Columns

Column: Open “The Arsenal of Democracy” for Ukraine

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I traveled recently with Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., to eastern Ukraine to meet with the courageous men and women fighting there for their country’s freedom and future. I arrived on a solemn day as Ukrainian volunteers grieved the loss of two young comrades killed by Russian artillery the day before. They had lost another comrade a few days before that, and four more the previous week. …

Column: Confederacy’s Ugly History Is Not Forgotten

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The lowering of Confederate battle flags across the South is not a victory. It’s a correction, a small one, and to treat it like a victory is wrong and divisive given the example in Charleston, S.C., where the forgiving grace of nine families in funeral corteges is a continuing miracle that makes the head bow with humility. What good is it to lower …

Column: The Court at Its Best

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In his powerful dissenting opinion from Friday’s same-sex marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asks an excellent question: “Just who do we think we are?” That question deserves an answer. If we look at the arc of the court’s history, we might be able to offer one. Contrary to appearances, the court usually …

Column: Labor’s Selfish Fight on Trade

Friday, June 19, 2015

President Barack Obama, elected and re-elected with significant majorities of the popular vote, believes that the American people would benefit if he gets authority from Congress to negotiate international trade agreements and then submit them to both houses for approval on an expedited basis. A bipartisan majority of …

Column: Sanders’ Surge Should Inspire GOP Hopefuls

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Two polls show Sen. Bernie Sanders surging in New Hampshire, moving within 10 or 12 percentage points of Hillary Clinton. Nonetheless, Sanders simply is not a threat to Clinton in the Democratic nomination race. But his spike can tell a lot about the Republican contest. It’s a reminder …

Column: Sanders Must Address Racial Divide

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination has to win critical support from black voters for him to have a chance. He is not trying hard enough. Sanders has so far ignored African-Americans to focus on economic populism. He believes that the answer to all …

Column: Free the Zoo Animals

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A crocodile swimming down a city street. A bear hugging an air conditioner outside a second-floor apartment window. A hippo loitering outside a Swatch store. Penguins drowned. And a young white lion dead from a police bullet to the head. Those are images from Tbilisi, the capital of …

Willem Lange: Prison Escape in the North Country

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Montpelier As I write this, on a Monday afternoon, two escaped inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., are still at large, and the assorted constabulary are still searching for them everywhere they can. Thankfully, the national media have begun to lay off the hourly updates …

Column: Jeb Runs Away From the Bush Name

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Washington If Jeb Bush is going to run for president as something other than a Bush, it will take a transformation worthy of Rachel Dolezal. And yet the former Florida governor, who once accidentally checked “Hispanic” on a …

Column: The Clinton Majority

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Imagine three presidents. The first sold a moderate message to win a three-way race with 49 percent of the vote. The second sold a conservative one and won with just under 51 percent of the vote. And the third ran a liberal campaign and won with just over …

Column: Clinton Reinvents Message, Not Herself

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New York Hillary Clinton is tied as closely as a candidate can be to two Democratic administrations past. But she intends to wage her presidential campaign around a rich menu of policies and plans that are about the future. She has been in our national consciousness so long …

Column: Why Is the Nation Going to Pot?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Twenty years ago, drug dealers were seen for what they were — criminal and dangerous elements in our society. They were shunned by the mainstream. People who sold marijuana were considered losers, in the business of harming our children. Parents warned their kids to stay away from those …

Column: Bush Pays Price for Agreeing With Obama

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Does a Republican presidential candidate have to disagree with Barack Obama on foreign policy if he wants to be president? International relations scholar Dan Drezner is afraid so. Drezner liked what he heard from Jeb Bush on Russia, but thinks that’s a problem — for Bush. Why? Because …