Syndicated Columns

Opinion: Cruz presidential bid faces obstacles
March 25, 2015
In his first year as a senator, he cast one of three votes against longtime Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state, then incited like-thinking conservative Republicans in the House to shut down the federal government for 16 days in a futile bid to stop President Barack Obama’s landmark health care act.
Opinion: U.S. rift with South America grows
March 24, 2015
The White House announcement of President Barack Obama’s agenda for the April 10-11 Summit of the Americas in Panama, stating that he will meet with Caribbean and Central American leaders, raises a big question: Has the United States given up on South America?
Opinion: Equal opportunity hard to achieve
March 23, 2015
The rate of dog ownership is rising ominously. How can a profusion of puppies be worrisome? A report from the Raymond James financial services firm concerning trends in the housing market explains: Increasing numbers of women “are adopting dogs for security and/or companionship,” partly because of “the great education divide.”
Opinion: China drifting away from reform
March 23, 2015
Beijing increasingly appears to be walling China off from the outside world, with potentially disastrous consequences.
Opinion: Standing up to cyber bullies
March 22, 2015
Dear Ashley Judd: I guess this is a fan letter, though it is not written in praise of your work in movies like “Insurgent,” “Divergent” or “Tooth Fairy.” Rather, it’s in response to the headlines you made last week when you called out Internet trolls who defamed you as a “b–h,” a “whore,” and a “c–” and threatened you with rape after you tweeted an opinion about an SEC basketball tournament.
Opinion: U.S., Israel facing turbulent times
March 22, 2015
It’s March Madness in the Middle East: The U.S. and Israel are trading private barbs and public reassurances after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defiant re-election victory, just as the U.S. is nearing a nuclear deal with Israel’s chief adversary, Iran.
Opinon: Ohio governor promotes new ideas
March 21, 2015
Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would add substance to the Republican presidential contest.
Opinion: With or without Bibi, peace unlikely
March 20, 2015
Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel’s prime minister.
Opinion: Putin actions testing NATO’s will
March 19, 2015
The language of the Cold War has returned with a vengeance, with renewed talk of nuclear alerts, alleged testing of medium-range nuclear missiles and worries about NATO’s defense umbrella.
Opinion: Florida’s Scott deep in climate denial
March 19, 2015
You are, perhaps, already familiar with the Republican List of Things You Cannot Say. If not, here’s a quick refresher:
Opinion: Venezuela may spoil U.S.-Cuba fiesta
March 18, 2015
Escalating tensions between Washington and Venezuela are likely to eclipse the much-awaited meeting between President Barack Obama and Cuban dictator Raúl Castro at the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Panama, which is expected to mark a historic return of Cuba to the inter-American diplomatic community.