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Thomas Sowell: Christmas books

Posted 12/16/2013 in National Columns

As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it.

 

Kathleen Parker: House Republicans rise up against the right wing

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

'Tis the season, and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people -- her phrase "Embrace the suck." Miraculous.

 

Charles Krauthammer: Obama the oblivious

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."

 

 

Froma Harrop: How we really feel about economic inequality

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

Americans don't care much about rising economic inequality, recent surveys suggest. But that's not quite right. The public may know that the top 10 percent pulled in about half of pretax income in 2012 -- and that income inequality is the widest it's been since right before the Great Depression. Its brain understands that these trends are not good for the society.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Teaching Republicans how to talk to women

Posted 12/12/2013 in National Columns

Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.

 

 

Froma Harrop: A President Christie would spell tea party's doom

Posted 12/11/2013 in National Columns

Mainstream Republicans are doing backflips over Chris Christie's frolic to re-election as governor of New Jersey. Here is a Republican who took on public employee unions, spoke out against abortion and gay marriage, and still scored a landslide win in a blue state. And he won Latinos' and women's votes, too.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Will Americans pay for American-made?

Posted 12/10/2013 in National Columns

Wow, this T-shirt costs only $8. Great color. Problem is, your finger could punch a hole through it. In most Americans' shopping experience, colors change and styles come and go, but there's one constant: low quality and a sweatshop-country label.

 

Kathleen Parker: The conscience of a pope

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil. Everyone seems to have his own special version of Pope Francis. Liberals have declared him a crusader for social justice, especially regarding his comments about global inequality. Conservatives fear he just might be a commie.

 

Rheta Johnson: A world apart

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- Lightning or some other benevolent act of fate struck the magic modem that brings this technology-heavy century into our otherwise peaceful home.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Consumer finance needs better morals

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

Drawing moral lines in our rough-and-tumble capitalist system can be hard. But it should not tax too many ethical muscles to set aside some protections for trusting, unsophisticated borrowers of modest means. That is, unless you're a politician working on behalf of predatory lenders.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Pope vs. Rush

Posted 12/5/2013 in National Columns

I like capitalism. Specifically, I like the idea that if I write a better book, have a better idea, build a better mousetrap, I will be rewarded accordingly.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The GOP's toxic messaging

Posted 12/4/2013 in National Columns

As the government health-care Web site chugs along, the Obama administration has begun a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying -- and its weapons are of superior grade.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: A challenge to our beliefs

Posted 12/3/2013 in National Columns

Depressing news about black students scoring far below white students on various mental tests has become so familiar that people in different parts of the ideological spectrum have long ago developed their different explanations for why this is so. But both may have to do some rethinking, in light of radically different news from England.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Our love-hate relationship with alcohol

Posted 12/2/2013 in National Columns

An unapologetic drinker, writer H.L. Mencken blamed Prohibition on American moralists' distaste for happiness. "A Puritan is not against bullfighting because of the pain it gives the bull," he wrote, "but because of the pleasure it gives the spectators."

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Thankful for a nervous Saban

Posted 11/30/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- I rarely watch those "news" videos the Internet pushes, the ones where you are force-fed a couple of advertisements before you reach the meat.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Words of wisdom from a teen

Posted 11/30/2013 in National Columns

You may not dance. You may not listen to music or sing. You may not read. You may not leave the house except under certain strict conditions. You may not watch movies or television. You may not aspire. You may not learn.

 

Kathleen Parker: On food stamps, GOP takes a principle to extremes

Posted 11/30/2013 in National Columns

If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.

 

Charles Krauthammer: An outbreak of lawlessness

Posted 11/29/2013 in National Columns

For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of political norms, legislative and constitutional.

 

 

Froma Harrop: 'Wild Turkey on the rocks?'

Posted 11/27/2013 in National Columns

Much we believe about turkeys is not true. Myth No. 1: They were served at the "first Thanksgiving" feast in Plymouth, Mass. There's no evidence for that.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Obamacare: the bright side

Posted 11/26/2013 in National Columns

During the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, it's been hard to defend the law, much less to call it "great." But great it is -- for the American economy and for the American people, rich ones included.

 

 

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