Columns

Kerry’s two-faced solution

In his recent speech excoriating Israel for refusing to commit suicide by allowing a sworn enemy to have a state adjoining the Jewish state, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed the U.S. government “did not draft or originate” the UN resolution critical of Israeli ...

King Henry VIII pays us a royal visit

It’s a good thing to be king, holding court high in a gold tower. And the 45th American president, Donald Trump, reminds me of one English Tudor king, known for his reddish hair, huge body heft, six wives of various nationalities and, um, forceful personality. Trump is like King Henry ...

Fake news is no joke

WASHINGTON — Among the more pernicious aspects of the Donald Trump phenomenon is the way his political success has elevated the deplorable pollution of conscientious American journalism with a new form of manipulating and deceiving public opinion — what is now widely referred to as “fake ...

Trump nixes pet projects of Liberal and Conservative elites

michael barone It’s been a tough year for political elites, here and around the world, what with the passage of Brexit in June in Britain, the repudiation of Colombia’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient in the October FARC referendum and the defeat of America’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s ...

A personal reflection on Trump’s election

Mohey Mowafy The grave, crucial and most alarming reports by our intelligence agencies (the CIA and the FBI) which actually followed a similar report by 17 intelligence agencies earlier, were met by what felt to me as more clear and more present danger than Trump and his followers have been ...

Mona Charen: We’re standing ‘Idly By’

Mona Charen Secretary of State John Kerry used the word “conscience” over and over again as he attempted to explain and justify the Obama administration’s decision not to veto a one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel. He added that the U.S. could not “stand idly ...

Demand transparency, FOIA now

Government should be transparent. Recent examples of bad government - like the lack of accountability at every level in Flint’s water crisis - show how great a need this can be, as well as how pieces of the truth sometimes only come out after public records are obtained using the Freedom of ...

Here we are on the brink of what comes next

For 45 minutes on Christmas Eve, I watched love, in all of its diversity, play out in front of me. Thanks, 2016. I needed that. I was parked in the arrivals lane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, nearly an hour early for my daughter and her family. It is not my habit to arrive so ...

Fear thee well to 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As usual, the year’s end brings reflections and ruminations on what was and what is to be. This time around, however, it feels as though an era is coming to an end. That gentle frisson between past and future about which columnists customarily write feels vaguely ...

More terror, more denial

Recent terrorist attacks in Ankara, Turkey, and Berlin, Germany, add to a growing list of incidents that are becoming increasingly difficult to remember. Does one begin the list with the plane hijackings in the ’60s and ’70s, or the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, or the USS Cole ...

Did I say that? I apologize

For your semi-faithful correspondent, 2016 has been a 12-month exercise in humility. I apologize to you, gentle reader, for the errors — all unforced — to which I subjected you. My introduction to the 2016 campaign was to endorse the timeless wisdom of former Sen. Bill Cohen, a Republican ...

A state of permanent war

The vicious attack on a Christmas market in Berlin this week reminds us that terrorism has become a fact of life in our world. How do we stop a hate-filled fanatic from ramming a truck into a crowd of holiday shoppers anywhere, anytime? Now that terrorist networks have decided that trucks can ...

Christmastime advice for use during the era of Donald Trump

michael barone Now that the 538 electors have voted — and, with only the most minor of exceptions, for the expected candidates — we can marvel at how such a huge difference in public policies can be made by just a few votes, the 77,744 votes by which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton ...

Why President Trump will continue to stage rallies

Robert Reich Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank-you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president? One clue is that Trump conducted them only in the states he won. And most attendees appeared to ...

Charlie Sykes had profound impact on radio listeners

Mona Charen On Dec. 19, radio host Charlie Sykes completed his last broadcast for WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His last hours on the air were adorned with encomia from some of the leading figures his show had helped to incubate: Reince Preibus, Scott Walker, Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan, among ...

First we decorate, then we get back to work

The day after Thanksgiving is usually when I begin decorating for Christmas, but on Nov. 25, I turned to my husband on the verge of despair. “I don’t know,” I said. “I don’t think I have it in me.” The sound of those words, in my voice, was enough to startle me out of my funk. ...

Sending letters from edge

WASHINGTON — You won. Welcome to hell. And to think, I thought you’d become president when hell froze over. Now that the election is finally behind us, may I ask a tiny question: Why did you want this job? Was it on your bucket list? After so many square miles of golf courses, trophy ...

Hope and humanity

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) once said that, “Those who travel the high road of humility will not be troubled by heavy traffic.” That descriptive and funny line came to mind after I heard what first lady Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey last week in a TV interview. Because of Donald ...

Like charity, patriotism begins at home

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., holds an office higher than the presidency. John McCain is a patriot. Like his fellow warriors, he does not talk about the horror and the pain he endured and he lived with. The memories must no doubt be too personal and too powerful. McCain, the most recent military ...

Remembering John Glenn, a down-to-earth American

WASHINGTON — John Glenn, a former Marine combat pilot and the first American astronaut to orbit the earth, died recently at age 95. He was a genuine national hero who represented the eternal youth of his country’s adventurous spirit. I got my first glimpse of him at a low-key event ...