Syndicated Columnists

Froma Harrop: Charity vs. panhandling

Froma Harrop

December 17th, 2014

I’m paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, “Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?”

Jonah Goldberg: Thinking about torture

Jonah Goldberg

December 17th, 2014

For a long time I resisted the word “torture” when discussing the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don’t think I can do that anymore.

Lawrence Kudlow: Lower oil, King Dollar are unambiguously good

Lawrence Kudlow

December 17th, 2014

We all know that the American energy revolution, led by the new technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, has created a flood of new shale-oil and natural-gas production that has overwhelmed world markets and driven prices down by roughly 40 percent. End-of-week crude oil closed near $57 a barrel, and the national average gasoline price finished at $2.60.

Diane Dimond: Policing can never be the same

Diane Dimond

December 15th, 2014

Note to Sheriffs and Police Chiefs: If you aren’t actively seeking ideas to foster better relations between your community and your officers, you probably should resign.

Mark Shields: Cheney or McCain? Consider the source

Mark Shields

December 15th, 2014

On election night in 1986, when John McCain won the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona long held by Republican incumbent and 1964 GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, who had served as McCain’s campaign chairman, the two men had a private chat.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: A rainbow coalition of protests

Leonard Pitts Jr.

December 14th, 2014

They have not stopped. That’s one of the most heartening things about the demonstrations against police brutality that began with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August and renewed with a grand jury’s decision last week not to indict a New York police officer who choked Eric Garner to death.

Robert B. Reich: Wall Street’s Democrats

Robert Reich

December 14th, 2014

In Washington’s coming budget battles, sacred cows like the tax deductions for home mortgage interest and charitable donations are likely to be on the table along with potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Froma Harrop: Do you vote what you drink?

Froma Harrop

December 12th, 2014

Did you know that Democrats drink more than Republicans? Or that they are likelier to choose clear liquors, whereas Republicans tend toward the darker ones? That voters who skew most Republican favor Jim Beam? That those who skew most Democratic go for Seagram’s gin?

George F. Will: The plague of overcriminalization

George F. Will

December 12th, 2014

WASHINGTON — By history’s frequently brutal dialectic, the good that we call progress often comes spasmodically, in lurches propelled by tragedies caused by callousness, folly or ignorance. With the grand jury’s as yet inexplicable and probably inexcusable refusal to find criminal culpability in Eric Garner’s death on a Staten Island sidewalk, the nation might have experienced sufficient affronts to its sense of decency. It might at long last be ready to stare into the abyss of its criminal justice system.
It will stare back, balefully. Furthermore, the radiating ripples from the nation’s overdue reconsideration of present practices may reach beyond matters of crime and punishment, to basic truths about governance.

Jonah Goldberg: Using allegations of rape in power grab

December 10th, 2014

Nine males were accused of being part of a heinous rape. The alleged injustice fomented a mob mentality. An enraged community wanted to skip any talk of a serious investigation, never mind a trial, and go straight to the punishment.

Froma Harrop: Make rape identities public

Froma Harrop

December 9th, 2014

Jackie’s shocking account of gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house has been growing holes by the day. And it has put Rolling Stone — the magazine that published it without identifying the accuser, the friends she quoted or the alleged rapists — under a harsh light. It only named the fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi.

Mark Shields: 2016 Nominees: Truly Unconventional

Mark Shields

December 8th, 2014

Since 1952, nearly every battle for an open Republican presidential nomination when there has been no Republican incumbent running for re-election has followed two dependable storylines.