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  • 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.

  • 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.

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