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  • Obama feel-good tack breeds danger

    “President Obama, I support the Americans’ outstretched hand. But what did the international community gain from these offers of dialogue? Nothing.” – French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Sept. 24


  • Amy Goodman: Case crucial to future of books

    A battle is raging over the future of books in the digital age and the role libraries will play. One case now before a U.S. federal court may, some say, …


  • Kathleen Parker: Here’s hoping words work

    In keeping with his campaign promise to talk to America’s enemies without precondition, Barack Obama plans to turn his charms on Burma’s military junta. Slowly, we’re beginning to understand what …


  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: DeLay representing Beneses everywhere

    “Do you love me, now that I can dance?” – The Contours, 1962 Well, no.


  • Obama’s team is working

    For President Barack Obama, last week was rather like a major exam on his skills as a diplomat and architect of foreign policy. He can count on being tested again …


  • Energy saving begins with us

    As Americans, none of us like the idea of importing energy from countries that are unstable or unfriendly, nor do we like emitting a major share of the carbon that …


  • Warm heart never lost cool

    After the plain pine box is lowered into the grave, the mourners are asked to come forward – immediate family first – and shovel dirt onto the casket. Only when …


  • U.S. must get tough on coup

    Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president of Honduras, is back in his country after being deposed in a military coup d’etat June 28. Zelaya appeared there unexpectedly Monday morning, announcing …


  • Kathleen Parker: Save mission, not ACORN

    No one was more delighted by the recent ACORN pimp-’n’-prostitute, hidden-camera sting than Marcel Reid, the former ACORN board member who was booted in summer 2008 when she tried to …


  • Cal Thomas: U.S. submitting to bullies

    When I was a kid, there was a bully in our neighborhood. He never picked on kids his own size and certainly not on anyone larger. Rather, he punched, pushed …


  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Pop ‘outlaws’ are just rebels without a clue

    I blame Elvis. Along with Chuck Berry, Little Richard and other icons from rock’s first generation, he pioneered an incendiary idea: that music could be more than a medium of …


  • ‘Racism’ not to be used lightly

    Charges of racism these past several days, from op-ed pages to Jimmy Carter’s interpretation of Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst, are proving … complicated. Strangest was Georgia Rep. Hank …


  • Baucus’ balancing act proves difficult

    In the early 1970s when Max Baucus, now the senior senator from Montana and the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, was contemplating entering politics, he sought advice from many …


  • No lies, but lots of subtleties

    You lie? No. Barack Obama doesn’t lie. He’s too subtle for that. He … well, you judge. Herewith three examples within a single speech – the now-famous Obama-Wilson “you lie” …


  • Numbers firm, back health reform

    “Obama’s Speech Doesn’t Turn the Tide,” reads an ABC News headline about new poll results on public reaction to the president’s address on health care reform. An interesting take, given …


  • Obama and the déjÀ vu war

    On Sept. 14, 2001, the U.S. House of Representatives considered House Joint Resolution 64, “To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks …


  • Kathleen Parker: Insults rip our social fabric

    Not so long ago, Rep. Joe Wilson’s verbal assault on the president – “You lie!” – might have produced a much different outcome. Instead of the U.S. House rebuking Wilson, …


  • Half-truths are half-lies, too

    Wouldn’t it be nice, as the Beach Boys sang in another context, if there was such a thing as a liar meter? It would detect when a politician wasn’t telling …


  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: A minority’s bigotry is just as loathsome

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • ‘Truther’ belief felled Jones

    So Van Jones, the defenestrated White House green-jobs czar, once used an expletive to describe Republicans. Big deal. I’ve said worse about Democrats. I’ve said worse about Republicans. I’ve said …


  • Reform foes’ scare tactic wrong

    In their tireless efforts to kill health care reform, right-wingers have fanned fears that it would attract illegal aliens. This sideshow is rather twisted because, actually, the reforms would do …


  • Amy Goodman: Jones left on wave of vitriol

    Glenn Beck was mad. He’s the right-wing talk-radio host who has a television program on the Fox News Channel. Advertisers were fleeing his Fox program en masse after the civil-rights …


  • Kathleen Parker: Speech too mild to merit furor

    Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stupider, schools across the nation decided to censor President Barack Obama’s speech urging kids to work hard because “being successful is hard.” …


  • Cal Thomas: Clouds on liberals’ horizon

    Despite their control of all three branches of government, this has not been a good summer for liberal Democrats. Their health care “reform” bill, which has yet to be fully …


  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Good luck hiding out in a wired-up world

    Back in May, I flew to Los Angeles. My cell phone did not. I left it in the car, a fact I only discovered as I was lining up at …


  • Build in care for veterans

    Former Marine Chad Olson listed his favorite book on his MySpace page. It was called “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.” Last weekend Olson and his wife, Jessica Armstrong, …


  • CIA probe a bad precedent

    My friend and fellow columnist Eugene Robinson has written a characteristically passionate and well-reasoned piece commending Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to name a special counsel to examine possible law-breaking …


  • Obama mortal once again

    What happened to President Barack Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth. What happened to bring his popularity down further than that of …


  • Garrido parole exposed justice’s flaws

    Many astounding details surround the story of the California rapist who kidnapped an 11-year-old and kept her captive for 18 years. None shocks more than the raw fact that Phillip …


  • Amy Goodman: Preserve power of the people

    On Sept. 1, the European Union stopped manufacturing and importing incandescent light bulbs. Europeans will now turn to the much more efficient compact fluorescent, halogen and LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs. …

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