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  • The power of authenticity Jul 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There are many ways to succeed in American politics, but most of them involve authenticity. Voters are often not interested in (or even capable of) of making decisions based on a carefully sorted list of policy priorities. They often take politicians in the totality of their acts. They develop a composite picture that includes a candidate’s general policy predispositions (left or right), but also his or her public persona (“A least he knows what he believes.” “What a character; I like her.”).

  • Iraq must be saved from extremists Jun 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Right now, failure would cause not a party, not a president, but a nation to suffer — actually many nations. Who lost Iraq matters; helping to save it matters more.

  • The reality conservatives must face Jun 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There is a reason Sen. Marco Rubio and House Speaker John Boehner have sometimes prioritized immigration reform in ways that seemed divisive within the conference — because they think that the Republican future depends on overcoming a durable impression of suspicion toward new Americans. And they are correct.

  • The end of illusions Jun 17, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: On June 10, President Obama said that the greatest frustration of his presidency was the failure to pass gun control legislation. It was the same day that Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical splinter of al-Qaida. The next day, Tikrit was taken by the militants, who are now preparing for the battle of Baghdad.

  • President’s legacy trumps all else Jun 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: As a presidential candidate in 2007, Barack Obama told historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, “I have no desire to be one of those presidents who are just on the list — you see their pictures lined up on the wall. I really want to be a president who makes a difference.” In moments of decision, and in rare flashes of passion, we have seen what that means to him.

  • The revolt of the nerds Jun 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Parallel to the rise of the Tea Party — with less attention but more potential influence — has been a gathering movement of reform conservatives whom my colleague E.J. Dionne Jr., in an essay in the journal Democracy, dubs “Reformicons.” One version of the Tea Party governing vision was recently and neatly summarized by Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel: “I’m not going to do anything for you. I’m going to get the government off your back, and then I’m gonna let you do it for yourself.”

  • Why the VA scandal sticks May 27, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Why do some political scandals stick while others fade? The level of media obsession seems to rise and fall as mysteriously as the stock market. On Benghazi, sell. Hold on the IRS audits. On the Veterans Affairs scandal, buy, buy, buy.

  • Keeping the Holocaust in memory May 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: About 1.4 million Holocaust victims were under the age of 14. It is one of the most solemn responsibilities of educators to make a new generation see what was done.

  • Our disconnected working class May 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Upper- and middle-class parents are investing relatively more time and resources in the social development of their children than are working-class parents, at a time when such investments have never been more economically strategic. The problem is that early social connectedness is a strong predictor of later success in life — test scores, college attendance and income. So the “youth class gap” is a source of deep (and perhaps deepening) social division.

  • Republicans regrouping May 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The unfolding GOP primary season is clarifying two points: The Republican establishment is back, and it is more conservative than you’d think.

  • The enduring benefits of vaccination May 7, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and your local pediatrician are not lying about immunization. Many websites are. The seriousness of this discussion must somehow reflect the seriousness of the stakes.

  • An education challenge for GOP May 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: For Republicans, the issue of higher education is emblematic. There are a number of vital but creaky social systems — elementary and secondary education, health care, the tax code, the immigration system, the social safety net — in need of serious, market-based reform. A party of innovation, redesign and repair might have considerable appeal. It would, among other good things, directly address many of the concerns of the working and middle class. But a party of opposition, faux populism and reflexive anti-government ideology is not up this task.

  • Science and our beliefs Apr 28, 2014 9:23 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: In the late 1920s, astronomer Edwin Hubble established that the light we detect from galaxies is shifted toward the redder colors of the spectrum, indicating that they are moving away from us at enormous speeds. And the farther away galaxies are, the faster they are fleeing. Rewinding that expansion through mathematics — dividing distance by speed — indicates that something extraordinary happened about 14 billion years ago, when the entire universe was small, dense and exceedingly hot.

  • Where the only rule is terror Apr 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Some global threats come from leaders intoxicated by sovereignty. But other threats and suffering emerge in the voids and gaps of sovereignty, which require our sustained attention as well.

  • The healing in Rwanda Apr 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: At the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, the most moving moments were unplanned. In the audience at Amahoro Stadium, first one woman, then another, then dozens in turn, cried out in uncontrollable anguish and had to be escorted from the ceremony. They were overwhelmed by memory. In their screams you could hear the screams of two decades ago.

  • Lost power of deliberation fuels Senate dysfunction Apr 8, 2014 2:57 PM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: God saves the Queen. He saves this Honorable Court. But who will save the United States Senate?

  • Movies lacking grace Apr 3, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Part of this year’s Lenten discipline for many religious people has been to see two bad religious movies, “Noah” and “God’s Not Dead.” Both left me longing for the comparative moral simplicity and integrity of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

  • 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.

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