National Columns

Opinion: Can Libertarian Weld restore conservatism?

Washington — “This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the ...

Opinion: Immigrant children are real children

“Illegals” have faces. This is what Republicans are learning to their chagrin amid mounting international outrage over the new policy of separating immigrant children from their families at our southern border. For years, the party has pretended otherwise. It has denied undocumented ...

Opinion: But her emails? You’re dang right her emails

When the Justice Department inspector general’s report revealed that former FBI director James B. Comey had used a personal email account to conduct official business, Hillary Clinton claimed vindication. “But my emails,” she tweeted. Yes, Madam Secretary, your emails. In fact, the ...

Opinion: ‘Deal’ with Kim far from closed

Washington — President Trump boasted last weekend that his “denuclearization deal” with Kim Jong Un could “save potentially millions & millions of lives!” He even proclaimed in the exhilaration of his return from Singapore: “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North ...

Opinion: Where is GOP’s Gene McCarthy?

After Election Day in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won a landslide victory over Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrats procured a 68-32 majority in the Senate, the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. Senate met in private. Rightly confident — they now had the numbers needed to pass Medicare, ...

Opinion: Don’t make matters worse when fixing DACA

For more than a decade, Congress has refused to deal with a broken immigration system. Year after year, members of Congress complain that our immigration laws are outdated, are poorly enforced and no longer serve our needs as a nation. But despite repeated efforts to pass bills to fix the ...

Opinion: Reviving a legislative cadaver

Washington — Karl Marx was no more mistaken than usual when he said that historic people and events appear twice, first as tragedy, then as farce. Today’s advocates of a musty fragment of the 1970s, the Equal Rights Amendment, are demonstrating that something that begins as farce can ...

Opinion: Congress still genuflects to executive power

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., wonders: “Is there any doubt that America would view a foreign nation firing missiles at targets on American soil as an act of war?” His question might be pertinent to why the Singapore summit happened, and what, if anything, was changed by it. The question certainly ...

Opinion: Immigration policy is pure evil

What if God were one of us? Singer Joan Osborne famously asked that question in 1995. In her Grammy-nominated hit, “One Of Us,” she envisions the author of all creation as “a slob like one of us, just a stranger on a bus trying to make his way home.” The idea of eternity contained in ...

Opinion: Summit achieved nothing except legitimizing a thug

The headline writers adore the word “historic.” It was ubiquitous in reporting on the April meeting between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in. Kim shook Moon’s hand and then guided him over the military demarcation line to step onto North Korean territory. This prompted swoons. What rot. If ...

Opinion: They brought it on themselves

He’s a Republican, of course. Meaning South Dakota State Rep. Michael Clark. Last Monday, Clark, being presumably of sound mind and body, suggested on Facebook that maybe racial segregation wouldn’t be such a bad idea. A businessman, he wrote, “should have the opportunity to run his ...

Opinion: Disgraceful handling of sex crimes

There will be few tears for Aaron Persky. California voters gave the Superior Court judge his walking papers last week. Persky, the state’s first judge to be recalled since 1932, became a target of national fury two years ago when he sentenced Brock Turner, a Stanford University student ...

Opinion: Velvet revolution in Armenia a small miracle

Yerevan, Armenia — If you’re looking for some good news from a faraway land, here’s a tale of Armenia’s “velvet revolution,” which just deposed a corrupt, authoritarian government and installed a team of eager young reformers to govern a tiny nation perilously bordering ...

Opinion: This is who we have to be now

Last week, in a discussion thread on my public Facebook wall about the current political climate, a reader asked a question that’s been needling me: “How do we keep from demonizing those who would demonize others?” In attempting to answer her, I realized how much I’ve been wrestling ...

Opinion: Loose lips sank the Colorado baker’s case

Washington — “Loose lips sink ships” was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as troop ships’ sailing schedules. On Monday, the Supreme Court showed that loose lips can sink cases. In Colorado in 2012, a Christian baker ...

Columnist Charles Krauthammer says farewell

I have been uncharacteristically silent these past 10 months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me. In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my ...

Opinion: In the ‘deal,’ Kim gave up very little

Credit President Trump for seizing the diplomatic moment at the Singapore summit. But the person who most shaped this extraordinary encounter was North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — who is indeed, as Trump said Tuesday, a “very talented” young man who has achieved something that “one out ...

Opinion: What is North Korea trying to be?

Washington — Back when the Soviet Union had a first-rate nuclear arsenal but a ramshackle third-world economy that produced no consumer goods other than vodka and caviar that anyone elsewhere would buy, the nation was disparaged as “Upper Volta with rockets.” Today the question is: Would ...

Opinion: Don’t automatically discount poll predictions

“Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly.” Add to Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s timeless wisdom from “Show Boat” that before every election, “(alleged) pundits gotta predict.” You can be sure that once again, this campaign year at least one long-shot candidate whose inevitable ...

Opinion: Trade war would avenge imaginary casualties

America’s government declares “war” promiscuously — on poverty, on drugs, on cancer, etc. — except when actually going to war, which the nation has done often since it last declared war (on June 5, 1942, on Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary). But the incipient war du jour is being ...