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: Thomas and Roberts: a contrast in judicial spouses

At one point during Donald Trump’s impeachment trial last month, I ended up sitting in the family gallery next to Jane Sullivan Roberts, wife of Chief Justice Roberts. Her husband was presiding over the trial. My husband, Sherrod Brown, was one of the 100 senators who would cast a vote in ...

Opinion: The mob mentality of Sanders voters

You’d have thought she had thrown Bernie Sanders to his death from a tower of million-dollar bills. Actually, what film director Ava DuVernay tweeted on Saturday was just a mild rebuke: “I’m undecided. But I know this isn’t what I want.” She was responding to a Sanders tweet warning ...

Opinion: Bullying now in fashion with Trump

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative (cough) Union, which hosts the annual CPAC conference, tweeted that he was disinviting Mitt Romney from the confab this year because he “could not guarantee his physical safety” after the senator voted to convict Donald Trump in the ...

Opinion: DeVos doubles down on education reforms

I recently interviewed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who claimed the president’s proposed $4.8 trillion budget includes “a significant step toward returning flexibility to the states through a proposal to block grant all of the elementary and secondary education funds ... and let ...

Opinion: Vote blue, no matter who?

“Vote blue, no matter who.” That’s the fall election mantra of Democrats desperate to cleanse the White House of its current occupant. But here’s the question some African Americans are now asking: What if the “who” is Michael Bloomberg? What if the former New York City mayor is ...

Opinion: Who gets to tell what stories?

People keep asking me about George Simon. They want to know why I created him and if it was hard to do. One person told me I was “brave.” I wasn’t trying to be brave. I was trying to write my latest novel, a World War II story called “The Last Thing You Surrender.” But, you see, ...