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Kathleen Parker: Bill's Clintonesque rebuttal

Posted 6/15/2015 in National Columns

"I don't ever know what people's motives are," said former president Bill Clinton, prompting one to pause and consider just what the definition of "motives" is.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: What was the police officer in McKinney thinking?

Posted 6/13/2015 in National Columns

Video imagery doesn't get much worse than a white police officer throwing an African American girl in a bikini to the ground, kneeling on her back as she cries and drawing his gun on other teenagers. What in God's name is wrong with our cops?

 

Partick Buchanan: The media's obsession with race

Posted 6/13/2015 in National Columns

Half a century ago this summer, the Voting Rights Act was passed, propelled by Bloody Sunday at Selma Bridge. The previous summer, the Civil Rights Act became law on July 2. We are in the 7th year of the presidency of a black American who has named the first two black U.S. attorneys general.

 

Susan Estrich: Brand names

Posted 6/12/2015 in National Columns

Not another Bush v. Clinton campaign, you hear from Republicans who aren't for Jeb Bush anyway.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Is Jimmy John's bullying workers with non-compete agreements?

Posted 6/11/2015 in National Columns

According to legend, it happened because he didn't want to leave the gaming table. Maybe he was riding a hot streak.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: Imperial overstretch

Posted 6/10/2015 in National Columns

Toward the end of the presidency of George H.W. Bush, America stood alone at the top of the world -- the sole superpower.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Why must Americans clean up a foreign sport?

Posted 6/8/2015 in National Columns

The competent Loretta Lynch can no doubt handle the job of cleansing professional soccer of widespread corruption. But why is that the U.S. attorney general's job?

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Caruso played the Ryman

Posted 6/6/2015 in National Columns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I try to love Nashville because of its country-music heritage. Whenever I visit that city, I listen to WSM on the drive up to get my mind right, and I wear a plaid shirt that snaps and old blue jeans. It's a matter of reverence. Nashville ought to be different, somehow.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Rush Limbaugh's finding out he's not normal, and it scares him

Posted 6/6/2015 in National Columns

I am not normal. This, I learned from a news story 35 years ago. The details have faded with the passage of time, but the gist of it remains clear. Some expert had crunched a bunch of numbers in search of the "average" human being, the planetary norm, and found that she was an 8-year-old Japanese girl, living in Tokyo. I don't fit that profile; I'm willing to bet you don't, either. So as a matter of statistical fact, I'm not "normal" and neither are you.

 

Kathleen Parker: The politics of Caitlyn Jenner

Posted 6/6/2015 in National Columns

Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown. Within days of the release of Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover photo, Republican presidential candidates were being asked to comment, while conservative pundits were warning of a political apocalypse.

 

Kathleen Parker: Reality show jumps 19 sharks

Posted 6/5/2015 in National Columns

Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory: Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: Cultural cleansing of Christian males

Posted 6/4/2015 in National Columns

The culture war against Christianity is picking up speed.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Caitlyn Jenner's coming out

Posted 6/3/2015 in National Columns

It wasn't quite "Call me Ishmael," but "Call me Caitlyn" made a whale of a splash.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The Carter myth

Posted 6/1/2015 in National Columns

Does George Pataki really think he can win the nomination? Rand Paul? Rick Santorum? Whoever announced this morning?

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: B.B. King and 'Chains and Things'

Posted 5/30/2015 in National Columns

I have made a long career out of writing about good people who are not celebrities, who typically appear in news pages a prescribed three times: when they are born, when they get married and when they die, and then only if someone cares enough to pay for an obituary. I have liked it that way. I always wanted to grow up to be Charles Kuralt, not Barbara Walters.

 

Leonard Pitts: Police chief's viewpoint is an antidote to distrust

Posted 5/30/2015 in National Columns

This story is not new. On March 6, Matthew Kenny, a police officer in Madison, Wis., shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man named Anthony Robinson Jr., who, he said, had attacked him. The shooting triggered days of peaceful protests. An autopsy found a cocktail of illicit drugs in Robinson's system. Earlier this month, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, who is black, cleared Kenny of wrongdoing.

 

Partick Buchanan: In Middle East, democracy not worth dying for

Posted 5/30/2015 in National Columns

"What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. ... We can give them training, we can give them equipment; we obviously can't give them the will to fight." Thus did Defense Secretary Ash Carter identify the root cause of the rout of the Iraqi army in Ramadi.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Limited room for debate in the Republican field

Posted 5/28/2015 in National Columns

Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: The decline of Christian America

Posted 5/26/2015 in National Columns

"This is a Christian nation," said the Supreme Court in 1892.

 

 

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