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  • Political skills for divine purposes Mar 30, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: When a pope meets a president — and the Vicar of Christ gets pulled into political coverage — trivialization ensues. As a reporter, I covered the St. Louis meeting between Pope John Paul II and President Bill Clinton in January 1999, not long after Clinton admitted to “inappropriate, intimate contact” with Monica Lewinsky. There was a frenzy of speculation that, well, what? That the pope would force Clinton to kneel in penance for three days in the snow, like Henry IV? That if they touched hands, it would cause spontaneous spiritual combustion?

     
  • Can Obama rise to Carter’s level? Mar 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: As Winston Churchill might have said, the battle for Crimea is over. The battle for the idea of Europe is about to begin. Russia — as one might expect from an espiocracy, ruled by a Soviet-era spy — practices a particularly sophisticated form of aggression.

     
  • Making the AIDS crisis worse Mar 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Some of America’s closest friends in Africa have turned with a vengeance on gay people. In Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan recently approved a law making homosexual acts punishable by a 14-year jail sentence and outlawing gay organizations. In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni signed legislation that requires a life sentence for serial offenders and mandates that witnesses report homosexual acts or face penalties themselves.

     
  • The consequences of a retreating America Mar 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: With the facts on the ground now established in Crimea — several thousand facts in the form of Russian troops — the question becomes: Will sustained economic, political and military isolation of Russia work? Will it reverse Vladimir Putin’s adventurism and deter future aggression?

     
  • The Tea Party hangover Mar 5, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The evidence accumulates that the Republican Party is sobering up — cotton-mouthed and slightly disoriented — from its recent ideological bender.

     
  • The return of the unseen Feb 27, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Each of the GPS satellites that allow me to navigate to a new restaurant carries an atomic clock that needs to be accurate in order to triangulate the speed and position of my moving car. But there are a couple of problems.

     
  • Syria’s uncontainable threat Feb 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — In a section of the camp designated for newcomers, I’m surrounded by about 20 men from the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, elbowing each other for position. The situation quickly degenerates into a geopolitical discussion.

     
  • A new chapter on Syrian conflict long overdue Feb 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The developments in Syria should mean something to President Obama, the author of an executive directive (PSD-10) declaring the prevention of mass atrocities a “core national security interest and a core moral responsibility.” At the moment, he stands judged by his own standard.

     
  • Praise these Olympians Feb 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Yamikani walks deliberately, intently, with a bean bag on his head, showing a balance that is probably hard-earned. “When he falls,” his grandmother Irene tells me, “we have to pick him up.” At a Special Olympics event, this is a fact and a philosophy.

     
  • Give me ... your huddled masses Feb 11, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Just after House Speaker John Boehner affirmed the eventual need for Republicans to embrace immigration reform, a commercial for a carbonated beverage, of all things, demonstrated how difficult that process is likely to be.

     
  • A mood swing on immigration Feb 5, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Republican Party faces an existential question: Can it make the transition to a more welcoming position on immigration without tearing itself apart or further alienating Latinos by the tenor of its internal debate? The journey is necessary, perilous, and always easier to delay than begin.

     
  • Obama’s thin agenda Feb 2, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Crafting a State of the Union address often raises an internal debate at the White House: When should a president dispute a negative judgment by the public and when should he cede it and promise better?

     
  • The ideological state of the union Jan 27, 2014 3:42 PM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: For President Obama, the state of the political union ... could be better.

     
  • Our complex president Jan 26, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There have always been two, not entirely consistent, elements of Barack Obama’s powerful political appeal: his aspirational ambition and his personal sense of complexity and limits.

     
  • Gates’ rogue memoir Jan 20, 2014 9:57 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Some autobiographies emerge from careful reflection, others from career calculation. Robert Gates’ “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” seems the result of a good, long seethe.

     
  • The coming test for Christie Jan 15, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There is something inherently absurd about a political scandal resulting from an event that could also have been caused by a stray deer and a truck filled with watermelons. Instead, the closing of two access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last fall was the result of stupidity and swagger in close proximity to one of the GOP’s most promising presidential prospects.

     
  • For a new fight against poverty Jan 12, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Assessing the outcome of the War on Poverty — announced 50 years ago — has always been complicated by the hopes it initially inspired. After his election in 1964, Lyndon Johnson proclaimed that Americans were living in “the most hopeful times since Christ was born in Bethlehem.” Which raised expectations pretty high — and placed LBJ in the manger.

     
  • A yellow light for government Jan 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The appeal of conservatism as a governing vision now depends on the transformation of this nascent effort into a movement that is strong enough to redefine a party.

     
  • The war on Mideast Christians Jan 5, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Promoting democratic institutions is no easy task in the midst of revolution and civil war. But even limited levers — stronger condemnation of abuses, conditioning aid on the protection of minorities, supporting moderate forces in the region — are worth employing when the stakes are so high.

     
  • The power of Christmas Dec 23, 2013 5:38 PM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: It is unavoidable for citizens to argue over the definition and limits of religious liberty. But Christian influence is not expressed in the grasping struggle for legal rights or political standing. It is found in demonstrating the radical values of the incarnation: Identifying with the vulnerable and dependent. Living for others. Trusting that hope, in the end, is more powerful than cunning or coercion. The author of this creed sought a different victory than politics brings — the kind that ends all selfish victories.

     
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