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National columns


Ideological certitude is the enemy of prudent policy

Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity. On both Fox News and MSNBC, conversation has centered lately … Full story    

A racial slur and second chances

By CONNIE SCHULTZ

Let’s start at the beginning. A very good place to start. Last Sunday, Lady Gaga brought the Oscar crowd to its feet and ignited social … Full story    
Updated 15 hours ago

Twitter as America’s conscience

Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu … Full story    
Updated 15 hours ago

Reich: We’re becoming a nation of independent contractors

GM is worth around $60 billion and has more than 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits. Uber … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Goldberg: Hillary’s identity crisis

Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald’s Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JCPenney or … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

A smorgasboard of food agencies feeds our indigestion

By FROMA HARROP

As things now stand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees steaks, chicken thighs and eggs out of their shells. The Food and Drug Administration keeps … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Bush’s family legacy looms

The sure-footed start of Jeb Bush’s bid for the Oval Office began with a money blitzkrieg that helped drive Mitt Romney out of the running … Full story    
Published:  February 25, 2015

Pitts: ‘Jon Stewart is why I’m not crazy’

I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank. Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a front row seat … Full story    
Published:  February 24, 2015

The education of Scott Walker

Scott Walker belongs to an embattled minority that happens to be most of the population. The root of this paradox is that Walker is an … Full story    
Published:  February 23, 2015

America needs the NH primary

The three most recently elected U.S. presidents collected in private contributions for their respective campaigns that brought them to the White House $31 million (Bill … Full story    
Published:  February 23, 2015

Tweeting against terrorism

By GEORGE F. WILL

“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 … Full story    
Published:  February 22, 2015

Schultz: Hit the road, Hillary

By CONNIE SCHULTZ

In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas. For a … Full story    
Published:  February 21, 2015

How trade deals boost the rich and bust the rest

Suppose that by enacting a particular law we’d increase the U.S. gross domestic product. But almost all of that growth would go to the richest … Full story    
Published:  February 20, 2015

Parker: The riddle of war

There’s a very 2001 feel to President Obama’s request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we’ll be at war indefinitely. … Full story    
Published:  February 19, 2015

Marsden: China’s torrid Middle Eastern affair

While surfing the Internet on Valentine’s Day, I came across a love story so poignant that I just have to share it with you. I’m … Full story    
Published:  February 19, 2015

Sowell: ‘Happy talk’ and serious decisions

When Alfred E. Neuman said, “What, me worry?” on the cover of Mad magazine, it was funny. But this message was not nearly as funny … Full story    
Published:  February 18, 2015

Another reluctant warrior in the White House

President Obama’s latest war strategy makes one wonder: Is another Woodrow Wilson in the Oval Office debating with himself about how to meet the existential … Full story    
Published:  February 17, 2015