National Columnists

Pope calls out foreign aid farce

Year after year, Congress votes to spend tens of billions of dollars on foreign aid. It's money down a rat hole. Congress should take a page from Pope Francis. On Friday, Pope Francis blamed foreign aid for corruption and destitution in Mozambique, a sub-Saharan country where he was ...

Online baby pics do not always amuse

My Facebook feed often carries pictures of children whom I don't know and, in the case of sonograms, who aren't even born yet. They are strangers to me, albeit cute strangers. If I'm very close to the sender, I'll respond in a private message, "That's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen," ...

A theory on why Trump’s GOP approval rating (the real one) is so high

Early Monday morning, Donald Trump tweeted: "94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, a record. Thank you!" Where the president got this specific number remains a mystery. Recent polls by YouGov put his GOP approval roughly 10 points lower, and Gallup, which has tracked Trump's popularity ...

Better schools

With most services, you get to shop around, but rarely can you do that with government-run schools. Philadelphia mom Elaine Wells was upset to learn that there were fights every day in the school her son attended. So she walked him over to another school. "We went to go enroll and we ...

7 Dem debate questions Jorge Ramos won’t ask

These are the rules of the militant open borders media: If you are a self-declared Donald Trump-hating "activist journalist" who works for an ethnic separatist TV network that unapologetically elevates illegal immigrants over American citizens, you get to be a "moderator" at the next ...

Academic stupidity and brainwashing

Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their "labor" rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that ...

Dealing with the Taliban devil

President Trump was right to cancel a "secret" meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in heavily fortified Kabul. The president is eager to ...

Walmart’s ‘woke’ capitalism

Walmart — the world's largest retailer — has announced it's taking a side in the gun debate. The company will no longer sell handgun ammunition at its stores, nor will it sell rifle rounds that can be "also used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons." Then, Doug McMillon, ...

Prescription for danger: Risky Chinese meds

When you pick up your prescription at the pharmacy, it isn't labeled "made in China," but odds are that's where many of your medications come from. President Donald Trump is calling on U.S. industries to manufacture here at home instead of outsourcing to China. Drug companies should be the ...

White liberals have moved to the left of black voters

"No Democrat is going to win the nomination for president of the United States without African American support. Nor should they," Kate Bedingfield, Joe Biden's deputy campaign manager, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell last week. Bedingfield was pushing back on a single bad poll for Biden (from ...

Senate Democrats’ unprecedented threat against the Supreme Court

In 2017, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., accused President Trump of showing "a disdain for an independent judiciary that doesn't always bend to his wishes" after Trump criticized a federal judge who ruled against his administration. Senate Democrats, by contrast, have launched ...

Recovering from labor

On Labor Day, did you celebrate workers? More likely, you made it a day of rest. Fine. It's good to have a choice. I didn't have a choice about joining a union when I was hired by CBS and then ABC. They told me that if I wanted to work, I had to pay dues to AFTRA (the American Federation ...

Stop mental health data mining of our kids

No, no, no. Hell, no! That's my response to the latest trial balloon floated by the White House to join with Silicon Valley on a creepy program monitoring Americans' "neurobehavioral signs" to (purportedly) prevent gun violence. President Donald Trump's old friend, former NBC head Bob ...

Criminologists mislead us

John Paul Wright, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Matthew DeLisi professor at Iowa State University have penned a powerful article titled "What Criminologists Don't Say, and Why," in City Journal, Summer 2017. There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that bias ...

Unequal justice

One doesn't have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department's decision not to hold former FBI Director James Comey accountable for what an Inspector General report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a "dangerous example" in order to "achieve a personally desired ...

Time for White House to launch media outlet to combat fake news

It's time for the White House to launch its own media outlet. Never in the history of America has any president been subjected to such an onslaught of "fake news," biased reporting and unfounded conspiracy theories spread by corrupt so-called journalists, some of whom have made their way into ...

Polls, fake news and trends

We are more than a year from the 2020 presidential election. It is too soon to see much of anything. But there are some trends we should pay attention to at this point. Last Monday, the national press corps had a moment of intense excitement because they thought they had finally succeeded in ...

An all-too-real parable of ‘privilege-hoarding’

Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious -- meaning, of course, impeccably progressive -- Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for a new school, to ...

Some clarity on President Trump’s economic policies

It's a fact that President Donald Trump has a remarkably large number of supporters among the voters and pundits who label themselves as "free market." They usually say something like, "Sure, I don't like his trade and immigration policies, but the rest are good." I disagree. With the ...

Ignorance and power

Campaign season brings out so many utterly ignorant statements. These seem to be New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stock in trade. Her most recent was a fallacy-filled Instagram tirade about the racism inherent in the Electoral College. (AOC should read the works of the ...