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Assortive mating — social inequality’s deepening roots

March 24, 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. The rate of dog ownership is rising ominously. How can a profusion of puppies be worrisome? A Read More

Clinton controversy deja vu

March 20, 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. Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail, one irrefutable fact emerges: Read More

Column: Two warnings: Lessons of the past

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 Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on March 3rd, it was the third time Read More

Column: More GOP political malpractice

Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, was getting his demagogue on. He stood on the Senate floor, talking up to the galleries, waving papers in the air, and displaying a big poster with a photograph of President Obama’s pick for attorney general and the words “Confirm Loretta Lynch.” “Why has the Senate Read More

Column: No peace in our time

Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel’s prime minister. I have news for the lowing herds: There would be no peace Read More

Column: Ohio Gov. John Kasich waits in the wings

March 19, 2015

Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would Read More

Column: Raising minimum wage example of ruinous ‘compassion’

March 17, 2015

It is fascinating to see brilliant people belatedly discover the obvious — and to see an even larger number of brilliant people never discover the obvious. A recent story in a San Francisco newspaper says that some restaurants and grocery stores in Oakland’s Chinatown have closed after the city’s minimum wage was raised. Other small Read More

Hillary Clinton’s secret mess

March 13, 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. On March 2, the story broke that Hillary Clinton had possibly violated Read More

The prescience of Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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.  In the mid-1960s, a social scientist noted something ominous that came to be called “Moynihan’s Scissors”: Two lines on a graph crossed, replicating a scissors’ blades. Read More

Experiencing early onset Clinton fatigue

She burned the tapes. Had Richard Nixon burned his tapes, he would have survived Watergate. Sure, there would have been a major firestorm, but no smoking gun. Hillary Rodham was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Nixon. She saw. She learned. Today you don’t burn tapes. You delete emails. Hillary Clinton deleted Read More

Column: Republicans set up a breakaway nation

March 12, 2015

The New York Daily News branded Senate Republicans “TRAITORS” in large type across its cover Tuesday, saying, “GOPers try to sabotage Bam nuke deal.” That’s not quite right. It’s true that 47 Republican senators did their level best to bring us closer to war by writing a letter to Iran’s mullahs, attempting to scuttle nuclear Read More

Column: Dunking the president: He’s not our leader, after all

March 11, 2015

With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today’s relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder. The letter from 47 Republican senators to Iran’s leaders proffering a civics lesson on the U.S. Constitution has predictably triggered outrage. In a sneeringly adolescent tone, the senators basically said that Obama will be Read More

The ‘Disparate Impact’ racket

March 10, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. The first report, about “the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson” ought to be read by every American. It says in plain English what facts have been established Read More

Column: Obama needs GOP for TPP

March 7, 2015

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. Michael Froman received from a Harvard Law School classmate, Barack Obama, a job that validates the axiom that the unlikelihood of any negotiation reaching agreement grows Read More

Column: Indecent politics — words really can kill

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. “At least nobody died,” we often hear in politics to explain away Read More

Column: Netanyahu’s Churchillian warning

March 6, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing O in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to pre-emptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran negotiations. On the contrary. The steady stream of slights and Read More

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

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