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: If all else fails, he could just behave

I suppose we should talk about Donald Trump. I really don’t want to, though. Not that there’s nothing newsworthy about a former president and current presidential candidate being found guilty of a passel of felonies related to falsifying his business records to hide a hush money payment. ...

Opinion: Projections vs. scenarios — and why politicians should care

Congressional Budget Office projections provide valuable insights into how a big chunk of your income is being spent and reveal the long-term consequences of our government’s current fiscal policies — you may endure them, and your children most certainly will. Yet, like most other ...

Opinion: Surprised by hot controversy over Butker’s speech

Graduation speeches are like life and Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get. I’m so accustomed to headline-making controversies touched off by commencement speakers whose views tilt to the left that the Harrison Butker dustup caught me by ...

Opinion: ‘People of color’ are individuals

The progressive journalist Thomas Frank wrote a much-discussed book in 2004 titled, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” Right now, some other like-minded journalist might be thinking of writing a book called “What’s the Matter with People of Color?” For Democrats, the presidential ...

Opinion: Loose talk about the end of everything

After a recent summit between new partners China and Russia, General Secretary Xi Jinping and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin issued an odd one-sentence communique: “There can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should never be fought.” No one would disagree, even though ...

Opinion: Biden has to make the most of upcoming debates

Until he challenged Donald Trump to debate, President Joe Biden seemed in denial about the state of the race. He’d been saying for some time that the polls were wrong. This was disturbing for a couple of reasons, the first being that, if anything, the polls have underpredicted, not ...