National Columnists

Journalism matters in your community

Beyond the noise of the Beltway and the daily vilification of national media outlets, are community newspapers serving cities, counties and regions throughout the U.S. Your local newspaper is far from being The Fake News. Your newspaper is most definitely not The Enemy of the People. In fact, ...

A victory on trade

In baseball, when a team trades a player to another team each side expects a benefit in return. Not so in recent years when it comes to trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries. President Trump has been right in his criticism of NAFTA and other trade deals that have left the ...

Community journalism matters because communities matter

"Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.” It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years. Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least. We publish photos of ribbons being cut at bakeries, and donations being dropped off at local food pantries. We ...

Journalism matters because democracy matters

n in-depth newspaper investigation revealed that a state-operated home for aged military veterans was providing sub-standard care and that taxpayer money that was to go to improve the home was spent elsewhere. The result was the replacement of the state’s veterans secretary and numerous ...

Pro-abortion left vs. Kavanaugh

I've been writing for years about the depth of the culture war taking place in America. I've done so with trepidation, with knowledge that without resolution, culture wars can turn into physical wars. It happened once in America. Can it happen again? The first major violent confrontation ...

On health care, voters want more choice and less politics

Polls consistently show that health care is one of the top issues on voters' minds heading into the midterm elections. It's a powerful issue because it impacts everyone so personally and can have enormous consequences. At first glance, the opportunity for political action seems clear. Just 34 ...

Treating the Court as a Political Branch

Harsh winds are blowing on Capitol Hill. The hoped-for and feared clash between Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and his principal accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, has come and gone, with all of its calculated and spontaneous outbursts, as well as gut-wrenching emotion. Dr. Ford subjected herself ...

Could Kavanaugh’s anger be righteous indignation?

Why is Brett Kavanaugh so upset? It's a question few ask because so many already think they know the answer. The most common explanation — the hot take so hot it melted the conventional wisdom and forged a new concrete groupthink — is that Kavanaugh was so angry because he represents ...

Seriously mentally ill

They live on the street, often foraging through dumpsters. Some threaten us. Occasionally, they assault people. Thousands of mentally ill people cycle in and out of hospital emergency rooms. They strain our medical system, scare the public and sometimes harm themselves. Most, says DJ ...

Investigate the Senate Democrat wrecking machine

How did we get here? The Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination circus didn't happen by accident. The emergence of incredible — and by "incredible," I mean the literal Merriam-Webster definition of "too extraordinary and improbable to be believed" — accusers in the 11th hour was no ...

Are Republicans born wimps?

Republican leaders are "a bunch of wimps," said Jerry Falwell Jr. Conservatives and Christians need to stop electing "nice guys." "The US needs street fighters like Donald Trump at every level of government because the liberal fascists Dems are playing for keeps." So tweeted the son ...

Racial disparities in school discipline

President Barack Obama's first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil rights marchers who were demanding voting ...

Brett Kavanaugh fights back

As the father of two daughters, I want them to live in a world where they are treated with respect and never experience sexual abuse — and if they ever do, they are taken seriously. As the father of two sons, I want them to live in a world where their lives and reputations cannot be ...

Last-minute reprieve in the Senate Judiciary Committee

Opponents of the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh now have a week to have the FBI investigate the sexual assault allegations against him, thanks in part to the growing strength of the #MeToo movement of women decrying sexual assault and harassment. It has Republicans thinking more than ...

America should do away with the death penalty

ithout being aware of it, Vernon Madison might become a footnote in constitutional law because he is barely aware of anything. For more than 30 years, Alabama, with a tenacity that deserves a better cause, has been trying to execute him for the crime he certainly committed, the 1985 murder of a ...

A brave new world

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight has moved the United States into a brave new world of raw, primal politics. Many Americans who have resisted tribal callings will be forced to pick sides. For many in the center-right coalition who have resisted pressure to move toward President Donald ...

Literary taste vs. Stormy Daniels

It's fascinating when the national media's literary tastemakers make room for the transparently tasteless. Time magazine offered its picks for "The Best New Books to Read Fall 2018," and two ticks down from former first lady Michelle Obama's memoir was "Full Disclosure" by anti-Trump porn ...

Should you believe all accusers?

This week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was eating at a restaurant with his wife, Heidi Cruz, when he was suddenly accosted by a group of "anti-racism activists." These activists grilled Sen. Cruz on whether he believed the three-decade-old sexual abuse allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, ...

Is this any way to confirm a Supreme Court justice?

Until two weeks ago, President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court seemed a sure thing. He ably handled more than 1,200 questions put to him by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He demonstrated even to his adversaries a masterful ...

Leaving the left

Watching this video upset me. Students and even faculty members won't let Dave Rubin speak. They constantly interrupt, shouting "hate speech!" and "black lives matter!" Rubin was once a man of the left. He even was a co-host on The Young Turks network. But then he started a podcast. He ...