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Charlie Mitchell: Flood insurance a case study in a good idea gone bad

Posted 5/19/2014 in National Columns

The federal government sues Mississippi fairly often. Less often, Mississippi sues America -- but it does happen. Two years ago, the state Department of Insurance objected in court to congressional action to sustain the National Flood Insurance Program. Why? The law made the insurance cost too much -- way too much.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Bill Maher speaks his mind, unfortunately

Posted 5/17/2014 in National Columns

When my neighbor gleefully reported that Bill Maher had dedicated a searing monologue to me for a column I wrote about the Donald Sterling/Cliven Bundy rants, my first thought was, Nah . If I tussled with everybody who tossed a brick through the window, I'd never get the draperies hung.

 

 

Susan Estrich: When a woman gets fired

Posted 5/17/2014 in National Columns

What do they call it when a man gets fired from a top job? Wednesday. Or, if appropriate, Monday or Tuesday or Thursday or Friday. When a woman gets fired, it's called breaking news.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: In hyperpartisan America, there's no room for compassion

Posted 5/17/2014 in National Columns

A hypothetical scenario: Your little boy lies in a hospital bed, stricken by a mysterious, potentially fatal disease. You are frightened and in despair.

 

 

Froma Harrop: All Sheldon Adelson wants

Posted 5/16/2014 in National Columns

There is something truly spectacular about Sheldon Adelson. Witness the parade of Republican supplicants paying tribute in his Las Vegas lair.

 

 

Susan Estrich: What do you say about a vulgarian?

Posted 5/15/2014 in National Columns

My friends from outside of Los Angeles are horrified. "Donald Sterling is a pig?" they say with surprise. "A racist, ignorant, loud-mouthed fool?" And Jewish, to boot. This is not, my mother would have said, good for the Jews.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Dogs, clocks and a drink of Crown Royal

Posted 5/15/2014 in National Columns

Luke Hall had a name like a hero in an old Western -- simple, strong and uncompromising. It was fitting.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Justice for all ... except those too big for jail

Posted 5/14/2014 in National Columns

Fair warning: This book will make you angry.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Monica Lewinsky, grace in humiliation

Posted 5/13/2014 in National Columns

How refreshing to hear Monica Lewinsky recount the depth of her shame. When it was revealed in 1998 that she had provided then-President Clinton with oral sex, Lewinsky now writes in Vanity Fair, she "was arguably the most humiliated person in the world."

 

Kathleen Parker: The death penalty condemns us all

Posted 5/10/2014 in National Columns

When Lady Justice takes a count of bleeding hearts outside the execution chamber, she won't find mine among them.

 

Leonard Pitts: The absence of fathers matters

Posted 5/10/2014 in National Columns

Maybe you heard about the tribute Kevin Durant paid his mother last week. You probably missed the one he paid his dad. Both came during Durant's acceptance speech after being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Maybe you don't follow sports, maybe you've never heard of Durant, maybe you think a pick and roll is a roadside produce stand. You still should see the video.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Monica returns

Posted 5/10/2014 in National Columns

Does Monica Lewinsky really think she was a victim of cyber bullying? Apparently so, according to her "coming out" piece in Vanity Fair, which is getting a lot of attention, ostensibly because of its potential impact on Hillary 2016.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Extremist Islam is scared of little girls

Posted 5/7/2014 in National Columns

There was a method to this madness.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The sobering message from Cliven Bundy's and Donald Sterling's words

Posted 5/3/2014 in National Columns

Say what you will, but you'd best check for recording devices. Alternatively, you might check your thoughts.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Americans tire of solving everyone's problems

Posted 5/3/2014 in National Columns

Americans want a smaller role in global affairs than the stage-hogging part we command today. Nearly half say the U.S. should be less active minding the world's business, and only 19 percent say more so, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests.

 

Charles Krauthammer: Obama's foreign policy of denial

Posted 5/3/2014 in National Columns

Barack Obama's 949-word response Monday to a question about foreign policy weakness showed the president at his worst: defensive, irritable, contradictory and at times detached from reality.

 

Kathleen Parker: A grandmother as president?

Posted 4/28/2014 in National Columns

The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The new politics of crime

Posted 4/25/2014 in National Columns

This week's announcement that the Justice Department will expand the criteria for offering clemency marks a new, and long overdue, chapter in the politics of crime.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: 'The Grapes of Wrath' resonates 75 years later

Posted 4/24/2014 in National Columns

"The Grapes of Wrath" was published 75 years ago this month, a seminal masterpiece of American literature that seems freshly relevant to this era of wealth disparity, rapacious banks and growing poverty.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Better care can also cost less

Posted 4/23/2014 in National Columns

Almost everyone has known or will know the helplessness of caring for -- or overseeing the care of -- a sick loved one. That such situations are often mired in chaos raises the anxiety level for both the patient and others trying to do the right thing.

 

 

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