Susan Estrich: Rubio should get big bounce from Iowa

You can pick your headline for Iowa: “Trump Didn’t Win!” “Hillary Didn’t Lose!” “Rubio’s the One!”

Walter E. Williams: Letter offers insight for Americans

There is a letter titled “Isn’t It Strange?” making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers, save for those caught up in modernity.

Thomas Sowell: Look at alternatives to Trump for president

Sen. Ted Cruz’s upset victory against Donald Trump has robbed “The Donald” of his stock answer to any criticism from rivals — that he is winning and his critics are losers.

Clarence Page: A humble Trump? Sorry, ‘loo-zahs’

Ever since Donald Trump entered the Republican presidential race, I have been waiting to see him lose. I wanted to see how he would handle it. Humility, after all, is not an emotion with which the Donald appears to be intimately familiar.

Mary Sanchez: Trump turns the tables on GOP, Fox News

The GOP debate he wasn’t attending hadn’t yet begun, but Donald Trump, safely tucked into the plush leather seats of his 757, declared himself the winner.

Jonah Goldberg: Political parties' weakness on display

The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz’s victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa, but the larger significance of this election has been clear for months: The two major parties are paper tigers.

Trudy Rubin: Tahrir Square revolution not over yet

Jan. 25 marked the fifth anniversary of the Tahrir Square revolt — an uprising organized by young Facebook-savvy Egyptians that came to symbolize the Arab Spring.

Pat Smith: Innovative program good fit for Denton homeless

Thanks to Christian McPhate, the Denton Record-Chronicle reporter, for highlighting the struggles of some of Denton’s homeless. I am passionate about combating homelessness for two reasons.

Kathleen Parker: Trump perfects the insult

WASHINGTON — If you ask Donald Trump fans what they like about him, there’s an excellent chance they’ll say, “Because he’s not politically correct.” But this is only true if you misunderstand the meaning of political correctness, as Trump himself apparently does.

Steve Chapman: Potentially fatal defect lurks in Cruz candidacy

If you attend a presidential campaign event, you may come across someone wearing colonial garb or an Uncle Sam costume or body paint. But a recent Ted Cruz rally in Iowa featured something possibly unprecedented: guys dressed up as Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Leonard Pitts: Hasbro should know courage has no gender

I used to consider women pitifully weak and pathetically delicate. For this, I blame Marvel Comics.

Thomas Sowell: Stop looking for villains when we see differences

The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Doyle McManus: Iran leaders’ dilemma: A country or a cause

To Americans, Iran’s actions over the last few weeks may have seemed not merely surprising, but also contradictory.

Walter E. Williams: Work on root causes of malaise in education

Some credit Albert Einstein, others credit Benjamin Franklin, with the observation that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results.”

Froma Harrop: Low oil prices not bad for environment

It stood to reason that collapsing prices for oil would make clean energy relatively more expensive. That would dampen the public’s craving to install solar panels and build wind turbines.

Clarence Page: Oscar controversy offers problems, opportunity

It is easy to be disappointed by the news that this year’s 20 nominees for the Academy Awards included zero nonwhite actors — for the second year in a row.

Jonah Goldberg: 'Conservative crackup' may have arrived

I’ve been hearing about the impending “conservative crackup” for nearly 25 years. The term was coined by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., the founder of the American Spectator

Susan Estrich: Hillary needs to connect with voters on issues

It would be funny to watch were it not so fruitless and political. (“Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”)

Trudy Rubin: Kurds require help to fight Islamic State

Any U.S. effort to uproot the Islamic State from Iraq and Syria this year will have to rely on Kurdish fighters to play a critical role.

Kathleen Parker: Trump, Palin bad for true conservatives

WASHINGTON — At first it seemed too weirdly awful to be true, but there she was: Sarah Palin standing next to Donald Trump recently and endorsing him for president.

Froma Harrop: Allow 18-year-olds to drink legally in U.S.

In America, alleged land of freedom, a 19-year-old soldier just back from Afghanistan can’t sidle up to a bar and legally order a beer.

Leonard Pitts: Track Palin, Sarah’s latest political opportunity

The police report paints a confusing and chaotic picture.

Steve Chapman: Time to retire our Electoral College

When it comes to votes, the state of New York is a gold mine. In the 2012 presidential election, more than 11 million New Yorkers were registered. By itself, New York accounted for half of Barack Obama’s margin of victory in the popular vote over Mitt Romney.

Thomas Sowell: Blind faith in leaders not unique in history

Former Gov. Sarah Palin is an intelligent person, contrary to how liberals have tried to portray her.

Mary Sanchez: Flint’s water: political contempt in action

If there was ever any ethical foundation supporting the administration of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, it has been obliterated.

Linda Chavez: Immigrants continue to be pawns of politicians

The Supreme Court recently decided to take up the Obama administration’s unilateral executive actions on immigration, which will keep the issue on the front burner for the presidential election.

Doyle McManus: Democrats to decide on revolutionary or pragmatist

As their party’s caucuses and primaries get underway, Democrats face as stark a choice as any in modern times. They must decide between a revolutionary and an incrementalist: Bernie Sanders, a democratic...

