National Columns

Opinion: Did Bernie Sanders steal his wealth?

In 2016 and 2017, Bernie Sanders raked in over a million bucks. Last year, his gross income was down to $561, 293 — still not too shabby. The point is not to rib the senator about his membership in the top 1%, though that’s tempting. Nor is it to chide him for his relatively paltry ...

Opinion: There is no vindication for Trump

Washington — Donald Trump’s claim of vindication by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report depends on some creative thinking. The president, it seems, is not guilty of conspiracy with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. He is only guilty of wishing really, really hard for ...

Opinion: Trump is champion of intolerance

And what will you say afterward, America? That is not to encourage or even predict that there will be an “afterward” — that is, that someone will use violence to silence Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. But it is to say the possibility is real. ...

Opinion: Electric-vehicle tax credit should be repealed

Washington — Some government foolishness has an educational value that compensates for its considerable cost. Consider the multibillion-dollar federal electric-vehicle tax credit, which efficiently illustrates how government can, with one act, diminish its already-negligible prestige while ...

Opinion: How Xi overplayed his hand

Washington — In the rebalancing of Sino-American relations that’s underway, the usual roles are reversed: China’s normally deft President Xi Jinping appears to have badly overreached in seeking advantage. And President Trump, who often seems tone-deaf on foreign policy, is riding a ...

Opinion: Trump is a threat to religious freedom

Washington — So another norm of public decency falls, like a historical building demolished to make way for one of Donald Trump’s tasteless towers. When the president of the United States goes after an American Muslim — in this case Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who came to the U.S. as a ...

Opinion: For candor in politics, Hollings was your man

He was the most uncommon presidential candidate. Most of them, disappointingly, flatter every group of voters they appear before by telling them what they’re confident they want to hear. Candidates, to put it bluntly, verbally caress the erogenous zones of the body politic. But not so with ...

Opinion: Twitter doesn’t represent America

An appropriately Twitteresque meme circulated recently on that platform: Write a sad story in just three words. This was an homage to Ernest Hemingway, who, challenged to write a sad story in only six words, grabbed the nearest blank paper and scrawled: “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” ...

Opinion: New NAFTA is exporting the same old bad habits

Trade agreements have been greatly successful at lowering trade barriers around the world. But they’re not without their flaws. Each agreement, in practice, tends to retain some counterproductive protectionist policies and may even export some bad policies. The United States-Mexico-Canada ...

Opinion: A few reasons to feel hopeful

This is about Kyle Korver and that white lady on the plane. The former is an NBA veteran, a sharp-shooting forward for the Utah Jazz. The latter edged past my seat on the way to her own on a crowded flight about two weeks back. A button on her shirt caught my attention. “Black Lives ...

Opinion: The Democrats’ sweepstakes of frivolity

Washington — The Democrats’ presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party’s 2016 achievement — the election of the current president — was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison d’etre is to frustrate Democrats, ...

Opinion: The danger of viewing politics as a team sport

Washington — There not being nearly enough discussion of chariot racing in American politics, it is worth recalling the story of the Greens and the Blues. These were the two main racing teams of the Byzantine Empire, and they generated considerable sporting enthusiasm. A clash of their fans ...

Opinion: Vetting Democrats is not ‘eating our own’

Democrats, please, I’m begging you. Let’s call a moratorium on the phrase “eating our own,” and all of its variations, for the duration of the Democratic presidential primary season. Exploring and discussing candidates’ strengths and weaknesses is a crucial part of the primary ...

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 ...