Syndicated Columnists

Froma Harrop: Get government out of marriage altogether

Froma Harrop

July 27, 2015

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two partners, as well.

Scott Rasmussen: Opposing sharing economy is big mistake for Democrats

Scott Rasmussen

July 27, 2015

“The consumer demand for the Uber and Lyft kind of services is so great that any politician who gets in the way of that is really asking for trouble,” according to Roger McNamee. The co-founder of investment firm Elevation Partners said on CNBC that “Uber’s success is really about consumers demanding the availability of Uber and Lyft cars wherever they are.”

Mark Shields: The importance of the ‘like’ factor

Mark Shields

July 26, 2015

Bill Cohen, the former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Maine who served as secretary of defense in Democratic president Bill Clinton’s second administration, offered this key to the art of winning tough elections: “I don’t care how great your ideas are or how well you can articulate them. People must like you before they will vote for you.”

Jonah Goldberg: Trump lesson that Bush, Clinton should heed

Jonah Goldberg

July 23, 2015

For those of us who predicted the inevitable, watching Donald Trump verbally wander into a field of face-whacking garden rakes like Sideshow Bob fills one with a mixture of schadenfreude and affirmation. We knew it was coming, but it still feels good to be proven right.

Connie Schultz: The age when choices are easier


July 22, 2015

Three summers ago, just days after my 55th birthday, my 4-year-old grandson stood next to me at the bathroom sink and stared into the mirror as I dabbed a few drops of liquid makeup around my face and started spreading it around.

Peter Brookes: Iran deal just a ‘pause’ in its nuclear program

Peter Brookes

July 22, 2015

It turns out the Iran nuke deal is a lot like the guy or gal you spy across the room at a dimly-lit party who from afar seems quite alluring – that is, until you get closer and realize the object of your affection isn’t what you had hoped for.

Mark Shields: The trap of becoming only a Congressional party

Mark Shields

July 21, 2015

In five of the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has lost the nation’s popular vote to the Democrats. In those same six presidential contests, 18 states and the District of Columbia, totaling among them 242 electoral votes (you need only 270 to win the White House), have voted every time for the Democratic ticket. This, even our good friends at Fox News would concede, is not good news for the Grand Old Party.

Diane Dimond: The bully makes a point

Diane Dimond

July 21, 2015

It has been intriguing to note that in this era of citizen division and Us versus Them mentality — during this time in our history when every perceived foe must be labeled — no one has called out presidential wannabe Donald Trump for what he is.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Pope should stick to religion?

Leonard Pitts Jr.

July 15, 2015

So said a troubled rabbi named Jesus 2,000 years ago in his Last Supper with his disciples. Shortly afterward he was captured, tortured and executed. The Bible says that three days later, he rose from death. The faith founded upon that resurrection claims, according to the Pew Research Center, upwards of 2 billion adherents worldwide.

Mark Shields: A candid maverick who speaks the ugly truth

Mark Shields

July 14, 2015

In the matter of selecting a 2016 presidential nominee, the Republican Party could go a lot farther and do a lot worse — and almost certainly will — than to choose U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.