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: Where the Civil War never seems to end

I wrote before about Nikki Haley and her gaffe in December about the causes of the Civil War. But the subject still strikes a chord with me. Haley’s apparent sensitivity around offending GOP voters who don’t want to be thought of as racists, combined with the continuing debate around Jan. ...

Opinion: DeSantis flunked charm school

What can you say about the guy? That Ron DeSantis was obnoxious? That he came off as weird? His failure to replace Donald Trump as the likely Republican nominee for president seemed preordained. His mistake was copying Trump’s penchant for cruelty without absorbing any of the ...

Opinion: John Fetterman cracks the code

John Fetterman, as someone put it, is doing a Bulworth in reverse. Bulworth was a fictional California senator in the 1990s movie of the same name who suddenly abandoned his establishment politics for an outspoken leftism, and all ended happily ever after. Fetterman is the real Pennsylvania ...

Opinion: The silver lining behind the cloud of Iowa’s caucuses

No question that a 30-point victory for Trump was not the ideal outcome of the Iowa caucuses. Voters have only two opportunities to prevent the return to power of a Putin-besotted, antisemite-praising, Constitution-terminating, multiple felony indictee: the primaries and the general. It ...

Opinion: Decoupling from China’s economy

This is a potentially perilous time for our economy and the security of the West. Trade policy with China sits at the center. China is no longer just a trading partner with whom we have differences. It’s become a global adversary using trade to dominate militarily as well as economically. ...

Opinion: The ‘Mean Girls’ in the House of Representatives

Washington — So have you seen the new movie musical, “Mean Girls”? Here in Washington, we see that show for free in the Capitol. House Republicans seem to attract adult versions of Mean Girls. Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is an excellent example, but she’s not alone. ...