Syndicated Columnists

Kathleen Parker: Being Bill Kristol

Kathleen Parker

May 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — One can understand why The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page.

Lawrence Kudlow: Janet Yellen’s back to the ’50s interest rates

Lawrence Kudlow

May 28, 2015

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told us recently that the target for the federal funds rate will be raised slightly later this year. But after that, future rate hikes will be small and gradual over the next several years. In fact, we may never have true normalization (4 percent). In my view, Yellen is offering a back-to-the-’50s approach to interest rates. And she’s right, though for many wrong reasons.

Froma Harrop: Why do so many eggs come from Iowa?

Froma Harrop

May 27, 2015

An outbreak of bird flu has forced American farmers to kill millions of egg-laying chickens, 32 million in Iowa alone — hence the rise in egg prices.
But why so many? Because our eggs are now produced by a handful of gigantic farms. When one of their birds gets sick, the farmers have to kill them all.

Diane Dimond: Dead officers no reason for celebration

Diane Dimond

May 19, 2015

The right to freedom of speech in America gives every citizen almost absolute permission to say whatever they think about a given topic. Even if the comments are offensive to the majority, citizens have a right to express their opinion.

Rich Lowry: The rail fantasy

Rich Lowry

May 19, 2015

The Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia was an invitation for practically every politician in the Northeast and every transit expert in America to complain about lack of funding for the county’s infrastructure.

Kathleen Parker: Bush’s unfortunate honesty

Kathleen Parker

May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — You know we’re off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

Santorum: The return of the GOP’s runner-up

May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012.

Mark Shields: Surviving gradution day

Mark Shields

May 17, 2015

It’s graduation time once again. And by some unwritten but strictly enforced law of nature, every graduation must have a speaker. Before I gave my very first graduation speech, some 25 years ago, I was frankly nervous. But the advice of a priest friend calmed me down. Remember, he counseled, that the role of the speaker at any graduation can be compared to that of the deceased at an Irish wake; they can’t have the party without you, but nobody expects you to say too much.