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 pretend ignorance of the right

It might not have been what it looked like. That, at least, was the message you’d have heard had you turned to Tucker Carlson of Fox “News” for perspective the Monday after the recent massacre at Club Q in Colorado Springs. Club Q is a nightspot that had been known as a gathering place ...

Opinion: Why do Republicans want to be led by a victim?

Republicans will have to decide in 2024 if they want a victim as their nominee or someone else. The contest between Donald Trump and the rest of the field will have a number of themes depending on his adversaries — past v. future, populism v. traditional conservatism, unconventional v. ...

Opinion: It’s time for Democrats to primary AOC

Hakeem Jeffries seems poised to replace Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats. A Black political moderate, the Brooklyn congressman is often likened to Barack Obama. Even-tempered, he is known to “play” with most of the children in Washington. And at 52, he represents generational ...

Opinion: Musk broke his new toy immediately

For Christmas, one year, my folks got my kid brother a tank. This thing could roll across the floor, the turret turned and it made battle sounds. That may not sound like much, but this was 1966 — color TV was like showing fire to a cave man — so this toy was the eighth wonder of the ...

Opinion: Thanksgiving and football were made for each other

The Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving without football, but the game and the holiday have now become so intertwined that one almost wonders how they managed it. The most American holiday and the most American sport -- both of which are American inventions with only limited uptake ...

Opinion: Please drop the first-elected whatever

Is it really news that Karen Bass will become the first female mayor of Los Angeles? In an era where women have already run Chicago, Phoenix, Fort Worth, Charlotte, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Boston, the gender of the new Los Angeles mayor should not have dominated the ...