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Dana Milbank: A better side of America

Posted 10/1/2014 in National Columns

In the first days of the Iraq war 11 years ago, Army reservist Jay Briseno was shot in the back of the head at a Baghdad market. The bullet left him blind, brain-damaged, paralyzed from the neck down and unable to communicate, eat or breathe on his own.

 

 

Michael Gerson: Two cheers for Obama, not three

Posted 9/30/2014 in National Columns

It is a long, long way from the "JV team" to the "network of death." It is even longer from the arguments of President Obama's 2014 West Point commencement address -- which ridiculed "tough talk," criticized a "military solution" in Syria and ignited various straw men of military adventurism -- to the substance of Obama's 2014 United Nations address.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: 'A tale of two countries' -- one county's assault on U.S. history

Posted 9/27/2014 in National Columns

This is a tale of two countries. The first country was built on a radical new promise of human equality and a guarantee of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That country made it possible for even those born in the humblest and most meager circumstances to climb to the pinnacle of prosperity and achievement. It helped save the world in a great global conflagration, fed and rebuilt the devastated nations of Europe, planted the first footprints on another world.

 

Dana Milbank: Build a moat, or add manpower

Posted 9/27/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- The last lunch hour of the summer was like many others outside the White House gates. In Lafayette Square, office workers were eating, or just sitting, on the park benches. On the sidewalk nearest the White House, tourists were taking photos of the Executive Mansion through the ornamental fence. In the pedestrian section of Pennsylvania Avenue, the usual suspects presented their causes: anti-China, anti-nuclear, anti-gun, anti-same-sex-marriage. Jehovah's Witnesses offered pamphlets. A man held a picket sign asking, "What Is Terrorism?"

 

Dana Milbank: Obama is liberals' lesser evil

Posted 9/26/2014 in National Columns

The anti-Obama left was out in force. All 22 of them.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Kids who don't go to college also matter

Posted 9/25/2014 in National Columns

It shouldn't be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and psychological health of children like theirs -- that is, children who go to college.

 

 

Michael Gerson: Tall order for GOP in '16

Posted 9/25/2014 in National Columns

It is the most important development so far in the 2016 presidential race, at least on the Republican side: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is evidently not a total meathead.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Who wants war?

Posted 9/23/2014 in National Columns

Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don't want another war.

 

 

Other Editors: Internet thrives on neutrality

Posted 9/22/2014 in National Columns

The Federal Communications Commission should not turn the "information superhighway" into a toll road.

 

 

Dana Milbank: At last, a Benghazi hearing without rancor

Posted 9/20/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- When Trey Gowdy got the job to run the House's new Benghazi select committee, there was good reason to fear bad things.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: News doesn't come any harder

Posted 9/20/2014 in National Columns

McCLELLANVILLE, S.C. -- Highway 17 heading north from Charleston is the kind of funky, low-country trail I love. Roadside vendors sell sweetgrass baskets made in Gullah tradition, and late-summer flora is profuse and aquarium green.

 

Leonard Pitts: What is and is not child abuse

Posted 9/20/2014 in National Columns

My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids.

 

Dana Milbank: Republicans saddle their warhorses

Posted 9/19/2014 in National Columns

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was testifying Tuesday about the need for military action in Syria and Iraq when Ann Wright, an anti-war demonstrator in the audience, rose and began shouting: "No more war! No more war!"

 

 

Froma Harrop: A rough month for women

Posted 9/18/2014 in National Columns

Mark Sanford's heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That's how Chapur found out, too.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: No defense for what Ray Rice did

Posted 9/17/2014 in National Columns

"I think they're going too far with Ray Rice."

 

 

Michael Gerson: Obama's careful war

Posted 9/16/2014 in National Columns

The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama's Islamic State speech -- his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them "safe haven," his moral clarity on their "acts of barbarism" -- also sounded least like Obama.

 

 

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