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Column: For Republicans, saying no to Obama may be enough on Election Day

October 18, 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. It sounds like the beginning of a joke: Two libertarians and a corporate lobbyist walk into a social hall . . . On Wednesday, though, this very scenario happened in Ashland, Va. Three Read More

Recalibrating mindset — Ebola vs. civil liberties

October 17, 2014

Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic “in its tracks.” And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who developed Ebola, were not even among the 48 contacts that Read More

Column: Grimes and the unanswered question on Obama

October 16, 2014

So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates’ names might stand for Denial. 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 Read More

Column: Local or national elections?

October 15, 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. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” That may have been true in Tip O’Neill’s Read More

Column: Federal Elections Commission the poster child for a broken Washington

October 14, 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. If you were to seek out a poster child for all that is broken in Washington, you could find no better candidate than the Federal Election Commission. The agency that oversees Read More

Column: President Obama’s remarkable dispassion

October 11, 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. Words have a way of seeping into our vocabulary and, through overuse Read More

Column: Bombing for show? Or for effect?

Charles Krauthammer writes a weekly political column for The Washington Post. He is also a Fox News commentator. During the 1944 Warsaw uprising, Stalin ordered the advancing Red Army to stop at the outskirts of the city while the Nazis, for 63 days, annihilated the non-Communist Polish partisans. Only then did Stalin take Warsaw. No Read More

The double game our allies play

October 10, 2014

During the 1944 Warsaw uprising, Stalin ordered the advancing Red Army to stop at the outskirts of the city while the Nazis, for 63 days, annihilated the non-Communist Polish partisans. Only then did Stalin take Warsaw. No one can match Stalin for merciless cynicism, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is offering a determined Read More

Column: Christie laying the groundwork for a 2016 run

October 9, 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. Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those Read More

Column: Stunning disloyalty — Panetta latest to turn

October 8, 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. Aspiring Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, scheduled a big Washington speech for Monday to condemn President Obama’s defense policy. But an unexpected competitor beat him to the punch. Read More

Column: The GOP’s mug-shot primary

October 4, 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. Why is the lineup of prospective GOP presidential candidates beginning to look like, well, a lineup? Chris Christie went to campaign last week for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, putting the New Read More

Column: Enduring contributions to human progress

Jim Branscome is the retired managing director of Standard & Poor’s and lives in Montrose, Colorado. One of the great advantages of travel to global destinations is watching the world change over time.  At a moment when we in the U.S. seem pessimistic about world affairs — with many factions arguing for a retreat from Read More

The real reason winning the Senate matters

October 3, 2014

You can win midterm elections without a positive agenda. You can’t win presidential elections that way. It is therefore vitally important for Republicans to win the Senate in 2014. Here’s why. In midterms, it’s all right to be the party of no. The 2010 election, for example, was a referendum on the liberal overreach of Read More

Column: A new case for term limits

October 2, 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 legislative department is everywhere … drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” – James Madison, Federalist 48 Unfortunately, Congress’ vortex now spins the other way, Read More

Column: Whose war on women?

October 1, 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. It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Read More

Column: Jobs and marriage go together

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. When I wrote recently about how most millennials wanted to marry but found marriage out of economic reach, lots of skeptical readers wrote to protest that Read More

Column: Try out these money-saving pet adoption tips

Jill Cataldo a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three. According to a recent survey by the Humane Society of the United States, 62 percent of American households own at least one pet. Pet owners spend more than $50 billion per year on their pets, too! Certainly, that’s a lot of money. How can Read More

Column: Random thoughts on decency, concealed firearms, diversity

September 30, 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. Random thoughts on the passing scene: What a non-judgmental society amounts to is that common decency is optional — which Read More

Column: Student loan defaults, dropout rates — the bad rep of for-profit colleges

September 26, 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. For-profit colleges can’t get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too. For-profit schools Read More

Column: Ernst, Braley — A battle royal in Iowa

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 Machine Shed restaurant, where the waitresses wear bib overalls and suggest a cinnamon roll the size Read More

Column: Our real Syria strategy — containment-plus

Charles Krauthammer writes a weekly political column for The Washington Post. He is also a Fox News commentator. Late, hesitant and reluctant as he is, President Obama has begun effecting a workable strategy against the Islamic State. True, he’s been driven there by public opinion. Does anyone imagine that without the broadcast beheadings we’d be Read More

Column: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Obama makes case for war

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. This is how a Nobel Peace Prize laureate goes to war.He smiles warmly at the members of the U.N. General Assembly. He mentions his grandmother’s village in Kenya and notes that Read More

Column: Cry, your car’s on hidden camera

September 25, 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. Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club Read More

Column: Staking the Senate on Kansas?

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. Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman’s campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry Read More

Column: The White House fence jumper and the consequences of budget cuts

September 24, 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. The last lunch hour of the summer was like many others outside the White House gates. In Lafayette Square, office workers were eating, or just sitting, on the park benches. On Read More






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