Clarence Page: Cruz, Trump lead Republican panic parade

What’s the most clearly defining moment so far in the 2016 presidential race? My choice would be Republican candidate Ted Cruz’s New Hampshire campaign stop last March where he demonstrated his ability to frighten small children.

Jonah Goldberg: Speaker Ryan seeks to get Congress its swagger back

According to the Constitution, the legislature is the first and most powerful branch of government. And yet, many believe — on the left and the right — that the institution has atrophied.

Walter E. Williams: Some blacks served major roles in the Confederacy

Last July, Anthony Hervey, an outspoken black advocate for the Confederate flag, was killed in a car crash.

Froma Harrop: Sanders’ single-payer plan a distraction

If you’ve successfully landed on the beaches, but your forces are still taking heavy fire, what do you do? Do you concentrate on trying to hold the line and make further advances or do you sit in a circle and design a better landing craft?

Leonard Pitts: Flint’s poor left under cover of darkness

“Them that’s got shall get. Them that’s not shall lose.” — Billie Holiday

Steve Chapman: America divided for long time

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama lamented the deep divisions of our time and expressed regret that he hasn’t done more to overcome them. His words had a nostalgic air, cloaked in memories of times when Americans were more united and less angry.

Kathleen Parker: Daddy Trump is looking out for the right

WASHINGTON — So you say you want a daddy for your president? OK, so maybe you didn’t say it, but on a subliminal level, you may have felt it, especially if you’re a Republican primary voter leaning toward Donald Trump.

Mary Sanchez: Cuban migrants get unfair advantage

The Cold War is over, but it still deeply distorts U.S. immigration policy. Consider the bizarre situation at our southern border. A wave of migrants is expected to appear there, hoping for safe passage into the U.S. and an expedited path to legal status and eventually full citizenship. They will get it.

Thomas Sowell: Amending Constitution not a radical endeavor

In recent years, a small but growing number of people have advocated a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The reaction to the proposal has been hostile, out of all proportion to either the originality or the danger of such a convention.

Clarence Page: Mexican drug war tough on press freedom

There’s a lot that is worth criticizing about actor Sean Penn’s rambling Rolling Stone article about his friendly meeting with cutthroat fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Linda Chavez: Ted Cruz has Trump problem

Donald Trump is right: Ted Cruz has a problem. By raising the “birther” issue, Trump is planting the seeds for a legal challenge should Cruz ultimately win the Republican presidential nomination.

Doyle McManus: Bill Clinton’s past fair game in campaign

Is Bill Clinton’s sexual history fair game in the 2016 campaign? Donald Trump certainly thinks so. “Hillary is an enabler,” he said in one interview. “She’s married to an abuser!” he said in another. “If she’s going to play the woman card, it’s all fair game,” he added.

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Jonah Goldberg: Republican race hasn’t stuck to usual script

According to conventional wisdom, the GOP nominates the guy whose turn it is, while the Democrats look for a savior.

Froma Harrop: U.S. foreign service can be dangerous job

When Thomas E. McNamara arrived in Colombia as U.S. ambassador in 1988, he encountered a hit list issued by narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar. “I was No. 1,” he recalls. “Ambassadors tend to get that kind of attention.”

Ed Soph: Voice opinions on proposed power plants

Denton City Council will hold a Town Hall meeting Saturday about Denton Municipal Electric’s proposal to build two polluting power plants fired by fracked natural gas.

Walter E. Williams: Higher minimum wage bad for youths

Michael Hiltzik, a columnist and Los Angeles Times reporter, wrote an article titled “Does a minimum wage raise hurt workers? Economists say: We don’t know.”

Leonard Pitts: Woman fights ignorance with quiet call for peace

As a general rule, I loathe both Holocaust and slavery comparisons.

Steve Chapman: El Chapo got caught, so what?

All across America last weekend, panicked drug users rushed to their dealers to stock up on marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine for fear of running out.

Kathleen Parker: Fair game sometimes four play

WASHINGTON — Fair play can sometimes be a raunchy racket. In the midst of Hillary Clinton’s promising presidential bid, a blast from the past blew through the back door and rattled the joints of the political edifice of Clinton. Juanita Broaddrick, the Arkansas woman who has claimed that in 1978 then-state Attorney General Bill Clinton raped her, tweeted that Hillary Clinton is “not the one” to talk about violence against women and that she is an “enabler.”

Mary Sanchez: Kid gloves for homegrown extremists part of strategy

Soon after a bunch of white guys with guns holed up at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in protest against the federal government, wags took to social media to deride them. “Y’all Qaeda,” “YeeHawdists” and “Vanilla ISIS” are some of the clever put-downs circulating on Twitter.

Thomas Sowell: Engineers appear to complicate the obvious

Engineers who design computerized products and services seem to have an almost fanatical determination to avoid using plain English.

Clarence Page: Trump’s tribalism true sign of our times

With less than a month to go before Iowa caucus-goers cast the first actual votes in the presidential nomination race, Republican leaders and donors disagree over how to stop the candidacy of Donald Trump — or whether anyone should even try.