Syndicated Columnists

Peter Brookes: Obama adjusts a risky ISIS plan

Peter Brookes

April 29, 2016

Team Obama is tweaking our strategy against the Islamic State, announcing this week that we’re sending 250 special-ops troops to Syria to help the 50 already there to advise, assist and assemble forces fighting the Islamic State.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: McAuliffe does right thing for wrong reason

Leonard Pitts Jr.

April 29, 2016

The Republicans are probably right. Last week, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. The sweeping order applies to those who have completed their sentences and any probation or parole.

Scott Rasmussen: Will Indiana put end to Trumpmania?

Scott Rasmussen

April 28, 2016

After sweeping five state preference primaries on Tuesday night, Donald Trump declared himself to be the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. He may end up as the nominee, but he’s not there yet.

George F. Will: What happens in Puerto Rico won’t stay there

George F. Will

April 27, 2016

WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico, an awkward legacy of America’s 1898 testosterone spill, the Spanish-American War, is about to teach two things that few Americans know: If conditions get bad enough there, its residents, who are American citizens, can come here. And if Congress does not deal carefully with the mess made by the government in San Juan, Congress will find itself rescuing governments in Springfield, Illinois, and other state capitals.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Sometimes, race is more distraction than explanation

Leonard Pitts Jr.

April 26, 2016

As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the way this disaster is framed.

Jonah Goldberg: What are political conventions for?

Jonah Goldberg

April 26, 2016

If you’ve ever been to one, you might think the purpose is for attendees to schmooze, drink and drink some more. That holds true for both the delegates and the journalists who usually outnumber them by at least 3-to-1.

Mark Shields: Sen. Sanders makes history

Mark Shields

April 25, 2016

Before ever running for the White House, our typical presidential candidate has already won and held high public office, having served as a governor, mayor or member of Congress. These candidates have almost always known previous political success before nearly every one of them fails in the presidential quest and leaves the campaign. And it is often the case that they are deep in debt, with their personal stature and public record diminished.

Jonah Goldberg: Higher minimum wage is well-intentioned but problematic

Jonah Goldberg

April 22, 2016

Much has been written about the ignorance, impracticality and offensiveness of many of the Republican front-runners’ policy proposals. Not nearly enough has been written about the ignorance, impracticality and offensiveness of the policy proposals emanating from the Democratic side, some of which, unlike Donald Trump’s Mexican-financed wall and Muslim ban, could actually become law.

Rich Lowry: The campaign against Exxon Mobil

Rich Lowry

April 19, 2016

It’s not easy to make one of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel companies a sympathetic victim, but a collection of state attorneys general, led by Eric Schneiderman of New York, has managed it.

Diane Dimond: Unequally applied justice is no justice at all

Diane Dimond

April 18, 2016

Later this month, one of the most powerful men ever to have served in the U.S. House of Representatives will face a federal judge to learn his fate. Dennis Hastert has pleaded guilty to evading U.S. banking laws, illegally structuring payouts to conceal other crimes and lying to the FBI. But that’s only a small part of his sordid story.