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Dana Milbank: John McCain sees a world on fire

Posted 2/12/2015 in National Columns

John McCain toiled for 28 years in the Senate before he finally won the chairman's gavel of the Armed Services Committee last month.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Brian Williams' lies are not equal to those of Fox 'News'

Posted 2/11/2015 in National Columns

There's this speech I give my students.

 

 

Michael Gerson: Condemning Islam is the wrong course

Posted 2/10/2015 in National Columns

Days after the video appeared of a Jordanian pilot horribly burned to death by an Islamic State death squad, President Obama told the National Prayer Breakfast that all faiths can be "twisted and misused in the name of evil."

 

 

Bill Crawford: Mississippi's sports heritage second to none

Posted 2/9/2015 in National Columns

"Stories worth remembering and savoring ... again and again," said Robin Roberts, co-host of Good Morning America. Indeed.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: How 'bout those Catamounts

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

Warning: The following column contains sexist comments that might be offensive to just about everyone. I heard about the cleverest gift ever, and -- imagine this -- it was given from a man to his wife. He presented her with T-shirts for every University of Alabama football opponent for the entire past season, before the season, so she could wear their colors and root for the Tide's opponents.

 

Leonard Pitts: The Secret Knowledge, just ignorance by another name

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

I call it the Secret Knowledge. Meaning that body of information not everyone has, that body known only to those few people who had the good sense to go off the beaten path and seek it. It is information you'll never see in your "newspapers" or "network news" or any other place overly concerned with verifiable "facts" and reliable "sources." It will not come to you through a university "study," peer-reviewed "article," renowned "expert," government "agency" or any other such traditional bastion of authority.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Better Schools' coalition shows no sign of retreat

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

OXFORD -- It's not clear what members of the Mississippi Legislature thought would happen after they voted to foil a citizen initiative to improve public school funding. It is clear that the Better Schools Better Jobs organization has decided not to wrinkle its collective brow, tear up and run away.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Google Glass Joins the failure hall of fame

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve special recognition as awesome.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Ashton Carter likely to break hawks' hearts

Posted 2/6/2015 in National Columns

The hawks were swooning.

 

 

Froma Harrop: A fine romance: Online daters hire private eyes

Posted 2/5/2015 in National Columns

She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The byzantine world of modern medicine

Posted 2/4/2015 in National Columns

I spent the last three months of 2014 in another country. Over the course of those months, I was hospitalized five times in two different hospitals.

 

 

Froma Harrop: What killed the 'American Sniper'?

Posted 2/3/2015 in National Columns

The second-most jarring scene in "American Sniper" takes place not in the urban maze of wartime Iraq but in the domestic tranquility of Chris Kyle's home in Texas.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Free tuition at community college should just be the start

Posted 2/2/2015 in National Columns

It's good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: History on the big screen

Posted 1/31/2015 in National Columns

The second record album I ever owned was "In the Wind" by Peter, Paul and Mary. The first, a compilation of rock hits by various artists, including the inimitable Aretha Franklin singing "Sweet Bitter Love," one of the best songs ever sung. I still have Albums One and Two, their surfaces scratched and covers worn.

 

Kathleen Parker: The sacrifice of Sarah Palin

Posted 1/31/2015 in National Columns

This isn't to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats would say so. Rather, she was one of the war's most conspicuous victims -- fragged, you might say, by her own troops.

 

Dana Milbank: The White House game of drones

Posted 1/31/2015 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- I confess to being surprised by the surprise over the discovery Monday of a drone at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Happily, this particular offender was nothing worse than a hobbyist's copter gone awry. But the presence of drones at the White House should not come as news to anybody who has ever heard a Joe Biden speech or a press briefing by Josh Earnest. Drones large and small are a fixture at this White House.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: We could have predicted Cake Wars II

Posted 1/30/2015 in National Columns

We should have seen this one coming.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Rupert is right

Posted 1/30/2015 in National Columns

Mitt Romney and his allies are not very pleased with media magnate Rupert Murdoch, who this week said out loud what most political pros have been stewing about for years: Romney was a "terrible candidate."

 

 

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