Syndicated Columnists

Rich Lowry: Myth of a passive president

Rich Lowry

February 26, 2017

President Donald Trump gives the impression of having done everything in his first month in the White House — except think about Congress.

Jules Witcover: Trump gets free ride on conflicts of interest

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February 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — It’s often said of the weather that everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. The political chatter here is similarly rife with speculation about how President Trump can somehow be brought to heel, but there is no credible plan.

Froma Harrop: Trump has media crying … all the way to the bank

Froma Harrop

February 24, 2017

Donald Trump’s tweet about the media’s being “the enemy of the American people” was a classic distraction — in this case, from questions swirling around his team’s troubling ties with our Russian adversaries. While the FBI, CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee investigate, a few thoughts on how news sources under Trumpian attack should respond.

Connie Schultz: New rules, same humans

Connie Schultz

February 23, 2017

On Tuesday morning, less than an hour after U.S. officials deported Guadalupe Olivas Valencia to Mexico, the 45-year-old man leapt to his death from a bridge that connects our two countries.

Rich Lowry: What’s happening in Sweeden

Rich Lowry

February 22, 2017

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a vague warning about immigration-related problems in Sweden.

Michael Barone: Partisan lines stay fixed amid turmoil


February 21, 2017

Amid the turmoil of the first month of the Trump administration, with courts blocking his temporary travel ban and his national security adviser resigning after 24 days, the solid partisan divisions in the electorate — modestly changed in 2016 from what they’d been over the previous two decades — remain in place.

George F. Will: An adult voice amid pandemic childishness

George F. Will

February 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, “All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s,” he explains why today’s distemper was incubated in that “burnt and ravaged forest of a decade.”

Star Parker: Democrats impede excellence in education

Star Parker

February 19, 2017

What is it about new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that so bothers Democrats that not a single Democratic Senator voted to confirm her, requiring Vice President Mike Pence to cast the deciding vote?
You would think, after years of Washington pumping tens of billions of taxpayer funds into public education with virtually no improvement in test scores, a new Education secretary that genuinely wants change would be celebrated.

Rich Lowry: Public deserves to know facts

Rich Lowry

February 17, 2017

In an environment where every day has felt like a month and almost every news cycle has something that the media consider a potentially administration-shaking disaster, we finally have something worthy of the perpetually screaming headlines — a national-security adviser getting fired under a haze of suspicion about his dealings with Russia.

Peter Brookes: New missile test pretty troubling

Peter Brookes

February 15, 2017

With a new American national security team just coming into office, it was only a matter of time before North Korea would go “ballistic” with a menacing missile launch.

Diane Dimond: Attacking bigotry starts with us

Diane Dimond

February 14, 2017

Here’s a crime story you likely didn’t hear about. It happened on the New York City subway. But it is not the hate-filled crime that matters as much as the response to it by the group of total strangers who happened to file into a particular subway car on a wintery Saturday night.