National Columnists

Are the interventionists now leaderless?

"McCain's Death Leaves Void" ran The Wall Street Journal headline over a front-page story that began: "The death of John McCain will leave Congress without perhaps its loudest voice in support of the robust internationalism that has defined the country's security relations since World War ...

Officers eat last

The Marine Corps lives by one hard-and-fast rule foreign to American corporate and financial life: "Officers eat last." Simply stated, the Marine officer in command does not eat until all the Marines he is responsible for -- beginning with the corporals and the privates -- have first been fed. ...

Oprah shouts for abortion

Over the years, Oprah Winfrey has seemingly evolved into America's mom. After her TV career, she sounds like an evangelist preaching a feminist substitute to replace religion in her monthly Oprah Magazine. Her August issue carries this motivational nugget of Oprah wisdom on the cover: "We all ...

Double standards

Finding someone in Washington who is nonpartisan and puts the nation's interests ahead of their own is so rare these days that he or she, if found, might well qualify as an endangered species. But once in a while — call it the law of averages — someone speaks the truth. It happened last ...

In Tennessee Senate race, a pistol-packing Republican vs. an oatmeal Democrat

The easternmost bit of Tennessee is east of Atlanta, the westernmost bit is west of New Orleans, and all of this horizontal state is the epicenter of 2018 politics. Its U.S. Senate race will reveal whether, for Republicans, fealty to the president is not only necessary but sufficient, and ...

Democrats better off playing by the rules than denouncing the rules

When you lose a game, particularly a game you had good reason to expect you'd win, do you try to figure out how to play better? Or is your first reaction to demand changes in the rules? In the case of the Democratic Party, it's the latter. Perhaps that comes naturally to a party that takes ...

On the eve of the fall campaign season

While political activists have been caught up in the 2018 midterm elections for most of the past two years, most Americans haven't been paying attention. That will begin to change after Labor Day as people who don't obsess about politics begin to consider the choices before them. Because so ...

Do politics matter?

This week, I bought my wife a present for her birthday: a glass-blowing class. The teacher was, predictably, an eclectically artistic type in Los Angeles, and a down-the-line liberal. As with most conversations these days, the talk turned to President Trump. She quickly let me know her opinion ...

The laughable Boston Globe

The Boston Globe successfully organized a campaign to get nearly 350 newspapers, large and small, to publish an editorial on Aug. 16 on "the dangers of the administration's assault on the press." They laughably claimed: "This whole project is not anti-Trump. It's really pro-press." This was ...

Social media trickery

YouTube just added an "information panel" to all my videos about climate change. We at Stossel TV do weekly videos on many controversial topics, but apparently YouTube thinks climate change is special. The information panel seems benign — just a link to a Wikipedia page about global ...

Let’s join together to stop out-of-control prosecutors

t this unique moment in American history, liberals and conservatives have something in common: an abhorrence of government prosecutors run amok. Republicans are livid at the federal fishing expedition known as the Mueller investigation. Bit players have been dragooned into an endlessly ...

How to keep Aretha’s music playing

What does a white boy from the white suburbs of Washington, D.C., have to say about the passing of soul singer Aretha Franklin? At 16, I was a DJ on a local radio station, playing the rock 'n' roll and doo-wop recordings of the day. Many of the artists were black. Richard Penniman (aka ...

In spies battle, Trump holds the high ground

In backing John Brennan's right to keep his top-secret security clearance, despite his having charged the president with treason, the U.S. intel community has chosen to fight on indefensible terrain. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper seemed to recognize that Sunday when ...

America is overdue for another Lehman-like episode

Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America’s economy, prudent people should reverse that. This Wednesday, according to the Financial Times’ Robin Wigglesworth and ...

Trump’s attack on intelligence community smacks of Nixon

A  telling measure of President Donald Trump’s determination to escape from the clutches of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is his bold revocation of the security clearance of John Brennan, the former CIA director with a lifetime of knowledge and understanding of the underworld of cyber ...

Nonsense about ‘crybaby’ conservatives and Hollywood

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, perpetually bilious writer James Wolcott has attacked the "myth of Hollywood's conservative blacklist." He finds it highly amusing that anyone would fear damage to their acting career for publicly favoring this president. "Hollywood conservatives ...

Has Trump delivered on his economic promises?

Is President Trump fulfilling candidate Trump's promises? You can make a case that he is, based on some surprising and widely unexpected economic developments. Vice President Mike Pence, writing in The Des Moines Register, put it succinctly: "The evidence is clear: America is back." He adds, ...

Social Security fails

Social Security is running out of money. You may not believe that, but it's a fact. That FICA money taken from your paycheck was not saved for you in a "trust fund." Politicians misled us. They spent every penny the moment it came in. This started as soon as they created Social ...

The Theory of Political Relative Relativity

It's quite simple: Some political relatives are more equal than others. Agenda-driven journalists love to exploit familial dysfunction when a prominent politician is conservative and his or her kinfolk espouse liberal views. When a vengeful offspring, sibling, cousin or distant relation ...

Omarosa tries to channel Anita Hill

Where have we seen this play before: A woman comes forward to accuse a conservative of inappropriate behavior in hopes of harming him sufficiently so he will be unable to achieve his policy objectives? People with even short memories will recall "act one" was Anita Hill, a law professor at ...