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Charles Krauthammer: Putin's Ukraine gambit

Posted 3/1/2014 in National Columns

Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century."

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Bobby Jindal comes out swinging

Posted 2/26/2014 in National Columns

This town can get pretty wound up when a politician misbehaves. Given some of the reactions to Bobby Jindal's off-script remarks Monday, you'd think he'd been caught with a mirror on his shoe in the ladies' restroom.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: The 'fairness' fraud

Posted 2/25/2014 in National Columns

It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Electile dysfunction in the Big Easy

Posted 2/22/2014 in National Columns

NEW ORLEANS -- A security guard and a lawyer walked into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. It's bad, all right, but no joke. Everyone in this town, including two drinking buddies, was talking about the federal public corruption trial of former mayor Ray Nagin.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Sex after drinking and the war on men

Posted 2/22/2014 in National Columns

We've heard much about the Republican war on women. Exhaustingly. Lately, we've also heard about the war on men. The war on men-on-women-on-men . . . or something, as MSNBC's Alex Wagner described it recently, gained fresh traction with a controversial column by the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto about campus rape.

 

Susan Estrich: The home country

Posted 2/22/2014 in National Columns

Kiev did not seem familiar when I visited a few years ago for the first and only time. Old and a little tired, but friendly. Reasonable. It wasn't scary and off-putting; it was bright and shiny. Red Square meets Beverly Hills, more mirrors than Las Vegas -- like the little bright pocket I found myself in when I visited Moscow a few days later.

 

Susan Estrich: I'm not watching the Olympics

Posted 2/21/2014 in National Columns

This is not exactly a newsflash in my house, where, before he left for college, my son had to teach me how to turn on the TV. The thing is, I really don't want to watch the Olympics, even though I spent many of my happier childhood hours watching figure skating on the black-and-white.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: White fear trumps black life

Posted 2/20/2014 in National Columns

 

 

Froma Harrop: Hillary Clinton is too old for what?

Posted 2/20/2014 in National Columns

The esteemed political writer Charlie Cook recently produced a column titled "Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?" Despite couching his thoughts with a mention that if Clinton were to run, she would be the same age as Ronald Reagan when he was first elected president, 69, he did venture over the sexism line.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The GOP's flash of brilliance

Posted 2/19/2014 in National Columns

Republicans have excelled at concealing their brilliance in recent years, and Democrats have exulted in their good fortune.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Cruz control?

Posted 2/18/2014 in National Columns

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Losing our third places

Posted 2/17/2014 in National Columns

A story that captivated New York City: A group of elderly Korean-Americans had been gathering at a McDonald's in Queens for conversation and fellowship. They'd sit there all day long, sometimes sharing a $1.39 package of fries. The hangout was so popular that friends from other neighborhoods would travel to join them.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Gestalt gardener with guts

Posted 2/15/2014 in National Columns

WAVELAND -- I got to walk right past the shiny, new, Christmas-ornament-red hook and ladder truck at the fire department here to see one of my heroes, radio personality Felder Rushing. One recent Saturday morning he was speaking upstairs at the firehouse. I couldn't help but think about how many of the boys of my generation wanted to be firemen when they grew up. Never knew a single one who wanted to become "a gestalt gardener," which is how Felder describes himself.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A few more thoughts on 'thug'

Posted 2/15/2014 in National Columns

"I hate that thug music." This, according to Rhonda Rouer's testimony last week, is what her fiancee, Michael Dunn, said when they pulled into a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station next to an SUV full of black kids who had the stereo up high, pumping some obnoxious, bass-heavy rap.

 

Kathleen Parker: The poetry of bad news around Obamacare

Posted 2/15/2014 in National Columns

It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one. In fairy tales, as in Washington, things are true that can't possibly be -- and what is not true can be defended by tilting the facts a certain way and catching the light just so.

 

Kathleen Parker: The shock of Hillary Clinton as 'ruthless'

Posted 2/13/2014 in National Columns

Groundhog Day isn't just a movie. Here it is early 2014 -- still almost three years away from a new presidency -- but it's high time to mention that Hillary Clinton was a "ruthless" first lady.

 

 

Rather than piecemeal accountability, require annual audits of all state agencies

Posted 2/10/2014 in National Columns

Legislation is moving through the state Senate that will "cut wasteful spending while ensuring taxpayers can see what their government is doing," according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

 

 

Hoffman and heroin

Posted 2/9/2014 in National Columns

When my kids were little, an older and more experienced mother told me that one key to raising kids safely is to limit the number of "nos" to what really matters and insist firmly on those. Motorcycles and heroin, she said, which seems like a pretty good list.

 

 

For sale, the MLK legacy

Posted 2/8/2014 in National Columns

Maybe we should take up an offering. Obviously, the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. are hard up for money. That must be why they keep selling off pieces of his legacy.

 

 

Cellophane hearts and soft centers

Posted 2/8/2014 in National Columns

I was using the free White Pages website to try to find the ZIP code for a friend's address. An advertisement popped up, something called Instant Checkmate, which is not free.

 

 

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