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Annie’s Mailbox: Mom throws wrench in Facebook page

Dear Annie: Over the years, I have made several major moves around the country and have found that my Facebook account is a great way to keep in touch. However, …


The gang that can’t say no

The timing could hardly have been worse: Just days after President Barack Obama shared a chummy hamburger with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev – the better to dramatize our newly “reset” …


Mr. Dad: Depressed youngster needs help

Dear Mr. Dad: Over the past several months, our 12-year-old son has become increasingly moody, sad and withdrawn. He has no friends and no interest in school or any other …


On this day, a nod to Henry Clay

Just as this year, Independence Day in 1852 fell on a Sunday. But in New York City the traditional celebration was upstaged by another event. The casket bearing the remains …


Froma Harrop: Disparaging the French unbecoming

Thirty-six American cities and towns are named after the Marquis de Lafayette – the best-known being Fayetteville, N.C., and Lafayette, La. Countless streets, parks and counties also honor the French …


Amy Goodman: War needs cutoff, not PR

“General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts,” began the MoveOn.org attack ad against Gen. David Petraeus back in 2007, after he had delivered a report …


Miss Manners: Blonde grows tired of doubt

DEAR MISS MANNERs: I have been blessed with natural blond hair my whole life. I am now in my 70s. I also have no gray hair. The problem? I have …


Carolyn Hax: Try accepting beau for who he is

Dear Carolyn: I have been with my boyfriend for seven years. We began dating because I asked him out. I was the first to say, “I love you.” I was …


David S. Broder: Try to keep Byrd’s-eye view

The paradox of Robert Byrd’s life – and the reason his death was recognized by his Senate colleagues as so significant a milestone – is the balance he struck between …


Annie’s Mailbox: No sleepovers yet for granddaughter

Dear Annie: My granddaughter is 10 years old. Other than a two-day camping trip with her father, she has never been away from her mother – no sleepovers with friends …


Carolyn Hax: Scared marriage will ruin everything

Dear Carolyn: I am in a committed and happy and loving relationship. We talk about getting married and having children at some point. But both of us are scared that …


Kathleen Parker: Obama testing gender roles

If Bill Clinton was our first black president, as Toni Morrison once proclaimed, then Barack Obama may be our first woman president. Phew. That was fun. Now, if you’ll just …


Annie’s Mailbox: Debt collectors calling for relatives

Dear Annie: In these tough economic times, my husband and I have managed to stay ahead of things by working hard and being careful with our money. We know we …


Mona Charen: Obama sounds like neocon

Had it not been for opposing war, President Barack Obama might never have catapulted to the White House. It was taken for granted in the run-up to the presidential campaign …


Mr. Dad: Give son a lesson in diversity

Dear Mr. Dad: A Korean family has recently moved in next door and our 8-year-old son became friendly with their boy, who is the same age. However, he now says …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: America’s war on black men

“You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this all while not appearing to.” – …


Annie’s Mailbox: Guests can give what they choose

Dear Annie: I am getting married to a wonderful man. We both lived independently long enough to accumulate two of everything. I have requested that, instead of gifts, guests make …


Miss Manners: Rude woman turns dude’s gig into dud

DEAR MISS MANNERS – On a recent vacation to a dude ranch, one evening’s entertainment was a gentleman singing songs and telling stories about cowboys around a campfire. An elderly …


Carolyn Hax: Heed impulse on money, trust

Dear Carolyn: Boyfriend and I are moving in together soon. He mentioned that he assumed we would get a joint checking account for “general expenses.” I was assuming the opposite. …


Amy Goodman: Forum reflects new Detroit

DETROIT – “I have a dream.” Ask anyone where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first proclaimed those words, and the response will most likely be at the March on …


A ‘clean’ campaign solution

What began as a well-intentioned effort to deal with the consequences of the miserable Supreme Court decision expanding special-interest influence in election campaigns has turned into a roiling mess for …


Dr. Gott: Weekly cleansing may be unnecessary

DEAR DR. GOTT: Is there any health risk, other than the taste, in drinking five ounces of magnesium citrate a week to clean out my digestive system? Thanks for your …


Annie’s Mailbox: Discuss new life with daughter

Dear Annie: My husband and I are at the end of our rope with our 18-year-old daughter, “Kate,” who just graduated from high school. Kate has been dating a 21-year-old …


Carolyn Hax: Due to changes, you’re moving on

Dear Carolyn: My girlfriend of one year and I recently broke up. She said it’s because she needs to learn to be on her own two feet, because she hopped …


Kathleen Parker: Defining, redefining feminism

Proving one’s feminist bona fides has become the latest challenge for women aspiring to public office. Is she a “real” feminist who walks in lockstep with traditional feminist orthodoxy? Or …


Dr. Gott: Sickly daughter is stuck in rut

DEAR DR. GOTT: My daughter is sick all the time and has been for more than six years. She will be 22 in August, has had several live-in boyfriends and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Keep apologizing or stay estranged

Dear Annie: My son and his family have been estranged from us for six years. We discovered the reason was that his wife was spreading vicious lies. When I caught …


Mona Charen: Obama poll raises concerns

Do we care what the world thinks of us? Should we? A new survey of global opinion is getting the usual respectful attention. The Pew Global Attitudes Project surveyed people …


Froma Harrop: Electric cars have rare political fuel

My magic wand is on the fritz, otherwise we’d have a big, new federal program to free America from its dependence on oil. Like other environmentalists, I’m sad that the …


Trudy Rubin: Obama and the timeline

It was one of those ohmyGod moments. Gen. David Petraeus was testifying Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sen. John McCain was pressing him for his opinion on the …