Columns

Enviro malpractice washes onto beach

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency over an environmental disaster that he insists has nothing to do with him. It’s true that red tide — an evil-smelling algae bloom now fouling the precious beaches along Florida’s southwestern coast — is an oft-repeated natural ...

Trump conduct embarrasses office

WASHINGTON — The separate convictions of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his legal fixer tear the facade of respectability off a White House engulfed in a Mafia-like enterprise, imperiling his presidency. Longtime political operative Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s ...

Let’s join together to stop out-of-control prosecutions

At this unique moment in American history, liberals and conservatives have something in common: an abhorrence of government prosecutors run amok. Republicans are livid at the federal fishing expedition known as the Mueller investigation. Bit players have been dragooned into an endlessly ...

How to keep Aretha’s music playing

What does a white boy from the white suburbs of Washington, D.C., have to say about the passing of soul singer Aretha Franklin? At 16, I was a DJ on a local radio station, playing the rock ‘n’ roll and doo-wop recordings of the day. Many of the artists were black. Richard Penniman (aka ...

Church lacking in sympathy

I can testify from a lifetime of personal experience that practice does not really make perfect. Since the presidency of Harry Truman, during which I had the honor of being the youngest altar boy in St. Francis Xavier Parish to serve the standing-room-only midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, I have ...

Time for another Reformation

Few words can describe the horror that comes from reading a Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse by Catholic priests in state dioceses over a 70-year period. At least 300 priests used their roles within the church to prey on the innocent. They groomed their victims with special ...

America long overdue for another Lehman-like disaster

George Will WASHINGTON — Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America’s economy, prudent people should reverse that. This Wednesday, according to the Financial Times’ Robin ...

It doesn’t matter what we think of Omarosa

Connie Schultz In June 2016, Omarosa Manigault Newman made this prediction about her boss, presidential candidate Donald Trump: “Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, whoever disagreed, whoever challenged him. ...

Historic to progressives often means trendy, new

Mona Charen (The recent) primary results were hailed as “historic” by a number of media outlets. “Vermont Democrats made history Tuesday,” declared the Burlington Free Press. NPR framed the matter with the same word, “historic,” as did The New York Times, ABC and others. Most were ...

Standing in John McCain’s shadow

jules witcover WASHNGTON — While Sen. John McCain remains in Arizona fighting brain cancer, President Trump continues his strange demeaning of the Vietnam war hero and former POW. In lauding the passage of a $716 billion defense appropriations law bearing McCain’s name, the president ...

Good Republicans must vote Democratic

The most memorable campaign event I attended in 2016 was a rally for John Kasich in Rhode Island. The participants seemed the cream of the middle class — many old-fashioned small-business Republicans as my father was. The Ohio governor spoke on the benefits of not being angry with everyone ...

Dems always benefit from theory of political relativity

It’s quite simple: Some political relatives are more equal than others. Agenda-driven journalists love to exploit familial dysfunction when a prominent politician is conservative and his or her kinfolk espouse liberal views. When a vengeful offspring, sibling, cousin or distant relation ...

Reforming prisons an unfriendly GOP issue

Prison reform has normally been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the Trump administration, this, too, is about to change. Last Thursday, President Trump held a roundtable discussion at his Bedminster, New Jersey, property, five ...

Please don’t ban Alex Jones

It’s just gotten a little easier for the government to control the weather. Social media sites moved en masse to ban Alex Jones, the self-parodic conspiracy theorist. Jones is a poisonous toad who leveraged his compellingly ridiculous persona and bizarre rants into considerable notoriety ...

Sanders’ ideas are just bad

Sen. Bernie Sanders is all over the internet! New York Magazine says he is “quietly building a digital media empire.” Mic.com calls it “one of the most powerful progressive media outfits in America.” This matters because bettors rank Sanders one of the top four Democratic ...

Portland progressives up in arms

George Will “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” — L.P. Hartley WASHINGTON — They do things differently in Portland, but not because it is a foreign country, although many Americans might wish it were: At this moment, it is one national embarrassment too ...

Good golly Ohio – we’re trying to figure you out

Connie Schultz Golly, the political landscape of Ohio is confounding. I say that as a lifelong Ohioan who knows that’s about as true as a presidential tweet. I’m going to give it a go anyway and see how long I can keep it up, as that’s the current national narrative about my home ...

Summertime means very happy puppy time

Mona Charen “Have any big plans for the summer?” people sometimes ask by way of small talk. I reply literally: “Yes, housetraining a new puppy.” Our newest family member is a 12-week-old Labrador retriever mix — jet black from the top of his nose to the tip of his slightly odd ...

Court absolutely right to leave gun decision to school districts

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday that schools can ban guns on their property, upholding policies against open carry that Ann Arbor and Clio districts put in place as safety measures to prevent disruptions. This was a good call for upholding both the law and common sense. The majority ...

Have you had enough of Trump, yet?

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Some irate Donald Trump supporters have had enough. Enough, that is, of my columns harping on the damage their man has done and is doing to American democracy by attacking the press and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible obstruction of ...