Category Archives: National Columnist

Curb your pessimism

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… Continue Reading

Crusaders and appeasers

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… Continue Reading

Column: The FEC’s farcical open hearing

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Column: Why did Brian Williams do it?

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Education is the business of the states

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… Continue Reading

Ashton Carter likely to break hawks’ hearts

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Column: Defining economic failure down

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.… Continue Reading

Seeking a vaccine for ignorance

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… Continue Reading

Column: Obama versus America; President out of touch

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… Continue Reading

Column: A season of wretched excess

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Nuclear Iran is new Auschwitz

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… Continue Reading

Bud Selig’s winning legacy

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 business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill.… Continue Reading

Column: The sacrifice of Sarah Palin

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. When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women,… Continue Reading

Random thoughts on the passing scene

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: Who says President Obama doesn’t promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran’s moving toward nuclear… Continue Reading

Column: Get used to Obama’s swagger

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. Here’s some practical advice to those who didn’t like President Obama’s swagger during his State of the Union address: Get used to it. Economic indicators suggest he’s going to have even… Continue Reading

Column: Vermont’s Sanders has mountains to climb

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 young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal… Continue Reading

Tehran’s quest to dominate the Arab world

While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried. This week, Iranian-backed Houthi… Continue Reading

Column: Early presidential prospects for 2016

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. With 2015 just getting under way, the buzz of political activity makes it seem almost as if we are already… Continue Reading

Column: When the pope talks …

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. Forget E.F. Hutton. It’s P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he… Continue Reading

‘Diversity’ in action

Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European governments’ counter-attacks are more than just a passing news story. Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of importing millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental values of Western culture. And this is by no means the last of the… Continue Reading

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