Steve Chapman: Problem with Hillary not her age

Are there good reasons to vote against Hillary Clinton? If you gave me some time — like two seconds — I could come up with some.

Clarence Page: Gruber should rethink his notion of ‘stupidity’

Was Obamacare sold on a pack of lies or just political spin? Questions like that have turned Jonathan Gruber, who helped to create President Barack Obama’s health care plan, into a possible threat to its survival.

Kathleen Parker: Pope seeks to resurrect families

WASHINGTON — News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis’ broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

Doyle McManus: Challenges to aid Hillary

I’m going out on a limb here, but: Bernie Sanders is not going to be our next president. Still, the independent socialist senator from Vermont is sounding more and more like a man who intends to defy the doubters and run. And he could play an important role in the campaign.

Thomas Sowell: Racial quota limits for punishment a bad deal

If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal government and the Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes.

Froma Harrop: Call bluff on Obamacare

There’s this game in American politics where folks who fancy themselves conservative often condemn programs that they in fact want very much. Obamacare is one such example.

Jonah Goldberg: Scientist’s gaudy shirt irritates feminists

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime.

Leonard Pitts: Teach young people how to protest effectively

Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest.

Walter E. Williams: Americans to blame for disregard of the law

Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver? You say, “Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he’s one or the other!” I’d say, “Hold your horses. What are his intentions?”

Clarence Page: Dems need diversity, too

Here we go again. Big election defeats inevitably are followed by major rounds of teeth-gnashing, shirt-rending, soul-searching, finger pointing, self-flagellating and circular firing squad shooting. Now it’s the Democrats’ turn. Again.

Steve Chapman: U.S.-China relations complicated

Americans like to keep the world simple, dividing important countries into two groups: valued allies and hateful enemies. That approach suffices when we’re talking about South Korea and North Korea. But it doesn’t work well when it comes to China.

Doyle McManus: ISIS shakes Americans out of isolationism

Remember when pundits were worried that Americans had turned isolationist? As recently as August, polls showed big majorities opposed to military intervention in Iraq, Syria or anywhere else.

Linda Chavez: Immigration legislation necessary

President Obama is expected to act in the next few days to grant legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, fulfilling a promise he made before the election.

Mary Sanchez: Chaos doesn’t have to win in Ferguson

By every indication — from both the street and civic offices — Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to blow.

Jonah Goldberg: Democrats’ midterm loss no win for Hillary

In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking. The closest we have to that in America is The New York Times.

Froma Harrop: There’s still something special about paper

Interesting that the tech website CNET has started publishing an old-fashioned magazine — you know, on paper, like Time and Life. To complete the retro circle, CNET’s periodical is carrying print ads for Ford, Gillette and other brands already at home in the Mad Men era.

Trudy Rubin: U.S. must renew its democracy

The recent 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is a good time to reflect on the dimming regard for democratic government — at home and abroad.

Leonard Pitts: Open letter offered to GOP on its main enemy

Dear Republican Party:Impeach President Obama.Go ahead, you know you want to do it. The very thought makes you warm and gooey inside.

Kathleen Parker: Midterms a referendum on Obama

WASHINGTON — Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless. In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The gods surely blush with envy.

Clarence Page: Feisty nurse helps to counter Ebola panic

Nurse Kaci Hickox is still at large, despite efforts by two governors to put her back in captivity. As such, she has become a threat to public health or a hero to the cause of freedom, science and good sense, depending on your point of view.

Thomas Sowell: America dodges a bullet

Just what happened last week on Election Day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead?

Christi Craddick / Guest Column

Last week’s election was remarkable for many reasons, including the decision by Denton residents to ban hydraulic fracturing in their community. The first of its kind in Texas, this vote has caused a bit of an uproar.

Walter E. Williams: Fraud in education rampantin America

It would be unreasonable to expect a student with the reading, writing and computing abilities of an eighth-grader to do well in college.

Froma Harrop: Progressives don’t need Washington very much

The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn’t matter much to progressives. Even when Democrats have the majority, precious little gets done in a body that lets a minority of members obstruct.

Other Voices

Jonah Goldberg: GOP win a rebuke of Obama

We know Barack Obama is good at least one thing — getting Barack Obama elected president of the United States. How good he is at being president of the United States is a subject of considerable debate. A less debatable proposition: He is just plain awful at running a political party.

Trudy Rubin: Foreign countries offer lessons to Washington

As we debate how recent election results will affect government gridlock, I can’t help thinking about two other elections, held recently in tiny Tunisia and embattled Ukraine.

