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Froma Harrop: US and Canada: Together at last?

Posted 4/8/2014 in National Columns

What country do Americans overwhelmingly like the most? Canada. What country do Canadians pretty much like the most? America. What country has the natural resources America needs? Canada. What country has the entrepreneurship, technology and defense capability Canada needs? America.

 

Susan Estrich: The best government money can buy

Posted 4/5/2014 in National Columns

The Supreme Court has done it again. By a 5-4 vote, with the court's five Republican appointees on one side and the four Democratic appointees on the other, the court struck down limits on total contributions to federal campaigns that have been enforced and were specifically upheld in 1976.

Kathleen Parker: Democrats try to make the Koch brothers the new face of the GOP

Posted 4/5/2014 in National Columns

Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular "demon of the right" has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David. Who?

 

Leonard Pitts: The real face of poverty

Posted 4/2/2014 in National Columns

"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." -- Rep. Paul Ryan

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Notes from a corner

Posted 3/29/2014 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW-- I work in a corner of my bedroom. My desk is an old, dark wicker one, about three feet wide and two feet deep. Its small size keeps mess at a minimum. There is a window to my right, and I try not to look out when I'm supposed to be writing. When I part the curtains to stare, I see yellow daffodils on a drab March landscape, yellow butter on dry toast.

 

 

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.

 

 

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