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  • Business, GOP not aligned on reform

    One of the intriguing mysteries of this year is why the initial broad support from American business for overhauling the health care system has not translated into more than a …


  • Obama’s Afghanistan agony

    The genius of democracy is the rotation of power, which forces the opposition to be serious – particularly about things like war, about which until Jan. 20 of this year …


  • Health care reform good for all ages

    In terms of health coverage, one date separates the most secure Americans from the least secure: a person’s 65th birthday. Age 65 is when one qualifies for Medicare, the government …


  • Amy Goodman: Tweeter’s arrest disturbing

    A social worker from New York City was arrested last week while in Pittsburgh for the G-20 protests, then subjected to an FBI raid this week at home – all …


  • Kathleen Parker: Tweet belittled weight of loss

    WASHINGTON – For those whose lives revolve primarily around real people in real time and real space, hurry, go hide. Here’s what you missed in the social networking universe the …


  • Cal Thomas: TV helps to sap morality

    In olden days when “a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking” there was a morals clause written into an actor’s film contract. The purpose was to restrain …


  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fox has surrendered its claim to credibility

    Perhaps you are familiar with an old saying: even a broken clock is right twice a day. I’ve found that maxim valuable as I wade through the recent hand-wringing and …


  • Obama’s next moves telling

    Barack Obama has reached the moment of truth for answering the persistent question about his core beliefs and political priorities. The coming votes in the House and Senate on his …


  • Pass plan, then fix the flaws

    “Rome was not built in a day,” Montana Democrat Max Baucus said with resignation after the Senate committee he heads voted to reject a “public option.” A government-run health plan …


  • 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 …