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Froma Harrop: The Hagel defense

Posted 1/8/2013 in National Columns

A decorated Vietnam vet, Chuck Hagel combines experience in war with skepticism over turning to military solutions where diplomacy might work. Add to those qualifications a tendency to speak his mind (after using it), and the former Republican senator from Nebraska seems uniquely placed to lead the Department of Defense in 2013.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Mabel and Barney and Hannah and me

Posted 1/5/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW-- My resolution for the new year is to make a little money. I don't need a whole lot, simply enough to pay for dog food and maybe a little extra for me to enjoy Mexican lunches with my friend Jean.

 

 

George Will: Luck of the Irish

Posted 1/5/2013 in National Columns

Yet another reason to revere Calvin Coolidge is that he thought the Chicago Bears were a circus act. In the 1920s, professional football was small beer compared to the already big business of college football. Which today prospers partly by selling beer: Watch the commercials that pay for the television contracts that have recently disordered many college football conferences and nullified what were solemnly called "traditional rivalries." 

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Freedom to live in fear

Posted 1/5/2013 in National Columns

"Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA" -- from "Gun" by Gil Scott-Heron So maybe the NRA is about to get its wish.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The truth about bin Laden

Posted 1/4/2013 in National Columns

At the very beginning of Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," the audience is told that the movie they are about to see is "based on firsthand accounts of actual events." Then we hear tapes, terrifying if familiar, of those final calls being made by those trapped on 9/11. Then comes the torture.

 

 

George Will: Our decadent democracy

Posted 1/3/2013 in National Columns

Connoisseurs of democratic decadence can savor a variety of contemporary dystopias. Because familiarity breeds banality, Greece has become a boring horror. Japan, however, in its second generation of stagnation is fascinating. Once, Japan bestrode the world, jauntily buying Rockefeller Center and Pebble Beach. Now Japanese buy more adult diapers than those for infants.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Happy New Year?

Posted 1/2/2013 in National Columns

The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back -- and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Things better left unsaid

Posted 12/31/2012 in National Columns

'Tis the season when columnists write mea culpas, make predictions and list their resolutions. Since my culpas are too vast for this tiny space, my predictions best in retrospect and my resolutions inevitably ignored, I thought I'd list a few resolutions for the rest of the world. These, too, are likely to be ignored, but I'll feel better getting a few things off my chest.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Digital books leave a reader cold

Posted 12/29/2012 in National Columns

It is comforting to think of death as a passing rather than an end. In that vein, I prefer to think of Steve Jobs's final words as editorial commentary: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."

 

 

Arianna Huffington: Grow the economy by growing the debate about it

Posted 12/29/2012 in National Columns

Hey, have you heard about this thing called "the fiscal cliff"? Actually, the better question is: Have you heard about anything except the fiscal cliff? Nine months ago, the term had not even entered the media lexicon. And now it's suddenly everywhere.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The Kennedys through a lens, lightly

Posted 12/28/2012 in National Columns

In today's world of social media, where everyone's every little thing is on display, it is sometimes difficult to recall a time when exhibitionism wasn't ubiquitous and was, in fact, not admired. Such are the inevitable thoughts upon perusing Kitty Kelley's lovely new book -- yes, lovely -- about John F. Kennedy as seen through the eyes, or more accurately, the lens of her friend, photojournalist Stanley Tretick.

 

 

From Harrop: The politics of threat

Posted 12/27/2012 in National Columns

The people are sad. If holiday shopping is any measure of public mood, the joy vanished this year. The grade-school massacre depressed everyone, and now our rapid approach to the Fiscal Cliff has many scared and afraid to spend money.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Ghosts of Christmas past

Posted 12/24/2012 in National Columns

While the rest of the country is shoveling and shivering, South Georgia is at its loveliest. The camellias are blooming, live oaks keep their leaves and trees loaded with bright-orange kumquats and satsumas are exotically common.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Too many people who should not have guns do

Posted 12/22/2012 in National Columns

On the day after the recent massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., police in Newport Beach, Calif., took a man into custody for allegedly firing more than 50 rounds from a semi-automatic handgun in the parking lot of a shopping mall. He aimed into the air and no one was hit, though one person was hurt slightly while running away. Police say 42-year-old Marcos Gurrola was destitute and frustrated with his circumstances. Firing dozens of rounds at the sky was his way of venting.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Online and in your face

Posted 12/22/2012 in National Columns

They don't like the crowds, the traffic, the parking chaos. They dislike the sameness -- the same mall chain stores piping in the same holiday music and selling the same made-in-China sweaters, whether in Spokane, Indianapolis or Raleigh. They stress out when waiting for someone to take their payment. Small wonder that 45 percent of consumers are doing at least some holiday shopping this year via the Internet, according to the Deloitte consulting firm.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: False prophets should pray for guidance

Posted 12/22/2012 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- In the quiet of this early morning, in a season dedicated to peace and good will to all men, it is hard to believe the sadness and ugliness that assaults America.

 

 

Arianna Huffington: This year give yourself the gift of mastering stress

Posted 12/21/2012 in National Columns

The holiday season is upon us -- a time to lovingly connect with family, to relax, recharge and emerge happy, content and revitalized. Just kidding.

 

 

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?

 

 

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