Noah Rothman, a brilliant young writer and editor at Commentary magazine, has just published his first book, and it’s about nonsense.

A certain announcement this week reminded me that for a brief, happy time quite a few years ago, my wife and I rented an apartment in Washington’s grand Kalorama neighborhood. With its high ceilings, wide staircase and gleaming wooden floors, our building evoked its origins in the heady days…

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in a number of ways epitomizes the Republican Party’s descent into intellectual rot and immoral opportunism. Graham as a candidate called out President Donald Trump as a bigot and “the most flawed nominee in the history of the Republican Party.”

On the night of Dec. 11, 1861, Gen. Robert E. Lee, having just completed a tour of Charleston’s defense installations, was eating dinner at the Mills House when fire bells in the city began ringing loudly. From the steeple of nearby St. Michael’s Church a watchman extended, in a northeasterl…

For the last two years, millions of Americans have come to view Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a kind of national insurance policy. This assessment is now in need of revision.

In youth sports, each season ends up with participation trophies handed out so everyone feels like a winner. In the Democratic presidential campaign, I propose to hand out participation trophies at the beginning so the sure losers can get out of the race immediately, if not sooner.

Although I was born and raised in the South, I never knew a soul who, in the tortured words of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, “put shoe polish on my cheeks, not a lot because that’s real hard to get off,” and pretended to be African-American.

Worries over election hacking have led officials in Europe and the U.S. to consider a return to hand-counting paper ballots. Switzerland, however, is moving in the opposite direction, toward absentee electronic voting. It's a useful way of keeping turnouts from falling, and the systems can b…

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In a recent commentary in these pages, our friend Don Sparks highlighted several important strategies that the city of Charleston must implement to address vehicular parking if we are to be an affordable, successful and equitable community. He rightly pointed out that, “reduc[ing] the number…

I should be grateful to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for making my point for me. On Wednesday, I posted a column warning Democrats to be wary of the “uber-progressive wing” of their party. That very day, Omar demonstrated the dangers I was warning of by badgering and berating Elliott Abrams, th…

We live in a region that places much value on “precedent” when considering development and regulation because we fear that with one small misplaced step we could find ourselves at the bottom of a slippery slope. Well, on Feb. 12 County Council took a flying leap off that slippery slope by sh…

Lots of people have been finding out that their tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service are lower than they expected, or nonexistent. The average refund for the first two weeks of tax-filing season this year was down 8.7 percent from a year ago, the IRS reported Thursday, and the numbe…

"Let’s play a lightning round game,” begins Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in a recent viral moment, lambasting the lack of campaign finance regulations at a House Oversight Committee hearing.

After toying with the idea for weeks, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to deal with what he calls a “national security and humanitarian crisis” at the border with Mexico. The move is a patent abuse of power, and it will generate a raft of legal challenges. But thanks to a…

In retrospect, it seems obvious that President Donald Trump would want to have his cake and eat it, too. That’s essentially what he did Friday by both signing a government funding bill that provides $1.375 billion for a barrier with Mexico and also declaring a national emergency to allocate …

Anti-Electoral College advocates see a window of opportunity to eliminate America’s unique presidential election system. They are seizing the moment, working to implement change before anyone realizes what happened. They even think they can do it without a constitutional amendment.

One might suspect scientists of belaboring the obvious with the recent study called "Belief in Fake News Is Associated With Delusionality, Dogmatism, Religious Fundamentalism and Reduced Analytical Thinking." The conclusion that some people are more gullible than others is the understanding …

In the run-up to the second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the South Korean government is rushing ahead to prematurely relax pressure on North Korea, which could undermine our last chance to compel real denuclearization. The Trump administration risks following Seoul …

Measles was officially declared “eliminated” in the United States in 2000, meaning that the transmission of this infection was no longer endemic. Since then, measles has mostly occurred as outbreaks — either because of imported cases or among those who come in contact with these cases. And i…

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The Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention, the two largest religious bodies in the United States, are both embroiled in a crisis of trust.

The Post and Courier recently reported on viral Instagram and Facebook posts by state Rep. Nancy Mace that were critical of Democratic women in Congress who dressed in white for the recent State of the Union address as a show of solidarity and united purpose.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the biggest conservation bill in years. The Natural Resources Management Act of 2019, S. 47, swells with more than 100 combined pieces of legislation related to public lands, water and natural resources.

As I’ve traveled around, speaking about my book on how extremists hijacked the Republican Party, I have been hearing from Democrats who are worried that the same thing is happening to their party. They have good cause for concern.

As the Democratic race for the 2020 presidential nomination gets underway, the contenders are trying to determine how to best distinguish themselves. So far, the only unifying theme among all candidates is that President Donald Trump is unfit and he and his Republican policies must go.

Over the past century, industrialized nations around the world have built robust government-funded national research enterprises, none more formidable than the United States’ National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

What are the lies you tell yourself? That it is impossible, will never work, the pressure is far too much? That the space between us is galaxies we travel light years just to touch? How quickly we forget we are astronauts. Our small steps are giant leaps. Just you wait and see!

As a pediatrician, I have seen first-hand how gun violence has impacted my patients and their families. Whether a child is a direct victim of or a witness to gun violence, or has a family member who has been affected, his or her life can be forever altered. No child should have to go through…

The popular misconception is that old politicians can’t fix today’s problems. When House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., recently said the country needs an innovative, modern “smart wall” alternative to President Donald Trump’s “medieval” solution to border security, he took the media by …

On Feb. 11, 1979, an aging Shiite cleric, who had returned from long exile just 10 days earlier, seized power in Tehran. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s founding of the Islamic Republic of Iran ushered in a new phase of tumult, confusion and terror in the Middle East that has lasted to this day.

Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth. Each day, the hero of George Orwell’s “1984” “corrects” old newspapers to make sure that the information is in still accord with the current party line. After rewriting history, he puts each “incorrect” story into a “memory hole” — a slit in the …

A team of 37 scientists has designed a diet for the long-term future, and the good news is that it doesn't require anyone to eat insects or soylent green. There's nothing dystopian about it, but some nutrition experts are still turning up their noses at the plan, which was designed to minimi…

During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump invoked the Holocaust, praising some of his invited guests: American soldiers who liberated Nazi concentration camps and victims of those camps. Trump's comments force us to ask ourselves: Is the United States living up to the vow…

I know a man from Texas who grew up poor, living in a trailer park. No one in his family had ever been to college. Then, in high school, he met a girl (whom he would eventually marry) from a more educated family; she helped open his eyes to greater possibilities. He started studying hard for…

On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced what many news outlets described as “legislation” for the Green New Deal, a wildly ambitious plan to eliminate the American fossil fuel industry within a decade or so. It’s worth noting that it’s not …

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