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Kathleen Parker: Limited room for debate in the Republican field

Posted yesterday in National Columns

Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.

 

Kathleen Parker: Trigger warnings, colleges, and the 'Swaddled Generation'

Posted 5/21/2015 in National Columns

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own.

 

Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

 

Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush's eloquent defense of Christianity

Posted 5/13/2015 in National Columns

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians -- inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party's base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.

 

Kathleen Parker: Pamela Geller's abuse of free speech

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

The recent spectacle of Pamela Geller, the erstwhile journalist who organized a provocative contest in Texas of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, gives pause to even the most passionate defenders of the First Amendment.

 

Kathleen Parker: Baltimore, comedy, and courage

Posted 4/30/2015 in National Columns

True words are often said in jest, it has long been said.

 

Kathleen Parker: With a song in prisoners' hearts

Posted 4/25/2015 in National Columns

Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina's largest maximum-security prison, gets plenty of bad press -- from a riot and a lockdown in February to drone-delivered contraband a few days ago.

 

Kathleen Parker: Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

Posted 4/24/2015 in National Columns

When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.

 

Kathleen Parker: What we teach kids about drinking

Posted 4/20/2015 in National Columns

For a variety of reasons, I gave up alcohol on Jan. 4. I have your attention, don't I?

 

Kathleen Parker: Clinton's past and future problem

Posted 4/18/2015 in National Columns

Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past. This is never truer than during a political season. It doesn't matter whether the past (meaning all of four years ago) trumps the present or whether the future carries a whiff of embers and smoke. We gallop into tomorrow like a dog who mastered the screen-door latch and find little worthy of regard in yesterday.

 

Kathleen Parker: Shhh! White House secrets revealed

Posted 4/8/2015 in National Columns

The new tell-all, "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious -- and utterly lacking in nutritious content.

 

Kathleen Parker: Inexcusable wackiness in the Senate

Posted 3/26/2015 in National Columns

President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.

 

Kathleen Parker: Dear Starbucks: Can we not talk about race?

Posted 3/21/2015 in National Columns

I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads, waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish to be. Absolutely no one is talking about race.

 

Kathleen Parker: Clinton controversy deja vu

Posted 3/19/2015 in National Columns

Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton's e-mail, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do.

 

Kathleen Parker: Tom Cotton's grandstand play

Posted 3/14/2015 in National Columns

With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today's relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.

 

Kathleen Parker: Words that kill

Posted 3/11/2015 in National Columns

"At least nobody died," we often hear in politics to explain away some regrettable act.

 

Kathleen Parker: Is Twitter really America's conscience?

Posted 3/2/2015 in National Columns

Denizens of social media were rankled during the Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.

 

Kathleen Parker: The love litmus test

Posted 2/25/2015 in National Columns

Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one -- Do you believe President Obama loves America? -- makes birthers seem witty.

 

Kathleen Parker: Wordsmithing war

Posted 2/24/2015 in National Columns

Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity.

 

Kathleen Parker: Answering the atrocities of ISIS

Posted 2/21/2015 in National Columns

With each of their actions, the world has provided a predictable reaction. There's a very 2001 feel to President Obama's request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we'll be at war indefinitely.

 

 

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