Steve Chapman: U.S. at war without a clue, again

War, it’s been said, is God’s way of teaching Americans geography. Maybe we do learn how to locate the countries we invade or bomb on a map. But recent experience indicates how much we don’t know about those societies and how slow we are at learning.

Clarence Page: Mixed messages for Obama

Before the votes were cast, Tuesday’s midterm elections were looking like a Seinfeld election. Like the quirky TV comedy show, the midterms didn’t seem to be about anything in particular.

Linda Chavez: After victory comes hard work for Republicans

The GOP victory Election Night was the easy part. Now comes the real work: forging an agenda that will solidify Republican gains over the next two years.

Mary Sanchez: GOP shift means fewer women in Congress

The Congressional midterm election results weren’t just a catastrophe for Democrats. They were a setback for women as well.

Walter E. Williams: Academic cheating likely to be widespread

Last year’s column “Dishonest Educators” (January 2013) reported on the largest school cheating scandal in U.S. history. In more than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated, teachers changed student answers on academic achievement tests.

Leonard Pitts: The catcalls heard ’round the world

They say they are going to rape Shoshana Roberts. She’s the star of a hidden camera video that has gone viral. Posted by Hollaback!, a group that campaigns against the street harassment of women — “catcalling” — it shows Roberts taking a silent stroll through New York City. Over the course of 10 hours, she records over a hundred instances of unwanted attention from unknown men.

Jonah Goldberg: Minimize Big Data in politics

“To everyone who voted,” President Obama said in his press conference on Wednesday, “I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate yesterday, I hear you, too.”

Doyle McManus: What GOP won Tuesday is opportunity

Is there a new GOP mandate? That’s a question Republicans and Democrats will be debating in coming days, as the GOP makes the case that its election victories add up not only to an electoral wave, but to a mandate — a genuine endorsement of conservative policies — while Democrats cast them as something less.

Other Voices

Thomas Sowell: Democrats’ voter ID stance is real fraud

One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting. Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote.

Leonard Pitts: Trustworthiness doesn’t mean much in news biz

You can’t handle the truth. There is a temptation to take that line from Jack Nicholson — snarled at Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men — as the moral of the story, the lesson to be learned from a new study on trustworthiness and the news media.

Steve Chapman: Freedom gets trampled on in hysteria over Ebola

I am a faithful and loving husband to a wonderful woman, and I do not make a practice of hugging women I don’t know. But if I had the chance, I wouldn’t hesitate to embrace Kaci Hickox.

Froma Harrop: Need to grease palms? There’s an app for that

Uber, the car-summoning service, got some flak not long ago for “surge” pricing. Customers complained about its policy of raising prices charged for trips at times of high demand. That might happen on New Year’s Eve, in the teeth of a monsoon or, less dramatically, during an especially busy lunch hour.

Kathleen Parker: America swings like a pendulum

WASHINGTON — To paraphrase Roger Miller — and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia — America swings like a pendulum do.

Clarence Page: Clinton had a rough time in office, too

Bill Clinton doesn’t get enough credit for what he achieved as president despite his fierce right-wing opposition. Just ask him.

Jonah Goldberg: Politicians should take hard votes to progress

What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. As a proud member of the “don’t just do something, sit there” school of politics, I don’t fret much about partisanship and gridlock. Partisanship and gridlock aren’t bugs of our constitutional system, they’re features. And while everyone likes to see their preferred policies sail through Congress, on the whole I think we’ve been well served by those features for two centuries.

Mary Sanchez: U.S. needs alignment of rules on Ebola

Who would have thought that Doctors Without Borders would need a public relations boost? The organization’s medical personnel traverse the world, often at great personal risk, to maintain hospitals and clinics in the midst of wars, famines and epidemics. Their work is unquestionably heroic.

Steve Chapman: President finds virtues of inaction

In responding to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is being his usual self: passive, detached, unable or unwilling to lead. So say his critics, who accuse him of being an idle observer of his own presidency.

Leonard Pitts: Time to hold memories for fun aunt Millie

CHICAGO — It was the summer of 1969 the first time I came here, two months shy of my 12th birthday.

Thomas Sowell: Predatory journalism alive in America

The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending.” Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of.

Froma Harrop: Fannie, Freddie must go

Say we didn’t hear that. Say we didn’t hear that rules for mortgages guaranteed by the taxpayers are going lax once again.

Clarence Page: Ebola turns into ‘fearbola’

We must pay attention to the mistakes of history, some wise person once said, so we can do a better job of making them in the future.

Walter E. Williams: Africa needs personal liberty to improve life

Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people.”