National Commentary

President Trump tears politics and policy asunder

President Trump's first weeks in office have not only stood American foreign policy on its head, but party politics at home as well. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are reeling from his deeply divisive tactics. The leaders of Mexico and Australia have pushed back against Trump's ...

Minimum wage and color

There is little question in most academic research that increases in the minimum wage lead to increases in unemployment. The debatable issue is the magnitude of the increase. An issue not often included in minimum wage debates is the substitution effects of minimum wage increases. The ...

President Trump gives the hard left a chance at power

You can already hear the screaming from the political left over President Donald Trump's nomination of a conservative to the Supreme Court. But don't allow yourself to be mesmerized by the flecks of spittle flying from angry mouths. Don't worry about jesters like that Hollywood actor at the ...

A coalition of the principled

Here's a little story from the bad old days of the New York subway: On seeing a well-dressed man drop a wrapper on a subway platform, a well-dressed woman urged him to pick it up. "What's the use?" the man said, gesturing at the filthy surroundings. "If people like ...

Trump’s takeover of the truth must be stopped

Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming months and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press - finding the truth, reporting it and holding Trump accountable for his lies. But Trump's strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press in the public's ...

Murder-inequality hot spots

Here's a thought. Maybe we've been going about trying to reduce the rising murder rate in this country the wrong way. Maybe, instead of taking an aerial view of the problem, we should have been looking at things from down at the street level - analyzing crime reports neighborhood by ...

Democrats should back Scalia-like SCOTUS pick

Is it possible - perhaps even likely - that terrified liberals and Democrats are right about President Donald Trump? Yes. I want to be fair here. It's quite possible they are right. Trump's politics and policies frighten them, but also his personality, even his facial expressions. And so the ...

Marching for life, our future

I wonder why when hundreds of thousands of women show up in Washington to demonstrate for what one Wall Street Journal columnist called "everything under the progressive sun," the press goes bonkers with coverage. Yet, when similar numbers of pro-lifers reportedly show up ...

The life of the party – seven truths for Democrats

The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party continues to divide Democrats. It's urgent Democrats stop squabbling and recognize seven basic truths: n The party is on life support. Democrats are in the minority in both the House and Senate, ...

With the stroke of a pen, a revolutionary decision

Within four hours of becoming president of the United States, Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to limit immediately the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in ways that are revolutionary. With the stroke of a pen, the president assaulted the ...

Another brick in the wall

Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday's problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But if Donald Trump were to follow through on threats to ditch or decimate the North American Free Trade Agreement, illegal immigration ...

Now is the time to ‘think big and dream even bigger’

In all the media back and forth over President Donald Trump's inaugural speech, most have missed a central point: His address was infused with a wonderful sense of optimism. As an old Ronald Reagan guy, I have learned through the years that optimism equals true leadership. And yes, true ...

Commonly known as lying

Her name was Miss Nelson. I don't recall her first name. She didn't seem to need one. She taught fifth grade at West Elementary School in Ashtabula, Ohio. In the fall of 1967, my mother dropped me off in her classroom like a failed adoption. My mother would deny that characterization, but we ...

Opposition’s first step was in the wrong direction

In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan instructed Haley Barbour - his White House political director and a future Republican Party chairman and governor - on building a winning coalition: "The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally - not a 20 percent ...

The rhetoric and the reality

President Donald Trump's inaugural address may not have risen to the rhetorical level of John F. Kennedy ("The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans" and "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"), or ...

Readers sound off

Whenever I write about serial killers, guns and the death penalty, my inbox blows up. A recent column about convicted murderer Dylann Roof and America's policy of capital punishment - public support for it, the costs associated with it and its usefulness in deterring other criminals - ...

Trump, the mainstream media and a cure for hysteria

Before Donald Trump establishes himself in the White House, here's hoping he does something huge for American journalism. He's already been a huge boon to journalists, serving as a pinata for thwacks and clicks and fear and clicks and panic and clicks and outrage, shame, clicks and more ...

Boycotts a form of speech

Liberals have organized a campaign to boycott Simon & Schuster over its planned publication of a book by alt-right bad boy Milo Yiannopoulos. Is this boycott a form of censorship? Wendy Kaminer, a civil liberties lawyer, argues that progressives should be troubled by "the ...

Obama’s self-revealing finale

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama's own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama's last acts. Two of them were ...

He gave his daughter a Kindle and filled it with books

The first time I met Barack Obama was in early 2006, when he was still a U.S. senator. He had come to Cincinnati to help out my husband, Sherrod Brown, in Sherrod's campaign to join him in the Senate. I sat next to Obama during breakfast, before he took the stage. Almost immediately, our ...