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  • Singpore envy? The cult of Lee Kuan Yew Apr 1, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Whatever the eulogists of Lee Kuan Yew told you about the Singapore he created or the Asia that seems resurgent, the praise of him says just as much about America. In editorials, essays, television commentaries and just plain conversations, we appear to be suffering from an acute case of authoritarian envy.

  • When facts are eclipsed by passions Mar 24, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Ferguson has become the liberal Benghazi. It is more of a cause than a place, more of an ideological statement than an incident. Ferguson was not the racist murder it was thought to be, and Benghazi was not an incident in which the Obama administration’s incompetence or timidity allowed four Americans to die. The facts argue otherwise.

  • Hillary in need of an opponent Mar 17, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: At the moment, as countless observers have observed (that’s what they do), Clinton’s chief opponent is the press. It covers her like the proverbial cheap suit, if only because it has no one else to cover.

  • Still haunted by past, but looking to the future Mar 10, 2015 5:35 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: On one of my flights here, sheer luck took a liking to me. I got seated next to Thelma Adair, a 94-year-old black woman coming down from New York City for the Jubilee.

  • Israel’s moral argument is at risk Mar 3, 2015 1:00 AM
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  • Obama wise not to change nature of intra-Muslim fight Feb 25, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Our intentions have been honorable. The results are another matter entirely.

  • Scott Walker and his disappointing dodge Feb 17, 2015 12:17 PM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: If I were a Republican, I think I might have supported Scott Walker for president. What he believes, I must emphasize, is not what I believe but I nevertheless could respect his tenacity and adherence to principle. Until last week.

  • The universality of evil Feb 13, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: For me, the hideous murder of the Jordanian pilot was not about religion -- after all, both the victim and his killers were Sunni Muslims -- but about evil and its universality.

  • Anti-Semitism: The most durable conspiracy theory Feb 4, 2015 1:57 PM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: The title of my recently published book is “Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?” When I started writing it, I did not know how I was going to answer that question. The more I delved into the subject, the more I read and did research, the more I concluded that the answer is yes.

  • Cohen: Netanyahu visit may cost Israel America’s liberals Jan 28, 2015 5:55 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Benjamin Netanyahu's open disdain for President Barack Obama threatens to turn support for Israel into a partisan divide, prompting liberals to back away.

  • Disrupting the American Dream Jan 21, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Mercedes-Benz wants to develop a driverless car. Google already has one. This is exceedingly bad news for auto body shops, ambulance-chasing lawyers and others.

  • Obama’s slap at France Jan 13, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: In Paris on Sunday, the United States really led from behind — so far behind that President Obama and other important U.S. officials stayed stateside as 40 other world leaders joined about 1.5 million Frenchmen in a stirring riposte to terrorism and anti-Semitism.

  • The historical distoritions that stain ‘Selma’ Jan 7, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Before I came to dislike the movie “Selma,” I was deeply moved by it. Twice it brought me to tears. Too bad, though, that the movie had to go Hollywood on Lyndon Baines Johnson,

  • A need for common ground in police work Dec 30, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: When Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached a police car in Brooklyn, what he saw was two cops, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, and he killed them both. Ramos was of Dominican descent and Liu was Asian, but to Brinsley they were probably seen as white, which was the color of the cop in Ferguson who killed Michael Brown, and the one on Staten Island who killed Eric Garner. Brinsley wanted, he said, “2 of theirs” for “1 of ours.” Blue is the new white.

  • Revisiting the past by revising it Dec 10, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Japan is working hard at forgetting. Its prime minister, Shinzo Abe, suggests in code-talk that Japan was the victim of World War II — no war criminals at all, thank you — and its influential conservative press, with a wink from the government, is determined to whitewash the country’s use of sex slaves during the war. This sort of thing can be catching. Maybe others will forget why they consider Japan a friend.

  • How to make the financial behemoths behave Dec 3, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I know a rich guy who parks wherever he wants — bus stops, hydrants, no-parking zones of all kinds. He gets ticketed of course and by the end of the year must pay several thousands of dollars in fines. I could tell you his name but I’d rather tell you what I prefer to call him: J.P. Morgan. They both operate the same way.

  • Where are the real men on college campuses? Nov 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Where are the men? I am talking about men who live by a certain code, who know that rape is repugnant, that gang rape is vile and that so-called men who do these things are criminals. I am talking at the moment of the frat boys at the University of Virginia who are accused of raping a young woman. But I am also talking of all those who knew what was happening — at the time or afterward. They are not men, either.

  • When questions of character mask the message Nov 19, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Beverly Gage, a Yale historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital escapades and suggesting, King concluded, that he kill himself: “There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is.” King did nothing, but the FBI acted. It leaked its dirt to the press.

  • Hillary Clinton and dynasties Nov 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Hillary Clinton looms over the Democratic Party like Evita from her balcony. She is the presumptive presidential nominee, the likely one, the inevitable one, the one and only, the one before all others run in awe and panic. Behold the biggest and, in a sense, only thing in the Democratic Party. All she lacks is a song.

  • The courage of Brittany Maynard Nov 6, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: The death of death is fast approaching — fast being a matter of decades or maybe more, but sooner or later science will kill the Grim Reaper and future generations will look back on us and wonder what it was like knowing the end was always coming. We will, no doubt, vanquish death. In the meantime, we will have to deal with it.

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