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Froma Harrop: Yawning at anonymous posts

Posted 3/22/2014 in National Columns

Beats me how new apps like "Secret" and "Whisper" are going to make big money. Presumably, that is the objective of their Silicon Valley creators.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Don't confuse the Pope's meeting with Obama as an endorsement

Posted 3/22/2014 in National Columns

This week's meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.

 

Leonard Pitts: The wasted life of Fred Phelps

Posted 3/22/2014 in National Columns

And what shall we say now that the monster has died?

 

Kathleen Parker: Putin the petty clerk

Posted 3/21/2014 in National Columns

"Once an agent, always an agent." This was the terse response of Nina Khrushcheva on New Year's Eve 1999 when her mother commented favorably about the new president, Vladimir Putin, who was then speaking on TV.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: A tiger of a book

Posted 3/18/2014 in National Columns

Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a "Tiger Mom" because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Two ferns and a president

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

I must need to smoke pot. How else to explain why I wasn't getting President Obama's interview on "Between Two Ferns," the Web show hosted by Zach Galifianakis of "The Hangover" fame.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Rooms with a view

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

Somewhere in a shoebox beneath a bed, I have photographs of the Mentone Springs Hotel, a Victorian lodging built 130 years ago on the western brow of Lookout Mountain in Northeast Alabama.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Justin Bieber is a jerk, and it's your fault

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

It's your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk.

 

 

Hurray for GOP tax plan

Posted 3/13/2014 in National Columns

A Republican leader is doing something right ... and good. He is Rep. David Camp of Michigan. Camp has issued a detailed plan for simplifying the tax code. That's his duty as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax law.

 

 

The newest federalism

Posted 3/11/2014 in National Columns

When he came to Washington in 1981, Ronald Reagan made much of his commitment to the "new federalism," which in that case, like so many others, had very little to do with federalism.

 

 

Mississippi Voices: Cochran's tea party challenger

Posted 3/10/2014 in National Columns

The race between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran for U.S. senator is crystallizing Mississippi's great political irony.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Laughter and grief belong together

Posted 3/8/2014 in National Columns

Eighty-three-year old Ron Kilmartin was in a hospice, dying of lung cancer. His daughter was at his bedside, cracking jokes about it. Here's one: "Last week, Dad coughed and said, 'choking.' I tried to give him water but he just wanted me to turn off the men's Olympic hockey game."

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The new SAT don't care 'bout no fancy words

Posted 3/8/2014 in National Columns

When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced "improvements" to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students study and learn in high school. Shouldn't take too long.

 

Charles Krauthammer: The wages of weakness

Posted 3/8/2014 in National Columns

Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he's got three more years of luck to come. He takes Crimea, and President Obama says it's not in Russia's interest, not even strategically clever. Indeed, it's a sign of weakness.

 

Susan Estrich: So much for the new Russia

Posted 3/6/2014 in National Columns

It didn't take very long for the smiling sports fan cheering in the Olympic stands to revert to his true nature. I'm referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the former KGB leader whose idea of diplomacy is sending in the troops.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Who belongs downtown?

Posted 3/6/2014 in National Columns

Many American cities now enjoy an amazing reversal of fortune. Once hollowed-out shells mainly for those too poor to move -- or those so rich they didn't have to deal with the poor -- cities are again filling up with educated and aspiring young people.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Freedom is not free

Posted 3/5/2014 in National Columns

There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Take me to the Mardi Gras

Posted 3/4/2014 in National Columns

This year, two big dress-up events fall in the same week. But the Academy Awards and Mardi Gras couldn't be more different. At the Hollywood party, the common people are supposed to venerate the stars. In Mardi Gras, the commoners are the stars.

 

Leonard Pitts: Welcome to the new normal

Posted 3/1/2014 in National Columns

President Clinton? Maybe, if Democratic voters have their way. While the Republican faithful are split between a number of contenders and not particularly enthusiastic about any of them, a new poll finds Democrats overwhelmingly united behind a Hillary Clinton candidacy for 2016. A commanding 82 percent of the party, according to the CBS News/New York Times poll, wants to see her run.

 

Kathleen Parker: Obama's best hope for change

Posted 3/1/2014 in National Columns

President Obama's new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color -- "My Brother's Keeper" -- is cause for cheer. It isn't that we haven't known for some time that minority boys are in trouble. Poor school performance, truancy, delinquency and, ultimately, high incarceration rates cannot be separated from the absence of fathers in many homes. Out-of-wedlock births are at 72 percent in the African American community and 53 percent among Latinos, compared with 29 percent among non-Hispanic whites.

 

 

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