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Leonard Pitts: Hobby Lobby court case a slippery slope

Posted 3/29/2014 in National Columns

Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. That bit of live and let live wisdom, usually attributed -- some say misattributed -- to Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides a useful framework for considering a high profile case argued before the Supreme Court last week. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses, if they provide health insurance for their employees, to include contraceptive care in that coverage.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Lighten up on the first lady

Posted 3/29/2014 in National Columns

The past couple of weeks have marked a turning point in American ugliness as the mob has turned its full fury on first lady Michelle Obama. From criticism of her trip to China to a recent "tell-all" by former White House assistant press secretary Reid Cherlin in the New Republic about Obama's allegedly tyrannical behavior, the gloves have been removed.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: 'Gov. Moonbeam' finds his center

Posted 3/28/2014 in National Columns

In matters cultural, California has always been the United States' petri dish. Whatever happened in California usually infiltrated the rest of the country.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Two-track minds on security and privacy

Posted 3/27/2014 in National Columns

The first shocking headlines after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared revealed that two men had boarded with stolen passports. "Stark evidence of security gap," blared The Christian Science Monitor.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The plane

Posted 3/26/2014 in National Columns

I admit it. I have been obsessed with the plane. Most of the stories I've read offered no new information, but I read them anyway.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: 'Noah,' the movie

Posted 3/26/2014 in National Columns

There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A pointed comment on guns

Posted 3/25/2014 in National Columns

Meaning, you should understand, not a gun you hold in your hand, but rather, the hand itself, thumb cocked and index finger extended to resemble a pistol.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Yawning at anonymous posts

Posted 3/22/2014 in National Columns

Beats me how new apps like "Secret" and "Whisper" are going to make big money. Presumably, that is the objective of their Silicon Valley creators.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Don't confuse the Pope's meeting with Obama as an endorsement

Posted 3/22/2014 in National Columns

This week's meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.

 

Leonard Pitts: The wasted life of Fred Phelps

Posted 3/22/2014 in National Columns

And what shall we say now that the monster has died?

 

Kathleen Parker: Putin the petty clerk

Posted 3/21/2014 in National Columns

"Once an agent, always an agent." This was the terse response of Nina Khrushcheva on New Year's Eve 1999 when her mother commented favorably about the new president, Vladimir Putin, who was then speaking on TV.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: A tiger of a book

Posted 3/18/2014 in National Columns

Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a "Tiger Mom" because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Two ferns and a president

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

I must need to smoke pot. How else to explain why I wasn't getting President Obama's interview on "Between Two Ferns," the Web show hosted by Zach Galifianakis of "The Hangover" fame.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Rooms with a view

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

Somewhere in a shoebox beneath a bed, I have photographs of the Mentone Springs Hotel, a Victorian lodging built 130 years ago on the western brow of Lookout Mountain in Northeast Alabama.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Justin Bieber is a jerk, and it's your fault

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

It's your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk.

 

 

Hurray for GOP tax plan

Posted 3/13/2014 in National Columns

A Republican leader is doing something right ... and good. He is Rep. David Camp of Michigan. Camp has issued a detailed plan for simplifying the tax code. That's his duty as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax law.

 

 

The newest federalism

Posted 3/11/2014 in National Columns

When he came to Washington in 1981, Ronald Reagan made much of his commitment to the "new federalism," which in that case, like so many others, had very little to do with federalism.

 

 

Mississippi Voices: Cochran's tea party challenger

Posted 3/10/2014 in National Columns

The race between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran for U.S. senator is crystallizing Mississippi's great political irony.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Laughter and grief belong together

Posted 3/8/2014 in National Columns

Eighty-three-year old Ron Kilmartin was in a hospice, dying of lung cancer. His daughter was at his bedside, cracking jokes about it. Here's one: "Last week, Dad coughed and said, 'choking.' I tried to give him water but he just wanted me to turn off the men's Olympic hockey game."

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The new SAT don't care 'bout no fancy words

Posted 3/8/2014 in National Columns

When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced "improvements" to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students study and learn in high school. Shouldn't take too long.

 

 

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