National Columns

Opinion: Another awful Trump summit?

“There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” — Donald Trump, June 13, 2018 “North Korea is upgrading its nuclear research center at a rapid pace, new satellite imagery analysis suggests.” — The Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2018 Washington — As the president ...

Opinion: It’s more than just a profession

This one feels different. And what does it say about this country when one has seen enough mass shootings to become a connoisseur of them? But yes, what happened last week in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis does feel different. It feels too close for comfort. Part ...

Opinion: Left’s contempt will re-elect Trump

Washington — Democrats have a new theory for how they can win back Congress and the White House. Just like “soccer moms” helped put Bill Clinton in the Oval Office in 1996, and “NASCAR dads” helped George W. Bush win in 2004, Donald Trump, the theory goes, was elected because of ...

Opinion: A few reflections on politics

Thanks to President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, we learned last week from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, an additional $2.3 trillion (with a “t”) will be added to our national debt over the next decade. Soon, for the only time since World War II, nearly three-quarters of a ...

Opinion: Democrats give Trump upper hand

Washington — Democrats just can’t help themselves. They were winning the battle over family separations at the southern border. Americans of all political persuasions were horrified by the images of children in cages separated from their parents. Despite President Trump’s efforts to blame ...

Opinion: The court’s worst decision ever

At one point in Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s ringing dissent from last week’s Supreme Court decision upholding Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from a group of nations, most of them with Muslim-majority populations, she recounts his many insults against followers of Islam. Though most of us ...

Opinion: For 1st time, conservatives thankful for Kennedy

Washington — As many conservatives saw it, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 1988 ascent to the nation’s highest bench was reason for only muted celebration, if any, because he settled into the seat that his nominator, President Ronald Reagan, had first tried to fill with the conservatives’ ...

Opinion: Let’s not confuse civility with surrender

Before I sat down to write this column about what it means to be civil in today’s political climate, I took my dog for a walk through our neighborhood. We live in the largest development built in the city of Cleveland since World War II. It’s diverse, racially and economically, and home to ...

Opinion: Is Trump handing Putin a victory?

Washington — The catastrophic war in Syria is nearing what could be a diplomatic endgame, as America, Russia and Israel shape a deal that would preserve power for President Bashar Assad in exchange for Russian pledges to restrain Iranian influence. Checking Iranian power has become the only ...

Opinion: The 4th Amendment enters the 21st century

Washington — Timothy Carpenter’s interest in smartphones has had two unintended consequences. It has drawn the Supreme Court deeper into ongoing debates about applying the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment to uses of digital technologies that have swiftly — the first iPhone was sold in ...

Opinion: When the social covenant is torn

We’re not here to talk about civility. Granted, that was the inescapable buzzword last week as the left wing rose in pointedly uncivil protest of the evil being perpetrated by the Republican Party and the moral monstrosity who is our president. GOP officials found themselves turned away from ...

Opinion: Space defense makes some sense

Washington — President Trump has hurled so many thunderbolts recently that people may have missed the one that could have the greatest long-term impact on America’s national security: his directive to the Pentagon last week to start creating a new military service that he dubbed the ...

Opinion: Decency is on a steep decline

Not too long ago, I returned to my parked car and found a sheet of paper on the windshield bearing an expletive-laden message. The anonymous poster had obviously gone to some effort to make these flyers on his home computer — complete with color cartoon figures and such. It let me know what ...

Opinion: The question Republicans fear most in 2018

Alan Baron, who was a wise and witty man of politics, used to tell this true story to remind those who worked in politics that in some election years, the outcome is determined by events and forces completely beyond any candidate’s control. As a 21-year-old, Baron was managing in his ...

Opinion: Southern Poverty Law Center has lost credibility

Washington — After years of smearing good people with false charges of bigotry, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has finally been held to account. A former Islamic radical named Maajid Nawaz sued the center for including him in its bogus “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists,” and ...

Opinion: Trump’s order is not a solution

Apparently, the pictures and audio of crying babies, toddlers and older children separated from their parents at the border was too much even for Donald Trump’s rock-solid base of supporters. Many religious leaders — from Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelical minister Billy Graham, ...

Opinion: Not how justice is supposed to work

So it looks like Charles Rhines is going to be executed — and it’s probably because he’s gay. Well, not only that. There’s also the matter of his committing an especially heinous murder in 1992. Rhines, caught burglarizing a doughnut shop in Rapid City, S.D., by an employee named ...

Opinion: This November, vote against the GOP

Washington — Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, which was merely the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified something. Occurring less than 140 days before elections that ...

Opinion: Charles Krauthammer diagnosed our discontents

When he was asked how to become a columnist, Charles Krauthammer would say, with characteristic drollery, “First, you go to medical school.” He did, with psychiatry as his specialty because, he said with characteristic felicity, it combined the practicality of medicine and the elegance of ...

Opinion: Wrecking the trans-Atlantic alliance

Brussels — A bright banner at NATO’s lavish new headquarters here proclaims the core conviction of the trans-Atlantic alliance: “We are together. We are strong.” But the words seem a bit hollow these days, as President Trump escalates his attacks on America’s traditional European ...