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Froma Harrop: Playtime is over for Obamacare's foes

Posted 1/8/2015 in National Columns

Friends of Obamacare, horrified that the Supreme Court has taken a case that could blow up the federal health insurance exchanges, should recalibrate their dread.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The rich and their anti-vaccine quacks

Posted 1/6/2015 in National Columns

California parents are refusing to vaccinate their kindergartners at twice the rate of seven years ago.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: The 'equality' racket

Posted 1/6/2015 in National Columns

Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS."

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Books you might not have heard about

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

Blockbuster books like "Wild" and "Gone Girl" get so much attention that we forget other authors are out there busting their blocks trying to sell a few stories written without murders and mayhem. I received a couple of quietly wonderful books as gifts, and I have to share the news in case The Times neglects to review them. They deserve attention, too.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: In 2014, the joke's on us

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punch lines. Life isn't a comedy. It's a joke.

 

Bill Press: Black men: beware of police officers

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

It's one of the best-known lines of any English-language poet -- Robert Burns' reflection on the upper-class church lady who doesn't realize there's a louse crawling around on her bonnet. "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us!"

 

Dana Milbank: America's Slacktivist generation

Posted 1/2/2015 in National Columns

I wanted to do something for my country during the holidays, so I went to the movies.

 

 

Michael Gerson: Gearing up for 2016

Posted 12/31/2014 in National Columns

One outcome of and proof for ideological polarization is the way it has made stalwarts appear like centrists.

 

 

Mitch Albom: Erasing Bill Cosby with the speed of light

Posted 12/30/2014 in National Columns

Ever since Bill Cosby was accused by one, then two, then four, then almost uncountable women of everything from unwelcome kissing to flat-out rape, the one reaction I can't quite figure is TV Land pulling "The Cosby Show" reruns from its air.

 

 

Jamie Stiehm: A young dove of peace

Posted 12/29/2014 in National Columns

A young dove of peace with dreams in her eyes almost got shot down. A schoolgirl named Malala has lessons for us all. She's just joined the rare company of female winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai, a champion for girls' education, was shot and almost slain for speaking out in her country, Pakistan.

 

 

Other Editors: Fisher looks like a good choice to succeed Epps

Posted 12/29/2014 in National Columns

Considering Marshall Fisher's credentials, Gov. Phil Bryant probably couldn't have made a better appointment to lead the scandal-ridden Mississippi Department of Corrections.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Spending the holidays in a sun-filled place

Posted 12/27/2014 in National Columns

PASS CHRISTIAN -- This is Christmas week. And as Irving Berlin wrote: The orange and the palm trees sway. Cat Island looks so close across the sparkling Mississippi Sound, I could touch it with a feather duster. Live oaks remain green and disguise the season.

 

Robert Koehler: Racism: It's the law

Posted 12/27/2014 in National Columns

Smoke and fire, sirens blaring, horns honking, a sudden hail of bullets. This is what passes for the American dialogue on race and justice. It's hidden until it explodes.

 

Michael Gerson: Room for non-conformity

Posted 12/26/2014 in National Columns

The movie "The Imitation Game" has revived deserved interest in Alan Turing.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The magic kingdom of dynamic scoring

Posted 12/26/2014 in National Columns

While most citizens were distracted by the holidays, the enlarged Republican majority in Congress was laying golden pavers for its magical kingdom.

 

 

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Posted 12/24/2014 in National Columns

 

 

Froma Harrop: Unzipping the Elizabeth Warren package

Posted 12/23/2014 in National Columns

They like her style. Many liberals adore Elizabeth Warren's populist passion for denouncing predatory conduct by Wall Street -- and her linking it to growing income inequality.

 

Dana Milbank: Marco Rubio's fury

Posted 12/20/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the Republican Party's point man on Cuba, seemed to be struggling to contain his fury as he responded to President Obama's move Wednesday to normalize relations with the Cold War foe. The Cuban-American legislator, addressing a roomful of reporters and photographers in the Capitol, chopped the air with his right hand, fired off terse answers to questions and, frequently raising his voice, spat insults at the Obama administration:

 

Michael Gerson: A global conspiracy of health

Posted 12/20/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as population increased by about 1 billion.

 

 

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