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Dana Milbank: Marco Rubio's fury

Posted 12/20/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the Republican Party's point man on Cuba, seemed to be struggling to contain his fury as he responded to President Obama's move Wednesday to normalize relations with the Cold War foe. The Cuban-American legislator, addressing a roomful of reporters and photographers in the Capitol, chopped the air with his right hand, fired off terse answers to questions and, frequently raising his voice, spat insults at the Obama administration:

 

Michael Gerson: A global conspiracy of health

Posted 12/20/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as population increased by about 1 billion.

 

 

Jill Lawrence:Ready for Hillary and Jeb to declare their independence

Posted 12/20/2014 in National Columns

If you need proof that upward mobility in America is increasingly elusive, consider the prospect of a Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush presidential race. A second President Clinton or a third President Bush would send the depressing message that Barack Obama's classic American Dream ascent was a fluke.

 

 

Michael Gerson: For a politics of repair

Posted 12/19/2014 in National Columns

The just-ending 113th Congress was not, by most measures, productive. But its endgame was at least instructive.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Pottersville goes online

Posted 12/18/2014 in National Columns

What is it that makes the holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" feel so ancient? It's the relationships, but which ones?

 

 

Jamie Stiehm: The California lady lights the dark

Posted 12/17/2014 in National Columns

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat, could not be bullied by the dark CIA.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Tortured reasoning

Posted 12/17/2014 in National Columns

Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture."

 

 

Froma Harrop: Charity versus panhandling

Posted 12/16/2014 in National Columns

I'm paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, "Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?"

 

 

Mary Sanchez: We must not let Mexico become a failed state

Posted 12/16/2014 in National Columns

Mass protests have blocked highways, overtaken town squares and disrupted government buildings.

 

Jill Lawrence: We need to talk about guns, whether the NRA likes it or not

Posted 12/13/2014 in National Columns

The medical community has been no match for the National Rifle Association for decades. By the time Congress leaves town for the holidays, we'll know if senators have shown an ounce of courage or if the NRA has bagged one more trophy. Either way, we won't get the high-stakes discussion we need about guns.

 

Dana Milbank: Jonathan Gruber's bad day

Posted 12/13/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- A gaffe, under the oft-cited Michael Kinsley rule, is when somebody in Washington accidentally speaks the truth. But what happens when frankness leads you to say something so monumentally stupid -- the verbal equivalent of a pratfall, a face-plant into a mud pit -- that "gaffe" doesn't cover it?

 

 

Clarence Page: Racial strife can lead to progress

Posted 12/13/2014 in National Columns

Big city mayors have to stay as neutral as possible when asked about disputes between their citizens and the police. But New York Mayor Bill de Blasio found his voice in a profoundly moving way when he responded not as a mayor, but as a parent.

 

 

Jamie Stiehm: Hollywood steps outside its comfort zone

Posted 12/10/2014 in National Columns

As "Wild" goes into wide release, a sacred Hollywood idea will be put to the test -- and, hopefully, it will flunk.

 

 

Michael Gerson: An act of exceptional recklessness

Posted 12/9/2014 in National Columns

With the apparently imminent release of the Feinstein report on CIA interrogations of high-value terrorists a decade ago, let's consider the situation of intelligence personnel who have been involved, not in that program but in drone strikes against terrorists, conducted in a variety of countries around the world.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Obamacare and the middle class

Posted 12/8/2014 in National Columns

Few truly appreciate the enormous economic benefits the Affordable Care Act will deliver.

 

Dana Milbank: Eric Garner case offers Obama a moment to seize

Posted 12/6/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- The words, spoken about the Eric Garner travesty in New York, were righteous and powerful.

 

Froma Harrop: There's something special about paper

Posted 12/6/2014 in National Columns

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.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Rereading 'Of Mice and Men'

Posted 12/6/2014 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- I walked out to the little house in the yard that stores my books. From my personal library that techie friends keep telling me is silly and superfluous, I found with no trouble my battered old copy of "Of Mice and Men." Taped and raggedy and dog-eared, it feels in my hands like life.

 

 

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