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  • Are Democrats stuck in 1979? Jan 8, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: President Obama has now effectively undone everything that Clinton and the New Democrats did in the 1980s and ‘90s. Issue by issue, today’s Democratic Party is about where it was in 1979.

     
  • Al Sharpton and the narrative of bias Jan 8, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: In nearly every high-profile case in recent years that involved a black alleged victim and a white alleged perpetrator, Sharpton has injected himself as arbiter. Where once he was a mere street activist, he is today a disruptive celebrity.

     
  • 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,

     
  • Why Scalise outrage machine misfired Jan 7, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: Democrats have tried to rev up the outrage machine over news that Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3 ranking House Republican, may or may not have given a speech to a white supremacist group in Louisiana 12 years ago.

     
  • Clear choice, or clear trauma? Jan 6, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: In what world is Hillary Clinton — feminist heroine, author of Hillarycare, sworn enemy of the vast right-wing conspiracy — not progressive enough? In what parallel universe is Jeb Bush — a tax-slashing, school-voucher-supporting, pro-gun former Southern governor — some kind of moderate?

     
  • Rubio’s Cuba ‘gift’ Jan 4, 2015 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: President Obama probably gave his wife and daughters some nice presents for Christmas. But he saved the best gift for Marco Rubio. It’s called resurrection.

     
  • America’s ‘slacktivist’ tendencies Jan 4, 2015 5:01 AM
    Columnist Dana Milbank: The slacktivist gets icy water over the head to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, or tweets out hashtags to fight kidnapping in Nigeria (#BringBackOurGirls). The slacktivist wears color-coded bracelets for causes, “likes” causes on Facebook — and goes to see a Seth Rogen film to defy North Korea.

     
  • Illinois needs stricter spending, not more taxes Jan 2, 2015 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist John Tillman: It’s no secret that Illinois’ finances are a disaster. But as a new administration takes charge, expect the situation to get worse before it gets better.

     
  • Could ‘Interview’ give Hollywood a conscience? Dec 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: If I were a cartoonist, I’d sketch a chubby imp donned in a diaper, sporting a chia mohawk and munching the last Big Mac on earth, while straddling a nuclear-armed missile that bears a striking resemblance to Dennis Rodman.

     
  • Room for non-conformity Dec 30, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The movie “The Imitation Game” has revived deserved interest in Alan Turing, the eccentric genius of Bletchley Park who helped create the marvelous machine that broke Nazi codes and hastened the end of World War II.

     
  • 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.

     
  • It’s not as bad as you think, America Dec 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: We are one glum country. Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few weeks ago, an NBC/Wall St. Journal poll found that the one thing Americans agree upon whatever their race or circumstances is that the system is stacked against people like them.

     
  • Next election, Jeb and Hill need each other Dec 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Stephen and Cokie Roberts: Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton badly need each other. They cancel out each others’ greatest weaknesses and deprive their foes of some of their strongest arguments.

     
  • Expand tax credit instead of raising the wage Dec 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Michael Saltsman: In an “emergency session” earlier this month, a majority of Chicago’s aldermen voted to raise the municipal wage to $13 by 2019. The pressure now moves to Springfield, where state legislators are considering whether to follow suit with a smaller hike before year’s end. But there’s a better path to reducing poverty that will be less harmful to the state’s already-struggling businesses: an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

     
  • Slusher: Sound, fury and two words that signify everything Dec 25, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Two words for the holidays that reflect the bond of communication between a newspaper and its readers.

     
  • Getting from ‘humbug’ to ‘halleluiah’ Dec 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Jim Swarthout: As the various versions of the Prayer of Saint Francis put it, we can never attain joy, consolation, peace, forgiveness, love and understanding by actively pursuing them. We attain them by giving them out. That’s the great paradox at the center of every breath we take. We breathe in, and breathe out. We receive and take. In a way, we share what God has given us.

     
  • A global conspiracy of good health Dec 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as population increased by about 1 billion. Shout it from the rooftops.

     
  • Lame duck ends on a wing and a prayer Dec 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: The “lame duck” Congress limped to an end and was able, despite gridlock, to make some accomplishments.

     
  • The gap on Hispanic outreach Dec 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Sometimes you’ll have a disagreement with someone but you’re not that far apart. My argument with Dallas-based radio host Chris Salcedo, who has a weekend show on The Blaze network, is not like that. On one issue, the gap is enormous: How should Republicans approach Hispanic voters? The question is tearing the GOP apart, as some candidates engage in Hispanic outreach and others disparage the very idea.

     
  • 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.”

     
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