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Kathleen Parker: A moment of silence for the Newtown victims

Posted 12/20/2012 in National Columns

It is a conundrum of wordsmiths that sometimes events are so horrible that words escape us. Bereft of the tools of our trade, we are left with what is perhaps the only appropriate response to something as heart-stopping as the massacre of children: Silence.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Politics and personal responsibility

Posted 12/19/2012 in National Columns

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, every politician who has me on their email list -- and there are many, on both sides of the aisle -- has been filling my inbox. All of the messages begin with the requisite expression of shock and horror, the business of sending out our hearts and prayers to those who mourn. Then the gun control advocates insist that now is the time for congressional action, and the opponents caution that no legislation is going to stop people (not guns) from killing.

 

 

Real 'realism' on gun control

Posted 12/18/2012 in National Columns

The usual gun extremists largely went into hiding this weekend after the obscenity in Connecticut. The National Rifle Association offered only a flowery expression of sympathy for the victims. Real brave, aren't they?

 

 

Kathleen Parker: America's reluctant First Father

Posted 12/15/2012 in National Columns

One of my great hopes for a Barack Obama administration -- and thus one of my personal disappointments -- was that he would use his bully pulpit to emphasize the importance of a two-parent family, and especially of fathers, to children's well-being.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: I'm dreaming of a bright Christmas

Posted 12/15/2012 in National Columns

PASS CHRISTIAN -- It was a painting on black velvet. Half a dozen or more boats, one of them a huge Biloxi schooner, all bedecked with colored lights, moving slowly through the darkness.

 

 

Charile Mitchell: Hug a rich person this holiday; and hug a poor one, too

Posted 12/15/2012 in National Columns

OXFORD -- Why do we let politicians and the press get away with this? For years, we've been told with increasing fervor that rich people are America's problem and if only condemned for their miserly ways, we would have a better state and nation.

 

 

George Will: Fixing the tax code at the cliff's edge

Posted 12/14/2012 in National Columns

If you have worked hard for five decades, made pots of money and now want to squander it all in Las Vegas on wine, women and baccarat, go ahead.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The debt-ceiling nonsense continues

Posted 12/14/2012 in National Columns

Nothing like a debt-ceiling brawl to raise the public's anxiety levels.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Crashing federal hypocrisy on pot

Posted 12/13/2012 in National Columns

Ah, the great American West, where man can generally breathe free and also inhale -- woman, too.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Christmas in Santa Monica

Posted 12/12/2012 in National Columns

Christmas in my home city of Santa Monica is different this year. It used to be that there were elaborate displays depicting the birth of Jesus in the big public park by the ocean. I've always believed that Christmas is a major religious holiday, and the display reflected that. According to people who know more about such things than I do, the large dioramas told the story of Jesus' birth according to the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Never ever, ever, ever...

Posted 12/10/2012 in National Columns

A few words to ponder as we sail toward the fiscal cliff. Those words would be: "That was then, this is now."

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Bum legs and frivolous catalogs

Posted 12/8/2012 in National Columns

Something about the snakeskin flashlight for $25 sent me screaming to the Land of Bah Humbug. It was on one of those magazine lists of gifts for under $25 -- technically the snazzy flashlight was not "under" but "right at" -- which sucker me in to disappoint.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The double-down president

Posted 12/8/2012 in National Columns

Americans are justified in feeling numbed by the car alarm of Washington politics. Every now and then, we get a reprieve from the noise. Something breaks through: a sex scandal, a gaffe, a surprise resignation. Already the words "Petraeus affair" have been supplanted by "DeMint's departure." 

 

 

Leonard Pitts: In Colorado, empty gun dorm sends a message

Posted 12/8/2012 in National Columns

Young people are not exactly renowned for their judgment. We are, after all, talking about an age group that has to be told it is a bad idea to text while doing 70. Or drink alcohol till it spews from your nostrils. Or wear a T-shirt and flip-flops to interview for the office job.

 

 

George Will: Bewitched by Obama

Posted 12/7/2012 in National Columns

Even Jonathan Swift, who said that promises and pie crusts are made to be broken, might have marveled at the limited shelf life of Barack Obama's promise of a balanced deficit-reduction plan, substantial spending cuts to accompany revenue increases.

 

 

Froma Harrop: No-risk farming

Posted 12/6/2012 in National Columns

As global warming causes more serious and frequent shoreline flooding, indignation rises over federal programs helping owners of beach properties rebuild in places the ocean wants to take back. Superstorm Sandy was a lollapalooza in terms of waterfront damage and demands on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's resources.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Susan Rice and the Senate's blame game

Posted 12/5/2012 in National Columns

A variety of insults have been deployed in opposition to Susan Rice's likely nomination for secretary of state: She is not qualified; she's too aggressive; she "misled" the public following the lethal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Meet the undressed: Newswomen on TV

Posted 12/4/2012 in National Columns

On a recent "Meet the Press," host David Gregory presided in a tailored jacket and tie. Panelists Al Sharpton, David Brooks and Ken Burns appeared similarly professional. But the two female panelists, Andrea Mitchell and Carly Fiorina, seemed ready for cocktails, not coffee, in form-fitting dresses, arms naked to the world.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Another victim of black blindness?

Posted 12/1/2012 in National Columns

 

 

Kathleen Parker: A lunchtime serving of fiscal reality

Posted 12/1/2012 in National Columns

 

 

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