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: Witnessing history on Jan. 6, 2021

Washington — “American carnage” was what Donald Trump envisioned in his first address as president in 2017. That was one promise he kept, after he bitterly lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden. On Jan. 6, 2021, Trump raged and waged war on the United States government by inciting deadly ...

Opinion: A missing defense secretary — and much bigger worries

Normally I wouldn’t comment on the odd fact that it took the Pentagon three and a half days to inform anyone at the White House — including National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan — that Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III had been hospitalized following complications from an elective ...

Opinion: To win, Biden must act on the border

Joe Biden surely knows that chaos at the border threatens his reelection. America’s future as a democracy can’t wait for the much-needed overhaul of the immigration system. November is approaching, and Biden must take radical steps to deal with the crisis. Let’s be clear. Donald Trump ...

Opinion: 3 economic myths to finally put to rest this year

As a new year dawns, it’s customary to reflect on the past and set resolutions for the future. This year, let’s resolve to greet three widespread claims with healthy doses of skepticism. The first dubious claim is that income inequality in the United States has inexorably risen since ...

Opinion: Gutsy Dems start turning on far left

A revolution brews in the Democratic Party, and it’s not the usual left-wing threats to sabotage moderate Democratic candidates. It’s the Democratic mainstream telling the fringe to go pound sand. The causes change. It used to be defunding police. Now it is the war in Gaza. Irritation ...

Opinion: What we can do to help save democracy in 2024

Yesterday marked the start not only of a new year, but also a terrifyingly high-stakes ride for America — slightly over 10 months to the presidential election of 2024. Trump is leading in the polls by a slim margin. Even more remarkably, more Americans disapprove than approve of Biden’s ...