National Columnists

It started last Friday

I finally talked myself into going back to CrossFit a month ago. But on Friday, I couldn't finish a very easy workout. I couldn't catch my breath. A hurricane rolled through two weeks ago, and the remnant of the storm that went through Mexico passed through on Thursday and Friday last week. My ...

The madness of college basketball goes well beyond March

Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the "student-athletes" who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry's billions. Last week, however, a New York jury, which ...

The Midterms are all about turnout

As Election Day approaches, expectations are pretty much where they've been for the past six months. In the Senate, Republicans are more likely to gain seats than lose the majority. In the House, Democrats are favored to win control, but it may not be much of a "blue wave." These general ...

Hating the Jews

"Some of my best friends are Jews." That familiar, yet offensive, phrase has been used by some people as a defense against an accusation of anti-Semitism. It's time, however, to rebrand it as a positive affirmation of love and concern for the Jewish people. In light of the latest mass ...

Will Blue States go for Trumponomics?

In a contest too close to call, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski is running to slash Connecticut taxes and bring Trumponomics to the state. The nation is watching to see whether a fiscal reformer can sell President Donald Trump's tax-cutting approach to voters who disdain ...

Fake news threatens our national health, wealth

President Donald Trump was right to tweet out: "There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true enemy of the people, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news honestly and fairly. ...

Trump didn’t encourage Pittsburgh shooter, but he’s not helping

The debate over whether or not President Trump encouraged the man who set out to slaughter Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh really isn't a debate at all. It's a shouting match. "Yes, he did!" "No, he didn't!" And it will likely only make things worse, as each side grows ...

A bridge to sell you

"Libertarians believe that you should be as conservative or as liberal as you want to be as long as you don't want to force yourself on others," says Larry Sharpe, Libertarian candidate for governor of New York. Sharpe is an unusual Libertarian candidate because he's doing well in some ...

Yes, unvetted illegal caravans threaten public health

We live in bizarro times. Suddenly, it is controversial to state obvious, neon-bright truths. This week, it has become newsworthy to observe that illegal border-crossers who circumvent required medical screenings are a threat to America's public health and safety. Just look at these ...

Journalists stink as discourse cops

The frightening exposure of pipe bombs being mailed to prominent Democrats and media outlets, followed by a horrific shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, led to news networks lecturing, hour after hour, on the tone of our civic discourse. Physicians, heal thyselves. These are not ...

Is this worse than ’68?

Saturday, in Pittsburgh, a Sabbath celebration at the Tree of Life synagogue became the site of the largest mass murder of Jews in U.S. history. Eleven worshippers were killed by a racist gunman. Friday, we learned the identity of the crazed criminal who mailed pipe bombs to a dozen leaders ...

Democratic-controlled House

Democrats are hoping the coming election will give them a majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans and much of our nation dread that prospect. My question is: What would a House majority mean for the Democrats? Let's look at it. To control the House of Representatives, Democrats ...

Trump’s nuclear-treaty withdrawal sends a message to North Korea

In announcing his decision to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, President Trump cited Russia's repeated violations and the fact that the treaty does not bind China, which is engaged in the world's most ambitious ballistic missile development program. But ...

Stacey Abrams gives Democrats a tantalizing sense of 2020 possibilities

GRIFFIN, Ga. — "Life happens," Stacey Abrams instructs a small but boisterous crowd in a sun-drenched park south of Atlanta. She says: Your car breaks down. Your child gets sick. Could happen on election day. So, vote early. Today. In her campaign to be the first Democrat elected Georgia's ...

Will burly men stop House Democrats’ blue wave?

Do they live in two different worlds? White college graduate women favor Democrats over Republicans in House elections by a 62 to 35 percent margin. White non-college-graduate men favor Republicans over Democrats in House elections by a 58 to 38 percent margin. Those results are from a ...

What’s Halloween without racism charges?

It's Halloween and time for another round of outrage over inappropriate costumes. Once upon a time, parents — most of them, anyway — were concerned with oversexualized costumes for little children, but how unenlightened was that? Today we're focusing our energy on what's really important. ...

It’s Democrats who shred American values

While campaign stumping in Las Vegas, former Vice President Joe Biden said that American values are being "shredded" by President Donald Trump. According to Biden, the United States was founded "on an idea, an American idea, basic fundamental decency, and it's being shredded." Considering ...

Which team will be the lesser of two evils on election day?

For the past two years, many Democrats thought that victory in 2018 would simply be a matter of running against Donald Trump. The only question in the minds of some activists was how big the "blue wave" would be. For those in the party, opposing the president seemed to be enough. Two-thirds ...

The media’s transgender ‘eradication’ panic

The New York Times located its newest, freshest outrage on the Trump administration in a Department of Health and Human Services memo that's not new -- it's been circulating since last spring. Some insensitive bureaucrat argued that federal policy on gender should be based on "a biological ...

Mistakes of the past complicate the Khashoggi affair

The biggest mistake the Trump administration made in the Jamal Khashoggi case occurred while Khashoggi was still alive: letting Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, think he could get away with something so heinous -- and so heinously stupid. But the bell was rung, as it were, ...