Syndicated Columnists

Kathleen Parker: A Rose for racial reconciliation

Kathleen Parker

October 9, 2015

OXFORD, Md. — Long before there was a “Black Lives Matter” movement, there was Ruth Starr Rose — an activist artist whose paintings nearly a century ago captured the dignity and spirit of America’s black families at a time when stereotype and caricature prevailed.

Froma Harrop: The ugly seething online

Froma Harrop

October 6, 2015

The first details about the mass killer at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, were that he was a young man, lonely and full of hate. Of course he was. They all are.

Kathleen Parker: The GOP (new) McCarthyism

Kathleen Parker

October 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.

Scott Rasmussen: GOP race starting to shape up

Scott Rasmussen

October 4, 2015

Despite the oversized field and non-traditional candidates, the battle for the Republican presidential nomination is starting to shape up in familiar ways. There will be a champion of the establishment wing taking on the champion of the party base to determine the nominee.

George F. Will: Our Navy, our character

George F. Will

October 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Navy’s operations, on which the sun never sets, are the nation’s nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world.

Andy Schmookler: Two problems with pro-life politics

Andy Schmookler

October 1, 2015

In the first installment of this two-part series, addressed to pro-life activists, I began by making two points: 1. More than many liberals, I agree with you about the moral seriousness of abortion. But 2. I also believe that what you are doing with that issue in our nation’s politics is a big mistake and is damaging the nation.

Jonah Goldberg: How about Newt Gingrich for speaker?

Jonah Goldberg

September 30, 2015

Almost exactly seven years ago, House Speaker John Boehner said of the Wall Street bailout bill, “I think this thing is a crap sandwich” — but he’d vote for it anyway. I remarked at the time, “It’s crap sandwiches for as far as the eye can see” — and I was right.

Froma Harrp: GOP upheaval brings new dread

Froma Harrop

September 29, 2015

Yogi Berra is no longer around, but one of his witticisms — “It’s deja vu all over again” — has never been more apt. This time, though, it’s not at all funny.

Michael Barone: Is there any precedent in history for Trump?

Michael Barone

September 29, 2015

In November 1964 a crowd of 5,000 attended the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, then the longest suspension bridge in the world. Presiding were New York Mayor Robert Wagner, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and transportation and parks czar Robert Moses. Also in the crowd was a teenager named Donald Trump.

Kathleen Parker: Yo ‘heart’ el papa

Kathleen Parker

September 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — “Oh, so you drank the Kool-Aid,” my neighbor superciliously sneered from the stoop he occupies each afternoon to sip wine and critique people’s parking skills on our beloved Olive Street.

Mark Shields: Has anybody thanked Boehner?

Mark Shields

September 25, 2015

Has anybody bothered to thank House Speaker John Boehner for Pope Francis’ even coming to the United States? Let history note that it was Boehner, as a lowly second-term member of the House minority, who in 1994 organized a petition to then-House Speaker Tom Foley requesting that Pope John Paul II be invited to address Congress. Boehner persisted for 21 years, until Francis accepted. This past week, an openly emotional and deservedly proud Boehner got to sit behind the pope. And maybe someone will explain why a teary male Democrat can somehow be both manly and sensitive but when Speaker Boehner reaches for his handkerchief it turns into mocking, a knee-slapper.