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Susan Estrich: What went wrong in Ferguson

Posted 8/20/2014 in National Columns

The short answer is: everything. I'm not talking about the killing of Michael Brown. A tragedy, whatever the facts.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Racing through nature

Posted 8/19/2014 in National Columns

The story of a young man's speed-hiking the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail has raised some environmentalist eyebrows, albeit only slightly. He was racing from California's border with Mexico to Washington state's with Canada.

 

 

Dana Milbank: A general's farewell

Posted 8/18/2014 in National Columns

I've observed many funerals over the last decade in Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, where war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Windsor and Harry Dean Stanton

Posted 8/16/2014 in National Columns

NEAR PORT GIBSON -- You can waste a lot of time trying to get others to appreciate what you see in certain people, certain places. If the beauty is less than obvious, and more of the haunting variety, it's often a fool's pastime even to try.

 

Leonard Pitts: Ferguson police arrest reporters for reporting

Posted 8/16/2014 in National Columns

Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night. It seems two reporters, Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, were working at a McDonald's, which has been used as a staging ground by reporters covering the ongoing unrest following the Aug. 9 police shooting of an unarmed African-American man.

 

Leonard Pitts: Riots in Ferguson, and what they mean

Posted 8/15/2014 in National Columns

A riot can be many things.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Mental illness

Posted 8/13/2014 in National Columns

When the news rippled out on Monday that Robin Williams had committed suicide, even I thought -- for a moment -- "but he had everything." As if suicide is a "choice."

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Attacking achievement

Posted 8/12/2014 in National Columns

New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist.

 

 

Dana Milbank: The untransparent CIA

Posted 8/9/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe. The spooks, taking a break from the mundane work of protecting the nation, have lately been turning their spycraft against the lawmakers who are supposed to be overseeing them. The not-so-secret mission: To block the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on tortu--, uh, enhanced interrogation methods.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: A Mississippi love affair

Posted 8/9/2014 in National Columns

GREENVILLE -- The skinny teenager holds his telephone in one hand and uses the other to hitch up low-riding jeans. "I want to tell you right," he insists. I had asked directions. We are only blocks from my intended location, he knows the place, but an opportunity to strut out a phone's high-tech features should not be wasted.

 

 

Susan Estrich: 'Limited, specific and achievable'

Posted 8/9/2014 in National Columns

That is how one unnamed official described the military option in Iraq, last Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Of course, the war in Iraq is supposed to be over. It was called "Operation Iraqi Freedom" until its name was changed in 2010 to "Operation New Dawn." It ended in December of 2011, in its eighth year, with the American death toll standing just shy of 5,000.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Uber is the future

Posted 8/8/2014 in National Columns

As dawn creeps over New York's Jamaica Bay, flocks of wide-bodied red-eyes -- overnight flights from the West Coast -- land at JFK International Airport. The minute the wheels touch, cellphones click into action.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Obama's breezy words for post-9/11 torture

Posted 8/7/2014 in National Columns

"...but we tortured some folks." -- President Barack Obama, Aug.1, 2014

 

 

Froma Harrop: Less is more... isn't it?

Posted 8/7/2014 in National Columns

It matters not whether you are sizing up, sizing down or sizing sideways. Merchants have products to help you on your way to the life you think you want.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Caught between a Rolex and a hard place

Posted 8/6/2014 in National Columns

There is a prominent flaw in the legal strategy of Bob McDonnell: Even if the disgraced former Virginia governor wins in court, he loses.

 

 

Froma Harrop: What scares Americans about the child migrants

Posted 8/4/2014 in National Columns

What scares Americans about the child migrants The numbers are small for a large country like this, but the alarm is big over the influx of Central American children coming over the southern border.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Bushels of love for Peck

Posted 8/2/2014 in National Columns

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. -- Imagine if your life were highlighted in a short, moving ceremony and condensed to its essence. What would they say about you?

 

 

Leonard Pitts: 'The poor door' -- symbol of a truth we all know

Posted 8/2/2014 in National Columns

A few words about the "poor door." Maybe you already know about this. Maybe you read on Slate, saw on Colbert or heard on NPR how a developer qualified for tax benefits under New York City's Inclusionary Housing Program by agreeing to add to its new luxury building on the Upper West Side a set number of "affordable" apartments. How the company won permission to build that building with two entrances, one in front for the exclusive use of upper-income residents, another, reportedly in the alley, for residents of more modest means.

 

 

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