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: 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 ...

Opinion: Identity may be fluid, but chromosomes are not

To what extent should a transgender woman be treated the same as women who started life as female? That depends. Let’s start with a definition. A trans woman is someone assigned male at birth but who identifies as a woman. There is a transitioning process that can include legal, social ...

Opinion: The Supreme Court vs. democracy

Washington — The silence from the Supreme Extreme Court is deafening. News broke that a Republican member’s house flew a “Stop the Steal” American flag days after the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol. This kind of defiance, actually applauding the violent takeover of democracy, is ...