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Zinke: The mad king flies his flag
Zinke: The mad king flies his flag

The emperor of the outdoors rode into town on a horse named Tonto, and soon demanded that his own special flag fly outside his headquarters whenever he was in Washington. He believes fracking is proof that “God loves us” and, despite...

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Friedman: While you were sleeping

Donald Trump poses a huge dilemma for commentators: to ignore his daily outrages is to normalize his behavior, but to constantly write about them is to stop learning. Like others, I struggle to get this balance right, which is why I pause today to...

York: Paul Manafort has a point
York: Paul Manafort has a point

It’s not a popular thing to defend Paul Manafort, the international influence peddler who ran Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for a time in 2016. Just search for “Manafort” and, say, “sleazeball,” and see...

KIRBY: ‘Fearless’ hits the bulls-eye
KIRBY: ‘Fearless’ hits the bulls-eye
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Influenza humbles EO reporter
The Wolff eats its own
The Wolff eats its own

Guess what? Donald Trump is a raving idiot. Every sentient person knows this, and if Michael Wolff is to be believed, so does most everyone in the White House. So why are we talking about Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” as if...

Husted: Holding each other up
Husted: Holding each other up

If you happened to pass Pendleton Center for the Arts during the short hours of daylight on December 21, you might have seen something startlingly beautiful. Art was emerging from the building, a long white scroll with calligraphy-like black...

Buckley: Edward Abbey’s ‘Desert Solitaire’ turns 50 this year
Buckley: Edward Abbey’s ‘Desert Solitaire’ turns 50 this year

Fifty years ago, Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire” was published to decent reviews but little fanfare. “Another book dropped down the bottomless well. Into oblivion,” wrote a disheartened Abbey in his journal...

Murdock: Recycling and international trade

Being a local politician keeps a person in touch with the constituency.

Whether it is the grocery store, going out to eat, trying to work out at the gym, social functions, service club meetings or church, it’s hard to be there just for...

Kristof: Trump’s threat to democracy

Two political scientists specializing in how democracies decay and die have compiled four warning signs to determine if a political leader is a dangerous authoritarian:

1. The leader shows only a weak commitment to democratic rules. 2.

Brooks: The decline of anti-Trumpism
Brooks: The decline of anti-Trumpism

Let me start with three inconvenient observations, based on dozens of conversations around Washington over the past year:

First, people who go into the White House to have a meeting with President Donald Trump usually leave pleasantly...

York: With DC distracted, immigration debate reaches critical point
York: With DC distracted, immigration debate reaches critical point

While Washington obsesses over a new book on White House intrigue, the Trump administration is reaching a critical point on the issue of immigration, one of the president’s top priorities and the subject of his most often-repeated campaign...

DOUTHAT: Trump’s petticoat government
DOUTHAT: Trump’s petticoat government

Incapacity in the chief executive is not a new thing in American history. James Garfield spent half his short presidency dying slowly from a gunshot wound. Richard Nixon’s condition in his final days was dire enough that his secretary of...

Egan: Department of injustice
Egan: Department of injustice

After foraging through the dumpster of discarded ideas, the Trump administration has dragged out another fetid reject as part of its campaign to roll back modernity, common sense and the will of the people.

We know that Attorney General...

Wood: The friendly neighborhood hardware store
Wood: The friendly neighborhood hardware store

According to the calendar and the scenery surrounding us, winter has arrived in my neighborhood near Helix.

Because I am fortunate enough to have a warm, dry place to sleep and am well-fed, I enjoy many aspects of the season. Christmas music on...

Trail: Drastic changes in forest management aren’t the answer to wildfire
Trail: Drastic changes in forest management aren’t the answer to wildfire

Like a lot of small towns in the West, my town of Ashland is nestled in a lovely valley surrounded by conifer forests. The forests grow on public lands managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, and last year, as in many recent...

Rosa: Use TV white space for rural internet access
Rosa: Use TV white space for rural internet access

Since 1913, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has been working daily to assist and represent all cattle producers throughout the state. We work hard to protect our communities and assure that our voice is heard in all areas affecting the...

Douthat: What has Mitt Romney learned?
Douthat: What has Mitt Romney learned?

First, some praise for Mitt Romney, who is apparently poised to run for the Senate from Utah now that Orrin Hatch has announced his retirement.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee is a man of honor, decency and serious...

York: Far from disappearing, dossier investigation intensifies

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official who, in late November 2016, traveled to London to receive a briefing and a copy of the Trump dossier from its author, former...

Edmiston: How best to say thank you?

The Hermiston Police Department and city of Hermiston just concluded the 48th annual Christmas Express program. Each year since I took over in 2004 we have tried to fine tune and make the operation as efficient and effective as possible with the...

Leonhardt: 7 wishes for 2018
Leonhardt: 7 wishes for 2018

Well, at least it’s not 2017 anymore.

I expect that future historians will look back on it as one of the darker nonwar years in the country’s history — a year when the president lied constantly, the United States’...

Murdock: Sledding at just the right speed
Murdock: Sledding at just the right speed

As a little girl, I grew up at the bottom of a small hill. It never really felt small, but as I look at it while driving by now, it’s barely a speed bump. Not really. But it’s definitely not a “hill” that one would dream of...

Hughes: Corporate calculations and the gamble on growth
Hughes: Corporate calculations and the gamble on growth

Santa came to President Trump early this year. He left a big tax cut bill under the White House Christmas Tree, the first major rewrite of the national tax code since the Reagan era tax reform in 1986.

Tax rates were cut for most Americans and...

Douthat: Flying saucers and other fairy tales

I am completely in favor of federal spending on UFO research, an outlay whose existence was revealed to surprisingly little paranoid excitement by The New York Times earlier this month. It is a sign of civilizational health to devote excess...

Limey Pastor: The ghosts of Christmas future

I’m hoping that all of you had a Christmas that brought you together with those you love and perhaps had not seen for years and allowed you to please them with your attentiveness and care. Gifts are sacrifices to an idol of earthly things, but...

The dangers of Trump delirium
The dangers of Trump delirium

To travel the liberal byways of social media over recent weeks was to learn that Donald Trump was on the precipice of axing Robert Mueller and was likely to use the days just before Christmas, when we were distracted by eggnog and mistletoe, to lower...

Cohen: The year not to defer dreams

From my window in Brooklyn Heights, I’ve watched the Staten Island ferry come and go for more than two years now, a big orange boat crisscrossing the water. That’s when I’m home, which is not much.

At night, I hear...

Brooks: The 2017 Sidney Awards, part one
Brooks: The 2017 Sidney Awards, part one

Those of us on the Decision Desk of the Sidney Awards faced a moral dilemma. Could we give a Sidney to an essay the title of which we couldn’t quote in a family newspaper? We decided that our mission, celebrating the year’s best...

Kristof: Cardinal Tobin, am I a Christian?

What is Christmas about, anyway? Can I be a Christian if I doubt the virgin birth? Can a woman become a cardinal? What would upset Jesus today? I put these blunt questions and more to Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, who was...

Home for Christmas?

Dream all you want of a white Christmas, but a white Friday-before-Christmas is the worst.

I’ve made it home for every single Christmas of my adulthood, but my nemesis has always been those last-minute storms that sneak up the moment...

Grijalva: The Interior Department is being destroyed
Grijalva: The Interior Department is being destroyed

During his confirmation hearing and throughout his time in office, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has presented himself as an admirer of Teddy Roosevelt and a believer in conservation. But less than a year into his tenure, his leadership has...

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