National Columns

Opinion: Stories reflect true meaning of holiday

The Christmas season isn’t just fret and rush with commercialism watching from on high. It may sometimes seem that way, especially in a society ever less religious and ever more materialistic, but then we witness the special bursts of kindness, generosity, hope and love. The underlying ...

Opinion: Muslims, Christians both need U.S. help

In this Christmas season, Christian Arabs are under threat as never before in the region where Jesus and Christianity were born.In reality, Christian communities in the Mideast have been endangered for years, but their sufferings only grabbed U.S. attention in the era of ISIS — and in an ...

Opinion: Trump threatens conservatism’s future

If you look beyond Donald Trump’s comprehensive unpleasantness — is there a disagreeable human trait he does not have? — you might see this: He is a fundamentally sad figure. His compulsive boasting is evidence of insecurity. His unassuageable neediness suggests an aching hunger for ...

Opinion: 2015’s most world-changing events

When people ask me what was the most important news of 2015, my answer is that — aside from the global rise of Islamic State terrorism — it was several things that in some cases barely made headlines.Here they go:• First, the recently signed Paris climate accord, which for the first time ...

Opinion: Support for IMF is positive move

Washington ? Overlooked in the circus of national politics this past week was a small victory for U.S. global leadership and common sense — in the bipartisan agreement to restore full U.S. support for the International Monetary Fund.This move, part of what’s known as “quota reform” of ...

Opinion: Congressional GOP turns to ‘dark side’

Since nearly everyone else seems to be employing “Star Wars” metaphors these days, permit me to use some of my own.To conservatives, the Republican congressional majority was supposed to be the good side of “The Force,” as opposed to what they regard as the Democratic “dark side.” ...

Opinion: GOP foreign policy debate important

The most ferocious slugging match at this week’s GOP debate didn’t feature The bombastic Donald vs. the newly energized Jeb Bush. That, by now, is old stuff.Instead, it pitted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz vs. his fellow Cuban-American, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, as they sparred over opposing foreign ...

Opinion: Free speech under attack in academia

West Lafayette, Ind. ? Although he is just 22, Andrew Zeller is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in mathematics at Purdue University. He is one reason the school is a rare exception to the rule of unreason on American campuses, where freedom of speech is under siege. He and Purdue are evidence ...

Opinion: Obama must allay nation’s fears

President Obama gave a speech Tuesday at the National Archives that stood in almost perfect counterpoint to the Republican presidential debate that took place that evening in Las Vegas: Against the rising GOP tide of anger toward immigrants, Obama anchored himself among the historical documents ...

Opinion: Empty achievements mark Obama years

Washington ? Last Saturday, Barack Obama gained the second jewel in his foreign policy triple crown: the Paris climate accord. It follows his Iran nuclear deal and awaits but the closing of Guantanamo to complete his glittering legacy.To be sure, Obama will not be submitting the climate ...

Opinion: Obama plays waiting game on ISIS

Washington ? To Republican presidential candidates who were denouncing President Obama Tuesday night for not fighting harder against the Islamic State, there’s an obvious if unspoken answer: Obama doesn’t think this is an existential battle that’s worth the cost to America of an all-out ...

Opinion: GOP needs composite candidate

Each of the Republican presidential candidates brings something good to the race for the GOP nomination and some things not so good. In the fifth and final GOP debate of the year, the candidates on the main stage, and even a few on the “undercard,” presented ideas and positions that many ...

Opinion: Paris pact primarily aspirational

Washington ? History, on the “right side” of which Barack Obama endeavors to keep us, has a sense of whimsy. Proof of which is something happening this week: Britain’s last deep-pit coal mine is closing, a small event pertinent to an enormous event, the Industrial Revolution, which was ...

Opinion: Cruz pursues conservative strategy

By Doyle McManusLos Angeles TimesAll year long, smart Republicans have been whispering: Keep a close eye on Ted Cruz. He’s got a message that appeals to the party’s most conservative voters. He’s running a good campaign, well-organized and well-funded. He’s going to be a finalist — ...

Opinion: Leaders not making nation feel safe

One reason Donald Trump can profit from his rabid fear-mongering is because there’s no one out there to calm the nation down.According to a new New York Times/CBS News poll, Americans are more fearful about the likelihood of another terrorist attack than at any time since right after 9/11. A ...

Opinion: Terrorism overshadows economy

Last year, Islamic State seized control of big chunks of Iraq and Syria. This year, it’s hijacking the U.S. presidential campaign.The biggest concern for most American voters until recently was the sluggish economy and stagnating incomes. But since the terrorist attacks in Paris and San ...

Opinion: Arbitrary fines look more like theft

Washington ? If Pagedale, Mo., is a glimpse of the future, the future is going to be annoying. Pagedale might represent the future of governance unless some of its residents succeed in their lawsuit against their government. If they do, it will be because they successfully invoked the principle ...

Opinion: Venezuela’s regime against the ropes

Based on his past behavior, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is likely to try several dirty tricks — including buying off legislators and using the judiciary to curtail legislative powers — to weaken the opposition supermajority in the newly elected National Assembly. But there are ...

Opinion: U.S. tries to regain political balance

Atlanta ? Nobody knows where Donald Trump will stand six months from now in this bizarre Republican presidential campaign. But you can predict with some confidence how his recent anti-Muslim diatribes will look in a decade or two, unless Trump manages to rewrite the Constitution itself.American ...

Opinion: Trump rant not worthy of response

Washington ? So how exactly does this work, Donald Trump’s plan to keep America safe from Islamic terrorism by barring entry to all Muslims? He explained it Tuesday on TV. The immigration official will ask the foreigner if he’s a Muslim.“And if they said, ‘yes,’ they would not be ...