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Leonard Pitts: A man who made different choices

Posted 7/19/2014 in National Columns

Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline ("The N----r In The White House") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Columnist without a 'do'

Posted 7/19/2014 in National Columns

My hair stylist, Joyce, is at the beach on holiday, and I want to stick my head in the sand. I should have made an appointment last week.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Where goes jazz as the greats move on?

Posted 7/18/2014 in National Columns

A jazz great died this month. Though revered by fans around the world, Horace Silver is not a household name in his own country, where the popular taste tends more toward rock and country than it does toward jazz.

 

 

Michael Gerson: Corrupting citizens for fun and profit

Posted 7/17/2014 in National Columns

Two of the larger social trends of our time -- the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana -- have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty and they serve the interests of an expanding government.

 

 

Dana Milbank: White House's new tranquil-izer

Posted 7/16/2014 in National Columns

President Obama has described his foreign-policy doctrine as an attempt to hit singles, doubles and the occasional home run. But at this stage of the game, it looks as though he has popped out, grounded into a double play and been hit by a pitch.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Bombs on Jerusalem

Posted 7/14/2014 in National Columns

Jerusalem used to be safe. It is nearly 40 miles from Gaza and 3,000 feet above sea level. In the last go-round, the Hamas rockets couldn't reach that far. Now they can. Rockets were fired aimed at both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv this week, as Israel launched its own offensive in Gaza. "Every Israeli is a target," a Hamas spokesman was quoted in the press.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Should Amazon just take over?

Posted 7/14/2014 in National Columns

It's the darnedest thing. Only a select few sites grace the bookmark bar topping my Web browser. Amazon.com is one. And Amazon is the only retailer to make the cut.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Monica, wherefore art thou?

Posted 7/12/2014 in National Columns

I never figured on feeling sorry for Monica Lewinsky. She was too much like an Atlanta Hooters waitress I once interviewed who wanted to file a sex discrimination lawsuit. You asked for it, I thought.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: The high court's high-handedness

Posted 7/12/2014 in National Columns

It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice. Meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the end of June, but a less-noticed ruling a few days later.

 

Dana Milbank: Flavor-of-the-week politics

Posted 7/12/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- "This is not theater." That was President Obama's answer in Dallas last week to critics who said he should have gone to the border to see firsthand the mass immigration of unaccompanied minors that has suddenly seized Washington's attention.

 

Michael Gerson: Needed: A conservative temperament

Posted 7/11/2014 in National Columns

A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form.

 

 

Dana Milbank: The tea party's embrace of martyrdom

Posted 7/10/2014 in National Columns

Hiroo Onoda, the last imperial Japanese soldier to surrender after World War II, hid in a jungle in the Philippines for 29 years, refusing to believe that the war was over. He finally turned himself in, wearing his sword, cap and patched uniform, in 1974.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: More than a hero

Posted 7/9/2014 in National Columns

 

 

Michael Gerson: The divided states of Obama

Posted 7/8/2014 in National Columns

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Courageous or spineless? Our actions -- or inactions -- decide for us

Posted 7/5/2014 in National Columns

The psychological explanation for what happened to Catherine Ferreira is neat and tidy and sounds like reason.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Love of country

Posted 7/4/2014 in National Columns

Every four years, at some point in the presidential campaign, one candidate says something that leads the other to accuse him (or her) of challenging his (or her) patriotism, and then we have a 48-hour spat over who called who unpatriotic, and then we go back to the usual political game in which talking heads viciously attack each other 24/7.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A 'narrow' decision from the narrow-minded

Posted 7/3/2014 in National Columns

Relax. This is not a slippery slope. So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court's latest disastrous decision.

 

 

Dana Milbank: The Supreme Court's useful fiction

Posted 7/2/2014 in National Columns

Mitt Romney said it, and on Monday the Supreme Court upheld it: Corporations are people, my friend.

 

 

Michael Gerson: On Iraq, difficult choices

Posted 7/1/2014 in National Columns

The summary moment of Barack Obama's foreign policy came in August 2013 during a consequential stroll.

 

 

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