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Leonard Pitts: Right decision, wrong reason

Posted 3/25/2013 in National Columns

Let there be no cheers for Rob Portman. The Ohio senator is, pardon the tautology, a conservative Republican and last week, he did something conservative Republicans do not do. He came out for same-sex marriage.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Not a natural person

Posted 3/23/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW --It's been a bad week here in the Hollow. A letter from the Mississippi Department of Revenue informed my county that I was ineligible for the homestead exemption on my house and land. "Applicant is not a natural person," it said.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Life continues, graciously

Posted 3/23/2013 in National Columns

Really? Bobbie Smith, too? Geez. This is what I'm thinking when word comes that the lead singer of the Spinners has died. It comes a month after Richard Street and Damon Harris, who sang on "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" with the Temptations, passed away just days apart.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: For Hillary Clinton, the time may finally be right

Posted 3/23/2013 in National Columns

No matter what Barack Obama does, he cannot escape the shadow of his former political opponent.

 

 

George Will: DOMA is an abuse of federalism

Posted 3/22/2013 in National Columns

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an exception to the rule that a law's title is as uninformative about the law's purpose as the titles of Marx Brothers movies ("Duck Soup," "Horse Feathers," "Animal Crackers") are about those movies' contents.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Steubenville and the online bystander effect

Posted 3/21/2013 in National Columns

The recent rape conviction of two teenagers, one of whom also distributed a photo and sent cruel text messages about their victim, has captured the "bystander effect" in graphic and nauseating detail.

 

 

Susan Estrich: In defense of speech you hate

Posted 3/21/2013 in National Columns

Michael Vick was all set to do a book tour to promote himself as a new and improved role model when things got ugly. "Despite warnings of planned protests, Vick had hoped to continue with the appearances as planned, bringing his story of redemption and second chance to major markets," his publisher, aptly named Worthy Publishing, said in a statement.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Tweets, chicken hawks and heroes

Posted 3/16/2013 in National Columns

The day the retired pope gave his last tweet, I was captive in the car for seven hours. I heard a lot of radio news, or what passes. First I listened to my usual National Public Radio allotment, and it seemed rather like a slow news day. No marauding shooters were abroad, no wars were started and nobody but the outgoing pope tweeted anything of importance.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: 'Gideon's' promise still unfulfilled

Posted 3/16/2013 in National Columns

Karen Houppert has written a book of nightmares.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Same-sex marriage can help save the institution

Posted 3/16/2013 in National Columns

More than perhaps anyone else in America, David Blankenhorn personifies the struggle so many have experienced over same-sex marriage. First he was agnostic, then he was against it, now he's for it.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Freedom to make stupid decisions

Posted 3/15/2013 in National Columns

Perhaps you remember when Dr. Doom conquered the world. Or perhaps you don't. Sadly enough, even in this day and age, not everyone is comic book literate.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Tattoos go mainstream

Posted 3/14/2013 in National Columns

I haven't seen the Ladies' Home Journal in about a million years, except maybe in the dentist's office when I was trying to avoid a television permanently set on Fox News. Somebody's grandchild was selling magazines for a school project, and Ladies' Home Journal was the only one on the list I recognized.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Media myopia in Rome

Posted 3/13/2013 in National Columns

All things considered, I'd rather be in Rome. Isn't everyone?

 

 

Susan Estrich: Rand Paul's persistence

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns

 

 

The optical illusion of dinner with your adversaries

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Leonard Pitts: I (heart) introverts

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Now is the time for a sports hero to speak up

Posted 3/7/2013 in National Columns

Brendon Ayanbadejo is wrong. It is painful to say that. Ayanbadejo's heart is in a good place and the advice he gave last week on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" was practical and well intentioned. But mainly, yes, it was wrong.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The politics of sequestration

Posted 3/1/2013 in National Columns

Inside the Beltway, everybody's talking about sequestration -- and not only about whether it will happen (various supposed "high-level" sources say they are not optimistic that it will be avoided) and what it will mean, but also -- it being the Beltway -- which side of the aisle will pay the price.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Prosecutorial indiscretion

Posted 2/28/2013 in National Columns

"You've got African Americans; you've got Hispanics; you've got a bag full of money. Does that tell you -- a light bulb doesn't go off in your head and say, 'This is a drug deal'?" Sam Ponder, an assistant U.S. attorney in Texas, said that -- and successfully convinced a jury to reject the defense that Bongani Charles Calhoun did not realize the road trip he went on involved buying drugs.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Onion 'edgy': Tasteless and sickening

Posted 2/27/2013 in National Columns

The tweet went as follows: "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a (expletive), right?" The missing word is a bit of verbal sewage sometimes used to disparage women.

 

 

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