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National Columnists

Georgia isn’t in line with the MLB’s values. But Cuba and China are?

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft” away from Atlanta. Apparently, Georgia’s new election law -- whose net effect, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker ...

DeSantis is what the post-Trump GOP should look like

If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ever sets up a presidential exploratory committee, it should have to disclose an enormous in-kind contribution from CBS News. The “60 Minutes” segment alleging that DeSantis distributed the COVID-19 vaccine through pharmacies at the Publix grocery store chain ...

‘Jim Crow’ criticism of Georgia voting law doesn’t fit

The debate over Georgia’s new voting law has been deeply depressing to watch for a number of reasons. The first is that it hasn’t really been a debate so much as a lot of performative shouting from all directions. The second is that many of the law’s harshest critics don’t know ...

Vaccine patriotism vs. vaccine globalism

When the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines first proved their efficacy, preventing nearly 95% of coronavirus infections in those who got the shots in test trials, a vexing issue immediately arose. Who should get priority in receiving these life-saving shots? Generally speaking, the answer, while ...

Will Joe Biden’s Jim Crow Big Lie Boomerang?

The big lie works — until it doesn’t. The big lie in this case is Joe Biden’s charge that the changes in Georgia election law passed by the majority-Republican legislature and signed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp on April 1 being are “Jim Crow on steroids.” This was doubling down ...

Biden bungles the border

With every day that passes, Democrats are taking a step closer to becoming the party of drugs, cartels and human traffickers --a grave threat to America’s national security. The Biden administration’s reckless open borders policy has caused chaos and human suffering at the southern ...

What happened to Biden’s unity agenda?

Less than three months ago, President Joe Biden stood in front of the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots and delivered his inaugural address. He called for unity, and Americans who see a politically fractured country welcomed it. He could have then put together an agenda that would ...

Is this what you voted for?

I’ve noticed that the Joe Biden voters I know personally -- as well as those I have followed on social media for some time -- have grown remarkably quiet since Biden entered the White House. I’m not talking about professionally clueless Hollywood celebrities, Democratic Party operatives or ...

Woke disinformation is more pervasive and powerful than Russian disinformation

Why do the Russians need to bother spreading disinformation when our own domestic sources do a much better job at it? We just went through a four-year national obsession with Kremlin disinformation. It supposedly swayed the 2016 presidential election. It was “sowing divisions” in American ...

I’m a capitalist, Mr. President, but you’re not

Back in the day when “Saturday Night Live” was funny, Chevy Chase would open the “Weekend Update” segment by saying, “I’m Chevy Chase ... and you’re not.” That line came to mind over President Biden’s massive tax-and-spend proposals, which are unlike anything since FDR, ...

Small wonder the church is shrinking

So, it seems the church is shrinking. The mosque and synagogue, too, for that matter. Not that this is breaking news. It has long been known that the numbers of Americans who belong to religious organizations are dwindling. But last week, that decline hit a milestone. For the first time since ...

Needed from Democrats: A realistic case for optimism

The differences between an ideologue -- someone who subscribes completely to a political ideology (whether conservative or liberal) and a pragmatist -- someone who is concerned almost exclusively with the practical results of a specific public policy -- is the biggest divide in American ...

The political benefits of building back boring

Joe Biden is embarking on the biggest government initiative in more than a half-century, “unlike anything we have seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades go,” he says. But when it comes to details, it sounds as boring as fixing the ...

Going big on infrastructure, Biden launches new recovery

Joe Biden’s presidency was born amid doubts that at 78 he was too old and too small in political substance for the job. But his brash beginnings on fighting the pandemic, facilitating economic recovery and now revamping the nation’s infrastructure warrant a more hopeful assessment of ...

Vaccine Passports: A culture war we don’t have to wage

"We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” declared Gov. Ron DeSantis. “It’s completely unacceptable,” he said, for either government or the private sector to require showing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 “to just simply participate in normal ...

For what should we fight Russia or China?

Last Monday, in a single six-hour period, NATO launched 10 air intercepts to shadow six separate groups of Russian bombers and fighters over the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Sea, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. Last week also brought reports that Moscow is increasing its troop presence in Crimea ...

Take me out of the ballgame

When the NFL decided not to punish players who kneeled during the pre-game national anthem, some fans reacted by refusing to attend games, buy league merchandise, or watch games on TV. It took several years for the NFL to win fans back and some -- like me -- broke the habit and never returned, ...

Readers to Politicians: You’re not listening!

A few weeks ago, this column focused on the need for citizens who are unhappy with the state of our political and justice systems to speak up about their concerns. Your opinion can’t be counted if you stay silent, I wrote. Or as one of my readers put it, “We now have the government that ...

The dollar sign president

So far, the defining word of the Biden era is “trillion.” The Joe Biden who portrayed himself as a moderate, old school, bipartisan dealmaker during the presidential campaign is now a distant memory. He’s been replaced by the Joe Biden who is dazzling progressives with his willingness ...

Too much risk aversion is too risky

"This is not politics,” President Joe Biden said last week. “Reinstate the mandate if you let it down.” Give him credit for consistency: When Gov. Greg Abbott ended Texas’ mask mandate last month, Biden called it “Neanderthal thinking.” But maybe the Neanderthals got it right. ...