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Froma Harrop: Do we need a place called home?

Posted 9/16/2014 in National Columns

There's this scene in Shakespeare where the straight-talking Rosalind tries to make sense of Jaques, a guy who travels all the time and is plagued by melancholy. "I fear you have sold your own lands to see other men's," Rosalind says to him in "As You Like It." "Yes, I have gained my experience," Jaques responds gloomily.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: A lady in Sun studio

Posted 9/13/2014 in National Columns

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- While thousands were touring Graceland during Elvis Week last month, a retired English professor from Baton Rouge sat at legendary Sun Studio and signed copies of her quiet but fascinating book.

 

Leonard Pitts: Wondering 'what if' as U.S. forces head back to the Middle East

Posted 9/13/2014 in National Columns

If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high -- and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama's Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with air strikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars and 4,425 lives.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Stats reveal fallacy of taxpayer-subsidised megadeals

Posted 9/13/2014 in National Columns

As of July 2014, Mississippi has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, 8 percent. I remember in the 90s when Mississippi's unemployment rate was two full percentage points better than the national average.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Bubba and Dubya pal it up

Posted 9/11/2014 in National Columns

Now it can be told: Bill Clinton was a secret adviser to George W. Bush.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Casino fantasies

Posted 9/11/2014 in National Columns

The video for the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City" opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust. That was almost 40 years ago. The Traymore Hotel and other grand hotels were leveled in much the same spectacular fashion.

 

Thomas Sowell: Mob rule economics

Posted 9/9/2014 in National Columns

While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule.

 

Susan Estrich: The enemy of our enemy

Posted 9/8/2014 in National Columns

The horrifying footage of the second beheading of an American journalist by ISIS, this time freelancer Steven Joel Sotloff, a 31-year-old from Florida who loved journalism, has again placed the president, and world leaders, in a terrible position. To be clear, the White House is studying the video. To be clear, no one is holding out much hope.

 

 

George Will: Navy with a mission in mind

Posted 8/28/2014 in National Columns

Russia's ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State's erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The smallness of being in economy class

Posted 8/28/2014 in National Columns

Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Michael Brown no angel? Why should it matter?

Posted 8/27/2014 in National Columns

You've probably never heard of Claudette Colvin. And yet, had history twisted in a slightly different direction, she might loom as large in American memory as Rosa Parks does now while Parks herself would be a little-remembered seamstress.

 

 

Michael Gerson: Too detached to lead?

Posted 8/27/2014 in National Columns

Having once served a president, I don't begrudge any president a vacation.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Don't shoot a writer

Posted 8/23/2014 in National Columns

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. -- I've met some brave people in my life: survivors of war, politics, natural disasters -- and one heroic woman in the Mississippi Delta who lived most of her life in an iron lung. I'm not sure I've ever met anyone braver than the beautiful and elegant Anne Butler of this enchanting Louisiana river town.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Perry v. Lehmberg, an unsettling trend

Posted 8/23/2014 in National Columns

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence and seriousness of purpose.

 

Michael Gerson: No time to lead from behind

Posted 8/23/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- Responding to the horrifying murder of photojournalist James Foley, Secretary of State John Kerry declared, "ISIL [the Islamic State] and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed." President Obama said, "people like this ultimately fail."

 

Leonard Pitts: What's next in Ferguson? Let's try a little education

Posted 8/22/2014 in National Columns

What next? That's what should concern us now.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Is Ferguson a social media victim?

Posted 8/21/2014 in National Columns

Soon the cameras, protesters, gawkers and tweeters will depart Ferguson, Missouri, leaving the question: What will be left of this embattled city when the smoke clears?

 

 

Susan Estrich: What went wrong in Ferguson

Posted 8/20/2014 in National Columns

The short answer is: everything. I'm not talking about the killing of Michael Brown. A tragedy, whatever the facts.

 

 

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