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George Will: A cliff of their own choosing

Posted 11/29/2012 in National Columns

With a chip on his shoulder larger than his margin of victory, Barack Obama is approaching his second term by replicating the mistake of his first.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The double standard in affairs

Posted 11/28/2012 in National Columns

As events have unfolded in what shall ever be known as "The Petraeus Affair," one cannot escape noticing that the women in this sordid saga have been handed the short end of the shtick, as though the men are mere victims of ambitious, hormonally driven vixens.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Jensen and Flynn

Posted 11/28/2012 in National Columns

Anyone who has followed the decades-long controversies over the role of genes in IQ scores will recognize the names of the two leading advocates of opposite conclusions on that subject-- Professor Arthur R. Jensen of the University of California at Berkeley and Professor James R. Flynn, an American expatriate at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

 

 

Froma Harrop: How to kill Social Security, with a smile

Posted 11/27/2012 in National Columns

Conservatives never much liked Social Security.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Confederacy of dunces

Posted 11/24/2012 in National Columns

It was Cormac McCarthy cold, the wind rushing through deserted and dark buildings, whipping at loose trash that increasingly piled up on the rutted streets.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: You can't fix education by lowering the bar

Posted 11/24/2012 in National Columns

As I recall, I scored 960 on my SAT. This was good enough for second best in my class and many congratulations and backslaps from teachers and administrators. Based on that, I thought I'd done pretty well.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The mandate to raise taxes on the 'rich'

Posted 11/24/2012 in National Columns

Within days of winning the election, President Obama announced that his victory gave him a mandate to raise taxes on the "rich."

 

 

George Will: Digesting the lessons of Twinkies

Posted 11/24/2012 in National Columns

Earthquakes may strike, dynasties may fall and locusts may devour the crops, but Oldsmobile and Pan Am are forever. Never mind.

 

 

George Will: For these things, we give thanks

Posted 11/23/2012 in National Columns

Among the things for which Americans can be thankful on this weekend devoted to such is Washington's resolve to temper severity with mercy: It will seriously -- this time we really mean business; we are not going to be Greece, or worse, Illinois -- restrain spending but will not balance the budget on the backs of popcorn eaters.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Bobo and a Bigfoot skeptic, over drinks

Posted 11/23/2012 in National Columns

Forgive me, Bobo, but I do not believe in Bigfoot. Nevertheless, it was a delight spending a Saturday afternoon with you -- the sasquatch hunter from Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" -- in, of all places, a midtown Manhattan bar.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Amid conflict, a time to give thanks

Posted 11/21/2012 in National Columns

He had lost a son many years before, the boy barely more than a toddler when he died. Now another son was dead and grief sat on him like the shawl that draped his shoulders as he rattled around the big, cold house.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Half-full glasses

Posted 11/21/2012 in National Columns

Like many people, I have a tendency to spend more time thinking about what's wrong than what's right, what's missing rather than what is there, what I don't have instead of what I do.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Search for graves of ancestors a life-affirming pilgrimage

Posted 11/20/2012 in National Columns

It was maybe 20 years ago when I got a call from a woman I did not know. She had purchased the house of my recently deceased grandmother, Lyda Will Wyatt Emmerich.

 

 

George Will: Answerable to no one

Posted 11/17/2012 in National Columns

There can be unseemly exposure of the mind as well as of the body, as the progressive mind is exposed in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a creature of the labyrinthine Dodd-Frank legislation. Judicial dismantling of the CFPB would affirm the rule of law and Congress's constitutional role.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: The sad state of zealots with microphones

Posted 11/17/2012 in National Columns

America, you are an idiot. You are a moocher, a zombie, soulless, mouth-breathing, ignorant, greedy, self-indulgent, envious, shallow and lazy.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Thankful for things that don't change

Posted 11/17/2012 in National Columns

I love the catalog covers with yellow dogs marching through the woods with their Marlboro Man owners, a Christmas tree in tow.

 

 

Susan Estrich: An officer and a gentleman

Posted 11/16/2012 in National Columns

Something very wrong has just gone down. It's played out so much like a soap opera, for those following the twists and turns of who sent whom a shirtless photo, but at its core, it is very simple.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Who are we to proclaim God's will?

Posted 11/15/2012 in National Columns

You remember Malala Yousafzai, of course. She is the Pakistani girl from the conservative Swat Valley region of that country who came to international attention as a blogger and activist for the right of girls and women to be educated.

 

 

Froma Harrop: They led us to the cliff but can't make us jump

Posted 11/15/2012 in National Columns

The tea party now has its own news site. Based at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, the Tea Party News Network describes itself as "the only trusted news source."

 

 

Kathleen Parker: We must wait to pass judgment

Posted 11/14/2012 in National Columns

It is tempting, oh so tempting, to unleash the snark as the script unfolds: Real Housewives of Tampa. Or is it Real Generals of Kabul?

 

 

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