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Column: Scott Walker’s cowardice should disqualify him

February 21, 2015

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. What Rudy Giuliani did last week was stupid. What Scott Walker did ought to disqualify him as a serious presidential contender. As the world now knows, Giuliani, the former New York Read More

Column: White House plans to fight terrorism with …Twitter?

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. “We’re here today because we all understand that in dealing with violent extremism, that we need answers that go beyond a military answer. We need answers Read More

Column: Pilotless drones won’t be droping off your packages anytime soon

Jim Branscome is a retired managing director of Standard & Poor’s, a licensed pilot sans airplane, and resides in Montrose, Colorado and Scottsdale, Arizona.  He is now taking a sabbatical of unknown duration from column writing. The FAA — thankfully — has published proposed rules that would keep Amazon.com and whole bunch of pizza delivery Read More

GOP should finish what Democrats started

February 20, 2015

I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear. In the fourth quarter of his presidency, Obama unbound is abusing presidential authority at will to secure a legacy on everything from environmental regulation to immigration, the laws Read More

Jeb flubs big speech

Jeb Bush was mere seconds into his speech Wednesday informing the world that he’s his “own man,” and not his brother or his dad, when he did something reminiscent of both. He flubbed his line. “We definitely no longer inspire fear in our enemies,” the nominal front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination said at the Read More

Column: War authorization’s difficult debate

February 19, 2015

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. Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy Read More

Column: Answering the atrocities of ISIS

February 18, 2015

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. There’s a very 2001 feel to President Obama’s request for authorization to Read More

Column: Stalking the sales with help

Jill Cataldo is a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three. Thanks to social media and couponing blogs, tracking when products are likely to go on sale has become remarkably easy. When you’ve got many pairs of eyes shopping in the same stores, the news that a favorite chain has just dropped a popular Read More

Column: Glib ‘Happy Talk’ not amusing

February 17, 2015

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. When Alfred E. Neuman said “What me worry?” on the cover of Mad magazine, it was funny. But this message Read More

Curb your pessimism

February 14, 2015

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. Barack Obama’s tone of mild exasperation when tutoring the public often makes his pronouncements grating even when Read More

Column: Remembering the remarkable Kayla Mueller

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. “I find God in the suffering eyes reflected in mine. If this is how You are revealed to me, this is how I will forever seek You.”     — Kayla Read More

Crusaders and appeasers

February 13, 2015

His secretary of defense says “the world is exploding all over.” His attorney general says that the threat of terror “keeps me up at night.” The world bears them out. On Tuesday, American hostage Kayla Mueller is confirmed dead. On Wednesday, the U.S. evacuates its embassy in Yemen, cited by President Obama last September as Read More

Column: The FEC’s farcical open hearing

February 12, 2015

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. It was a noble idea, in theory. The Federal Election Commission undertook an unprecedented experiment in democracy on Wednesday: It held an open-microphone hearing and invited any and all members of Read More

Column: The Pence paradox

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. Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundrum. Sitting recently 24 blocks Read More

Column: Why did Brian Williams do it?

February 11, 2015

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. These are tough times for NBC’s Brian Williams — and tougher times Read More

Column: Bobby Jindal’s unpleasant record

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took his presidential campaign-in-waiting to Washington on Monday trailed by an unwelcome, unsavory and downright unpleasant companion: his record. The interloper followed the Louisiana Republican into the Read More

Education is the business of the states

February 10, 2015

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. In 1981, Tennessee’s 41-year-old governor proposed to President Ronald Reagan a swap: Washington would fully fund Medicaid Read More

Ashton Carter likely to break hawks’ hearts

February 7, 2015

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. The hawks were swooning. Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee to be the next defense secretary, gave the Senate Armed Services Committee every indication Wednesday that he would be a hard-liner at Read More

Does the barbarism have a logic?

Charles Krauthammer writes a weekly political column for The Washington Post. He is also a Fox News commentator. Why did they do it? What did the Islamic State think it could possibly gain by burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot? I wouldn’t underestimate the absence of logic, the sheer depraved thrill of a triumphant cult Read More

Column: Defining economic failure down

February 5, 2015

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. Two phrases that Daniel Patrick Moynihan put into America’s political lexicon two decades ago are increasingly pertinent. Read More

Seeking a vaccine for ignorance

February 4, 2015

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. Flashback: Galileo is under house arrest pondering the unyielding ignorance of The Read More

Column: Obama versus America; President out of touch

February 3, 2015

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. In his recent trip to India, President Obama repeated a long-standing pattern of his — denigrating the United States to Read More

Column: A season of wretched excess

January 31, 2015

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. Beer, Benjamin Franklin supposedly said but almost certainly didn’t, is proof that God loves us and wants Read More

Column: Bernie Sanders is right to be outraged

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. Bernie Sanders is in his natural state — of agitation. It’s just 9 a.m., but the socialist senator, contemplating a presidential run as a Democrat or as a populist independent, is Read More

Nuclear Iran is new Auschwitz

January 30, 2015

Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of “never again” on Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance. It has become routine. If the kosher-grocery massacre in Paris hadn’t happened in conjunction with Charlie Hebdo, how much worldwide notice Read More

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