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  • The arrogance of liberal elites Dec 21, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Jonathan Gruber — the source of more smoking guns than the battle of Gettysburg — recently appeared before a hostile House committee. The good professor, you might recall, is an MIT economist who played a significant (and paid) role in producing and defending the Affordable Care Act. He also later admitted, in an astonishing variety of settings, that the law was written in a “tortured way” to hide tax increases and other flaws. “Lack of transparency,” he cheerfully conceded, “is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

     
  • The challenge for us all in a word: unity Dec 19, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Rev. Robert Whitt: We have found ourselves again to be in a situation that we have been in many times before. It is a situation that has caused men and women to be recognized throughout the history of our nation. Men and women that nobody knew paid a price for us to have what we have today for free.

     
  • Decline of the dealmakers Dec 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Stephen and Cokie Roberts: With the defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, not a single Democrat from the Deep South will hold a Senate seat come January. That stark fact represents the last chapter of a long story that has been altering American politics for more than a half-century.

     
  • The left’s convenient villain Dec 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: “I’m known as the architect of torture,” Alberto Gonzales told me by phone from Nashville, where the former U.S. attorney general is now a lawyer in private practice and dean of the College of Law at Belmont University. Anyone saddled with that title must be evil and sadistic. Gonzales is neither.

     
  • All sorts of trouble with our local elections Dec 14, 2014 5:01 AM
    Name a problem, our local elections have it: Low turnout. Too many offices. Too few candidates. Bad timing. And now, says DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis, hordes of school board candidates have to file in far fewer places.

     
  • Time to get over the litmus test Dec 14, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope.

     
  • Slusher: A complexity in the conflict of media trust Dec 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    In the digital age, it's difficult to trust information that so easy to find, but seekers of truth continue to turn to one source in particular: newspapers, Jim Slusher writes.

     
  • Eric Garner case offers Obama a moment to seize Dec 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Dana Milbank: [The Ferguson, Mo., decision last month, in which a grand jury declined to charge another white police officer who killed another unarmed black man, split the nation along racial and political lines, but the Eric Garner case is one of the rare moments since the 9/11 attacks that has united left and right, black and white. It surely won’t last long. The question is whether a reluctant president will seize the moment.

     
  • Millennials do indeed read newspapers Dec 10, 2014 6:06 PM
    Guest columnist Caroline Little: Recent studies show that America’s 80 million millennials are a generation of civically minded, globally aware individuals who rely on newspaper media to be engaged and informed. There will be media pundits who push through with their millennial stereotypes while ignoring the data.

     
  • An act of exceptional recklessness Dec 10, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: With the release of the Feinstein report on CIA interrogations of high-value terrorists a decade ago, let’s consider the situation of intelligence personnel who have been involved, not in that program but in drone strikes against terrorists, conducted in a variety of countries around the world.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Flammable news coverage Dec 7, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: It would be nice if, in watching the news, my kids were not bombarded with messages that help those who misbehave avoid accountability. Like “Admit nothing.” Or “Blame someone else.” Or “Deflect responsibility.” Or “Play the victim.”

     
  • Clock is ticking toward higher health care premiums Dec 5, 2014 5:50 AM
    Guest columnist Stephen Parente: 2017 will be the real test. The health care law contains two programs that will expire at the end of that year: “risk corridors” and “reinsurance.” Both programs conceal health insurance’s true costs — costs that truly have skyrocketed thanks to the ACA’s mandates and regulations.

     
  • There are many losers when the ‘spin’ wins Dec 4, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Steve and Cokie Roberts: The late, great Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was fond of saying, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” His adage has become a familiar cliché around Washington, but it took on new meaning after the House Intelligence Committee issued a unanimous, bipartisan report about the attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi that killed four Americans in September 2012.

     
  • Shrinking the AIDS epidemic map Dec 3, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: My college roommate — the most immediately likable person I’ve ever met, a man who would now be such a present to the world — died of AIDS at the age of 30. Back then, people with the disease did not so much die as fade, becoming gaunt and ghostly images of themselves, as the virus gradually destroyed enough T-cells to cut their ties with the flesh. Metaphors don’t really capture the horror. Declined? Withered? At any rate, he died. That was 20 World AIDS Days ago, shortly before the arrival of miracle drugs that could have saved my friend’s life.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Evidence ignored in fight against staffing law Dec 2, 2014 1:01 AM
    Guest columnist Pat Devaney: In fighting this legislation, local officials concocted baseless hypotheticals that the legislation was a budget buster. In fact, the only empirical evidence is that municipalities have wasted millions fighting a law that’s been in place nearly three decades.

     
  • Cosby and the court of public opinion Dec 2, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: There’s no real evidence — no tapes or letters. No rape kits or photographs. One woman once did file charges against Bill Cosby, but that case was settled. Whatever consolation this settlement might have brought to the alleged victim, a settled case doesn’t confirm guilt. Sometimes, especially concerning public figures, cases are settled just to end a nuisance.

     
  • A Democrat’s letter to Bruce Rauner Nov 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Raja Krishnamoorthi: Dear Mr. Rauner: I’m a Democrat, and I supported Pat Quinn in the election. That said, I wish you the best. To that end, I respectfully submit 10 thoughts for your consideration.

     
  • A Democrat’s letter to Bruce Rauner Nov 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Raja Krishnamoorthi: Dear Mr. Rauner: I’m a Democrat, and I supported Pat Quinn in the election. That said, I wish you the best. To that end, I respectfully submit 10 thoughts for your consideration.

     
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