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National columns


The people and the pendulum

To paraphrase Roger Miller – and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia – America swings like a pendulum do. If projections, human … Full story    
Updated 11 hours ago

Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2014

Some premature postmortems

Grantland Rice, a popular American sportswriter of the first half of the 20th century, gave us an often-quoted homily to sportsmanship: “For when the One … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2014

Schultz: In defense of twerking

The first time I saw the video of Miley Cyrus twerking with Robin Thicke … Let’s start over. I can’t bring myself even to go … Full story    
Published:  October 25, 2014

We need to get a grip in this country

We have to get a grip. Ebola is not a crisis in the United States. One person has died, and two people are infected with … Full story    
Published:  October 24, 2014

In Kentucky, a constitutional moment

Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him … Full story    
Published:  October 23, 2014

Embarrassing economists

So as to give some perspective, I’m going to ask readers for their guesses about human behavior before explaining my embarrassment by some of my … Full story    
Published:  October 22, 2014

Restricting sex to the rich

America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular. How else would you explain the trap we’re laying for poor people who … Full story    
Published:  October 21, 2014

The fictitious ‘war on women’

One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic … Full story    
Published:  October 20, 2014

Higher education skews elite

Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite private universities that mainly educate children of the wealthy and … Full story    
Published:  October 17, 2014

Charen: Don’t undermine marriage

Appearing on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to let stand a number of judicial rulings overturning the acts of legislators and/or … Full story    
Published:  October 15, 2014

Castrating Conservative Principles in Iowa

Froma Harrop

There exists a government boondoggle that offends conservatives, liberals, environmentalists, oil refiners, cattle ranchers and taxpayers alike. It’s not easy to get that kind of … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2014

Troubles all around, Obama’s legacy is clouded

WASHINGTON – It’s often said and written that presidents, to achieve greatness, require great challenges. Washington had the challenge of creating a new nation; Lincoln … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2014

DC in the doldrums

Baseball lore recalls that legendary manager Casey Stengel, when running the hapless 1962 New York Mets, forlornly asked his charges: “Can’t anybody here play this … Full story    
Published:  October 13, 2014

The curious case of the White House dogs

There are two dogs living in the White House other than the Obamas’ pet dog. The first of the two dogs is the one that … Full story    
Published:  October 13, 2014

Schultz: Kate and Jackie are married

Last Sunday, shortly after they exchanged their wedding vows, I witnessed something I’d never before seen in the 20 years I’ve known this couple. Jackie … Full story    
Published:  October 11, 2014

Drug companies hooked on money

According to a new federal database put online last week, pharmaceutical companies and device makers paid doctors some $380 million in speaking and consulting fees … Full story    
Published:  October 10, 2014