National Columnist

Column: Who wants war? It isn’t up to us

September 23, 2014

THOMAS SOWELL is an American economist, social theorist and Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is a syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate and has authored more than 30 books. Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion Read More

Column: Why Washington is broken

September 20, 2014

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican senator who asked the Discovery Channel to film him and a Democratic colleague last month as they subsisted on an uninhabited Pacific island, came home with Read More

Column: Election lottery — Cashing in on voting

George Will writes on politics, law and social character. Will began writing for The Washington Post in 1974. He is a contributor for Fox News, a Pulitzer Prize recipient for commentary, and is the author of 12 books. The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a Read More

The jihadi logic — U.S. must make the Islamic State pay

September 19, 2014

What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion? There are two possible explanations. One is that these terrorists are Read More

Column: Obama needs Congress to approve this war

September 18, 2014

George Will writes on politics, law and social character. Will began writing for The Washington Post in 1974. He is a contributor for Fox News, a Pulitzer Prize recipient for commentary, and is the author of 12 books. The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal Read More

Column: Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself

September 17, 2014

KATHLEEN PARKER is a syndicated columnist of The Washington Post, a regular guest on television shows like The Chris Mathews Show and The O’Reilly Factor, and is a member of the Buckley School’s faculty. She won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting Read More

Column: On newspaper theft and couponing

Jill Cataldo is a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three. A recent column about newspapers being stolen by coupon-seekers generated a lot of interest from readers. Newspaper theft is an ongoing problem. Why avid couponers simply don’t purchase additional newspapers is beyond me — paying a few dollars for another copy of the Read More

Column: Scotland’s epic vote

September 13, 2014

George Will writes on politics, law and social character. Will began writing for The Washington Post in 1974. He is a contributor for Fox News, a Pulitzer Prize recipient for commentary, and is the author of 12 books. Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various Read More

Obama’s uncertain trumpet, again

September 12, 2014

In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bump in the polls, which have dropped to historic lows. But his strategic problem remains: the disconnect between (proclaimed) ends and means. Read More

Column: Extremism in defense of re-election

September 11, 2014

George Will writes on politics, law and social character. Will began writing for The Washington Post in 1974. He is a contributor for Fox News, a Pulitzer Prize recipient for commentary, and is the author of 12 books. Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said “extremism in the defense of liberty is Read More

Reading the patterns to create a financial plan

September 10, 2014

Jim Branscome was in charge of Investment Advisory Services at Standard and Poor’s and is retired in Montrose, Colorado. If you’ve ever read Mark Twain’s “Pudd’nheadWilson,” you know that October is a very dangerous month to speculate in stocks.  Twain then goes on to name 11 additional months in which stock speculation is dangerous. Actually, Read More

Column: A reader’s take on saving money

Jill Cataldo is a coupon workshop instructor and mother of three. A few weeks ago, I asked readers to share their best savings tips. Oh, did you deliver. My inbox has been overflowing with ideas. One reader, Dana, sent such a lengthy list that I had to edit it to share in this week’s column! Read More

Cheap politicians end up being expensive politicians

September 9, 2014

THOMAS SOWELL is an American economist, social theorist and Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is a syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate and has authored more than 30 books. The recent bribery convictions of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife are only the latest in a seemingly Read More

Congress’ whopper of a mess

September 6, 2014

Catherine Rampell is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post. She previously worked as a reporter for The New York Times, covering economics and launching the award-winning Economix blog. Customers can be so demanding. First they criticized fast-food joints over nutritional content. Now they’re getting picky about tax and labor practices. In recent weeks, consumers Read More

In a NATO state of mind

George Will writes on politics, law and social character. Will began writing for The Washington Post in 1974. He is a contributor for Fox News, a Pulitzer Prize recipient for commentary, and is the author of 12 books. Speaking on Aug. 29 — at a fundraiser, of course — Barack Obama applied to a platitude Read More

Obama, NATO’s stunning passivity

September 5, 2014

At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said. Idiotic, yes. You’re the leader of the free world. Even Read More

An eye on the Baltic States?

September 4, 2014

GEORGE F. WILL  is a Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper columnist, author and television commentator for The Washington Post Writers Group. He has authored books on baseball, politics, and American culture. The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist Read More

The one fight to have before your wedding

September 3, 2014

Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands’ names. I’m getting married in a few days, and — as I’m told happens with most weddings — lots of exhausting fights over minuscule details have broken out along the long, treacherous road to the altar. But the biggest blow-ups, in Read More

Voters should avoid irresponsible choices

September 2, 2014

The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people “moderately disapprove” of Barack Obama’s performance as president and 39 percent “strongly disapprove.” Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now “strongly disapprove” of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, Read More

America’s real ice bucket challenge

August 30, 2014

I’m just back from vacation in Europe, where, to judge from the political headlines coming out of the United States, this country had no greater care than which of its leaders would next be soaked in cold water. George W. Bush was doused by his wife, Laura, and then nominated Bill Clinton to take the Read More

Paul Ryan’s way forward — better mind, manners

To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville, where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home. And in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” he Read More

Lower corporate tax rates. Now.

August 29, 2014

The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad. Not fair, says Barack Obama. It’s taking advantage of an “unpatriotic tax loophole” that hardworking American families have to make up Read More

Give me a home where the scapegoats roam

August 28, 2014

It’s August in the capital, quiet enough for scapegoats to roam freely. In fact, the mayor of Lynn, Mass., came for a visit on Wednesday and released a few of this breed in the heart of downtown, at the National Press Club. Hosted by a hard-line immigration group, the mayor, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, told an Read More

Give me a home where the scapegoats roam

It’s August in the capital, quiet enough for scapegoats to roam freely. In fact, the mayor of Lynn, Mass., came for a visit on Wednesday and released a few of this breed in the heart of downtown, at the National Press Club. Hosted by a hard-line immigration group, the mayor, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, told an Read More

Navy with a mission in mind

August 27, 2014

Russia’s ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State’s erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, the “near seas,” meaning China’s seas. The episodes involving aircraft are Read More

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