Linda Chavez

Posted February 12, 2016

For months, responsible Republicans have been pussyfooting around Donald Trump. No one has been willing to take him on vigorously and consistently, not even other Republican presidential candidates, for fear of offending Trump's supporters.

Posted February 05, 2016

New Hampshire may well be the end of the campaign trail for more GOP hopefuls, as Iowa was for Rand Paul, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. All three ran largely positive campaigns and comported themselves with dignity and grace when they bowed out. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for some of those hanging on by a thread in New Hampshire. Chris Christie and Jeb Bush, in particular, have decided their best chance to stay in the race is to attack other candidates.

Posted January 29, 2016

I'm trying to wrap my mind around what it will mean if Donald Trump wins the Iowa caucuses in a few days and goes on to win New Hampshire, South Carolina and ultimately the Republican nomination.

Posted January 22, 2016

The Supreme Court decided this week 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. That's bad news for Republicans, including Donald Trump. It was bound to happen, of course. The administration has been nothing if not Machiavellian when it comes to playing the immigration issue for all it is worth.

Posted January 15, 2016

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.

Posted January 08, 2016

Hooking up online and improving college exam scores wouldn't seem to have much in common, but apparently the nation's largest online dating service company is betting they do.

Posted January 01, 2016

Will Republicans come to their senses in 2016 or continue with another year of living dangerously?

Posted December 25, 2015

For the first time since I left Washington, D.C., for Colorado four years ago, I am spending Christmas with my three boys, two daughters-in-law and grandchildren -- all nine of them -- under one roof.

Posted December 18, 2015

Marco Rubio may be the most gifted natural politician to come out of the GOP since Ronald Reagan.

Posted December 11, 2015

Next week's Republican presidential debate will be a test for the candidates standing alongside Donald Trump. Though most of them have criticized Trump's latest outrage -- a call to ban all Muslim tourists, business travelers and immigrants from the U.S. for some unspecified time -- they have not done so uniformly or with equal passion.

Posted December 04, 2015

Everything we know so far about the slaughter of 14 people in San Bernardino, California, points to Islamist terrorism.

Posted November 20, 2015

President Barack Obama has a choice: He can either destroy the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq or see the Islamic State bring its war to America. It is only a matter of time.

Posted November 14, 2015

Racial unrest on college campuses has spread from coast to coast in the past several days, but it began at the University of Missouri, where a graduate student went on a hunger strike to force the resignation of the college president.

Posted November 06, 2015

The deaths of Middle Eastern refugees are becoming so commonplace they rarely make it on to the front pages in the United States.

Posted October 30, 2015

There was a time when presidential debates were just that, debates on policy among candidates. Not so Wednesday's slugfest in Boulder, Colorado. Some of the blame goes to CNBC for picking ill-prepared "moderators," who showed more pique than knowledge of the issues in posing questions.

Posted October 23, 2015

Hillary Clinton's performance before a House hearing on Benghazi, Libya, this week proved once again why the former secretary of state will be a formidable candidate for president.

Posted October 16, 2015

Clinton has always been a good debater; she won all of the debates in 2008, but it didn't get her the nomination. This time around -- with second-string competition, not a rising star to block her way -- she looks like a shoo-in to become the Democratic nominee. But her path to the presidency is another matter.

Posted October 09, 2015

When Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, he predicted that the occasion would be remembered as "the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth." Some seven years later, America is weaker, and the world is a far more dangerous place.

Posted October 02, 2015

Donald Trump may have a reputation for making things bigger, but when it comes to his plans for the U.S., he wants to shrink it. He says his tax plan will spur economic growth to 6 percent a year -- a level not seen in more than a decade. But it's hard to imagine how he will do so given his signature issue, which is reducing immigration.

Posted September 25, 2015

As a conservative, it is difficult not to be somewhat disappointed in Pope Francis' speech to Congress this week. But as a Catholic, I want to embrace the pope's pastoral message and hope others will, too.