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Kathleen Parker: VA scandal shows Obama is out of the loop -- again

Posted 5/24/2014 in National Columns

Former president George W. Bush once said, rather proudly, that he didn't read newspapers. President Obama, a confirmed newsie, has claimed to read the major papers, perhaps to learn what's going on in his own administration.

 

Leonard Pitts: It's time to show our veterans some love

Posted 5/24/2014 in National Columns

A few days ago in an airport restaurant, I saw a scene that has become commonplace in recent years. These soldiers were sitting there talking, waiting for their meal. And this guy on the way out detoured over to them. "Thank you for your service," he said. They nodded, thanked him for thanking them. He went on his way and they went back to talking.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Don't privatize the veterans hospitals

Posted 5/22/2014 in National Columns

President Obama can do himself a big political favor this month by saying simply this: "I will not privatize the VA hospitals."

 

 

Leonard Pitts: When women attack men -- a double standard

Posted 5/21/2014 in National Columns

What if he had smacked her one? She's going after him with fists and feet. What if he had defended himself in kind? Or what if he had been the one who attacked her without physical provocation?

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Poverty and snow storms

Posted 5/20/2014 in National Columns

Many years ago, in upstate New York, there was a lady who was caught in a fierce snow storm that produced conditions called a "whiteout." That's when the snow is falling so thick and fast that all you can see in any direction is just sheer white.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Other paths to better pay

Posted 5/20/2014 in National Columns

Did you read about investors in Chipotle Mexican Grill rejecting the outlandish pay package the fast-food chain's two CEOs had cooked up for themselves? Stockholders overwhelmingly booed the mega-million payout, which would have come on top of the $300 million the duo have harvested in recent years.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Flood insurance a case study in a good idea gone bad

Posted 5/19/2014 in National Columns

The federal government sues Mississippi fairly often. Less often, Mississippi sues America -- but it does happen. Two years ago, the state Department of Insurance objected in court to congressional action to sustain the National Flood Insurance Program. Why? The law made the insurance cost too much -- way too much.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Bill Maher speaks his mind, unfortunately

Posted 5/17/2014 in National Columns

When my neighbor gleefully reported that Bill Maher had dedicated a searing monologue to me for a column I wrote about the Donald Sterling/Cliven Bundy rants, my first thought was, Nah . If I tussled with everybody who tossed a brick through the window, I'd never get the draperies hung.

 

 

Susan Estrich: When a woman gets fired

Posted 5/17/2014 in National Columns

What do they call it when a man gets fired from a top job? Wednesday. Or, if appropriate, Monday or Tuesday or Thursday or Friday. When a woman gets fired, it's called breaking news.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: In hyperpartisan America, there's no room for compassion

Posted 5/17/2014 in National Columns

A hypothetical scenario: Your little boy lies in a hospital bed, stricken by a mysterious, potentially fatal disease. You are frightened and in despair.

 

 

Froma Harrop: All Sheldon Adelson wants

Posted 5/16/2014 in National Columns

There is something truly spectacular about Sheldon Adelson. Witness the parade of Republican supplicants paying tribute in his Las Vegas lair.

 

 

Susan Estrich: What do you say about a vulgarian?

Posted 5/15/2014 in National Columns

My friends from outside of Los Angeles are horrified. "Donald Sterling is a pig?" they say with surprise. "A racist, ignorant, loud-mouthed fool?" And Jewish, to boot. This is not, my mother would have said, good for the Jews.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Dogs, clocks and a drink of Crown Royal

Posted 5/15/2014 in National Columns

Luke Hall had a name like a hero in an old Western -- simple, strong and uncompromising. It was fitting.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Justice for all ... except those too big for jail

Posted 5/14/2014 in National Columns

Fair warning: This book will make you angry.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Monica Lewinsky, grace in humiliation

Posted 5/13/2014 in National Columns

How refreshing to hear Monica Lewinsky recount the depth of her shame. When it was revealed in 1998 that she had provided then-President Clinton with oral sex, Lewinsky now writes in Vanity Fair, she "was arguably the most humiliated person in the world."

 

Kathleen Parker: The death penalty condemns us all

Posted 5/10/2014 in National Columns

When Lady Justice takes a count of bleeding hearts outside the execution chamber, she won't find mine among them.

 

Leonard Pitts: The absence of fathers matters

Posted 5/10/2014 in National Columns

Maybe you heard about the tribute Kevin Durant paid his mother last week. You probably missed the one he paid his dad. Both came during Durant's acceptance speech after being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Maybe you don't follow sports, maybe you've never heard of Durant, maybe you think a pick and roll is a roadside produce stand. You still should see the video.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Monica returns

Posted 5/10/2014 in National Columns

Does Monica Lewinsky really think she was a victim of cyber bullying? Apparently so, according to her "coming out" piece in Vanity Fair, which is getting a lot of attention, ostensibly because of its potential impact on Hillary 2016.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Extremist Islam is scared of little girls

Posted 5/7/2014 in National Columns

There was a method to this madness.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The sobering message from Cliven Bundy's and Donald Sterling's words

Posted 5/3/2014 in National Columns

Say what you will, but you'd best check for recording devices. Alternatively, you might check your thoughts.

 

 

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