, and no questions — or serious discussion — about K-12 education.