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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

 

 

George Will: Colleges have free speech on the run

Posted 12/1/2012 in National Columns

 

 

Rheta Johnson: The old hollow in holiday duds

Posted 12/1/2012 in National Columns

 

 

Susan Estrich: Who is Susan Rice?

Posted 11/30/2012 in National Columns

I have known Susan Rice for decades. We worked together in the '80s. I followed her career in the '90s. She served her country with intelligence and integrity during the Clinton administration and for the past four years as our country's representative to the United Nations.

 

 

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."

 

 

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