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National columns


How Trump wins Monday’s debate

Patrick J. Buchanan

On one of my first trips to New Hampshire in 1991, to challenge President George H. W. Bush, I ran into Sen. Eugene McCarthy. He … Full story    
Updated 12 hours ago

Trump unfit for the White House

Leonard Pitts

"I know you are, but what am I?" Maybe you remember that one from the schoolyard. It was one of those unanswerable taunts - "I'm … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Cohabiting? Marry, for protection

Diane Dimond

You've probably heard that if a couple lives together for - blank - number of years they are, in effect, legally married in the eyes … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Trump, tax cuts and growth

Fifty-four years ago, at The Economic Club of New York, President John F. Kennedy unveiled a dramatic tax cut plan to revive the long-stagnant U.S. … Full story    
Published:  September 20, 2016

Nominees’ health fair game

Jules Witcover

The 2016 political campaign, heretofore marked by concerns over Republican Donald Trump's temperament and knowledge to be president, has suddenly pivoted to whether Hillary Clinton's … Full story    
Published:  September 19, 2016

Clinton is sharper, but Trump rises as he softens

Charles Krauthammer

If you are the status quo candidate in a change election in which the national mood is sour and two-thirds of the electorate think the … Full story    
Published:  September 19, 2016

Obama’s incident in Hangzhou

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

The president of the United States lands with all the majesty of Air Force One, waiting to exit the front door and stride down the … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2016

Presidential ticket names become the sounds of history

Mark Shields

What comes to mind when you listen to the two last names of a presidential ticket spoken as one word? For example, I always thought … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2016

It’s time to blame the American voter, not the candidates

Linda Chavez

  In a democracy, we generally get the leaders we deserve. So what does that say about this year's election? Nothing good. It's easy to … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2016

If the animal kingdom voted

The animal kingdom will have lost one of its staunchest defenders when the Oval Office is abandoned by Barack Obama, who through a series of … Full story    
Published:  September 9, 2016

Why Hillary should fulfill Bill’s promise on CEO pay

What can be done to deter pharmaceutical companies from jacking up the prices of critical drugs, prevent Wall Street banks from excessive gambling, and nudge … Full story    
Published:  September 9, 2016

Voting vigilance concerns

It’s time for America to get its cybersecurity act together – on many fronts. But we need to start a serious discussion, right now, about … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2016

Clinton is no JFK

The election season is heating up. Donald Trump has pulled back even with Hillary Clinton, and every new economic number is being scrutinized for its … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2016

Will internet purchasing hurt retail shops downtown as it has suburbia?

  Wal-Mart is seeing the future, and the future isn't more shoppers driving through stop-andgo traffic to big boxes at the edge of town. It's … Full story    
Published:  September 7, 2016

Schlafly made her case for Trump

In 1964, Phyllis Schlafly of Alton, Ill., mother of six, wrote and published a slim volume entitled "A Choice Not an Echo." Backing the candidacy … Full story    
Published:  September 7, 2016

Trump’s Mexican hayride

Donald Trump on Wednesday talked out of both sides of his mouth on immigration - out of one side in Mexico City and the other … Full story    
Published:  September 6, 2016

At Clinton Foundation, you can smell meat a-cookin’

Bravo, Chessy Prout. Prout, 17, still looking like the child she was as a 15-year-old St. Paul's School freshman, stepped forward last Tuesday to say … Full story    
Published:  September 6, 2016