National Columns

Opinion: Hyperventilating about the U.S.-bound caravan

A caravan of ragtag would-be immigrants is making its way through the nations of Honduras (per capita income $4,630), El Salvador (per capita income $7,540) and Guatemala (per capita income $8,000) to Mexico. The response in the U.S. (per capita income $60,200) — panic. Hyperventilation is ...

Opinion: It’s 10 to midnight in America

Having just returned from a three-week trip to Asia, I feel as if I’ve landed in the middle of a dystopian nightmare. Some maniac is mailing pipe bombs to President Donald Trump’s enemies list: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, George Soros, John Brennan, Eric Holder and Robert De ...

Opinion: Reality always has the last word

“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.” — Donald Trump, Feb. 1, 2016 “I’d like to punch him in the face.” — Donald Trump, Feb. 22, 2016 “You ...

Opinion: Abrams gives Dems a sense of possibilities

Griffin, Ga. — “Life happens,” Stacey Abrams instructs a small but boisterous crowd in a sun-drenched park south of Atlanta. She says: Your car breaks down. Your child gets sick. Could happen on election day. So, vote early. Today. In her campaign to be the first Democrat elected ...

Opinion: Poison of Trumpism pours into the GOP mainstream

Washington — The most fundamental moral principle in the universe may well be: “You break it, you buy it.” But a close second is: You can’t call women by cruel and misogynist names, defame ethnic groups, discriminate based on religion, accuse opponents of being “un-American” and ...

Opinion: Khashoggi part of brave tradition

Washington — Why was Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman so afraid of Jamal Khashoggi that he reportedly gave orders this past summer to bring the Washington Post contributor back to Saudi Arabia? We’ll still be left with that question after the Saudi and Turkish investigations are done and ...

Opinion: The fight for the vote is upon us once again

Coretta Scott King saw this coming. “Struggle is a never-ending process,” she wrote a year after her husband, Martin, was killed. “Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” The fight is upon us, again. First stop: Dodge City, Kan. Two weeks before ...

Opinion: Hate crime law is unwise, unconstitutional

Washington — After showing off his swastika tattoo, Randy Metcalf became involved in a barroom brawl. One of his opponents was an African American, who he and his friends knocked unconscious. Metcalf repeatedly kicked him in the head and, according to a witness, said, “Die, [N-word], ...

Opinion: Saudi royals circle their wagons

Washington — Of all the people who have anguished responses to the death of Jamal Khashoggi, Prince Turki al-Faisal is a special case: This pillar of the Saudi establishment says in an interview that he is “shocked” by the loss of his longtime protégé, but is standing behind King Salman ...

Opinion: How does ‘black racism’ affect you?

I have a question for white people. I will preface it with an excerpt from a recent email sent by a reader named James. He wrote: “It is the blacks who are by far the most racist of all people as they can’t seem to simply forget their damn color and move on with life, get more education ...

Opinion: What Ford could teach O’Rourke in 2018

When people learn that I have spent the past 50 years either working in or covering the past 13 presidential campaigns, I’m often asked my opinion of what was the best-run national campaign. My answer — the losing 1976 Republican presidential campaign of President Gerald Ford — surprises ...

Opinion: War reveals terrible price of security

Washington — The Afghan War — really, the war against terrorists and their allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan — has elements of a Greek tragedy. It was unavoidable, but seemingly unwinnable. Following the murder of nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001, al-Qaida’s gracious hosts, ...

Opinion: Identity politics danger highlighted

She was mocked as “Fauxcahontas” long before President Donald Trump began referring to her as “Pocahontas,” and frankly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren invited the ridicule. She is a poster child for the pitfalls of basing identity on race, and reminds us of the many furies such self-definition ...

Opinion: The Saudi challenge after Khashoggi murder

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder — and no one now questions whether the Washington Post contributor was killed by Saudi agents in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey — has far-reaching implications for the Trump administration. President Donald Trump appears to want to help sweep the incident ...

Opinion: Long walk down memory lane

Boy, this takes me back. That’s what I kept thinking the other night as I paged through a new coffee table book, “Soul R&B Funk: Photographs 1972-1982” by my friend and former colleague, Bruce W. Talamon. Another friend had sent it for my birthday — thanks, Herschel — and I ...

Opinion: Arizonans can save judiciary from its politics

Washington — This year’s election that most implicates fundamental issues of American governance will not fill a legislative or executive office. And its importance is not primarily that it will either repudiate or reward dishonesty and cynicism in the service of factional grasping. Rather, ...

Opinion: What does ascendance of Trump mean about U.S.?

Washington — It is a sign of the times — the kind involving the seven-horned beast, and the rain of fire, and the end of days — that recent news has been dominated by Kanye, Stormy and the misogynist boor who is president of these United States. It would be a circus if it were not a crime ...

Opinion: Khashoggi investigation a must

Washington — Saudi Arabia must conduct a serious, no-holds-barred investigation of the apparent gruesome murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. The kingdom’s relationship with America, and its access to global financial markets, hangs in the balance. But in the meantime, ...

Jamal Khashoggi’s final column: What Arab world needs most is free expression

A note from Karen Attiah, Washington Post Global Opinions editor: I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could ...

Opinion: GOP is scared of young people

A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color: The Republicans are scared of you. Maybe you find that hard to believe. Maybe you wonder how the party can be scared of you — or of anybody — given that it controls all three branches of the federal ...