National Columnists

The Supreme Court can undo past confusion with its ruling on this WWI memorial

For decades the Supreme Court has entangled itself in Establishment Clause decisions that have been, in the words of Alice in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. On Wednesday, it can leaven with clarity the confusion it has sown. The First Amendment's first words say, "Congress shall make no ...

Trump’s national emergency declaration is an act of weakness

The president's decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border was an act of weakness, not strength. I understand that's not the party line, but it's an obvious political fact. When Barack Obama used his pen to give "Dreamers" a reprieve from prosecution, it was an act of ...

Bogus gun research

Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an "emergency" to build a wall, "think what a president with different values can present... Why don't you declare (the epidemic of gun violence in America) an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would... A ...

Malkin’s handy history of fake noose

Is it any wonder that American news consumers are at the end of their ropes of patience with the "mainstream media"? Three weeks ago, when I first documented troubling questions, contradictions and doubts about Trump-hating, attention-craving actor Jussie Smollett's absurd hate crime claims, ...

Premises, premises

Here is the problem for Trump critics. They began with the wrong premise. They believed that Hillary Clinton should have won the 2016 presidential election. Then they deluded themselves by embracing the notion that Trump was illegitimate, unstable, stupid and an offense to everything they ...

Trump can’t win in 2020, but Democrats could lose

If the 2020 election were simply a question of whether voters want President Donald Trump to serve another term, he would lose. His job approval ratings have consistently been in the low- to mid-40s nationwide, and it's no better in potential battleground states. Scott- Rasmussen.com polling ...

Harrison Ford’s climate horror story

NBC late-night comedian Seth Meyers recently dedicated one of his "comedy" diatribes to denouncing "scaremongering about socialism." Liberals have a right to lecture us on some things, but scaremongering ain't one of them. These are the same people who relentlessly scaremonger the American ...

‘Nobody likes to see us as kids’

Most of us are more than one thing, but sometimes one thing happens that changes us forever. David Hogg, a survivor of last year's Valentine's Day massacre in Parkland, Florida, comes to mind. He was 17 when, sitting in his AP environmental science class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ...

If you plan to run for president …

"This is the year!” Herb exclaimed to his longtime buddy Gordon on the assembly line over in the plastics factory. “So for what reason is this the year?” Gordon asked. “We’ve both passed at least 50 but without showing any favoritism to other years.” “This is the year I’m ...

How could they?

My first reaction upon hearing that hundreds of leaders in the Southern Baptist church had sexually abused as many as 700 people in 400 churches, including victims as young as 3, was "how could they?" It was the same reaction I had when news of predatory priests in the Roman Catholic Church, ...

Trump takes yes for an answer on border deal

President Trump may not be happy over the bipartisan deal Congress has reached to avoid another horrible government shutdown. But he recognizes it's an exit ramp from the political nightmare that has deepened his presidential despair. He veils the second policy defeat administered to him ...

Reality continues to leak from American life

In 1994, the Clinton administration decreed a bright shining future for education. Its Goals 2000 legislation proclaimed that by that year America's high school graduation rate would be 90 percent and American students would lead the world in math and science achievements. Sen. Daniel Patrick ...

Socialism has already hurt America

President Donald Trump was principled and politically astute to address, in his State of the Union, the horrors taking place now in Venezuela, and then to declare: "Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country." Venezuela is indeed a poster child for what ...

A better school?

There must be a better way to keep kids interested in school than drugging them. Today, 1 in 5 school-age boys is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many are given drugs that are supposed to help them pay attention. "I was the rowdy kid, the bad kid," says Cade ...

Lost, buried, burned: Oklahoma’s rape kit scandal

If you are puzzled by the nationwide rape kit testing backlog, Oklahoma provides maddening insight on the bureaucratic forces that create intolerable inertia — and injustice. An estimated 225,000 rape kits have gone unprocessed across the country; more than 7,200 have been neglected in ...

Marijuana, mental illness and violence

en states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let's examine some hidden issues about marijuana use. Before we start, permit me to state ...

Are the Democrats bent on suicide?

After reading an especially radical platform agreed upon by the British Labor Party, one Tory wag described it as "the longest suicide note in history." The phrase comes to mind on reading of the resolution calling for a Green New Deal, advanced by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and endorsed by ...

Getting easier to be ‘green’

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be "green." The evidence is the "Green New Deal," which CNN describes as a "...10-year 'economic mobilization' that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation's infrastructure while building whole new layers into the existing social ...