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Froma Harrop: Reality has its risks

Posted 12/26/2013 in National Columns

The honchos at A&E, professing shock that an old Southern redneck from their reality TV hit "Duck Dynasty" made the sort of homophobic remarks one would expect from an old Southern redneck, yanked Phil Robertson off the show. A culture war skirmish ensued.

 

 

Clarence Page: Why the right should support boosting minimum wage, too

Posted 12/26/2013 in National Columns

I've heard a lot of goofy arguments against raising the federal minimum wage. The silliest goes like this: "You want to raise the minimum wage to $15? Why not $50? Why not $100?"

 

 

Birney Imes: Open season on mistletoe

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

The week after Thanksgiving Perry Griggs, The Dispatch's pressroom supervisor, asked me if I knew somewhere he could go to shoot mistletoe. Say that again?

 

 

Rheta Johnson: A last-minute list of books for Christmas

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

When niece Chelsey was little, I lavished her with Christmas gifts too numerous and fanciful to remember. There were faux-fur coats with Dalmatian spots, diminutive dolls bundled as quintuplets, plastic horses that cost more than the real thing.

 

 

Jessie Jackson: A call for justice and compassion

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

Pope Francis is displaying an extraordinary style and passion that demands our attention. He addresses the needs of the poor, embraces outcasts, and loves those on the margins of society. In this recent "apostolic exhortation," The Joy of the Gospel, the pope raises a moral challenge to both his church and the world.

 

Susan Estrich: Duck, duck, goose

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

"Don't be deceived," Duck Commander and A&E reality television star Phil Robertson insisted, when asked to define what he considered to be sinful behavior. "Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers -- they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."

 

Kathleen Parker: Dreaming of a penguin Christmas

Posted 12/19/2013 in National Columns

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. And a penguin?

 

 

Susan Estrich: The judge and the NSA

Posted 12/18/2013 in National Columns

I suspect the NSA may have thought they got lucky when one of the first post-Edward Snowden cases to challenge their phone metadata collection was assigned to Judge Richard Leon on the federal district court in Washington, D.C. After all, Leon was appointed by President George W. Bush after a long career, much of it spent working for Republicans in Washington.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Christmas books

Posted 12/16/2013 in National Columns

As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it.

 

Kathleen Parker: House Republicans rise up against the right wing

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

'Tis the season, and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people -- her phrase "Embrace the suck." Miraculous.

 

Charles Krauthammer: Obama the oblivious

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."

 

 

Froma Harrop: How we really feel about economic inequality

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

Americans don't care much about rising economic inequality, recent surveys suggest. But that's not quite right. The public may know that the top 10 percent pulled in about half of pretax income in 2012 -- and that income inequality is the widest it's been since right before the Great Depression. Its brain understands that these trends are not good for the society.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Teaching Republicans how to talk to women

Posted 12/12/2013 in National Columns

Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.

 

 

Froma Harrop: A President Christie would spell tea party's doom

Posted 12/11/2013 in National Columns

Mainstream Republicans are doing backflips over Chris Christie's frolic to re-election as governor of New Jersey. Here is a Republican who took on public employee unions, spoke out against abortion and gay marriage, and still scored a landslide win in a blue state. And he won Latinos' and women's votes, too.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Will Americans pay for American-made?

Posted 12/10/2013 in National Columns

Wow, this T-shirt costs only $8. Great color. Problem is, your finger could punch a hole through it. In most Americans' shopping experience, colors change and styles come and go, but there's one constant: low quality and a sweatshop-country label.

 

Kathleen Parker: The conscience of a pope

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil. Everyone seems to have his own special version of Pope Francis. Liberals have declared him a crusader for social justice, especially regarding his comments about global inequality. Conservatives fear he just might be a commie.

 

Rheta Johnson: A world apart

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- Lightning or some other benevolent act of fate struck the magic modem that brings this technology-heavy century into our otherwise peaceful home.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Consumer finance needs better morals

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

Drawing moral lines in our rough-and-tumble capitalist system can be hard. But it should not tax too many ethical muscles to set aside some protections for trusting, unsophisticated borrowers of modest means. That is, unless you're a politician working on behalf of predatory lenders.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Pope vs. Rush

Posted 12/5/2013 in National Columns

I like capitalism. Specifically, I like the idea that if I write a better book, have a better idea, build a better mousetrap, I will be rewarded accordingly.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The GOP's toxic messaging

Posted 12/4/2013 in National Columns

As the government health-care Web site chugs along, the Obama administration has begun a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying -- and its weapons are of superior grade.

 

 

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