Columnists

Scott Rasmussen: The freedom to walk away holds politicians accountable

This weekend, the Rasmussens are moving to New York City. While the process of moving is horrendous, the thrill of anticipating a new chapter in our life is exhilarating. Moving to a new home is an all-American activity. Roughly one out of nine people do it every year. Many stay within the ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: America, a land of liberty and justice for some

Steve Loomis is angry. Loomis, the head of Cleveland's police union, is using words like "hypocritical," "ignorant," and "offensive," and you might, for a wishful second, convince yourself he's talking about that day in 2014 when two Cleveland police skidded to a stop in front of a 12-year-old ...

Connie Schultz: Remember when you, too, were a dreamer?

Do you remember when you were 6 years old? Try, please. Hark back to that faraway time in your life when you had no control over your circumstances -- when the adults were in charge of you, for good or bad. Where did you live? Did you grow up in one of the biggest houses in your neighborhood ...

Rich Lowry: Trump gets DACA right

Even in our divided politics, it should be a matter of consensus that the president of the United States can't write laws on his own. That's what President Barack Obama did twice when he unilaterally granted amnesties to swaths of the illegal immigrant population. The courts blocked one of ...

Kathleen Parker: The worst is yet to come

WASHINGTON -- It has become axiomatic that when Donald Trump says or does something over the top or below the belt, beware the unseen. His cunning use of distraction turns red herrings green with envy. The template works like this: Trump says something outrageous that drives Washington's ...

Diane Dimond: America: The world’s No. 1 jailer

Let's talk about the U.S. prison system, shall we? By that I mean the whole shebang: prisons run by the federal government, state jails, local jails and juvenile correctional institutions. And let's toss in immigration detention facilities, military prisons and the 76 jails on Native American ...

Froma Harrop: Price rises on Houston’s ‘cheap’ housing

As the floodwaters recede, much of Houston's famously "affordable" housing may seem less of a bargain. We're not just talking about rising rents, inevitable with so many units destroyed. We are talking about the emotional cost of having to move in with friends, rebuild and buy new furniture ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Alan Gratz’s novel ‘Refugee’ demands your humanity

" 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' "He will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' " -- Matthew 25:44-45 They are the least of ...

George F. Will: Football’s enjoyment is on a fade pattern

WASHINGTON -- Autumn, which is bearing down upon us like a menacing linebacker, is, as John Keats said, a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Actually, Keats, a romantic, did not mention that last part. He died before the birth of the subject of a ...

Jules Witcover: McCain seeks to rally GOP’s responsible remnant

WASHINGTON -- The seemingly indestructible Sen. John McCain has returned to the U.S. Capitol after his latest treatments for brain cancer. He is reiterating the call he made, after voting to block the repeal of Obamacare, for the Senate to get back to "regular order" to resolve problems with ...

Scott Rasmussen: The deeper currents of American politics

Back when I was a pollster, I would explain that following the daily polls was like watching a heavy rainfall on the surface of a river. There's a lot of action and noise and splashing around, but nothing that gives you a real sense of where the river is going. For that, you must look beneath ...

Rich Lowry: Trump’s insubordination problem

Donald Trump told us that he'd hire the best people. He didn't mention that he'd be unable to fire them. The president is experiencing a bout of insubordination from his top officials the likes of which we haven't witnessed in the modern era. It's not unusual to have powerful officials at war ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Harvey brings Houston together

It seems like it always takes a disaster. Twenty-five years ago this month, that disaster was Andrew, a hurricane that devastated a large swath of South Florida, including the house in whose master bedroom closet I sheltered through the night with my wife and five kids. The storm took our roof ...

Jonah Goldberg: Harvey reveals the better side of a divided America

Even hurricanes have a silver lining: The downpour washes away a lot of bull. Don't get me wrong. This is a tragedy for untold thousands of people. And no upside could possibly balance the scale against the downside. The full human toll of Harvey, now a tropical storm, remains to be ...

Andy Schmookler: How do people approve of Trump’s assault on rule of law?

In the wake of the pardon of the unrepentant former sheriff, Joe Arpaio, there’s no need to mince words: Donald Trump is engaged in an assault upon the rule of law entirely unprecedented in the history of the American presidency. As with so many things these days, I am stumped on how to ...

Jules Witcover: Will Trump be schooled in separation of powers?

WASHINGTON -- While the country is mesmerized by Hurricane Harvey and North Korea heightens the threat of nuclear war, President Trump intensifies his war on our legislative and judicial branches. The president already has his hands full picking fights with Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

George F. Will: Yale offers a tutorial in social descent

WASHINGTON -- Summer brings no respite for academics committed to campus purifications, particularly at the institution that is the leader in the silliness sweepstakes, Yale. Its Committee on Art in Public Spaces has discovered that a stone carving that has adorned an entrance to Sterling ...

Froma Harrop: Michael Moore and the Democrats’ burden

Michael Moore's one-man show on Broadway is at times hilarious, at times tedious. While theater critics found "The Terms of My Surrender" greatly wanting, the liberal audiences seemed grateful for some comic resistance to the Trump era. Problem is, Moore is their problem. Or, at risk of ...

Peter Brookes: New Afghan strategy has counterterrorism focus

After nearly 17 years of war in Afghanistan, President Trump has proposed a pragmatic, purposeful approach to the conflict that will work to protect and advance U.S. interests in that part of the world. Here’s why: First, it has a counterterrorism focus. The key aim is to help prevent ...