National Columns

Opinion: 1st Amendment protection for Assange?

Washington — Is Julian Assange a journalist? The Justice Department sidestepped that question in its indictment of Assange. But his case is still certain to stir a debate about whether the WikiLeaks founder deserves protection under the First Amendment. Assange was arrested in London ...

Opinion: Rejection of truth has high price

Baloney is not free. That’s important to keep in mind in an era that finds America wading hip deep in a cascading tide of bovine effluvium. This nonsense is not harmless, not trivial, not abstract. And it always exacts a cost. If some of us ever knew that, they have apparently forgotten. As ...

Opinion: Cain, Moore nominations 2 more tests for GOP

Washington — In 1964, although there was scant chance that Americans would choose to have a third president in 14 months, Lyndon Johnson took no chances. The economy was sizzling and in November Johnson would carry 44 states. Nevertheless, he wanted low interest rates, so he summoned to his ...

Opinion: Iran sanctions could backfire

Washington — The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran assumes that economic sanctions are weakening the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps — and that more sanctions will make the IRGC weaker still. The problem is that U.S. and European intelligence analysts ...

Opinion: Poll finds consistent theme: lack of respect

It’s no secret that America’s political system is badly broken, so ScottRasmussen.com decided to find out what voters think is wrong. We began by exploring what voters think is needed to create and maintain a healthy political system. Four items were deemed “Very Important” by at least ...

Opinion: Trump’s appeal to our inner demons

Washington — The ouster of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — the implementer of some of the most unjust immigration policies since the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II — is another proof of Donald Trump’s ratchet-wrench theory of loyalty. ...

Opinion: Calling Puerto Ricans ‘they’ reveals a lot

More than a decade ago, when I was a reporter at The Plain Dealer, management invited a number of us in the newsroom to a special training session on how to report about race. I don’t remember the exact year we did this — it was long before I left the paper in 2011 — but I will never ...

Opinion: What is the real beef with Joe Biden?

Democrats seem intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Their latest self-inflicted wound has been the shaming of former Vice President Joe Biden. Several women have now come forward to accuse Biden of touching them in ways that made them uncomfortable, even though no one yet ...

Opinion: What we mean when we say ‘we’

With preemptive apologies to grammarians everywhere, today we ponder the following question: Who is “we?” That syntactic atrocity is prompted by a recent colloquy between Laura Ingraham of Fox “News” and former GOP operative Patrick Buchanan. They were talking on Ingraham’s podcast ...

Opinion: Waterways policy is disguised crony capitalism

Washington — The president has received from one of his employees, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a report that probably tells Ross’ employer what he wants to hear: that imports of cars — “The Audis are coming! The Audis are coming!” — threaten “national security.” This report ...

Opinion: White supremacy must be undone

Washington — The national debate on race — which the president has made more angry and urgent with his racial demagoguery — is hindered by imprecise language. Most whites do not feel personally guilty for America’s long history of imposed white supremacy. A white man who has lost his ...

Opinion: Egypt sees entrepreneurial energy

Cairo — You can’t find many success stories in America’s sour, sullen relationship with Egypt over the past decade. Mostly it’s been a tale of mutual suspicion, thanks to erratic American policy and growing Egyptian political repression. But talking with Amal Enan, a 33-year-old ...

Opinion: ‘We are Americans first,’ aren’t we?

It felt, with apologies to Yogi Berra, like “deja vu all over again.” In July, after all, it will be 15 years since a skinny guy with an odd name sang a hymn to American union. “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America,” then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama told the ...

Opinion: The madness of college hoops’ amateurism

Washington — Appropriately, during the crescendo of this college basketball season, in which the most significant event was a shoe malfunction, a lawyer whose best-known client was a pornographic actress was indicted for threatening to shrink a shoe company’s market capitalization by making ...

Opinion: The perils of seeking the truth

Cairo — What do you say to a class of Egyptian journalism students who know that the price of speaking too freely — telling truths that the government doesn’t like — could be imprisonment and worse? “Be careful,” was my first admonition to the aspiring journalists gathered last ...

Opinion: When ignorance has consequences

Washington — There are times when Donald Trump manages to be so wrong — so empirically groundless, so logically fallacious, so stridently uninformed — that it seems like a form of parody. But more often than not, this reflects an authentic and alarming ignorance. The mask of a barroom ...

Opinion: The Powell Doctrine has been repealed

Long before he would become America’s 65th secretary of state, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who served two combat tours in Vietnam. There, Lt. Powell held in his arms a young American soldier whose body had been blown apart — and whose life would, in a few hours, be ended — by a ...

Opinion: Incompetence, not collusion, the likely culprit

Sitting in the greenroom with me as we were about to go on air on one of the cable news shows a couple of months ago, a Trump supporter told me: “Linda, I saw the Trump campaign up close in 2016. They couldn’t have colluded their way out of a paper bag.” It was an odd defense — ...

Opinion: MBS needs to answer on Khashoggi

Washington — It has been nearly six months since Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, but the aftershocks continue. The U.S.-Saudi defense and intelligence partnership has been rocked. The future of the relationship is on hold, pending answers ...

Opinion: Media owe no apology to Trump

Apparently, I am supposed to be embarrassed now. That, at least, is my interpretation of a few strange tweets and emails that have come my way in the week since Attorney General William Barr issued his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Donald Trump. One individual wrote: ...