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Brooks: The internal invasion

This is a remarkable day in the history of our country. We have never over our centuries inaugurated a man like Donald Trump as president of the United States. You can select any random group of former presidents — Madison, Lincoln, Hoover,...

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York: Should Dems stand with Lewis?

By Byron York

The Washington Examiner

Once Donald Trump responded to John Lewis’s “illegitimate president” attack, the question wasn’t whether Trump’s pushback would cause a Twitter furor. It would. The...

Brooks: The lord of misrule
Brooks: The lord of misrule

King David was most compelling when he danced. Overcome by gratitude to God, he stripped down to his linens and whirled about before the ark of the covenant — his love and joy spilling beyond the boundaries of normal decorum.

His wife,...

BLOW: John’s gospel of Trump’s illegitimacy

On Friday, the Georgia congressman, civil rights icon and Donald Trump inauguration-boycotter John Lewis told NBC’s Chuck Todd something that I believe millions of Americans are thinking.

“I don’t see this president-elect...

Egan: Trump and pony show

As a professional skeptic, I’m going to remain doubtful that Donald Trump has been a willing Russian tool, masterfully serving the needs of a dangerous American adversary. I’m not going to buy all the sordid details of “that...

Brooks: Do markets work in health care?

Believe it or not, we’re not really going to have to spend the next four years wading through wonky drudgery of Russian spy dossiers and hotel sex cameras. At some point we’re going to have a thrilling debate over the most...

Klavins: Predator poachers must be held responsible

Appreciation for native wildlife is something nearly all Americans share. Wildlife bring value and belong to all of us — not just those of us lucky enough to live near our state’s big wild places or those who shoot them with cameras...

Gulliford: One last important task for President Obama

President Obama has one more thing to do before he clears his desk in the Oval Office. He needs to fix a mistake from Bill Clinton’s administration that allows endangered species to be killed by hunters without any prosecution from the...

Hansell: Through rain and snow to get sworn in
Hansell: Through rain and snow to get sworn in

Editor’s note: This is Sen. Bill Hansell’s (R-Athena) account of getting to Salem during a snow storm Monday to swear in as a state legislator. He was accompanied by his wife, Margaret.

Because of the weather I...

LIMEY PASTOR: Three of hearts

Last week I told the tale of my recent heart attacks, a tale that grew further legs this week with a continuing descent into the medical maelstrom and a deeper analysis of my broken system. You may ask: Where is God in this? This indeed was what I was...

Collins: Trump, sex and lots of whining
Collins: Trump, sex and lots of whining

Finally, Donald Trump held a press conference. I know you want to hear the sex-in-Russia part.

The world learned this week about memos from a retired British intelligence officer on relations between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Brooks: Bannon vs. Trump

It’s becoming clear that for the next few years U.S. foreign policy will be shaped by the struggle among Republican regulars, populist ethno-nationalists and the forces of perpetual chaos unleashed by President-elect Donald...

York: Six questions about the Russia hacking report

Julia Ioffe, a writer for The Atlantic who watches Russia carefully, tweeted this about the intelligence community’s unclassified report on Russian hacking released Friday: “It’s hard to tell if the thinness of the #hacking report...

FBI owes better answers on airport shooting

Given that he reportedly suffered mental health problems, that he told FBI agents he was hearing voices about ISIS and that he was held for psychiatric evaluation in Alaska just two months ago, how is it even possible that Esteban Santiago was allowed...

Krugman: Deficits matter again

Not long ago prominent Republicans like Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, liked to warn in apocalyptic terms about the dangers of budget deficits, declaring that a Greek-style crisis was just around the corner. But now, suddenly, those very same...

Murdock: Pomp and unusual circumstances
An invitation to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump
Forrester: Pendleton must focus goals to find success

Action is more important than words, but I liked many of the comments that came out of the first meeting of the 2017 Pendleton City Council this week.

City Manager Robb Corbett is trying to increase the flow of information between city hall...

Egan: Erasing Obama

For a soon-to-be nowhere man, he’s everywhere. Sensing “time’s winged chariot hurrying near,” as the poet had it, President Barack Obama is using every hour left in his presidency to ensure that Donald Trump will not erase...

LIMEY PASTOR: Heart to Heart
LIMEY PASTOR: Heart to Heart

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Eastern Oregon,

A couple of weeks ago my wife, Jeanne, came up with me to visit Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for Christmas Eve Service, which was well received by my flock. We stayed at the Knights Motel, which is...

Kristof: The GOP health care hoax
Kristof: The GOP health care hoax

This week, President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans began to dismantle Obamacare, and here are the details of their replacement plan:

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Retirement foresight is lacking, but default contributions unfair

The Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, created by the 2015 Legislature, is supposed to be up and running by July 1, rolled out in stages by the treasurer’s office.

While the state is still in the process of creating the final rules for the...

Friedman: From hands to heads to hearts

Software has started writing poetry, sports stories and business news. IBM’s Watson is co-writing pop hits. Uber has begun deploying self-driving taxis on real city streets and, last month, Amazon delivered its first package by drone to a...

Leonhardt: A month without sugar

It is in chicken stock, sliced cheese, bacon and smoked salmon, in mustard and salad dressing, in crackers and nearly every single brand of sandwich bread. It is all around us — in obvious ways and hidden ones — and it is utterly...

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher: Hollywood’s mother-daughter fable

Some years ago I had the privilege of a long evening with Carrie Fisher, starting at her house in Beverly Hills and proceeding to a nearby restaurant, and she talked so expansively — about her memories of “Star Wars,” about her...

Barreto: Voters must heed wake-up call

The good news in Oregon for those of us who have grown weary of one-party control is that Republican Dennis Richardson will be our new Secretary of State for the next four years. The voters of Oregon also saw through the agenda of the public unions...

Belli: There once was a man not named Ishi

One hundred years ago, an iconic Native American died. We do not remember him as a tribal leader, holy man or an activist. His biggest accomplishment was simply enduring.

We know him by the name “Ishi,” because if he had a...

Collins: Year’s end quiz

Happy almost New Year! Wow, we’ve been through a lot. Let’s take a look back at 2016 and see how much of the silliness you remember. We’re not going to talk about Hillary. Too sad. But here’s an end-of-the-year quiz about:...

Friedman: Netanyahu makes Trump his chump

For those of you confused over the latest fight between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel, let me make it simple: Barack Obama and John Kerry admire and want to preserve Israel as a Jewish and democratic state in the...

Limey Pastor: The Covering of God

I want to share with you two unusual experiences in my adventure with God.

Paul, the apostle, talked about the importance of having faith in things unseen. This is indeed true. But, it seems a common belief that there is no evidence of...

Kristof: Pastor, am I a Christian?

What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st century? Can one be a Christian and yet doubt the virgin birth or the Resurrection? I put these questions to the Rev. Timothy Keller, an evangelical Christian pastor and best-selling author who is among...

Douthat: The Trump matrix

Anyone who tells you, with perfect confidence, what a Trump administration will do is either bluffing or a fool. We have a prospective Cabinet and a White House staff, but we haven’t got the first idea how the two will fit together or how the...