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: Iris Apfel was truly a peacock among the swans

Iris Apfel was that 102-year-old lady with those big round glasses and that big red smile. She’d wear plastic bangles found on street carts with vintage couturier jackets and pile on clouds of feathers. Her socks might be blue, her pants perforated red leather and her handbag made of ...

Opinion: The case for nauseous optimism

I chose the word nauseous over cautious because my stomach is churning at the very possibility Trump could get a second term. But I don’t believe that will happen. The progressive forces in America are overtaking the regressive. I’m not paying attention to polls. It’s way too early to ...

Opinion: There is another way Trump could get immunity

Apparently interpreting the Supreme Court’s decision on the 14th Amendment as a personal vote of confidence, Donald Trump pushed his luck, urging the justices to rule swiftly that he has absolute immunity as well. That is not likely. Most observers thought the court would reject ...

Opinion: The Hunter Biden nothingburger

The case House Republicans had against Hunter Biden never seemed like much. But it turned out to be even less than that after the events of last week. After much advance hype from their friends in conservative talk shows and other media, Republicans were ready to play their gotcha cards. A ...

Opinion: What a vengeful Trump might do if he’s reelected

Nikki Haley won the Republican primary in Washington, D.C., with about 63% of the vote to Donald Trump’s 33%, securing all 19 available delegates, and becoming the first woman to ever win a Republican presidential primary. To be sure, the contest was tiny: Just over 2,000 Republicans voted ...

Opinion: New York provides some lessons about elections

In bygone days, Democrats in New York’s suburbs could happily vote for Republicans they deemed good guys. Moderate Republicans didn’t seem all that different from moderate Democrats, and the two parties worked together in Washington. Those days are obviously gone. The recent election of ...