Columns

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 ...

Dereliction of political duty in a tweet

It’s been policy hereabout to ignore presidential tweets of no national consequence. Whether Donald Trump likes Roseanne or dislikes Rosie matters not. But Trump’s tweets about the catastrophic California fires do. They demonstrated remarkable ignorance and cowardice. And in the words that ...

No more hemming and hawing

Dear Annie: I have a friend, “Rosie,” who kicked me out to the curb (metaphorically speaking) when her sister moved into her mobile home park. Prior to her sister’s moving into the neighborhood, Rosie and I saw a lot of each other. I was always sewing for Rosie, her husband and her ...

All of us are living in Trump’s kayfabe world

President Trump’s demonization of the media as the “enemy of the people” is mostly kayfabe. A professional wrestling term, “kayfabe” means presenting staged events as if they’re real. Pro wrestling is theater, not sport. But it thrives on the illusion that it is the latter, not ...

Is big tech too big?

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic “The Matrix,” which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes it’s the other way around. On occasion, art can be prophetic. “The Matrix” is such a film. ...

John and the Baptist of the left

A voice crying in the wilderness is supposed to be ignored, not rewarded with accolades and growing influence. Bernie Sanders is the prophet with honor in his own party. The former socialist gadfly is now the socialist trendsetter. At the moment, he has to be counted among the most successful ...

More than one kind of corruption

When people think of corruption in high places, they tend to think of elites feathering their own nests. Bill and Hillary Clinton monetized political power into a personal fortune of hundreds of millions, and played the system better than any couple since Napoleon and Josephine. Paul Manafort ...

Missing face time

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 70s, and he is experiencing depression from lack of contact with his children. I don’t mean Facebook, because he sees them on there. They do not call like they did in the past. I am sure they feel that since he can actually see them on the screen, he ...

Nation approaching crossroads

“Science, like the Mississippi, begins in a tiny rivulet in the distant forest.” — Abraham Flexner WASHINGTON — In 1933, when America’s most famous immigrant settled in Princeton, New Jersey, Franklin Roosevelt tried to invite Albert Einstein to the White House. Abraham Flexner, the ...

Syria means challenges for US, allies in future

We do not know if President Trump gave any agreements to Putin vis-a-vis the Middle East during their Helsinki meeting. However, it is quite possible that he signaled to Putin a further green light for Russia’s partnership with the Assad regime and to Russia’s growing footprint in the ...

Love for a child isn’t all that simple anymore

Last week, you walked off that plane with the biggest smile on your face. Your hug was stronger and taller than last time, proof of a growth spurt in the past six months that just stretched on forever, I swear. Before the airline official would allow you to leave with me, I had to show ID to ...

Another opinion

Info doesn’t cause panic, but a lack of info does A plume of contaminated groundwater is a scary thing. It creeps quietly into our lives in gentle shushes from our faucets, the soft snap of a garden-grown pea. We drink, we eat, we line the kids up at the drinking fountains after recess. ...

Female candidates must go beyond #MeToo

Have you heard? A woman who recently ran for president got nearly 3 million more votes than Donald Trump. Only the Electoral College — actually, a few thousand ballots in three key states — delivered the presidency to the current POTUS. And that was with an assist from Russia. That’s ...

Watergate sleuths looking at Trump

WASHINGTON—The two investigative reporters whose work at the Washington Post brought about the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974 now have Donald Trump in their sights, this time separately. Carl Bernstein, the street-smart liberal New Yorker who teamed with Bob Woodward, the earnest, ...

Will Russia back Democrats in 2018 midterm elections?

“I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election,” President Trump tweeted last week. “Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t ...