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Kathleen Parker: Why we can't dismiss Donald Trump

Posted 7/23/2015 in National Columns

Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.

 

Kathleen Parker: A new day in S.C. as the Confederate battle flag comes down

Posted 7/11/2015 in National Columns

The past may not be past, as William Faulkner put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.

 

Kathleen Parker: A new day in S.C. as the Confederate battle flag comes down

Posted 7/11/2015 in National Columns

The past may not be past, as William Faulkner put it. But it sure seems to be leaving. As I watched the broadcast of the Confederate battle flag being brought down from its post on the South Carolina statehouse grounds Friday morning, my thoughts went to Gen. Robert E. Lee, who surely would have raised a toast to this new day. Yes, you read correctly.

 

Kathleen Parker: The age of the professional showoff

Posted 7/8/2015 in National Columns

"So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Meet the Press'?" No. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Hardball'?" No.

 

Kathleen Parker: The unexpected rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

Posted 7/4/2015 in National Columns

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes. And I don't mean Miss Universes.

 

Kathleen Parker: Covering the Bushes

Posted 6/30/2015 in National Columns

If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.

 

Kathleen Parker: A blueprint for changing the way we talk about race

Posted 6/27/2015 in National Columns

By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.

 

Kathleen Parker: Bill's Clintonesque rebuttal

Posted 6/15/2015 in National Columns

"I don't ever know what people's motives are," said former president Bill Clinton, prompting one to pause and consider just what the definition of "motives" is.

 

Kathleen Parker: What was the police officer in McKinney thinking?

Posted 6/13/2015 in National Columns

Video imagery doesn't get much worse than a white police officer throwing an African American girl in a bikini to the ground, kneeling on her back as she cries and drawing his gun on other teenagers. What in God's name is wrong with our cops?

 

Kathleen Parker: The politics of Caitlyn Jenner

Posted 6/6/2015 in National Columns

Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown. Within days of the release of Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover photo, Republican presidential candidates were being asked to comment, while conservative pundits were warning of a political apocalypse.

 

Kathleen Parker: Reality show jumps 19 sharks

Posted 6/5/2015 in National Columns

Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory: Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received.

 

Kathleen Parker: Caitlyn Jenner's coming out

Posted 6/3/2015 in National Columns

It wasn't quite "Call me Ishmael," but "Call me Caitlyn" made a whale of a splash.

 

Kathleen Parker: Limited room for debate in the Republican field

Posted 5/28/2015 in National Columns

Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.

 

Kathleen Parker: Trigger warnings, colleges, and the 'Swaddled Generation'

Posted 5/21/2015 in National Columns

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own.

 

Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

 

Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush's eloquent defense of Christianity

Posted 5/13/2015 in National Columns

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians -- inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party's base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.

 

Kathleen Parker: Pamela Geller's abuse of free speech

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

The recent spectacle of Pamela Geller, the erstwhile journalist who organized a provocative contest in Texas of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, gives pause to even the most passionate defenders of the First Amendment.

 

Kathleen Parker: Baltimore, comedy, and courage

Posted 4/30/2015 in National Columns

True words are often said in jest, it has long been said.

 

Kathleen Parker: With a song in prisoners' hearts

Posted 4/25/2015 in National Columns

Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina's largest maximum-security prison, gets plenty of bad press -- from a riot and a lockdown in February to drone-delivered contraband a few days ago.

 

Kathleen Parker: Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

Posted 4/24/2015 in National Columns

When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.

 

 

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