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Feeling aggrieved, evangelicals see Trump as a defender

May 15 2017 | 1:33 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: Even in an era of marriage diversity, it remains the most unlikely match: Donald Trump and his loyal evangelical base.

On Afghanistan, Trump could learn from Bush

May 04 2017 | 3:30 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: The good news? The choices on Afghanistan are being clarified in a context that is the clearest strength of the Trump presidency: his first-rate national security staff.

The language of hatred, increasingly normalized by Trump

May 02 2017 | 11:59 am - Columnist Michael Gerson: For those who claim that Donald Trump has been pasteurized and homogenized by the presidency, his sour, 100th-day speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was inconvenient.

Trump’s critics are playing into his hand

Apr 20 2017 | 4:12 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: For those of us convinced that Donald Trump’s defects of character, lack of knowledge, encouragement of social division and disregard for democratic norms outweigh any good he may do, these are confusing and...

Trump’s hard-hearted budget weakens American power

Apr 17 2017 | 4:20 pm - There was an unseemly glee on the part of some Trump supporters in the use of the MOAB — Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb — against a target in Afghanistan. A powerful nation may possess 21,600 pounds of precision-guided death. A great...

Fox scandals are a fetid reminder that sexism lurks in the workplace

Apr 03 2017 | 6:00 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: Reading the accumulated sexual harassment accusations against Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and former network executive Roger Ailes is like a quick dip in a sewage treatment pond.

The world watches the shrinking of the American presidency

Mar 20 2017 | 3:57 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: It is difficult to overestimate the geopolitical risks of this moment — or the (both disturbed and eager) global scrutiny now being given to the American president.

Republicans are defining lunacy down

Mar 14 2017 | 10:44 am - Columnist Michael Gerson: The role of conspiracy theories has been consistently underestimated in the rise and appeal of President Trump

A heartfelt look at how evangelical gays are finding their place

Feb 24 2017 | 6:59 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: Stephen Cone’s movie “The Wise Kids” is important because it depicts a traditional religious community in the midst of a moral earthquake.

America’s sacred fire must not be doused

Feb 21 2017 | 8:56 am - Columnist Michael Gerson: “Well, I preach the Church without Christ,” says a vivid Flannery O’Connor character named Hazel Motes. “I’m member and preacher to that church where the blind don’t see and the...

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