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: Please, just leave these children alone

Look, I get it, OK? A lot of this, you plain do not understand. Much of it leaves you confused. Well, me too. I have no idea what it must be like to grow up feeling as if you were assigned the wrong body, a girl with boy genitalia or vice versa. I confess to being discombobulated at the idea ...

Opinion: Real justice shouldn’t be this difficult

I sat there trying to remember how to breathe. I suspect I had that in common with people — particularly African American people — all over the country. Didn’t we all hold our breath as we awaited the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin? Then that verdict was read. The former ...

Opinion: Just because it’s said by Joe doesn’t mean it’s so

Attention readers: Mark Shields is off this week. Please enjoy the following column by Veronique de Rugy. While President Joe Biden’s administration doesn’t seem to need an excuse to spend money, two recurring arguments for his gigantic $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal are that our ...

Opinion: ‘A riot is the language of the unheard’

“The anguish we are suffering cannot translate into violence.” So said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey last week in the wake of yet another police killing of yet another unarmed African American man. The sentiment was altogether fitting and proper, especially given that his city was the ...

Opinion: It takes two parties to be bipartisan

There is nothing sacred about nine. The number was not carried down from a mountain on stone tablets, nor did it appear in a burning bush. In fact, before the Supreme Court contained nine justices, it contained six, the number fixed when the tribunal was established in 1789. Then, in an ...

Opinion: Biden’s ‘infrastructure plan’ is quite a misnomer

“A crony anti-infrastructure plan” is, sadly, the best description of the Joe Biden administration’s proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. It’s insanely expensive and unnecessary, especially coming, as it does, on top of last year’s fiscal insanity. Over the past year, our ...