Syndicated Columnists

Michael Barone: The 2016 political environment has shifted

Michael Barone

March 2nd, 2015

Like it or not, the 2016 presidential race is now well under way. Republican candidates are flocking to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, while Hillary Clinton, in-between $200,000 speeches at universities, is reported to be in seclusion developing her economic policies.

Mark Shields: Correcting the record

March 1st, 2015

An incorrect statement left uncorrected leads often to deception, disillusion and dishonesty. Take this hypothetical: I’ve agreed to speak at a local event, and the emcee, in her introduction, says something like, “Mark Shields went to the University of Notre Dame, where he played basketball.”

Froma Harrop: Local control good, except when it’s not

Froma Harrop

February 27th, 2015

The people of Denton, Texas, recently voted to ban fracking within the city limits. They were tired of the noise, lights and fumes caused by the 277 gas wells, some placed right next to housing developments. A blowout in 2013 covered homes in clouds of benzene. Some had to be evacuated.

Jonah Goldberg: The University of Michigan’s tolerance problem

Jonah Goldberg

February 26th, 2015

I once asked my late father if he had any experiences with anti-Semitism. There weren’t many. Although that was probably in part because of his scoring methodology. The Irish kids who beat up the Jewish kids in his Bronx neighborhood didn’t do so because they were anti-Semitic, but because “they had to fight somebody,” as my dad put it. Today, such behavior would probably be called a hate crime.

George Will: Tweeting against terrorism

George F. Will

February 23rd, 2015

“We’re here today because we all understand that in dealing with violent extremism, that we need answers that go beyond a military answer. We need answers that go beyond force.”

Scott Rasmussen: Governor’s secret weapon: No degree

Scott Rasmussen

February 22nd, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has emerged as a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. In response, the Washington Post researched and published a lengthy article on the “mystery” of why Walker dropped out of college.

Kathleen Parker: Wordsmithing war

Kathleen Parker

February 22nd, 2015

WASHINGTON — Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity.

Connie Schultz: A truce in the mommy wars

Connie Schultz

February 20th, 2015

In the early ’90s, I used to perm my hair into spring coils and wore padded shoulders that gave me the wingspan of a whooper swan, but I thought my biggest problem was my 5-year-old daughter’s occasional bed-wetting.

Froma Harrop: Dignity not cheap for actresses

Froma Harrop

February 20th, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in “12 Years a Slave.” But many in the Academy Awards audience — just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip — must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.

Connie Schultz: Hit the road, Hillary


February 20th, 2015

In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas.