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Putting local control back into education in Montana

Local control is returning to our school districts! During these unprecedented times, as the state superintendent, I have made strong recommendations to the governor to honor local control and flexibility for our schools. The governor’s new directive for a phased reopening of our state includes that education decisions should be made by local school trustees Read More…

Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?

The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated. McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department inspector general (IG) report concluded that he repeatedly and blatantly lied — or, as Read More…

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The dangerous new idea inspiring criminal-justice activists

The latest call to action from some criminal-justice activists: “Abolish the police.” From the streets of Chicago to the city council of Seattle, and in the pages of academic journals ranging from the Cardozo Law Review to the Harvard Law Review and of mainstream publications from the Boston Review to Rolling Stone, advocates and activists…

Why AOC is wrong to demand a presidential ‘purity test’

When she isn’t dispensing makeup tips on Instagram, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dispenses sophomoric political maxims, most recently in her defense of “purity tests.” The stink of impurity here is upon Pete Buttigieg of Harvard and McKinsey, who had a fundraiser with some well-off people who drank a few $900 bottles of wine with some Napa…

ISIS’ latest horror is a reminder of the need for vigilance

The United States has been clobbering ISIS in the Middle East, but pockets remain, both there and elsewhere — and there’s just no end to the horrors. That was made painfully clear this week when a Nigerian ISIS branch released a video showing its execution of 11 Christians on Christmas Day, 10 of them beheaded….

About that Christmas present Kim Jong Un promised ….

North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un failed to deliver his “Christmas gift” — a new missile test, perhaps — by Christmas, but he may yet come through. Yet even if he does, it would be wrong to see President Trump’s dealings with him as a failure. Certainly, officials are wise to remain on alert. Kim…

The bloody toll from Baltimore, Chicago’s soft-on-crime mindset

Too many families in two of America’s most dangerous cities — Baltimore and Chicago — will spend this holiday season in hospitals and funeral homes. Last weekend, the two cities saw more than 50 people shot and eight killed. The violence included two “mass shootings,” defined as a single incident in which more than four…

This anti-gig crusade will kill our dream

Many laws have unexpected consequences, but in the case of California Assembly Bill 5, crafted to crack down against the gig economy, the harm to freelance writers could have been foreseen by a blindfolded toddler. The measure was meant to address real concerns about companies like Uber exploiting freelance labor. But dragging writers into its…

Pelosi’s never-ending game and other commentary

Impeach watch: Pelosi’s Never-Ending Game Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s delay in transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate “puts politics ahead of the US Constitution,” declares Peter Roff at Newsweek. Pelosi claims she wants to be assured the Senate will hold a “fair” trial, yet that’s the height of political hypocrisy, given that the House’s…

Is 'Little Rocket Man' Winning?

As of Dec. 26, Kim Jong Un’s “Christmas gift” to President Donald Trump had not arrived. Most foreign policy analysts predict it will be a missile test more impressive than any Pyongyang has yet carried off. What is Kim’s game? What does Kim want? He cannot want war with the United States, as this could Read More…

The Eternal and the Here and Now

Many people reading this will have already taken down their Christmas lights. Just a few decades ago, it was pretty normal for Christians in America to leave up their lights for all 12 days of Christmas. Now, many think Christmas Day is the 12th day instead of the first. My lights will burn bright until Read More…

Lovable Ol' Bernie?

You won’t hear young Democrats deride Bernie Sanders with the “OK, boomer” dig. At 78, he’s actually too old for the cohort, but that’s not why he won’t get dinged. He’s the most popular Democrat among the under-35 crowd, and judging by recent polling, he’s the second-most popular Democrat overall. Sanders has raised nearly twice Read More…

We're Living in the (Almost) Best of Times

The best of times, the worst of times. Your instinct on which one we’re living through is affected by your basic temperament, but it also depends on how well you’re observing — and quantifying — things in the world around you. Temperamentally, in the United States — or at least in that loud, if not Read More…

How do we reduce political polarization? America's veterans can show us the way

Last month, I had the honor of helping a group of military veterans prepare for a new expedition — a foray into politics as candidates for elected office. The participants in the newly launched Veterans Program for Politics and Civic Engagement, created by Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and its Institute for Veterans and Military Families, were Read More…

Most-read USA TODAY Opinion columns of 2019

Dear Readers: Of the hundreds of columns USA TODAY Opinion publishes each year, some strike more of a chord than others. Below are 10 of our most-read op-eds from 2019, including several you might have missed amid the daily fire hose of news developments. Some of the top pieces had nothing to do with Washington politics: Actor Rob Lowe wrote Read More…

The Witness Wars

Senator Chuck Schumer issued another demand Sunday for more witnesses and documents as impeachment moves to the Senate. He’s undercutting House Democrats’ claim of a “rock-solid case” against President Donald Trump. “The case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat,” boasts Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Read More…