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National columns


Why serious people discount Fox News

Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don’t. Steve Doocy said on Fox that NASA … Full story    
Updated 20 hours ago

Defense against demagogues

When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “I think it’s time to say to these people, ‘Stop ripping off the American … Full story    
Updated 20 hours ago

Shields: Boehner’s reckless gamble

Bipartisanship, that widely admired virtue so sadly rare in our nation’s politics, has been – since 1948, when President Harry Truman, rejecting the counsel of … Full story    
Updated yesterday

An odd justice for Bernie Sanders

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 … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Schultz: Debunking community college myths

By CONNIE SCHULTZ

Months before Caitlin Johnson graduated from high school, she opened Ohio State University’s early-decision letter and felt the doors open wide. For as long as … Full story    
Published:  January 24, 2015

Reich: The good old days of Ike

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic problem. Bush’s new political action committee, called “The Right to Rise,” … Full story    
Published:  January 23, 2015

Harrop: Stop making excuses for nonvoting millennials

By FROMA HARROP

The recent economic crisis hit the American middle class hard. But for the youngest adults trying to gain a foothold in the good life, it's … Full story    
Published:  January 21, 2015

Pope wrong on speech limits

A few words on the limits to freedom of expression: For what it’s worth, there are a few that are acceptable. You don’t threaten or … Full story    
Published:  January 20, 2015

Shields: Presidential politics and an epidemic of self-esteem

A half-century ago, Russell Baker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, disclosed to his readers the existence of the mysterious kingmaker he … Full story    
Published:  January 19, 2015

Mitt’s third run would be no charm

After his third loss, in 1908, as the Democratic presidential nominee, William Jennings Bryan enjoyed telling the story of the drunk who three times tried … Full story    
Published:  January 19, 2015

Schultz: Rioters by any other name

Various members of my family have roots at Ohio State University, from college degrees to employment, so my husband and I were plenty happy to … Full story    
Published:  January 17, 2015

Obama: Charlie who?

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

On Sunday, Jan. 11, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. … Full story    
Published:  January 16, 2015

Hyping Obama’s Paris fail

If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our … Full story    
Published:  January 16, 2015

Marsden: Terror attack in France rooted in entitlement

As member of the French media, and as a French resident and immigrant, last week’s terrorist attack in Paris targeting the French satirical publication Charlie … Full story    
Published:  January 16, 2015

The problem with Romney nostalgia

In 2007, when President Obama announced that he was running for president, he did it in Springfield, Ill., to highlight his supposed connection to Abraham … Full story    
Published:  January 15, 2015

License plates are not bumper stickers

A group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans has asked Texas to issue a license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, which many consider an … Full story    
Published:  January 14, 2015

Europe’s immigration issue

The New York Times ran a front-page article after the Charlie Hebdo massacre on Europe’s “dangerous moment.” As terrorists rampaged through Paris, ultimately killing 17, … Full story    
Published:  January 14, 2015