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National Editorials and Columns

  • Barone: American Exceptionalism: How Has It Fared in the Obama Years?

    In his final State of the Union speech Barack Obama made at least a few bows toward the idea that America is an exceptional nation, an idea he once de ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 12:00 am
  • Stephen L. Carter: Forget debates, if we want real answers

    Everyone seems to agree that Thursday’s Republican presidential debate was slashing and angry; the candidates barely said anything of substance.
    Jan. 17, 2016 - 11:52 pm
  • ‘There is no reason for this’

    “If a child can’t open a bottle of aspirin, we should make sure that they can’t pull a trigger on a gun.”
    Jan. 17, 2016 - 11:52 pm
  • John Stossel: Obama's optimism is misdirected

    In the commercial that President Barack Obama released before his final State of the Union address, Obama said he would tell Congress how “optimistic” ...
    Jan. 16, 2016 - 12:02 am
  • Connie Schultz: Rhetoric can’t match reality of motherhood

    The one good thing about Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign for the presidency is that he provides many opportunities to point out to the rest of the co ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 12:29 am
  • Another View: Obama calls for reform

    President Barack Obama took the biggest stage in politics Tuesday aiming to calm a fearful nation and offer realistic ways to fix the country’s politi ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 11:12 pm
  • Jonathan Bernstein: Some questions before Iowa and New Hampshire vote

    We’re only three weeks from the Iowa caucuses and four from the New Hampshire primary, but even at this late date there are more plausible scenarios o ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 11:12 pm
  • Ramesh Ponnuru: Hard line on immigration now conservative litmus test

    In some circles, Sen. Marco Rubio is being labeled a “moderate” or “establishment” Republican even though his voting record is extremely conservative. ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 11:11 pm
  • Another View: Rethinking mandatory minimum sentences

    In the cascade of ironies that continues to tumble out of the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, here’s one that might have been easy t ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 10:03 pm
  • Pitts: Obama's tear a starkly human thing

    He didn’t bawl.His voice only roughened for a moment and he dabbed at a couple tears that straggled ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 10:03 pm
  • Barone: ​Negative campaigning breaks out in Republican race

    Rough and tumble. Hammer and tongs. In the race for this year’s Republican nomination, Donald Trump has not hesitated to attack and ridicule many of h ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 12:09 am
  • Another View: Plan on Real ID compliance

    The Minnesota Legislature’s dilemma for complying with the federal Real ID Act boils down to a simple-but-patently-unfair choice: Comply for the conve ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 12:08 am
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