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George Will | Obama was indeed transformational, unfortunately

Any summation of Barack Obama’s impact on domestic policy and politics should begin with this: In 2008, he assured supporters, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Soon he will be replaced by someone who says, “I alone can fix it.” So, Americans have paid Obama the compliment of choosing continuity, if only in presidential narcissism. 

Tracy Warner | President Trump: What to say?

Before the Trump administration becomes real we should discuss our mutual expectations. I will say that although I did not support him, Donald Trump has been duly elected president of the United States and thus is deserving of our respect. On these pages he will be treated with the dignity we give all presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton included. That means unfounded rumors, related garbage and resulting insinuations about ancestry or personal behavior will not be published. We have been tossing that stuff in the bin ...

Eugene Robinson | Knowledge, experience and the truth matter

Humility is a virtue but fake humility is a sin, or ought to be. So let me begin the new year with full-throated praise of some people and institutions that supposedly got their comeuppance in November: the mainstream media, so-called “coastal elites,” share-the-wealth liberals, pointy-headed intellectuals and others said to be hopelessly out of touch with the “real America.”

Eugene Robinson | What kind of democracy will Israel be?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The opportunity for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may already have expired. The question going forward, then, is what kind of democracy Israel intends to be.

Charles Krauthammer | Obama’s final, most shameful, legacy moment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The audience — overwhelmingly Jewish, passionately pro-Israel and supremely gullible — applauded wildly. Four years later — his last election behind him, with a month to go in office and with no need to fool Jew or gentile again — Obama took the measure of Israel’s back and slid a knife into it.

George Will | Making America 1953 again

WASHINGTON — It is axiomatic that if someone is sufficiently eager to disbelieve something, there is no Everest of evidence too large to be ignored. This explains today’s revival of protectionism, which is a plan to make America great again by making it 1953 again.

Kathleen Parker | Fear thee well to 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As usual, the year's end brings reflections and ruminations on what was and what is to be. This time around, however, it feels as though an era is coming to an end.

Charles Krauthammer | Aleppo and American decline

The fall of Aleppo just weeks before Barack Obama leaves office is a fitting stamp on his Middle East policy of retreat and withdrawal. The pitiable pictures from the devastated city showed the true cost of Obama’s abdication. For which he seems to have few regrets, however. In his end-of-year news conference, Obama defended U.S. inaction with his familiar false choice: it was either stand aside or order a massive Iraq-style ground invasion.

Art of Community | Ernest Radillo makes compelling case for DACA recipients

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of columns about immigrants in our midst and how they and the rest of our community are responding to the possibility of significant changes in our immigration laws. The One Community Initiative is an effort by local individuals to foster respect and kindness toward everyone in our community.