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Dana Milbank: The White House game of drones

Posted 1/31/2015 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- I confess to being surprised by the surprise over the discovery Monday of a drone at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Happily, this particular offender was nothing worse than a hobbyist's copter gone awry. But the presence of drones at the White House should not come as news to anybody who has ever heard a Joe Biden speech or a press briefing by Josh Earnest. Drones large and small are a fixture at this White House.



Leonard Pitts: We could have predicted Cake Wars II

Posted 1/30/2015 in National Columns

We should have seen this one coming.



Susan Estrich: Rupert is right

Posted 1/30/2015 in National Columns

Mitt Romney and his allies are not very pleased with media magnate Rupert Murdoch, who this week said out loud what most political pros have been stewing about for years: Romney was a "terrible candidate."



Lisa McLeod: One horrible thing wrong with schools

Posted 1/29/2015 in National Columns

Do you remember career counseling when you were in school?



Susan Estrich: Word games

Posted 1/28/2015 in National Columns

The brilliant actor Benedict Cumberbatch is in hot water for getting his words wrong



Froma Harrop: Free tuition at community college should just be the start

Posted 1/27/2015 in National Columns

It's good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem.



Tim Kalich: Open government is good government

Posted 1/26/2015 in National Columns

Sen. Lydia Chassaniol considers legislative proposals a good way to get the conversation started on matters of public interest.



Leonard Pitts: Why serious people discount Fox News

Posted 1/24/2015 in National Columns

Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don't. Steve Doocy said on Fox that NASA scientists faked data to make the case for global warming.



Rheta Johnson: This ole house

Posted 1/24/2015 in National Columns

When I was little, Stuart Hamblen's song "This Ole House" always made me unutterably sad. Despite the lively melody and cheerful beat, the homeowner was giving up, leaving his faithful hound dog to fend for itself.



Dana Milbank: The GOP's bait-and-switch on abortion

Posted 1/24/2015 in National Columns

As President Obama prepared on Tuesday to lay out his economic agenda in his State of the Union address, House Republicans were moving ahead with an agenda of their own.



Susan Estrich: Forty-two years later

Posted 1/23/2015 in National Columns

It has been 42 years since the United States Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that the right to decide whether to go forward with a pregnancy, prior to viability, belongs to a woman, in consultation with her doctors.



Kathleen Parker: When the pope talks ...

Posted 1/22/2015 in National Columns

Forget E.F. Hutton. It's P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen.



Leonard Pitts: Something obscene about civil asset forfeitures

Posted 1/21/2015 in National Columns

Imagine this: You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn't matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext.



Dana Milbank: The CofC's short memory

Posted 1/19/2015 in National Columns

Tom Donohue, the longtime president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sounded ebullient as he gave his annual report on the health of American business Wednesday.



Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Sad days for satire

Posted 1/17/2015 in National Columns

I met Herbert Block, the late, great editorial cartoonist Herblock, in Washington in the early 1980s. Maybe I should say I saw him. "Met" is too strong a word. I never even shook his hand.


Leonard Pitts: Pontiff wrong on limiting freedom of expression

Posted 1/17/2015 in National Columns

A few words on the limits to freedom of expression: For what it's worth, there are a few that are acceptable. You don't threaten or incite violence. You don't defame. You don't produce child pornography. And you don't falsely shout "Fire!" in the proverbial crowded theater.


Kathleen Parker: Why Obama was probably right not to go the Paris rally

Posted 1/17/2015 in National Columns

If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris. The White House has admitted the error.



Dana Milbank: Conservatives find their inner Francophiles

Posted 1/14/2015 in National Columns

There is a certain je ne sais quoi in conservatives' criticism of the Obama administration over last week's terrorist attack in France.



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