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: The little guys lose with Trump’s tax plan

The late Sen. John McCain didn’t much like Obamacare, but in 2018, the Arizona Republican pulled it out from under then-President Donald Trump’s hatchet. Why? Because McCain saw the “skinny repeal” measure as a sneaky attempt to eviscerate the health coverage of little guys to free up ...

Opinion: How to harden democracy against Trump

As usual, Trump signals what he’s planning to do before he does it. He’s already signaled that he won’t accept the results of the 2024 election if he loses. Since announcing his candidacy, he has cast doubt on the fairness of the 2024 election on average once a day (according to an ...

Opinion: End the fear-mongering about contraception

We don’t know who they are or where they are. All we know is that some place or other, a shadowy group of powerful Republicans is meeting to figure out how to ban contraceptives. For all we know, they also might be scheming to cover up what really happened at Area 51 and to obscure the ...

Opinion: Social Security reform would bring political rewards

No matter what President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump promise you, and no matter its past as the untouchable “third rail” of American politics, Social Security will be modified one way or another within the next 10 years. While both candidates are misleading their voters, the ...

Opinion: Remember Trump’s failure on COVID

Here are Trump’s words from that infamous April 2020 press conference about COVID: “So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. ... And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either ...

Opinion: Border changes are good policy & good politics

Heaven knows, President Joe Biden’s early mixed messages on the border have been a frustration for many supporters, as well as gift to the other side. One of his missteps early on was to ease the process for claiming asylum. Predictably, a surge of migrants entering illegally ensued. Some ...