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  • The political act of judging Christians Feb 27, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Questioning a person's personal affirmation involves a serious charge — an accusation of the worst sort of cynicism. And it is simply not the role of a Christian layman to publicly dispute the self-identification of other Christians.

     
  • History is in the eye of the beholder Feb 27, 2015 1:00 AM
    Guest columnist Glenn Joshua: The fact is, Black History Month, for many, feels more like a necessary evil than a 28-day celebration honoring the great African American accomplishments in this country and throughout the world.

     
  • Slusher: The necessarily relentless drive for better things Feb 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Change is frustratingly slow. Emphasis sometimes on frustratingly.

     
  • Rumors of a new cold war have real roots in history Feb 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Georgie Anne Geyer: When the world is as dangerous and askew as it seems today, our nation’s capital easily becomes rife with speculation. Rumors rule, and the globe is cracked with incoherence.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Obama controls his message by cracking the digital code Feb 25, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnists Cokie and Steven Roberts: Team Obama grasped the potential of the emerging digital space right from the beginning, but has used it even more aggressively in his second term.

     
  • History is in the eye of the beholder Feb 26, 2015 1:29 PM
    Guest columnist Glenn Joshua: The fact is, Black History Month, for many, feels more like a necessary evil than a 28-day celebration honoring the great African American accomplishments in this country and throughout the world.

     
  • Victory not found in the words of war Feb 24, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity.

     
  • Taming government’s ‘Leviathan by proxy’ Feb 24, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: For the six years of the Obama presidency, or perhaps the last 35 years since Ronald Reagan’s election, American politics has been dominated by a debate on the size and role of the federal government. This argument, while intense and consequential, has often lacked one element: actual knowledge about the size and role of the federal government.

     
  • Gov. Rauner ‘resets’ Illinois Feb 22, 2015 1:00 AM
    Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno: “Dire circumstances call for drastic measures” — a sobering message that resonated throughout Illinois as Gov. Bruce Rauner offered his first budget blueprint.

     
  • Budget is inadequate, but it’s just the beginning Feb 22, 2015 1:00 AM
    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton: Now it begins. After two years of campaigning to lower taxes and increase spending, Bruce Rauner was mandated to do the math and show his work. Unfortunately, the numbers simply don’t add up.

     
  • Warm thoughts in an Arkansas icestorm Feb 20, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: Housebound in an ice storm, the columnist finds himself distracted by online trivia and tempted to yell at the TV.

     
  • With the budget, the president calls the shots Feb 19, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages. This is the most important government

     
  • A life lived as a tall tale Feb 19, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Georgie Anne Geyer: A beloved friend of mine died this week, but not any kind of ordinary friend. Arnaud de Borchgrave just happened to be, to my mind and to many other discriminating ones, the greatest foreign correspondent of our times.

     
  • Board chief: Facts show buyout was in best interests of COD Feb 17, 2015 12:19 PM
    Guest columnist Erin Birt: There has been much attention focused on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees' recent vote to approve a retirement buyout of President Robert Breuder's remaining contract. Allow me to provide some additional information.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Jeb Bush rolls out kinder, gentle candidacy Feb 17, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Byron York: When Bushes run for president, they portray themselves as more caring, more gentle and more compassionate than their sometimes heartless and harshly ideological fellow Republicans. It worked for George H.W. Bush in 1988, it worked for George W. Bush in 2000, and now Jeb Bush is preparing to give it another go in 2016.

     
  • A call for ‘patient pluralism’ Feb 15, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The rapidity of progress by the gay rights movement -- from Stonewall to likely Supreme Court vindication of gay marriage in a historical blink -- is causing a series of social and legal tensions.

     
  • Illinois must protect its nuclear energy Feb 13, 2015 1:00 AM
    Guest Columnist Ron Kirk: President Obama’s pursuit of climate change regulations, set to be finalized this summer, could make him the most progressive environmentalist to serve as president since Teddy Roosevelt established the Grand Canyon and protected more than 100 million acres of national forests.

     
  • 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.

     
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