National Columns

The Washington Post, beginning Nov. 1, 2019, will allow its syndicated columns to appear only in print. The columns will still be available as part of our e-edition newspaper online, but they will not be available as separate pieces on our website, ljworld.com. These columnists include George Will, David Ignatius, Michael Gerson and others. This does not affect other columnists like Leonard Pitts, Mona Charen, Connie Schultz and Mark Shields, who are not affiliated with the Washington Post.

Opinion: Economic nationalism is the future

China is America’s economic rival. The way capitalists deal with rivals is to compete. President Joe Biden vows to compete with this rival on the rival’s terms. He calls it “extreme competition.” China has built a massive semiconductor industry with massive government spending. It is ...

Opinion: GOP claims about price increases don’t hold up

House Republicans are blaming Democrats for the rise in Chipotle burrito prices. You heard me right. The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a statement recently claiming that Chipotle’s recent decision to raise prices on its burritos and other menu products by about 4% was ...

Opinion: ‘Allow teachers to teach the truth’

The morning bell rang at Republican High (“Home of the Fightin’ Pachyderms”) as students shuffled in. Gretchen Niedermeyer dry swallowed a couple of pre-emptive aspirins and reminded herself as she did every morning that she was just 16 months and — a glance at the calendar — seven ...

Opinion: The right’s real problem with Dr. Fauci

Donald Trump is no longer president. COVID-19 is no longer the threat it was. And Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, is back to more routine briefings on vaccination rates and such. So why does Fauci remain so much in the news? Because the Trump camp can’t stop ...

Opinion: It feels like the U.S. is a sitting duck in this cyberwarfare age

The Department of Homeland Security has declared the United States has 16 “critical infrastructure sectors.” Translated, that means these enterprises are crucial to a safe and orderly society. The sectors include: food and agriculture, water, medical and health care, energy, transportation, ...

Opinion: ‘For the People Act’ is wrong focus

When Sen. Joe Manchin announced he would oppose the For the People Act, Steve Benen of MSNBC spoke for many Democrats when he declared that “Joe Manchin is prepared to be remembered by history as the senator who did little more than hope as his country’s democracy unraveled.” One can ...