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: Guns’ chilling effect in the classroom

Professors at the University of Texas at Austin, my alma mater, are considering if and how their classes will be different this fall when, beginning Aug. 1, their students will be allowed to carry concealed handguns into campus classrooms.Others have pointed out the irony of this particular ...

Opinion: Germany works to integrate migrants

Berlin ? On a trip to the beach, a German friend recently saw two teenage Afghan refugee boys stare in shock at female bathers in scanty bikinis. She overheard one youth agitatedly ask the German volunteer accompanying him: “Where are their fathers? Where are their fathers?”The good news is ...

Opinion: Economy faces grim ‘new normal’

St. Louis ? America’s economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery that demonstrates how much we have defined recovery down. The idea that essentially zero interest rates are, after seven and a half years, stimulating the economy “strains credulity,” says James Bullard, ...

Opinion: Comey didn’t want to make history

Washington ? Why did he do it? FBI director James Comey spent 14 minutes laying out an unassailable case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified material. Then at literally the last minute, he recommended against prosecution.This is baffling. Under the statute (18 ...

Opinion: There’s no escaping America’s madness

“What sort of people are we, we Americans? … Today, we are the most frightening people on this planet.”— Historian Arthur SchlesingerAs these words are written, I am on a cruise ship pulling into the harbor of the Greek island of Crete. All around me, the morning sparkles. The water is ...

Opinion: Attacks may unify fight against IS

Washington ? In the global revulsion at the past week’s terror attacks in four Muslim countries, the United States and its allies have a new opportunity to build a unified command against the Islamic State and other extremists. But as the U.S. seeks to broaden this counterterrorism alliance, ...

Opinion: Sobering science on education

Washington ? The report was so “seismic” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s word — that Lyndon Johnson’s administration released it on the Fourth of July weekend, 1966, hoping it would not be noticed. But the Coleman report did disturb various dogmatic slumbers and vested interests. And 50 ...

Opinion: EU needs passionate defense

Berlin ? Shortly before the Brexit vote, Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine ran a cover story that urged the Brits: “Please don’t go.” For Germans, long the most loyal supporters of the European Union, it was unthinkable that the British would leave them.After the Brexit shock, Der Spiegel ...

Opinion: Brexit effects will hit Latin America

Britain’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union will have economic ripple effects that will hurt Latin America, but its potential political impact could be much more dangerous.Let’s start with the economic consequences of the Brexit, as Britain’s decision to leave the EU is now ...

Opinion: Saudi prince envisions major change

Washington ? For a kingdom that has survived by hedging its bets and resisting change, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman proposes a series of sweeping reforms.Saudi Aramco and other big, state-owned enterprises would be privatized; cinemas, museums and a “media city” ...

Opinion: Happy Fourth of July from your flag

I’ve been to the moon. I’ve been burned. But more often I’m honored. I’m your American flag.With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, I was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New York in 1777 — and then carried into battle for the first time at Brandywine in Pennsylvania. By ...

Opinion: Court limits definition of corruption

Washington ? The progressive drive to broadly define and thoroughly eradicate political “corruption” has corrupted politics. But discord is not altogether pandemic in Washington, and last week a unanimous Supreme Court, in this term’s most important decision, limited the discretion ...

Opinion: EU is great idea poorly executed

Washington ? Given their arrogance, pomposity and habitual absurdities, it is hard not to feel a certain satisfaction with the comeuppance that Brexit has delivered to the unaccountable European Union bureaucrats in Brussels.Nonetheless, we would do well to refrain from smug condescension. ...

Opinion: Saudi son pursues bold agenda

Washington ? The tensions festering in the Saudi royal family became clear in September, when Joseph Westphal, the U.S. ambassador to Riyadh, flew to Jeddah to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, nominally the heir to the throne. But when he arrived, he was told that the deputy crown prince, ...

Opinion: 100-day plans present vivid contrasts

Besides the invectives, misrepresentations and political calculation, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton recently provided revealing insights into their initial priorities and how each would lead the country.In broad-ranging speeches, the presumptive nominees included what they called their ...

Opinion: WWI turned on battle of Somme

Washington ? “See that little stream? We could walk to it in two minutes. It took the British a month to walk to it — a whole empire walking very slowly, dying in front and pushing forward behind.”     — F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Tender Is The Night”The walk began at 7:30 a.m., July ...

Opinion: All women’s right to choose

Monday was a banner day for women exercising agency over their own bodies: The Supreme Court struck down abortion clinic restrictions in Texas — and Trump girls broke the internet.(I mean, they tried. I didn’t personally experience any slowdown in my usual internet service. You?)Doesn’t ...

Opinion: Britain to the EU: Good riddance

Maybe it was those college courses on the history of Europe that soured me on the idea of a united continent. How could a conglomeration of nation states noted for invading each other, pillaging and warring against each other form a union? How could a continent with different languages, ...

Opinion: British populism a warning for U.S.

London ? How fitting. As the Brits cast a stunning vote to quit the European Union, Donald Trump was opening a luxury golf course in Scotland and crowing that Britain did “a great thing.”This historic victory for the British Brexiteers is part of a nationalist trend that is gripping Europe ...

Opinion: Brexit should be warning sign to U.S.

Britain has Brexited, choosing populism and over pragmatism, insularity over inclusion — and leaving the world transformed and deeply worried.The rising tide against immigration has Trumped integration (pun intended, of course). It’s a script that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican ...