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  • The war on Mideast Christians Jan 5, 2014 12:00 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 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Breakthrough in AIDS research Dec 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: In 1987, two young medical researchers, Anthony Fauci and Cliff Lane, conducted the first clinical trial of an AIDS vaccine. They took the envelope that surrounds the virus and simply injected it into study participants, hoping to get an immune response — an approach that had worked on hepatitis B. It failed on AIDS.

     
  • The exhausted political class Dec 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The bipartisan budget deal was a welcome exception to congressional gridlock. It was not, unfortunately, an indication that gridlock has been broken in any lasting or fundamental way.

     
  • The Central African Republic needs our help Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Americans and their representatives in Congress are often skeptical of peacekeeping operations and reluctant to fund them. But the argument in their favor is this: They promote stability, serve our interests and save innocent lives without sending in the Marines.

     
  • The gospel according to JCPenney Dec 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: By tradition, Advent is a time of quiet waiting and reflection, looking forward to a fulfillment we can’t cause or hasten. It culminates in a pregnant teenager saying: “Be it to me according to your word.” The shopping season — as evidenced by loud, repetitive commercials — is all about seizing the objects of our desires.

     
  • Mortality in the near distance Dec 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Cancer is a horror, but it is also a metaphor. Each of us is conceived with a seed of mortality that can’t be surgically removed. It grows until it kills us, hopefully after a long life that honors the incredible, temporary privilege of living.

     
  • C.S. Lewis: Rescuing desire Nov 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: This is the achievement of writer C.S. Lewis: to restore the dignity of our desires, which leave us homeless in this world and lead us home.

     
  • A rescuer for American conservatism Nov 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: For those who expect and fear an irrepressible conflict between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah is a hopeful anomaly. Should this anomaly become a trend, the GOP’s future would be considerably brighter.

     
  • The entrepreneurs of outrage Nov 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Do religious conservatives really want their faith to be known for its fears?

     
  • Evangelicals and immigration reform Nov 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: In the immigration reform debate, evangelicals have become a political prize claimed by restrictionists and reformers alike. Both sides have a case to make.

     
  • The GOP’s new reality Nov 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The phrase “purity for profit” captures the main reason Republican leaders are edging away from a strategy of accommodation. The Obama era has unleashed a great deal of genuine populist and libertarian energy. But a good portion of it is being channeled into business and fundraising models that depend on stoking resentment against the GOP itself (at least as currently constituted).

     
  • GOP: Stop being so negative Nov 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Congressional Republicans have proved themselves divided and incapable of adopting a coherent strategy, with a significant minority determined to light the way with an auto-da-fe. Meanwhile, an administration that seeks to transform American health care cannot run a website — a breathtaking gap between ambition and competence. At the same time Republicans seem uninterested in governing,

     
  • Syria’s brutality continues at will Oct 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: While chemical weapons disarmament proceeds in Syria, so do mass attacks on civilians. In the eastern suburbs of Damascus, where the regime used sarin, it now conducts a siege, blocking the entrance of food and the exit of refugees. This technique involves less sophisticated chemistry, but it is still effective. Aid workers report hunger and malnutrition. Through trial and error, Bashar al-Assad is finding ways to attack women and children that the world finds more acceptable.

     
  • A health care law in need of a doctor Oct 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Obamacare is a multiyear, multifaceted fiasco. It is a case study in how to alienate a country you intend to help. And it could become an intellectual crisis for modern liberalism.

     
  • A House divided cannot govern Oct 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Seldom does politics offer the rigor and certainty of science, but we have just witnessed a case that comes close. Tea Party leaders predicted that a shutdown strategy would result in mass uprising against Obamacare, forcing the political establishment to defund or delay it. In fact, Republicans were broadly blamed for overreach and the law became (in some polls) more popular.

     
  • Many risks, few rewards in warming debate Oct 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: It is no wonder that politicians — even politicians who believe in warming — tend to have other priorities. This leads to a fully justified form of skepticism, not about a scientific consensus but about the ability of political institutions — incapable of dealing with current crises or predictable fiscal challenges — to respond prudently to scientific risk when there is little political reward.

     
  • Effort against a viral killer hits its final stage Oct 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Fortunately, the CDC’s polio eradication effort has been largely exempted from the shutdown. It is part of one of the most ambitious medical enterprises in history — attempting to eliminate a highly contagious virus from the wild. This has been achieved only twice before, with smallpox and rinderpest. The end of polio transmission is a few hundred yearly cases away. Even a brief pause would risk losing ground.

     
  • Reforming Obamacare Oct 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: After much struggle and internal strife, Republicans seeking to block Obamacare have arrived at this achievement: Much of the government is closed — except for Obamacare. The national parks are deserted but the health exchanges sputter and wheeze to life.

     
  • The GOP’s purity faction Oct 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Like many ideological factions, Tea Party activists display a special intensity in fighting the “near enemy” -- other elements on the right that don’t share their tactics. President Obama may be their ultimate foe, but conservative pragmatists are their rivals. And rivals are the more immediate problem.

     
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