Will column: How can presidential candidates be so silly?

If California Sen. Kamala Harris is elected president in 2020 and reelected in 2024, by the time she leaves office 114 months from now she might have a coherent answer to the question of whether Americans should be forbidden to have what 217 million of them currently have: private health insurance. Her 22 weeks of contradictory statements, and her Trumpian meretriciousness about her contradictions, reveal a frivolity about upending health care’s complex 18% of America’s economy. And her bumblings illustrate how many of the Democratic presidential aspirants, snug in their intellectual silos, have lost — if they ever had — an aptitude for talking like, and to, normal Americans.

Will column: To construe the Constitution, look to the Declaration

On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened — “The Great Republic” was Winston Churchill’s tribute — many of today’s most interesting arguments about America’s nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance of the Declaration of Independence to the contested question of how to construe the Constitution.

Smith column: Billionaires aren’t the problem

Bernie Sanders can’t decide what socialism is. At times he frames it as nothing more than New Deal-style capitalism, not so different from the Scandinavian economies of Norway, Sweden or Denmark. Other times he defines it in the language of class struggle, vowing to smash “the oligarchy” and “restore power to the many, not the few.”

Weatherford column: Children’s books offer life lessons

James Holzhauer recently took “Jeopardy” by storm, setting a single-game record of more than $131,000 won and taking home more than $2.4 million in total. Mr. Holzhauer shared his strategy to prep for the show: He read children’s books he got from the public library.

Trump to Kim: I’m with you, not the CIA

When the president of the United States sides with a murderous dictator over our own CIA, you would think it would be big news. When that dictator is a communist who has threatened the United States with missile attacks, you would think leaders of the Republican Party might be at least a little agitated.

Basu column: View from Iowa: Dems must expand base

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper called Donald Trump the worst president in U.S. history, deriding a leader who removes children from their mothers and puts them in cages; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called him the most dangerous: “a liar, racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe and religious bigot who thinks he’s above the law.”

Gerson column: Abortion lobby pushing toward reelecting Trump

WASHINGTON — One of the largest obstacles to the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 election is the radicalism of the Democratic Party on the issue of abortion. By forcing Joe Biden to abandon his support for the Hyde Amendment — which currently prevents the funding of abortions through Medicaid — the abortion lobby and activist liberals have taken the first, major step toward reelecting Donald Trump.

Dowd column: Yankee Doodle Donnie

Halloween is sugary. Thanksgiving is fattening and fraught. Christmas is expensive. New Year’s Eve is annoying. Memorial Day is laced with melancholy. George Washington’s Birthday isn’t even on his birthday anymore. Columbus Day has some issues.

Will column: Schools, SATs shouldn’t give credit for ‘Adversity’

The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. The College Board wants to solve a complex social problem that it and its test are unsuited to solve.

Trump’s war on worker rights

President Donald Trump ran for office as a champion of American workers and a friend of labor unions, but his administration has systematically favored employers at the expense of workers.