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: How I got in trouble with ladies

Let me tell you how I got in trouble with ladies.No, not “the” ladies. Not, in fact, female human beings, period. Rather, I’m talking about the word itself, “ladies.”Years ago, my editor was a female human being named Emily to whom I filed a piece that used the L-word as a synonym for ...

Opinion: Donald Trump and the fitness threshold

Washington — Donald Trump, the man who defied every political rule and prevailed to win his party’s nomination, last week took on perhaps the most sacred political rule of all: Never attack a Gold Star family. Not just because it alienates a vital constituency but because it reveals a ...

Opinion: The third coming of Ben-Hur approaches

Since Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ” grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Hollywood has slowly begun to look at faith-based movies as a way to fatten their bottom lines and reach a demographic they have mostly ignored for decades.Last week in Los Angeles, ...

Opinion: Let the geeks watch over internet

Washington — As Russian intelligence agencies escalate their use of the U.S.-created internet as a tool of political sabotage, it’s haunting to recall the famous communist dictum: “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” Against this menacing background, the ...

Opinion: Open letter to the Republican Party

Dear Republican Party:Congratulations. By now, one thing is beyond dispute: You have produced a candidate for the ages.This column is only 600 words or so, which gives me not nearly enough space to do justice to the many ways Donald Trump has proven himself unfit to be president. He is an ...

Opinion: Trump’s case: immunity through profusion

Washington — In the 1870s, when Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall controlled New York City, and in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chicago’s Democratic machine was especially rampant, there was a phenomenon that can be called immunity through profusion: Fresh scandals arrived with metronomic ...

Opinion: Clinton v. Trump in Latin America

Judging from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy views expressed in their nomination speeches, they would carry out very different policies toward Latin America.Here are some of their main differences:First, on human rights and democracy, Trump would make a radical departure ...

Opinion: Clinton speech recycled talking points

Environmentalists should be pleased with Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, because it was largely recycled talking points we have heard for decades.Putting aside the theatrics designed to make Hillary Clinton appear to be something she ...

Opinion: Why Clinton must be elected

Now that the presidential race is truly on, anyone who cares about America’s foreign policy and national security has no option but to vote for Hillary Clinton.The most urgent reason is the need to prevent a mercurial, ill-informed hot head from ever having his hand on the nuclear button. The ...

Opinion: Russian hacking takes center stage

Aspen, Colo. ? For many decades, Russian intelligence agencies have used what they call “active measures” to destabilize their rivals. Now they seem to be turning those tools on the U.S. political system, though in the process they appear to have violated Rule No. 1 of the spy business: ...

Opinion: Immigrant embodies American values

In the end, it wasn’t even close.After a GOP gathering in Cleveland that had all the incandescent joy of a biblical plague, the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was as bracing as snow down your back on the most scalding day in August. In terms of star power (Meryl Streep versus Chachi ...

Opinion: Tax returns could clarify Putin ties

Washington ? To gauge the opportunism and hypocrisy that define Donald Trump’s Republican Party, consider this: Imagine the scalding rhetoric that would have boiled from the likes of Newt Gingrich, that Metternich of many green rooms, if Hillary Clinton had offhandedly undermined the ...

Opinion: Clinton campaign still seeking momentum

Washington ? “The best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.” So said Bill Clinton in making the case for his wife at the Democratic National Convention. Considering that Bernie Sanders ran as the author of a political revolution and Donald Trump as the man who would “kick over ...

Opinion: Castro acolytes persist in Venezuela

Washington ? n a bizarre turn of fate, the diehard supporters of Fidel Castro’s left-wing ideology seem to be fighting their last battle in Venezuela, as the frustrated, hungry population there pushes for democracy and change.The political stalemate in Venezuela continued this week as the ...

Opinion: Attitudes another form of assault

We’re not going to spend a lot of time talking about what happened.Not that Austin Police Officer Bryan Richter’s June 2015 takedown — let’s not dignify it by calling it an “arrest” — of 26-year-old school teacher Breaion King is not worthy of discussion. As seen in a dashcam ...

Opinion: Trump espouses dangerous doctrine

Last week Donald Trump laid out a deeply disturbing view of America’s role in the world.The Trump Doctrine — if we can call this mass of contradictions a doctrine — embraces isolationism while simultaneously insisting Trump can swiftly destroy the Islamic State. It suggests we should ...

Opinion: Clinton needs to be more likeable

Philadelphia ? En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? “Not at all. I always use my opponent’s return ticket for the trip back.” Some Hillary Clinton advisers, although not that serene, think her ...

Opinion: Trump foreign policy still unclear

While most attention on night one of the GOP convention was focused on Melania Trump, something much more interesting got far less notice.At 11 p.m., after most of the TV audience and conventioneers had called it quits, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn addressed the dwindling crowd on national ...

Opinion: U.S. spymaster assesses threats

Washington ? America’s top spymaster offered contrarian assessments of some key issues — warning against “hyping” the threat posed by the Syrian terror group Jabhat al-Nusra, cautioning against administration plans to share intelligence with Russia on Syrian targets, and questioning ...

Opinion: Republicans set low bar on vision

Well, that was sure ugly.Last week’s Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than as a four-day nervous breakdown, a moment of fracture and bipolarity from a party that no longer has any clear idea what it stands for or what it is. Everywhere you turned ...